Dawn Davi is a pianist, composer, visual artist, and educator based in Toronto. She received formal training and education at York University where she was awarded the continuing student scholarship, Berklee College of Music’s online extension school, and the Offcentre DJ school of Toronto. Her music has been featured in Huffington Post Quebec, City of Toronto's 311 winter 2017 playlist, respectable "I Care if You Listen" blog, 514blog, as well as on multiple public and syndicated radio stations in the US and Canada, including CBC Radio One's Homerun, CKUT, and KPFA-FM's "Discreet Music". She has previously performed in Toronto and Montreal as part of different events. She enjoys collaborating with musicians from different musical cultures, fusing and creating new sounds, and has also worked with several visual artists exploring the connection between the two mediums. She was awarded the Silver Medal for Best Composition and Best Instrumental Album of Oct 2015 by Global Music Awards and was nominated for Best Piano Album of the year by OWM Radio in 2015.
Since 2014, she has collaborated with multicultural visual artists in Ontario, Canada on a project experimenting the impact of music on visual arts. Her project includes visual artists creating new works based on her music and finding the very elements perceivable in both art forms. She hopes to expand the project and take it to more layers while collaborating with more visual artists.
She enjoys teaching piano to different ages especially adults as she believes that nothing has more power than arts in keeping humanity at peace. The lessons are designed to help the students have fun, appreciate music and perform musically regardless of their level of experience.
"I create and play music because it helps me understand myself and the world. I work towards bringing up a sense of serenity in my listeners.
I get inspired by all of these and use music to express what life is and what it can be...
Mingling dreams and reality,
It is my goal to seek a way to a better world.
Sounds and silence in people's words, gestures, and eyes fascinate me and are the elements of the stories I tell with my music.
I love to dig into the hidden feelings behind our human wall of perfection in hopes of finding some relief for myself and others."
Toronto, Fall Musique Zone, Oct 26th 2018, Tranzac
Toronto, Jan 26th 2019, Burdock Piano fest
Toronto, March 16th, 2019, 7pm, Lawrence Park community Church
Montreal, March 26th, 2019, 7:30, Casa Del Popolo
Montreal, March 29th, 11:45am, International Piano Day MOntreal, Glen Site Royal Victoria Hospital - MUHC On the Promenade
"In the Beginning" is about the first steps towards accepting the reality of a devastating diagnosis, and the desire to create a new identity after going through such a life-changing experience. the bittersweet melody of the trumpet reflects the deep emotions associated with this inner struggle to move forward, and reluctance to leave the past behind.
LUVU refers to an imaginary dance between ego and alter ego that creates and recreates
oneness among longing and belonging, feelings of insecurity and fear of intimacy. The piece slowly
builds nostalgia for the era where they both came to life and as they dance, they start to melt yet again
into one another.
Dawn's debut album titled “Vexatious” which is mostly a serene musical wayfare through human life in a dream form. The album explores the vague truth of our time in this world.
Article on The WholeNote by Raul De Gama,view here.
Article on La Pieuvre by Hugo Prevost, view here.
Review by Ron Schepper from Textura,view here.
Dawn Davi's Interview with Montreal's BaronMag, view here.
Dawn Davi's new Single "In the Beginning" featured on Huffington Post Quebec, View Here.
Vexatious album review by Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio
A Dream Filled Arrangement of Bliss
It’s rare to come across an album of such quality in this style, the album in question is Vexatious by Dawn Davi and the styleis almost a form of musical art that expresses itself within its movement and tones.
This for me is a total pleasure, the whole album allows you to form whatever patterns you wish to within the music, the structure for instance of the opening track, is sublime and called Egalloced, the picture paints itself and we wander around in an almost dream-like state to the composition.
I have enjoyed this realm before with Michael Harrison and his inventive muse and through Vexatious you will find dear reader, an album that is incredibly addictive. Labyrinth has an almost Jazz style hidden in the motif. While Monsieur Kuluchinsky has a deeper and slightly darker side to it that teases us into the arrangement, this also happened to be one of my favourites, but in all honesty to differentiate between tracks as favourites, is largely irrelevant on this album, as it is a complete work of genius in my opinion.
Reminiscence has an up-tempo edge to the song to begin with, but flows beautifully and then changes pace as it goes, this is indeed clever composing. The progression of this piece really does allow the mind to wander back into the past. Silhouette then lifts the energies and we are transported to an entirely different world of musical awareness, this is another track that creates so much from the imagination of the artist in symbiosis with the listener, this is beautifully performed and played and allowed me to drift without need of a purpose to do so.
With the mischievous Spirit of a Playful Star, whose refrains seem to echo across space and time, this light but refreshing arrangement is delightful to observe musically, with all its little nuances and then we come across the title track Vexatious, now this is so beautifully performed and played, you must replay several times on this track. I found this title so dreamlike and floaty that it’s so easy just to allow the entire album, let alone this brilliant track to masterfully dictate the very flow of your day.
The final piece on this album is a composition called Young and Old. This piece rounds off what has been a fantastic album for me to listen to and a journey that I have thoroughly enjoyed, again this is played with a level of intent and emotion that seems to flow all over the senses.
Vexatious as an album is an almost ambient state of musical mind, the composer Dawn Davi has created a state within music that is so pleasing to listen to, because it creates and manifest a feeling of inner peace through a dreamlife-style of performance, I know that this album is going to be a constant on my personal player. Vexatious is an album that is every bit in the moment as I am and it allows us the listener to create our special moments within its open and honest ambience; I have absolutely no problems recommending this release. This album is completely blissful in every aspect of its existence.
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