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Veda Hille

Veda Hille has been writing music, making records, and performing since 1992.  She is a classically trained pianist, art school drop out, performance curator, self-taught singer, theatre interloper, and independent artist.  She has released 13 albums, the latest being Peter Panties (a wild document of a legendary Vancouver theatre show, released 2013).  Veda’s work follows two streams: songs and records she initiates herself, and songs commissioned for theatre, dance, and special events.  A recent success is the musical Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, written with Bill Richardson and Amiel Gladstone.  The show, based on craigslist ads, continues to tour after its premiere in 2011.  Other collaborations have resulted in video and music performances, electro acoustic experiments, rock songs for children, and an opera about pine trees.  She is currently working on an adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and recording her new album of love songs written in Berlin.  Above all, Veda aims to write songs that are distinct and precise and beautiful.  Songs about the natural world, human relations, mathematical theory: she turns her eye to the things that amaze her, and the results are interesting, odd, and amazing in turn.