Tristan Zaba


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Inspired by musical communities across Canada and influenced by opera, philosophy, improvisation, literature, and film; Toronto-based composer, vocalist, bandleader, and multi-media artist Tristan Zaba’s music breaks boundaries of genre and form. From his experimental rock albums to his chamber work; Tristan’s work questions itself, its audience members, and its performers through the use of intertextual reference and quotation.

Zaba has performed and had pieces premiered at festivals including Source Song Festival, Winnipeg New Music Festival, Orford Musique, University of Toronto New Music Festival, and Casse Tête. Past collaborators include Quatuor Bozzini, David Fallis, the MacMillan Singers, the University of Manitoba Singers, Julian Pellicano, the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and Veronique Lacroix. He served as the 2018-2019 Composer in Residence for the University of Toronto’s MacMillan Singers, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree under Christos Hatzis at the University of Toronto. He earned a Bachelor's of Music degree from the University of Manitoba under Gordon Fitzell and Örjan Sandred.