Pianist and songwriter Veda Hille combines music and storytelling in this intensely personal and gripping performance. Drawing from works by J.S. Bach, as well as her own compositions, Little Volcano offers a glimpse into the life of one of Vancouver’s most beloved musical artists. Little Volcano’s autobiographical take on love, death, and survival is at once heartbreaking, inspiring, and uplifting. Ultimately, this “heightened concert” explores the universality of life’s experiences — loss, relationships, and adventures — through the one constant in Veda’s life: the piano.
Created in residencies with Cryptic UK and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, in collaboration with Maiko Yamamoto and James Long. Little Volcano premieres at Music On Main and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, January 21-23, 2020.
VEDA HILLE has been writing music, making records, and performing internationally since 1992. She is a classically trained pianist, art school dropout, performance curator, self-taught singer, theatre interloper, and independent artist. She has released over 20 albums, the latest being the cast recording of Neworld Theatre’s King Arthur’s Night. Her most recent musical, Onegin, is an adaptation of the Russian classic. Written with Amiel Gladstone and premiering in 2016, Onegin won an unprecedented ten Jessie Richardson awards and made its US premiere in Boston in 2019. Her most recent album of personal songs, Love Waves (2016) topped many best-of lists across Canada. New projects include music for The Bakkhai (Stratford) and a seventh round as musical director for the East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement).
Photos by Matt Reznek
“There’s no end to her insatiable curiosity—or her talent.”
— Michael Barclay, Macleans
“Her music feels at once willful and extremely free, following her consciousness along unique and private paths, but with subtly coiled structures that often end up springing, at least for me, into vast emotion.”
— Carl Wilson, Slate
“ambitious and epic, carefully detailed and inspired, meticulously crafted music that moves, engages, and dares us into risky but rewarding territory.”
— Andrea Warner, CBCR3
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