Canadian composer Kara-Lis Coverdale


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Playing music at a young age does not a prodigy make, though it certainly helped Canadian composer Kara-Lis Coverdale. A student of piano throughout her childhood in rural Ontario, she became organist and composing music director at a local church at 14. After earning an MA in musicology and composition, Coverdale moved to Montréal. In addition to working as the organist for a local church, she befriended esteemed sound artist Tim Hecker, who recruited her to play on his albums Virgins (2013) and Love Streams (2016). In 2015, Coverdale released her solo debut, Aftertouches. Using synthetic instruments sourced from VSTs, sound banks, and personal archives, she blurred the lines between electronic and acoustic music, as well as the secular and the non-secular. Since then, she’s played festivals like MUTEK and Unsound, and in 2017 released Grafts, on which she processed and looped vocal samples to create cool and melodic modal compositions. In this episode of Couch Wisdom recorded at the 2018 Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin, Coverdale talked collaboration, working with her Estonian musical heritage and how architecture informs and influences her creative process.

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