Veda Hille has been writing music, making records, and performing internationally since 1992. She is a classically trained pianist, art school dropout, performance curator, self-taught singer, theatre interloper, and independent artist. She has released 20 albums, the latest being Love Waves
(a collection of love songs written in Berlin, released 2016). Her most recent musical Onegin
, an adaptation of the Russian classic written with Amiel Gladstone, won an unprecedented ten Jessie Richardson awards and is running in Toronto right before Luminato.
Hille is the composer for King Arthur’s Night
, a Neworld Theatre production commissioned by Luminato which premieres at this year’s festival. Her score for Bakkhai
runs at Stratford this summer, and she is also currently working on a song cycle with writer Bill Richardson and a new experiment with iconic American composer Harold Budd.
Taking a break from her Ontario theatre work, Hille arrives at The Famous Spiegeltent for a rare performance of personal songs. She will draw largely from Love Waves
and also, in honour of the surroundings, will dig into her history of Brecht covers. Because protest songs from the 1930s feel oddly timely now, don’t they?
Photo by Emily Cooper