Alicia Hansen | Complex and ambitious, pianist Alicia Hansen’s “ethereal voice and classically informed arrangements come together in experimental pop that’s both listenable and challenging” (Now Magazine). Ranging from driving, experimental instrumentals to intimate and lush songs, her sublime band features Ben Brown (drums), Peggy Lee (cello), David Sikula (guitar), James Meger (bass).
A student of classical piano from the age of five, Vancouver native Alicia Hansen earned ARCTs in both piano and voice from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and spent five years as a professional chorister with the Vancouver Chamber Choir before realizing she needed to embark on her own creative journey. Studying privately with local jazz legend Bob Murphy, she found freedom in the language of improvisation and discovered her niche: writing songs for piano and voice that bend genre and defy convention. At Vancouver Community College she completed a degree in jazz piano/composition and has been writing, performing and recording her songs ever since.
Her most recent collaboration with Ben Brown, “Companion” (2015) is a follow-up to the duo’s “Freighters” (2008), and comes after Hansen’s solo debut “Fractography” (2011).
Ben Brown | Also a Vancouver native, Ben is a founding member of the Pugs and Crows, with whom he won the 2010 Galaxy Rising Star Award for Best New Group and the 2013 Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. He is a key figure in Vancouver’s creative music scene and a highly-respected leader in innovative cross-discipline improvisational collaborations. He is the founder of Vancouver’s Dance and Music Improv group – Music and Movement Mondays (MAMM), and has recently returned from a government-granted six-month solo tour of Europe where he collaborated with musicians and dancers and studied privately with Dame Evelyn Glennie.