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About



Lucy Strauss is a South African musician, now practicing on the unceded ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Sel̓íl̓witulh Nations. Her practice draws together viola performance, composition, improvisation and embodied design research in Music Technology. Lucy writes and plays music ranging from Western classical to free improvisation and electroacoustic genres. She has performed improvised and experimental music at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Mixtophonics Festival, 8EAST Cultural Center & NOW Society (Vancouver), De Tanker (Amsterdam) and the Theatre Arts Admin Collective (Cape Town).

Lucy also enjoys contributing to interdisciplinary collaborations with other artists. Most notably, she has coded, composed and played for installations by artist Mia Thom at Everard Read Gallery, Act of Brutal Curation Gallery, and Eclectica Contemporary (Cape Town), as well as the 2022 Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain. Lucy has presented workshops on composition (University of British Columbia), embodied approaches to improvisation (Canadian Viola Society) and interactive music technology (Bowed Electrons Festival & Symposium).

After completing her BMus in Composition at the University of Cape Town 2018, Lucy’s exploration of instant-composition was set in motion at the MusicDance Cape Town Performance Residency and Improvisation Summer Course, Amsterdam. In 2021, Lucy completed a MMus in Viola Performance under the instruction of Dr. Marina Thibeault at the University of British Columbia.