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Fair Use


a vocal concert definitely in compliance with copyright law

September 10, 2022
Aki Studio

Slow Rise Music's second production, Fair Use, was a live and live-streaming show presented at Native Earth’s Aki Studio. Fair Use featured a programme of contemporary Canadian vocal music around a theme of cultural reference and quotation performed by soprano McKenzie Warriner, mezzo-soprano Máiri Demings, tenor Jacob Abrahamse, bass Tristan Zaba, and pianist Zain Solinski, with music by composers including Laura Gow, Massimo Guida, Kiara Nathaniel, Bekah Simms, Kitty Xiao, and Tristan Zaba. The majority of these pieces were both world premieres and new commissions by Slow Rise Music, in many cases set to new texts by contemporary Canadian poets including Genova, Jessica Hiemstra, and Kathryn Knowles. This project was generously supported by the Canada Council, SOCAN Foundation and private donors.

Fair Use

Fair Use

Hanging by a Thread


Three New Works on the Theme of Survival

November 27, 2021
Canadian Music Centre

Our inaugural concert featuring co-founders McKenzie Warriner and Tristan Zaba as a multi-instrumental duo, with Warriner singing and playing piano, and Zaba singing and playing electric guitar. Given the prompt of "survival" after 18 months of pandemic standstill, three commissioned composers (Anika-France Forget, Isaac Zee, and Tristan Zaba) created meaningful works that amidst dark contexts offer hope for the future. This concert was also Slow Rise Music's first foray into commissioning poetry, with each work featuring new text by poets Aude A. Saint Laurent, Pam Galloway, and Tristan Zaba. Co-produced by the Canadian Music Centre, this concert was performed live for a small audience and live-streamed across the country.