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Lucas Dann

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Lucas began his piano studies at a very early age at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. During his classical training he participated in the “101 Pianists” concert led by pianist Lang Lang at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. When he was 11, Lucas enrolled in the Humber College Community Music School, an innovative program in youth jazz education started by pianist Oscar Peterson. While attending high school at the Etobicoke School for the Arts, Lucas participated in the Humber College Jazz Studies Senior Enriched Program under the direction of Kirk MacDonald and Lorne Lofsky; and was presented with the Humber College Piano Award

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Kadi Vija Key Project: Roaming in the Contemporary Society to Make Peace With It

Read "Roaming in the Contemporary Society to Make Peace With It" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Although her album's title is a bit unwieldy, vocalist Kadi Vija's summer 2020 release does convey the artist's distinctive approach to living in challenging times. Rather than aiming for dramatic gestures or the boldest imaginable change, perhaps the more sensible strategy is simply to figure out how to keep going—not resignation, exactly, but a willingness to ...

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Kadi Vija: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by Nick Davies


Kadi Vija has a long history in vocal jazz improvisation and defines herself primarily as a vocal instrumentalist. Vija's music explores sounds from modernism, jazz and electronics, as well as a deep fascination with rhythmic variety. Her work at prestigious institutions such as the Berklee College of Music, Conservatory van Amsterdam and Sibelius Academy has built ...

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Kadi Vija and Lucas Dann: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by Troy Dostert


It's hard to imagine anything more daunting for an up-and-coming vocalist than to tackle a vocal album of Thelonious Monk material--wordless, no less--with nothing more than piano accompaniment. Yet that's exactly what Finnish singer Kadi Vija has done here, along with Canadian pianist Lucas Dann. Hitting those crazy intervals and capturing the unique logic of Monk's ...


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