Shannon Kristjanson (Vignudo) Jocelyn Goertzen (Jocelyn Goertzen) Rayannah Kroeker (Brad Cerasini)
Jocelyn Goertzen, Shannon Kristjanson and Rayannah Kroeker make up the trio collage-a-trois. Tonight at Aqua Books, they debut their collection of music that might come from three different places, but sounds like one.
SCENE asked Shannon Kristjanson to describe what audiences can expect to hear.
Describe who Collage-a-trois is.
Collage-à-trois is our three voices, each different, each with its own story. We grew up waiting by the radio to hit the red record button, belting Disney in front of the mirror, memorizing Handel excerpts, putting on full-scale basement musicals and plays for patient parents and neighbors, mimicking Michael Jackson moves, rocking out on a cardboard guitar, transcribing Coltrane and singing French-Canadian folksongs over and over.
Over time, everyone collects songs they'll never forget, an autobiographical soundtrack. This project is a collage of our songs. Many genres, different instrumentations, creative arrangements and originals of our own.
How did you all come together?
All three of us have been involved in music for years and have recently had the chance to study jazz together at university. We have played together in various jazz settings in the past and it seemed natural to take on a project as a distinct band.
What's the common element amongst all three of you?
We are all formally trained musicians that found a shared desire to explore different types of music that we wouldn't normally get to experience.
What's the one thing that each of you bring to the musical table?
Having each spent most of our time studying different instruments, we bring these together to come up with a variety of different musical textures. Each voice within these is integral.
How would you describe it when a common musical vision comes together, when 3 different people become like one?
The most exciting thing about collage-à-trois is that it's an equal collaboration between the three of us. Everyone contributes their own effort, vision and skill and it is because we are all quite different from the each other that we stay inspired.
What do you want your audience to get out of your performances?
There isn't a single song in our set that we don't love. Our show is intended to be a collage of all sorts of music that has moved us in one way or another. It comes from the heart and has no alterior motives.
What are the plans for the trio?
The most fulfilling part of this project is coming up with ideas and never becoming stagnant. Whether it be a specific series, another discipline or a time of year, we hope to keep finding more spaces and contexts which will continue to inspire us. (Look for us around the holiday season!)
When: Tonight, Tuesday August 16th
Where: Aqua Books.
Time: 8:00 p.m.