Ida Toninato, saxophonist
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, released on Kohlenstoff Records in April 2016, planted her firmly in the underground experimental scene with an enthusiastic reception from critics, artists and a growing fanbase. She has been developing her work since then in residencies across the globe, from Brazil (Goethe Institut, Salvador de Bahia) to Germany (Hellerau center fr the arts) and recently recorded an album at the Tank center for the sonic arts.
In addition to her solo compositions, Toninato performs with viola d'amore player and singer-songwriter Jennifer Thiessen. Their album The Space Between Us, on Ambiances Magnétiques, has been nominated for a JUNO Award in the Instrumental album of the year and for a Prix Opus. Ida Toninato writes and performs actively with laptop musician Ana Dall'Ara-Majek as Jane/KIN, creating performances that mix spatialisation and improvisation.
Toninato tours worlwide and also likes to share her home-town stages with its great music community.
Crédit photo : Antoine Amnotte-Dupuis