Fjóla Evans is a Canadian/Icelandic composer and cellist. Her work draws inspiration from the behavioural patterns of natural phenomena, the droning lilt of Icelandic folk music, and the experience of ascribing significance to happenstance. Autocorrect describes her work as a “texturing fog.” Commissions and performances have come from ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, ensemble reconsil, and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. Her work has been featured on the MATA Festival, Ung Nordisk Musik, and the SONiC Festival. Recent projects include a collaboration with animator Amanda Bonaiuto on a new work for Echo Chamber, and the commercial release of Bearthoven's recording of Shoaling on Cantaloupe Music.
As a performer, she has presented her own work at Cluster Festival of New Music, (le) poisson rouage, and at Toronto's the Music Gallery. She has recently performed with singer/producer Lydia Ainsworth and Bing & Ruth. She was the winner of GroundSwell's Emerging Canadian Composers Competition, and collaborated with instrument maker Merche Blasco on a piece for three sopranos and Theremin Orchestra. Fjóla has participated in the Bang on a Can contemporary music festival, both as a composer and as a cellist, in the inaugural edition of the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, and has attended residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, KulturKontakt Austria, and the Old School Arthouse in Hrísey, Iceland. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the SOCAN Foundation. A graduate of McGill University where she studied with cellist Matt Haimovitz, Fjóla completed her master's degree in composition with Julia Wolfe at NYU Steinhardt. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in composition at the Yale School of Music.
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