Teiya Kasahara and Rachel Iwaasa in concert
RACE-ING QUEER MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Teiya Kasahara (voice), and Rachel Iwaasa (piano)
Cursor 7, by Hiroki Tsurumoto
"And so I killed a man tonight," from The Laurels (2001), with music by Jeffrey Ryan, libretto by Michael MacLennan
Solana's Song from When The Sun Comes Out (2013), with music by Leslie Uyeda, libretto by Rachel Rose
Japanese-German-Canadian soprano Teiya Kasahara has been praised as a “magnetic performer” singing with “a dynamic mix of sweetness undercut by strength” (Opera Canada) as Solana in the world premiere of When the Sun Comes Out (Uyeda/Rose), Canada’s first lesbian opera — QAF in 2013, Toronto’s World Pride in 2014. Her “impeccable” and “effortless” (reviewVancouver) Queen of the Night/Magic Flute has already been seen across Canada (Vancouver, Edmonton, Ontario) and in Europe (Prague, Teplice, Toulon, Essen). Last season she portrayed Fata Morgana in The Love of Three Oranges at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Germany.
Teiya has performed with the Canadian Opera Company (COC), the National Ballet of Canada, Tapestry Opera (Hope/Shelter), Soulpepper, and a variety of indie opera companies. Most recently she has garnered great success through Aprile Millo’s Operavision Academy working with Sir Richard Bonynge in Busseto, Italy. She is a graduate of the COC Ensemble Studio and the University of British Columbia. Currently she is the Artistic Intern at Theatre Gargantua in Toronto. Follow her @teiyakasahara (www.teiyakasahara.com).
Hailed in the press as a "keyboard virtuoso and avant-garde muse" (Georgia Straight) with the “emotional intensity” to take a piece “from notes on a page to a stunning work of art” (Victoria Times Colonist), Japanese-Danish-Canadian pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands and Germany. Known for bold and innovative concerts, Rachel combines her warmth and curiosity to touch the hearts and minds of audiences, whether she is playing Beethoven and Schumann or Ligeti and Saariaho. One half of the flute/piano duo Tiresias with Mark McGregor, Rachel has also performed with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Judith Forst, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire. Rachel has appeared for Muziekweek Gaudeamus, Music TORONTO, Vancouver New Music, Music on Main, Redshift, the Western Front, Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, the Aventa Ensemble (Victoria), CONTACT contemporary music (Toronto), New Works Calgary, Groundswell New Music (Winnipeg), and Vancouver Pro Musica. Rachel’s Western Canadian Music Award nominated debut CD,Cosmophony, has been praised as “brilliant” and “unforgettable” (Vancouver Sun) and for “the passion, intensity and the nuanced playing she's acclaimed for... she manages to instill a sense of dynamic tension and pull to every note" (The Province). Rachel also works as Director of Development for the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver, recognized as one of the top 5 festivals of its kind worldwide.