Ida Toninato
FEB - MAR 2019

Ida Toninato bio © Hugo St. Laurent

Ida Toninato info

Montreal-based saxophonist, composer and improviser Ida Toninato has an ear for the unknown, exploring reverberant spaces with uncommon acoustics with which she develops artistic partnerships with a strong sense of bonding.

After years of playing contemporary music with various collaborators, she has dived head first into pursuing a music after her own daring musical intuitions.

Her debut full-length record “Strangeness is gratitude“[Kohlenstoff Records, 2016] planted her firmly in the underground experimental scene with an enthusiastic reception from critics, artists and a growing fanbase.
A remix album is currently in the works with such collaborators as Nicolas Bernier and Valerio Tricoli, and she is increasingly sought after for her compositions, having worked with choreographers Simon Renaud and filmmaker Thierry Loa. She is currently working on her second solo album, “We become Giants”, recorded in an old water tank in the desert of Colorado.
In addition to her solo compositions, Toninato writes and performs actively with laptop musician Ana Dall'Ara-Majek as Jane/KIN, creating performances that mix spatialisation and improvisation, as well as with viola and viola d'amore player Jennifer Thiessen. Their album „The Space Between Us” [Ambiances Magnétiques, 2018] has been nominated for an Opus Prize in the electroacoustic and experimental music category. 
Toninato has toured extensively through Europe and North America with projects world-renown dance company La La La Human Steps and frequently shares the local Montreal stage with its great improvised music community. 
Ida Toninato holds a scholarship from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebéc (CALQ) as a resident at Vila Sul.

Sounding the Fabric - Performance on 25/03/2019

The Canadian saxophonist and composer Ida Toninato, resident in the Artistic Residence Program of the Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia, joined Andrea May, with vinyl deejaying and effects, and Edbrass Brasil, with the trumpet and other self-invented instruments, for the performance "Sounding the Fabric", at a derelict factory located in the Plataforma neighbourhood: the former São Braz textile factory, also kown as Fatbraz.

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