Music: Grace Scheele
American-Canadian Grace Scheele is an award-winning contemporary harpist, composer, curator, and improviser based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Through her work she explores themes of lived experience, developing narrative/locality through diagetic sampling, gender identity, and nationality. Recent performances include a solo performance in The Music Gallery's EMERGENTS I 2018/19 series where she premiered a set of structured improvisations based on the theme of elegaic memory. A featured performer in Soundstream's and Olivia Shortt's Ear Candy: Fauxstalgia, she had the pleasure to improvise with 2016 Juno-Nominee cellist Cris Derksen, pianist Darren Creech, Teiya Kasahara, and Smith Purdy. In July 2019 she utilized samples of Apollo 11 mission logs and speeches by President John F. Kennedy and President Richard Nixon along with historical newscasts in her space-themed performance at the Aga Khan Museum’s Moon Landing Festival.