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Laurel MacDonald

Singer, songwriter, film/television/dance composer

Composition – "Qui" - Now playing...
(Excerpt, Public Domain, Arranged by Laurel MacDonald and John Oswald)
(Original composition, Qui habitat in adjutorio altissimi, by Josquin des Prez, c. 1440-1521)

Recognized across Canada and internationally as a dynamic singer/composer and performer, Laurel MacDonald began her professional career in 1990, composing soundtracks for independent film. Soon after she combined talents with music producer, sound designer and composer Philip Strong – marking the beginning of a longtime creative partnership under the name Improbable Music.

MacDonald’s music and voice have appeared in many television productions including the dramatic series Heartland, Regenesis, Point Pleasant, PSI Factor, Taking the Falls, and The Salem Witch Trials. Feature film credits include Splice, Shake Hands with the Devil, Black Dahlia, Tripping the Wire and The Hanging Garden, and dance and theatre credits include the Stratford Festival of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre, Alberta Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company of New York, and the ballet of the Opéra National de Paris. In 2003, MacDonald and partner Philip Strong received a Gemini Award for their score for the dance film The Year Of The Lion, produced by the BRAVO! Television Network and CBC Television.

MacDonald also embarked on a career as a solo singer and performer in 1994, and has since released five recordings to widespread critical acclaim. MacDonald released her first solo album Kiss Closed My Eyes in 1994. In 1997 she was signed to Wicklow Records, a world music label created by Canadian music management notables Sam Feldman and Steve Macklam. Her album Chroma was released worldwide by Wicklow/BMG Classics in 1999. Wicklow also released Wingspan in 1999, an EP featuring remixes of MacDonald’s music by such luminaries as Transglobal Underground, John Oswald and Bill Laswell. MacDonald was profiled in a BRAVO! Television Network production Kiss Closed My Eyes.

In 2008 MacDonald introduced her solo performance project Videovoce, integrating her voice with electronics and video. With Strong at the sound design helm, she has taken this project to the Summerworks and Art School (Dismissed) festivals in Toronto, and to MUTEK 2010 in Montreal. By 2006 MacDonald had exhibited her first video installation, and her video work has since been programmed at Toronto Alternative Fashion Week, the Luminato festival in Toronto, and the Festival International du Film sur l’Art in Montreal. Recent performances include the Hamilton Media Arts Centre and the SOUNDplay Festival in Toronto, and the première of her video installation XXIX as part of the 2010 Nuit Blanche festival at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.


Luscinia's Lullaby (2005)
Stars & Elements (EP, 2000)
Chroma (1999)
Wingspan (Remix EP, 1999)
Kiss Closed My Eyes (1995)

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