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IIC 2024 Artist in Residence | Zoe Pia

Zoe Pia_launeddas (ph © Roberto Cifarelli)

The Artist in Residence Project is devised by MIDJ – Associazione Musicisti Italiani di Jazz (Association of Italian Jazz Musicians) and made possible with the support of the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI). Thanks in part to the participation of the Europe Jazz Network, the project aims to promote Italian jazz abroad through the creation of a network of residencies for young musicians at Embassies, Consulates and the Italian Cultural Institutes throughout the world.

This year, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto hosts Italian musician Zoe Pia. The clarinetist and old-style Sardinian instruments player will grace the stage at Arraymusic on June 13 with her unique blend of jazz and traditional Sardinian Music. Zoe’s performance promises a captivating fusion, weaving together the sounds of clarinet, launeddas, Sardinian cowbells, and lumanoise, offering audiences a mix of jazz, futuristic, and contemporary music.

On June 18, Zoe will also entertain visitors at the Royal Ontario Museum as part of their Third Tuesday Nights Free series. Zoe will perform two short concerts, followed by an educational interlude highlighting the traditional instruments she plays.


THE ARRAY SPACE
Zoe Pia – Solo

155 Walnut Ave | Toronto ON
Thursday, June 13 | 7:30PM
Doors open at 7PM

TICKETS
In Person | $20 or PWYC
Livestream | $10 or PWYC

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Solo is dealing with improvised music in new forms, structures and directions.  Elements from Sardinian folk music, Noise music and harsh electronics, free improvised music, contemporary music, free jazz and more. Moving in audio landscapes never before investigated. New meetings of the unknown. New meetings of the known. Going deeper into the rich cultures of traditional music and new creative languages of experimental music. Open space improv meets extreme detail in high-energy outbursts. Tight audio clusters meet full-blown slabs of massive density in passages of melodic poetry of the highest beauty. The sound of Zoe Pia (clarinet, launeddas, Sardinian cowbells, lumanoise) will take root in undefined, out-of-focus, impressionist, futuristic, contrasting, parallel, intertwined sound architectures.

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ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
Third Tuesday Nights Free

EATON COURT
100 Queen’s Park | Toronto ON

Tuesday, June 18 | 6:00PM & 7:30PM

FREE ADMISSION | NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis

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ABOUT ZOE PIA

Zoe Pia, born in 1986 in Mogoro, Sardinia, discovered her passion for music early on when she received her first clarinet under the Christmas tree. After graduating from the Music Conservatory of Cagliari at the age of 18, she continued her studies at the Conservatory of Rovigo, specializing in Chamber Music and as a Soloist. Zoe’s versatile musical journey expanded to include contemporary classical music, live electronics, and jazz, leading her to explore musical composition.

Throughout her career, Zoe has been dedicated to experimentation and thorough analysis, reflected in her diverse performances ranging from Mozart’s concerts as a Soloist to collaborations with renowned artists and orchestras worldwide. Notable achievements include her project management role at the “F. Venezze” Conservatory in Rovigo and the success of the training course “Composing with the Sounds of Polesine region.” Zoe’s artistic vision, deeply rooted in her Sardinian heritage, culminated in the Shardana project, acclaimed internationally and showcased at prestigious venues and festivals. As the creator and Artistic Director of Pedras et Sonus – Jazz Festival, Zoe continues to push boundaries in the jazz scene, leaving a remarkable imprint on Italian jazz culture.