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Aline Homzy

This week we feature Aline Homzy, a violinist and composer who was born and raised in Montreal. Equally adept in the musical worlds of classical and jazz, Aline has performed across Canada with the National Youth Orchestra and David Occhipinti’s Camera Ensemble.  While completing her studies at Humber College, she had the opportunity to perform with Danilo Perez and Guido Basso and travel to Kentucky, Mexico, and Italy. She attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, working with artists including Dave Douglas, Adam Benjamin and Donny McCaslin.

Most recently, Aline appeared an episode of the TV show GLEE, backing up Lea Michele on the song “Creep” by Radiohead. Currently studying in New York City, Aline freelances with many jazz, pop, and classical projects in Toronto and enjoys teaching the O’Connor violin method to aspiring violinists.

Aline participated in our Jazzology program in 2012 while completing her studies at Humber College. She provided some insight into her experiences with the Jazzology program and discussed her recent activities:

Describe your experience with the Jazzology program. What was your favourite aspect?

I loved preparing for my segment. I was so excited to be able to share my love of music with the listeners. I found some really under-played recordings and researched them! I also appreciated that we were able to share our own music!

What is your strongest memory of the program? Are there any funny stories or incidents that come to mind?

It was a lot of fun. I had a great time with Brad Barker. I remember having to stop and start again because it’s hard to express concise thoughts in one shot. The way it sounded in my head wasn’t always the way it sounded when I spoke.

Would you recommend this experience to other young musicians? Why?

Definitely. It’s such a great way for people to get to know about you and also a great hands-on experience of how radio a show works.

How has this experience helped in your personal and professional development?

Since my Jazzology segment, I have had a lot of success with my projects. I had the opportunity to air one track from my newly debuted “Dragon Suite” with Andrew Kesler which I had composed at Humber. We have had a lot of success with it and I am sure part of it is because people found out about it on the show. I would sometimes get text messages from friends saying that “Dragon’s Dream” was on JAZZ.FM91 and I would always pause for a moment and think, “Oh yeah! From the Jazzology show!”

Jazzology is made possible by our generous donors and RBC Royal Bank who strongly believe in the importance of arts education initiatives. If you had the opportunity to thank them in person, what would you say?

I would urge them to keep doing what they are doing! It is so important for young artists to get recognition these days in bigger ways than their own resources. It is also such a great opportunity to be on a radio studio with a broadcaster, experience the behind-the-scenes moments – it’s very educational! Thanks to all the sponsors for this opportunity!

Why is music education important?

I think music education should be a much bigger priority than it is now – in terms of global music education. Musicians are getting the education but it’s the non-musicians that need to know about what exists outside of the mainstream media. We need to create a better musical community and audiences.

Since participating in the Jazzology program, what have you been doing?

It’s been a really positive time for my career. I am in New York City for two months on a Canada Council for the Arts grant right now. I am taking lessons with violinist Sara Caswell (on faculty at Manhattan School of Music) and Sy Johnson (who arranged for Charles Mingus). I am working for Sue Mingus, helping to create a “Mingus Institute.”

I had the opportunity to participate in a Canadian tour with David Occhipinti’s Camera Ensemble this past fall. It was my first real tour and I couldn’t have been happier to be a part of a group of such amazing people and musicians.  I play regularly with my manouche trio called Les Petits Nouveaux and we are just about to release a new record. The Homzy/Kesler duo just premiered the “Dragon Suite” for the first time as a part of Spectrum Music at the Annex Theatre in January and we are planning more performances down the road.

What music are you listening to at the moment that you find particularly inspiring?

Because I am currently surrounded by a lot of Mingus energy, I am listening to a lot of him. I have a lot of my friends’ music on my iPhone that I love listening to; in particular Desmond White and Nicky Schrire’s most recent efforts. I think it’s really worth checking these two out.

What are your plans for the future?

I have just been offered a job in New York which is really tempting me to stay here for a while. On the other hand, I love Toronto and I love my musical family there. It would be really hard for me to let go. I just want to be playing and surrounded by music right now!

How can people learn more about you and your activities?

So, I have a facebook artist page.
My twitter handle is: @homzya
Check out the Homzy/Kesler website HERE.
Les Petits Nouveaux


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