Deborah Goodman Davis, author
Deborah Goodman Davis is an art advisor and curator based in New York City. She is the author of three books: Speeding Down the Spiral, about a family’s trip to the Guggenheim Museum which received the Mom’s Choice Silver Medal Prize, PhotoRX: Pharmacy in Photography Since 1850, a catalogue dedicated to the renowned art collection of Pharmascience and A Catalogue of Blessings, about her late mother, Rosalind Goodman. In addition to running her Art Advisory business, Deborah is on the on the board of the New York City Center, the American Friends of the Israel Museum, and the Advisory Council of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, at Cornell University. She is also on the board of the Hillel at Brown University. Deborah grew up in Montréal. She received a BA from Cornell University and an MA from the University of Chicago, both in art history.
To learn more, visit www.dgdavisfineart.com
Ranee Lee, author and jazz singer
Ranee Lee is now celebrating over 45 years in Montreal, Quebec, where she enjoys a successful, multi-faceted career as one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists, an award-winning actress, a songwriter, and a proud author of the children’s book Nana What Do You Say?, inspired by her song of the same title, from the 1994 release, I Thought About You. Ranee has recorded twelve albums on the Justin Time label, a proud discography of acclaimed recordings that feature some of the finest jazz musicians of our time among its sidemen. Ranee’s impressive discography is filled with masterworks: “The Musical, Jazz on Broadway”, being one of them, was a successful marriage of jazz standards and the music of Broadway. In 1994 and again in1995, Ranee received the Top Canadian Female Jazz Vocalist Award presented by Jazz Report magazine. She has been nominated for several Juno Awards and in 2010 - won the Juno for Vocal Jazz Album of the year for her recording "Ranee Lee Lives UPSTAIRS." Her latest release "What's Going On" is an inspired and deeply moving collection of originals, standards and some surprises! Throughout her career Ranee has performed with many jazz notables, including Clark Terry, Bill Mayes, Herb Ellis, Red Mitchell, Milt Hinton, Oliver Jones and Terry Clarke, to name a few. Lee is no stranger to the road; she has toured with her own group in the United States and has played at many prestigious jazz festivals throughout Canada as well as Spain, France, England and Haiti. For outstanding service to jazz education, at the twenty-first IAJE conference in 1994, Ranee received the International Association of Jazz Educators Award. As an educator, Ranee has been part of the University of Laval faculty in Quebec City and The Schulich School of Music of McGill University faculty for over twenty years. She was appointed as a Member Of The Order Of Canada and in 2007 was given an award for appreciation and contribution to the development of the McGill Jazz Program by the McGill Schulich School of Music.
To learn more, visit www.justin-time.com
Basile Philippe, acrobat
Basile Philippe is a young acrobat from France who established himself in Montréal four years ago. After training at the École Nationale de Cirque de Châtellerault in France, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean to perfect his skills at the École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal (ENC). Over the past few years, he explored acrobatics using various acrobatic equipment and everyday objects. His goal is to develop physical skills, but also an acrobatic vocabulary that transcends towards contemporary and circus writing. He oscillates from solo work to collective work, depending on the project. As a circus artist, he opens himself to, and discovers, the performance scene in Montréal with special thanks to P. James, who guided him during his research, training and stage explorations at the ENC. Through his work, he continuously questions the role of the acrobat and objects on stage. Philippe is based in France as well as in Canada, where he continues his work on solo and collective projects, as well as organizing events to promote experimental circus in Montréal. Being active in the community encourages all to collaborate together. Furthermore, he trains in the world of contemporary art by meeting and collaborating with other interdisciplinary artists from all around the world.
To learn more, visit www.basilephilippe.eu
Stefania Skoryna, dance
Since graduating from l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (EDCM, 2015), Stefania Skoryna performed for Mélanie Demers (OFFTA 2016), the theater company PETRUS / Jérémie Niel (Théâtre de Quat'sous 2019) and 14 LIEUX/ Martin Messier (FTA 2019). In parallel, her enthusiasm and initiative give her the chance to choreograph for events at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Chalet du Mont-Royal, the Butterflies Go Free exhibition at the Botanical Garden of Montreal and co-produce, choreograph and perform at the Monument National as part of the Zoofest Festival (2015-2019). Stefania worked on several collaborative projects including Souvenirs de mariage presented in Quebec City (Action Theater), the dance video Contemporary Christmas that she produced and choreographed, directed by the collective Flamant and Les Galanteries Sauvages with Ensemble Volte & Raphaëlle Renucci. Her piece Ellipses (2018), created during the seminar Composing and Interpreting music for dance at the University of Montreal, under the direction of Ana Sokolović and Sarah Bild, was presented at Dance Matters in Toronto, Festival ZH. & Danse Buissonnières 2019 in Montreal. Her involvement in the community plays a key role in her practice, in September 2020 she began her 10th year of teaching dance, she also manages mentoring for the first years at l’EDCM, is a guest lecturer for graduates and co-founder of the non-profit Nous Sommes L’Été, which has been organizing a summer laboratory since 2014 in Montreal and Quebec City.
The intrepid and dedicated members of Ensemble Paramirabo come together as a single voice to perform contemporary music, showcase emerging Canadian composers, and expand the boundaries of the traditional concert experience. As a creator of innovative events, the group provides young composers with a venue for refining their trademark within Montreal’s vibrant new music scene and act as a springboard for exposure abroad. The ensemble’s flutist, Jeffrey Stonehouse, has been the group’s artistic director since its founding.
To learn more, visit www.ensembleparamirabo.com