Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Alanis Morisette

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, actress

Born in Ottawa in 1974. Attended Holy Family Catholic Elementary School, Immaculata High School and Glebe Collegiate.

Won 16 Juno Awards and 7 Grammy Awards, and was nominated for 2 Golden Globes.

Since the beginning of her career (1991), she has launched 8 albums; her first international album was the rock-influenced Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995. It has sold more than 33 million units globally.

Has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. She is known for her powerful and emotive mezzo-soprano voice.

Has had roles in television (including Sex in the City, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Weeds), film (including God and Dogma) and on stage (including The Vagina Monologues).


Monday, August 6, 2012

Evelyn Stroobach

Pianist, composer, music teacher

“I’ve heard composers say they live to have their music performed. I don’t think there’s anything better on the planet than to share music.” – Evelyn Stroobach

Born in Holland; moved to Cobourg, Ontario with her family in the 1960s; lives in Ottawa since the late 1990s.

Has a master’s of music degree from Indiana University at Bloomington.

Studied the art of composing for various sections of an orchestra, including strings, brass, woodwinds, piano and harpsichord. Has compositions for solo guitar, piano and alto saxophone.

Among her accomplishments are four symphonies which have been performed by 13 orchestras all over Canada, Europe and Asia. Her choral works have been performed by the National Opera Chorus in Kyle and Ottawa’s Harmony Choir. One of her newest compositions will be performed during the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (August 2012). 

She authored a music book entitled Medieval Tales: The Art of the Mode (2005). She has also scored music for films and won awards for her works. She launched a CD of her compositions in 2007, Aurora Borealis.

Is part of a select group of women composers. In 2011, the Canadian Music Centre counted 788 associate composers, of which only 136 are women.

Serves and participates on different boards and groups including the Association of Canadian Women Composers and the International Alliance for Women in Music.