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Ethereal sounds written by Canadian, American, and European composers, this 21st century cello program links disparate times, geographies, and modes of music making. Some moments draw upon the familiar sounds of the cello as a solo instrument, while others will extend and augment the instrument with elaborate textures and pre-recorded lines layered to culminate in a nourishing cello experience.

Programme /

  • Philip Glass, Orbit; The Secret Agent; The Paris Sky
  • Kaija Saariaho, Sept Papillons
  • Fjóla Evans, Augun
  • Giovanni Sollima, Alone
  • India Yeshe Gailey, (untitled new piece)
  • Michael Harrison, Just Ancient Loops

About the artist /

India Yeshe Gailey is a cellist, composer, and improviser based in Montréal. Compelled to play music that speaks to our time, she draws from many eras and genres, performing as a solo artist and collaborator in halls, museums, bars, galleries, homes, and castles around the world. In 2017, she released her first solo album, Lucid, a collaboration with three emerging Canadian composers. More recently, she earned her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Matt Haimovitz at McGill’s Schulich School of Music.

Other recent highlights include working with Philip Glass at the Scotia Festival of Music, winning a Graduate Mobility Award from McGill to perform in Germany, and holding a fellowship at Garth Newel Music Center in Virginia. India tours regularly with the environmental chamber jazz quartet New Hermitage, a group which received Music Nova Scotia’s 2019 “Classical Recording of the Year” award for their live improvisation with bass clarinettist Jeff Reilly. Noted as “a young musician to watch” (Scotia Festival), India is the recipient of several awards and honours, including five Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarships and the Yuh Lih and Marion Kuo Award for Instrumental Excellence.