En Garde Arts
Tar Sands Songbook
written, composed & performed by Tanya Kalmanovitch
dramaturgy & direction by Katie Pearl
with Andrew Boudreau on piano
assistant director, Daniel Krane
Special thanks to The New School
Tanya Kalmanovitch (writer & performer) is a Canadian violist, ethnomusicologist, and author known for her breadth of inquiry and restless sense of adventure. Trained at the Juilliard School, her work as a violist bridges classical, jazz and experimental improvised music and has been profiled in Jazz Times, DownBeat, and the New York Times. She is an Associate Professor at Mannes College at The New School, Affiliated Faculty at the Tishman Environment and Design Centre, and on faculty at the New England Conservatory in Boston. In 2018 she was named to the Grist 50 Fixers, a diverse group of innovators with solutions to climate change. Tanya’s uncommonly diverse interests converge in the fields of improvisation, social entrepreneurship, and social action with projects that explore the provocative cultural geography of locations around the world. Based in Brooklyn, her layered artistic research practice has been rewarded with extended residencies in India, Ireland, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Siberia. tanyakalmanovitch.com
Katie Pearl (director) is an interdisciplinary theater artist and co-Artistic Director of the Obie-winning company PearlDamour. She is the recipient of four Map Fund, two NEA, and a Creative Capital Award. For 20 years PearlDamour has pushed boundaries of contemporary theater with projects like How to Build a Forest, an 8-hour performance installation responding to Hurricane Katrina and losses around the BP Oil Spill; Milton, created with/performed in small towns named ‘Milton’ across the US; and Ocean Filibuster, an epic solo performance commissioned by the American Repertory Theater and the Harvard University Center for the Environment (in development).Commissions/presenters: The Kitchen, the Whitney Museum, PS122, Brookfield Arts, HERE Arts Center, Walker Art Center, and the Contemporary Arts Center/New Orleans. Pearl was the 2017 Quinn Martin Guest Chair of Directing at UCSD, a 2016 Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton, and a visiting lecturer of Socially Engaged Art at Harvard. katiepearl.com.
Andrew Boudreau (musician) is quickly becoming an active member of the North American and international jazz scenes. One of eight Canadian musicians to receive the Astral Artist Prize at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Andrew is also the recipient of the OPUS Prize for Jazz Concert of the Year in Quebec. Andrew has completed a Master of Music at the New England Conservatory, Bachelor of Music at the Schulich School of Music (McGill University), and ARCT Diploma (Piano Performance) from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Andrew has performed in the Montreal International Jazz Festival, OFF festival de jazz de Montréal, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival and the International Chamber Music Festival (Stavanger, Norway). He has performed with a diverse array of musicians and ensembles such as the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal with David Binney, soprano Measha Brueggergosman, and the Altsys Jazz Orchestra. A native of Truro, Nova Scotia, Andrew currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.andrewboudreaumusic.com.