Tristan Zaba


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Inspired by communities across Canada as well as literature, improvisation, and film; Toronto-based composer, vocalist, poet, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Tristan Zaba breaks boundaries of genre and form through his innate artistic sincerity. Across a variety of mediums, Tristan allows audiences and musicians alike to "journey through the depths of the human mind" (Community News Commons) through his skilled stimulation of free association. His works have been premiered at festivals including the Source Song Festival, the Winnipeg New Music Festival, and Orford Musique, and collaborators have included the Quatuor Bozzini, the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, and the Zyra Trio. In addition to being the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and SOCAN Foundation, he has held residencies with multiple ensembles and won numerous honours including the SOCAN Foundation’s Choral Award for Young Composers. Tristan holds a Bachelor’s degree in music composition from the University of Manitoba where he studied with Gordon Fitzell and Örjan Sandred, and a Master's degree in the same subject from the University of Toronto where he studied with Christos Hatzis. As of 2021 Tristan Zaba is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers.