Alicia Palmquist Hansen | Haunting and sophisticated, Vancouver native Alicia Palmquist Hansen’s “ethereal voice and classically informed arrangements come together in experimental pop that’s both listenable and challenging” (Now Magazine).
A singer-songwriter with a richly diverse background of classical and jazz training, Hansen has been honing her keyboard and vocal skills for over thirty years. As a teenager, she earned Royal Conservatory diplomas in both piano and voice, later completed a degree in jazz piano and mentored under the late Bob Murphy, known as “one of Canada’s best jazz pianists” (Globe & Mail). She has toured internationally with a professional choir, composed music for theatre, film, and multi-disciplinary work, including the Western Front’s “Music for a New Wilderness,” and a commissioned vibraphone solo for acclaimed percussionist Sal Ferreras. She has performed in the Halifax and Vancouver International Jazz Festivals, played with many of Canada’s top-tier musicians, including her Juno-award-winning drummer Ben Brown, and opened for the Grammy-award-winning jazz pianist Hiromi at Vogue Theatre in Vancouver. She has professionally recorded four full-length albums of original material, the newest of which was produced by Juno-award and Polaris-prize-winning producer Jesse Zubot (slated for release in 2018).
“Complex and ambitious, searching for different ways of seeing and hearing… This is excitingly individual work— Hansen’s artistic voice is accessible but unique, and musically challenging.” -Foxy Digitalis
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.