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NEW ALBUM
In September 2020, Quilla released an electronic indie-pop album on her record label, Ritual Fire Records. Titled The Handbook of Vivid Moments, the album beautifully weaves elements of Quilla’s Latinx heritage with dance floor beats. This album uplifts listeners during a difficult time worldwide, and explores contemporary themes such as climate change and women’s empowerment. The album is available for immediate release on all platforms here: https://orcd.co/quilla_handbook

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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.

ALBUM CREDITS
Music, lyrics, electronic production and mixing by Quilla
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

ALBUM REVIEWS
“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)

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

  • Friday, June 4th, 2021. 4:30-8pm. DJ-in-residence at Title Boxing Club Greensboro (3373 Battleground Ave). Come try a class! Quilla will be DJ-ing at three 45-min classes back-to-back.

  • Saturday June 5th, 2021. Quilla will kick off the “City Sunsets” summer concert series with a live performance from 7-9pm EST at Center City Park in downtown Greensboro, NC. This is a free, all ages event. All details here.


    Quilla flyer for City Sunsets event on June 5th

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NEW VIDEOS

Around Town Sessions | Recorded live at Elsewhere Museum in downtown Greensboro, Quilla performed three songs for Around Town Sessions, a video series showcasing North Carolina musical talent.


BIT ROSIE | Quilla was featured on the latest 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, musician and scholar Adele Fournet.

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SAGITTARIUS (MUSIC VIDEO)

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 below for the full list of festivals.

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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.

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Interviews with Quilla
Interview with Authority Magazine (April 2021)
Quilla featured on The State of Things (WUNC Radio, Jan 2021)
Guest panelist at Pathways: Art & Technology (Oct 2020)
Artists at Work Podcast (Artstitution, Nov 2018)
Gate City Live Podcast (Oct 2018)

About


ABOUT QUILLA

Quilla — the moniker of Montreal-born Anna Luisa Daigneault— is an electronic music producer, vocalist, songwriter, and educator based in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is known for her piano riffs, hypnotizing beats, and vocal loop compositions, as well as for teaching music production workshops for women and femmes. She was a featured vocalist on hit dance tracks released by Universal, Revealed Recordings, Armada, Vicious, and Ministry of Sound. 

Photo by Ashley Johnson. https://hiaj.co/

BACKGROUND
Her first indie pop album
Beautiful Hybrid (Ritual Fire Records, 2014) was met with critical acclaim and was featured on the iTunes US ‘Ahead of the Curve’ section. A series of limited-edition Beautiful Hybrid Remix Project vinyls were released by Visionquest Music and garnered interest in the international techno community.

As a featured vocalist, Quilla has released dance hits with over a dozen producers on the world’s top dance labels, including Revealed Recordings, Armada Music, Vicious Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Visionquest Music, Neon Records, and Musical Freedom.

Quilla wrote and performed the lyrics for “Close To Me” by Tiësto, Sultan + Ned Shepard which appeared on Tiësto’s hit album, A Town Called Paradise (Universal Music, 2014). The song was the follow-up to the international radio hit “Walls” by Sultan + Ned Shepard (feat. Quilla), which appeared on Tiësto’s compilation Club Life: Volume 2 (2012) and was later re-released by his label AFTR:HRS as “Walls (Deeper Shades Mix)” in 2017.

Other celebrated tracks written and sung by Quilla include “Universe” by Australian duo Feenixpawl, as well as “Secret” which became a classic track for Argentinian trance duo Heatbeat and appeared on their hugely successful album Global Monster. The song was regularly featured on Armin van Buuren’s radio show, A State of Trance. She also penned the lyrics for the dance anthem “Unless We Forget” by German duo Jewelz & Sparks, which rose to #4 on Beatport’s Progressive House Chart.

In 2016, Quilla shifted away from being a featured EDM vocalist and began producing electronic material that is influenced not only by house music but also by downtempo pop, folk and world music. She produced an acclaimed release entitled “Wild and Kind” in collaboration with Americana artist Molly McGinn, and the duo toured cities in North Carolina promoting the track.

Quilla’s second album “You Got It” was released in 2017 on her label, Ritual Fire Records, and received positive reviews. In 2018, she produced Johanna Breed’s debut future-soul album, “Is It Too Late?” which was also released on Quilla’s label. In 2020, Quilla released her third album, “The Handbook of Vivid Moments” with support from the North Carolina Arts Council.


SELECTED MUSICAL PERFORMANCES (2016-2020)

  • 2020. Quilla & Molly McGinn: “Ghostlight Series Concert” at The Carolina Theatre. Greensboro, NC.
  • 2020. SoFar Sounds Greensboro “City Exchange Performance” with Sofar Sounds Tel Aviv. Online.
  • 2020. Siembra NC’s “Sábado Gigante” Telethon to Benefit Undocumented Migrant Families. Online.
  • 2019. Molly McGinn & Quilla at #RepresentNC Music Series at Joymongers. Greensboro, NC.
  • 2019. 11th Annual Extravaganza at Elsewhere Museum.
  • 2019. La Migración es Hermosa: A Benefit for the Border. Motorco Music Hall, Durham, NC.
  • 2019. Still The Days Music Festival. Gibb’s Hundred, Greensboro, NC.
  • 2019. Ships in the Night, Quilla and Tide Eyes. Monstercade, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • 2019. Molly McGinn & Quilla open for Bernie Sanders at Earth Day.
  • 2019. SoFar Sounds: International Women’s Day Concert. Greensboro.
  • 2019. The Wake Forest Listening Room. Magnolia Roots Lounge, Wake Forest, NC.
  • 2018. Mill Day Festival. Revolution Mill, Greensboro NC.
  • 2018. Castella: The Enchanted Music Festival. Castle McCulloch, Jamestown, NC.
  • 2018. Greensboro Strong Community Concert. LeBauer Park, Greensboro NC.
  • 2018. The Richmond Forum: Quilla opens for Peter Diamandis. Altria Theater, Richmond, VA.
  • 2017. Quilla’s Album Launch. The Crown at The Carolina Theatre, Greensboro NC.
  • 2017. Psychic Revolution Art & Music Festival. Winston-Salem, NC.
  • 2016. Mykki Blanco & Quilla at Duke Coffeehouse. Duke University, Durham, NC.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • 2021. Guest speaker, Youth Leadership Conference, NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad. Greensboro, NC.
  • 2021. Guest moderator, “Thirty-Two Words for Field.” Irish Arts Center, New York, NY (Online).
  • 2020. Featured writer, “Dear 2020.” The Ink Project & PEN America Piedmont Region (Online).
  • 2020. Panelist, “Writers Read.” Scuppernong Books & PEN America Piedmont Region. Greensboro, NC.
  • 2020. Featured artist, “Pathways: Art & Technology // Digital Exploration & Empowerment.” International Contemporary Ensemble, Bespoken. New York, NY (Online).
  • 2020. Featured artist, “Bit Rosie Presents: Quilla In The Studio.” New York, NY (Online).   
  • 2019. Guest lecturer, “Music Entrepreneurship.” University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • 2019. Featured musical performer, “Muse: The Arts Show” on UNC-TV. Chapel-Hill, NC.

Read more about Quilla on Wikipedia. 

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Quilla will headline “City Sunsets” concert series on June 5th, 2021

Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket (and your dancing shoes) for a night of live music in Center City Park in downtown Greensboro, NC. Quilla will kick off the “City Sunsets” summer concert series with a live performance on Saturday, June 5th from 7-9pm. This is a free, all ages event. All details here …

Videos


Music


Quilla – “You Got It” (2017) on Spotify:

Quilla’s top tracks on Spotify:

Quilla – “Beautiful Hybrid” (2014)

Quilla’s dance music collaborations on Soundcloud:

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