Fjóla Evans, composer

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, Contemporaneous, ensemble reconsil, and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. Her work has been featured on the MATA Festival, Ung Nordisk Musik, and the SONiC Festival. Upcoming projects include a commission from Thin Edge New Music Collective, 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, núna (now), and at Toronto’s the Music Gallery. She has performed with ensembles such as Hotel Elefant, 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 Soundstreams 2016 Emerging Composer Workshop studying with mentor composer Steve Reich, 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 recently completed her master’s degree in composition with Julia Wolfe at NYU Steinhardt. Fjóla is currently pursuing graduate studies in composition at the Yale School of Music, as a student of Martin Bresnick and Christopher Theofanidis.