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Recorded at Elsewhere Museum in downtown Greensboro, Quilla was featured in the most recent episode of Around Town Sessions.
She performed a song in Spanish entitled “Un alma del norte y del sur” (The North-South Soul) from her recent album, The Handbook of Vivid Moments (2020). She and musician Ashley Virginia played an improvised vocal loop piece called “I Belong Here” that was inspired by a mural piece entitled “You Belong Here” by Canadian artist Bronwen Moen, created at Elsewhere. Lastly, Quilla played a new piano & voice single entitled “Surreal” that will be coming out on her label, Ritual Fire Records, in summer 2021.
Around Town Sessions was directed by Alexei Mejouev and produced by Ashley Virginia Buffa, with production assistance from Liam Tramwick.
Thank you to Program Curator Jesse Hoyle at Elsewhere Museum for allowing us to film in the library!
Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?
When I was 15 years old (in the late 90s), a musician friend made me a mixtape full of powerful and visceral songs by Tori Amos, Bjork, and Diamanda Galas. Listening to that mixtape on repeat was very influential. I remember thinking, “Wait, I’m allowed to feel like this and write about it in songs? Sign me up!” That mixtape was one of many factors that sent me down the lifelong path of pursuing songwriting. I wanted to find ways to express inner landscapes of emotion and imagination.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I am working on producing two folk-electronic tracks with Americana artist Molly McGinn. The songs are hauntingly beautiful and I am thrilled to be working with her. She calls me her “ride or die chick” because I take these productions very seriously. The details are very important when I am combining acoustic and electronic elements. Other than that, I am working on solo material such as new vocal loop pieces and instrumental pieces that will become the score for a documentary film series called “The Mothers” (working title) about women artists who balance motherhood and creativity.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
I just wrote in my journal the other night: “Mothers hold up the sky. We also create the eyes that see the sky.” This is important to me because as a mother, I am always inspired by the joys of motherhood but also I am constantly constrained by my role as a mother, so I always have to remember the important roles that mothers have in this world. We are shaping the next generation of human beings. We are also shaping ourselves in the process.