"Sandra Joy Friesen is one of Canada's best and most adventurous pianists. We're thrilled to host her in SubArctic on Mile Zero's old upright. Jan 26."
Jen Mesch, co-curator of SubArctic Improv and Experimental Arts Series
Artistic exploration by its very nature must extend conventional boundaries; it must challenge the mind, the ears, the heart. Many years ago, I started to become intrigued by music that took me beyond the familiar conventions of structure and style, music that required alternative approaches to interpretation and practice, and new sensitivites towards musical expression. This practice continues to feed my inspiration as a musical artist and I welcome opportunities and collaborations that challenge and fulfille the creative process.
Sound Reflections Volume 1: Off the Shelf
Earth Songs (Stephen Chatman, with Julia Nolan saxophone)
Contemporary Piano Music by composers George Crumb, Hope Lee, Justin Merritt and Colin Labadie.
The Extraordinary Artistry of Claude Debussy: The complete Études for Piano.
"down amongst young trees" by composer Scott Smallwood.
"entends, entends le passé qui march..." by Calgary composer Hope Lee.
Selections from 2014 recording Sound Reflections - Off the Shelf performed in Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN).
John Fodi - Five Extensions Op. 21 http://vimeo.com/81110172
John Weinzweig - Impromptus. http://vimeo.com/80234090
"...in Realms of Art and Perception: Contemporary Piano Music" lecture-recital for the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton AB.
INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBER PERFORMANCES
Chamber Music of Saint-Saëns, Glinka and Previn with Scott Anderson (clarinet), Dana Maeda (oboe) and Jeff Keesecker (bassoon).
Bent Note Duo (Allison Balcetis and Sandra Joy Friesen) performing L'Incandescence de la bruine by Bruno Mantovani.
"Celebrating the Leaders of Tomorrow" Concert, with Chee Meng Low, saxophone. Winspear Center in Edmonton, Alberta.
ART SONG COLLABORATION
Latin American Song Recital with Patricia Caicedo, soprano.
French Art Song with Jacques Arsenault.