Every so often, MT poses 60 questions to a local or visiting artist in Toronto who has made our classical music community that much more interesting. They pick and choose. The minimum response is 20 answers. A kind of Rorschach personality test, if you will.
Nicole Lizée is a Montreal based composer who has been called a “brilliant musical scientist”. Her voice is inspired by an eclectic mix of influences including old MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by forgotten sounds, analogue technology and, “glitches”, which she weaves throughout her work.
She will be in Toronto for Tapestry Opera’s Tap:Ex Tables Turned on March 20 and 21.The project is described as a boundary-busting multimedia concert exploring iconic moments from film and opera, featuring soprano Carla Huhtanen.
Default drink/cocktail of choice?
Bourbon and Old Fashioneds
Name your favourite concert hall/venue anywhere
SoundBox (San Francisco) and Royal Albert Hall
Your first three record store purchases
Ratt: Out of the Cellar, Def Leppard: Pyromania, Scorpions: World Wide Live
If you could board a plane this afternoon, where would it be taking you?
San Francisco or anywhere in Italy
The strangest place you’ve ever been to?
Hooters in Old San Juan
Where was the last place you traveled to for work or pleasure?
Shoe of choice?
Old Skool Asics and Fluevogs
The different career path that you could have gone on?
Your three favourite films?
Rear Window, The Outsiders, WarGames
What are you listening to as you answer these questions?
We Five (1960s California group)
What is the game that you’re best at?
What is the one animal that scares you the most?
Scariest situation you’ve ever been in?
Your least favourite word?
The first album that made you love music?
Nana Mouskouri: Song for Liberty. I was a huge Mouskouri fan throughout my childhood and would draw her name on my binder next to Iron Maiden and Dokken
Three pieces, songs, or arias that you could listen to on repeat for an hour?
Strauss: Zueignung (Jessye Norman version), Schumann: Symphonic Études – Étude 2, Kate Bush: Under the Ivy, Love: Andmoreagain
The one place that you have the least interest in ever visiting?
Any place with cockroaches bigger than my hand
The first three things that you do every morning?
Coffee, parts, give peanuts to the squirrels that live in our trees
The best way to die?
The piece of music you want played at your funeral?
One of the parts that killed me