Tick Tock — a new collaboration between Naomi Woo and Sasha Amaya — focuses on sonic and choreographic performance: producing, interpreting, and devising works of opera, dance, music, and physical theatre.
NAOMI WOO /// Canadian-born Naomi Woo is a pianist, conductor and musicologist whose interdisciplinary approach to performance and scholarship has captivated audiences in Canada, the United States and abroad. Equally at home on the harpsichord, the prepared piano and the podium, Naomi frequently performs and conducts a wide variety of music as both a soloist and chamber musician. In the past year, notable engagements have included performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, conducting the world premiere of Susie Self’s Spirit Wagon for singers and chamber orchestra, and solo recitals in New York City, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2011, her debut in Carnegie Hall sponsored by the Prokofiev Society of America was praised as an “elegant performance” in the New York Times. Naomi studied Mathematics, Philosophy and Music at Yale University. After spending some time in Montreal working with Marc Durand and performing—with the generous support of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts—Naomi is currently a PhD student in Musicology at Cambridge University in England. http://www.naomiwoo.com
SASHA AMAYA /// Sasha Amaya studied classical ballet before experimenting with contemporary dance, choreography, and direction. Her work has shown on stage, in galleries, on videos, and alongside live chamber music and opera, in North America and in Europe. Amaya is particularly interested in experimenting with different modes of generating movement, including logic-based games, colour-based sequences, and the interpretation of instructions to create non-verbal, movement-based pieces with dancers, musicians, actors, and athletes. Grateful for support from Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, Videopool’s New Artist in Media Art Fund, the Banff Centre, Kettle’s Yard Fund, and a Young Lungs Research Series Grant, Amaya has created several shorts and installations in addition to works for the stage, including Bedtime (2015), Sailing (2014), What Love Song? (2013), Pop + Noise (2013), Drawn Dances (2012), and a collaboration with Mexican artist Paloma Ayala on Zala Moves (2013), which have shown in galleries and at film festivals. Amaya is a memer of Clare College, Cambridge. http://www.sasha-amaya.com