ANCESTORS is an innovative piece of musical theatre being composed and produced by Quilla (Anna Luisa Daigneault) and choreographed by LeDarius Parker. It is an intergenerational story told through compelling dialog and live dance sequences accompanied by a powerful, beat-driven electronic score. The narrative focuses on a group of three characters who reside in modern-day Greensboro, NC. Each character encounters one of their ancestors during a dream, and undergoes a transformative process that leads to healing, personal reckoning as well as an appreciation for their lineage.
This project is being created with support from the North Carolina Arts Council and the partnering arts councils. It will premiere in 2023.
Quilla’s latest album, The Handbook of Vivid Moments (Ritual Fire Recordsm 2020), beautifully weaves elements of her Latinx heritage with dance floor beats. This album uplifts listeners during the Covid-19 pandemic, and explores themes such as climate change and women’s empowerment. The album is available on all platforms here: https://orcd.co/
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Quilla’s third album was written and produced in her home studio in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was created with support from the North Carolina Arts Council and the partnering arts councils of the Regional Artist Project Grant Program (2021). Their support is gratefully acknowledged. The printing of physical albums was also made possible by an Artist Support Grant from ArtsGreensboro and the NC Arts Council in 2021.
Music, lyrics, electronic production and mixing by Quilla (Anna Luisa Daigneault)
Vocal production by Quilla and Mike Garrigan
Violin on Track 5 by Kate Musselwhite Tobey
Mastering by Holger Lagerfeldt
Cover art by Marty O’Connor
“Mixing elements of heritage and genre in tune with body and space, The Handbook of Vivid Moments, the third record from Greensboro electro-artist, Quilla— the artistic persona from Montreal-born Anna Luisa Daigneault— serves as a vessel for expression and empowerment in a time of dystopia, laid amongst dance floor beats.” – YES!Weekly
“The Greensboro musician and producer emphasizes biological cycles, family relationships and women’s liberation in her music. And those themes stand out… [in] her most recent album, The Handbook of Vivid Moments. While the album features multilingual lyrics and ranges from dancehall beats to ethereal soundscapes, the electro-vocal tracks remain extraordinarily accessible. The welcoming groove is a product of Quilla’s thorough checks on audio quality.” – The State of Things (WUNC)
UNCSA Changemakers (January 2022)
Authority Magazine (April 2021)
The State of Things (WUNC Radio, January 2021)
Pathways: Art & Technology (October 2020)
Yes!Weekly (September 2020)
Off the Beat podcast with Dr. Wally Wallace (Ep. 6, Dec. 2018)
Artists at Work Podcast (Artstitution, November 2018)
Gate City Live Podcast (October 2018)
VIDEOS & NEW RELEASES
BOW THE REBEL QUEEN | New music video out now! Choreographed by LeDarius Parker and directed by Alexei Mejouev, this video was filmed in Greensboro in 2021 with amazing North Carolina multimedia artists.
BIT ROSIE | Quilla was featured on an episode of Bit Rosie, a documentary series that explores the home studios and creative processes of women and gender non-confirming music producers around the globe. Bit Rosie is produced, directed and edited by multimedia artist Adele Fournet.
BEANS BEANS BEANS | Quilla’s music video for her viral track premiered on PBS Kids NC & Rootle in July 2021! Read more.
RAVENS AND THE WRENS | Out now! Quilla co-produced a dreamy electronic folk track written by one of her favorite songwriters and collaborators, Molly McGinn. Read more about this production.
Music video directed and produced by s/n (Jennida Chase & Hassan Pitts), in conjunction with the Media Studies Department at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The track is available for streaming everywhere. Sagittarius was officially featured at multiple film festivals in in 2019 and 2020. See blog post for the full list of festivals.
TV APPEARANCE | Quilla was on UNC-TV / PBS (Public Media North Carolina) on May 2nd, 2019, during “MUSE: The Arts Show” which also included segments on A/V Geeks and Art-o-Mat. View full credits here.