bio

Here you will find some info about me and my work....

I grew up in Alberta, Canada, and lived for many years in Montréal before moving to Colorado and then Victoria, BC. I feel blessed to be able to make my career as a musician. As a newcomer to Victoria, I am eager to make new friends and find people to explore music and ensemble playing with.

My practice as a musician includes interpretation, improvisation, composition and writing. I am also active as a performer, interdisciplinary collaborator, teacher, recording session artist, and more.

 

I am most passionate about ensemble playing. In my collaborative work I continually challenge myself not to shy away from situations that force me out of my comfort zone and I value the chance of finding common ground with artists from different communities. I often seek projects that cause me to step out of the habitual and confront my tendencies and perceptual biases. 

.....and here's a third person bio I wrote:

In summer of 2020, Jane relocated with her husband to Victoria, BC. Before that she taught as a lecturer and cello instructor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Colorado College from 2017 - 2020. From 2014 - 2017 she worked on the board of Les Sympathiques, a community-building non-profit organization which runs the concert series at Resonance Cafe. She also volunteered for 3 years on the organizing team of the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab. As a cellist she has been a member of Chronicle Quartet, Isis Giraldo Poetry Project, Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble, and Uccello

In 2017 she attended the Musicians in Residence Program at the Banff Centre where she explored electronic instrument augmentation. Thanks to the support of her family, community and through awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, McGill University, the Williamson Foundation, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, she has had the opportunity to attend workshops and study with many brilliant artists. Her principal mentors have included Chris McCann, Yegor Dyachkov, Matt Haimovitz, and John Kadz. She holds a BMus and MMus degree in Music Performance from McGill University.

Jane was nominated for a 2017 META award for Outstanding Contribution for her work in the Centaur Theatre / Canadian Stage production of Constellations. In 2019 she formed the duo bien parler with Nick Hyatt and they recorded their first album together, thanks to generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

© 2020 By Jane Chan