Dawn Davi is a pianist, composer, visual artist, and educator based in Toronto. She received formal training and education at Berklee College of Music’s online extension school, Offcentre DJ school of Toronto, Humber college, and York University where she was awarded the continuing student scholarship, Graduate student scholarship and Fellowship. She is currently working on an immersive experience which is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her MA in interdisciplinary Studies across music, visual arts and neuroscience. 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, Lawrence Park community Church
Montreal, March 26th, 2019, Casa Del Popolo
Montreal, March 29th, 2019 International Piano Day Montreal, Glen Site Royal Victoria Hospital - MUHC On the Promenade
The Mask featuring the wonderful vocals of Darling Cora and the exquisite contemporary dance of Caroline Niklas-Gordon, and the video inspired by The Orphan Train Movement
An art song featuring the wonderful vocals of Toronto Soprano Lynn Isnar, inspired by Robert Frost's poem "Fragmentary Blue"
"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...
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