About the subText ensemble:
The core members of subText bring a wide variety of musical backgrounds to the ensemble, but as performers they share a common language — elegant, improvised music
Christoph Both (cello) is a member of the Sanctuary Trio, and a senior Professor, award-winning researcher, and head of Strings at Acadia University. As a performer, he has toured widely through Europe and Asia, most recently giving performances in Shanghai and Moscow.
Derek Charke (flutes) won the 2012 Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year—the most recent of a string of high-profile successes in a compositional career that includes commissions for the Kronos Quartet. Derek is also Professor of Composition at Acadia University.
Steven Naylor (artistic director, piano, electronics) is an ECMA-nominated empreintes DIGITALes recording artist, as well as a dramatic and visual media composer with dozens of regional, national, and international credits in film, television, radio, and theatre. His scores for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia have played world-wide for three decades to live audiences of over five million.
Jeff Reilly (bass clarinet) is an ECM recording artist, a member of the Sanctuary Trio, and a highly sought-after soloist. His performance of Peter Togni’s Lamentations of Jeremiah was nominated for both ECMA and Juno awards. Jeff is also a senior music producer for CBC-Radio.
With Sanctuary, Jeff and Christoph Both are also Warner Classics recording artists, and have been nominated for Juno and ECMA awards.
Tom Roach (drums, percussion) — whose teachers included jazz legends Jack DeJohnette and Colin Walcott — won an ECMA award for his first CD as leader, Piano Trios. After years of international touring with leading East Coast artists, Tom joined the Stadacona Band, and continues to be a first-call drummer for jazz performances and recordings.
Mark Adam (guest artist – drums, percussion, Beat, November 2012) performs across Canada and around the world as a strong, creative musical voice. Mark teaches at Acadia University and is one of Eastern Canada’s most in demand percussion/music educators and motivational speakers.
Dani Oore (guest artist – saxophones, Halifax Jazz Festival performance, July 2012) is a composer, improviser, saxophonist, dancer, chamber musician, choreographer, clown—and faculty member in the Creative Music Workshop. Dani’s current projects include a new duo album with Sageev Oore—Radical Cycle—that reconstructs classical songs. Dani was recently awarded a CGS-SSHRC scholarship to pursue a doctorate in music at U of Toronto.
Lukas Pearse (guest video artist, synaesthesia, April 2012) is known for the radical breadth of his musical appetite—and increasingly for his creative work as an improvising video artist as well. He has performed and recorded with leading national and international improvising artists, and has participated in many original sonic art installation-performances.