Oct 15th: Writers Read

Writers Read is a live streamed event at Scuppernong Books for North Carolina writers to share work-in-progress. It will be broadcast on Zoom and Instagram.

WHEN: Thursday Oct. 15th. 7pm EST // 4pm PT.
RSVP Here

ANNA LUISA DAIGNEAULT (Quilla) holds an M.Sc from University of Montréal in Linguistic Anthropology and works for the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. Anna is also a songwriter, producer, performer known for her ethereal vocals and live electronic sets. Originally from Montreal, Canada, she currently resides in Greensboro. Learn more about her new album at Quillamusic.com

ELIZABETH ILLIG is a writer and career coach who focuses on YA fantasy novels, career and personal guidance, and book reviews. Currently pitching her first YA fantasy novel while working on her second, she dreams of seeing her name in her local bookstore. Learn more at writetowonder.com

ASHLEY LUMPKIN is Georgia-raised, Carolina-based writer, editor, actor, and educator. She is the author of five poetry collections: As a lover of performance as well as the written word, she has been a competing member of the Bull City Slam Team since 2015 and currently serves as its assistant coach. She co-curates the series “First Draft,” a reading of new works and works in progress. She currently serves as a member-at-large on the board of the North Carolina Poetry Society. Learn more at lumplestiltzken.com.

ILARI PASS is originally from Maplewood, NJ. She is a retired maintenance worker of the United States Postal Service. She holds a MA in English, with a concentration in literature, from Gardner-Webb University. Her work appears or forthcoming in RedFez, Unlikely Stories, Triggerfish Critical Review, Rigorous Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, Drunk Monkeys, Broad River Review, Common Ground Review, and others.

DEONNA KELLI SAYED is an internationally published author, a TEDx speaker, and a performer. She is the Membership Coordinator for the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and the PEN America NC Piedmont Representative. Deonna is currently working on a novel set in the Florida Panhandle. Learn more at deonnaiswriting.com

Register in advance for this meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/1270771566591003

Oct 4th: Pathways: Art & Technology // Digital Exploration & Empowerment

Join bespoken and the International Contemporary Ensemble for a free online discussion focusing on the intersection of technology and art featuring Pauchi Sasaki and Quilla. How does technology and art come together in performance? How can artists discover, experiment, and take risks in the realm of digital collaboration and distribution?

For participants: please feel free to bring questions related to your own work/projects you are working on! This event is not only educational but also a platform for empowerment, breaking down the barriers to using technology in an artist’s practice.

WHEN: Sunday October 4th, 2020. 2pm EST // 11am PT
RSVP HERE (free online event)

PAUCHI SASAKI
Composer, Interdisciplinary Artist, and Instrument Builder
She/Her/Hers. Website
Pauchi Sasaki is a composer, performer, and improviser. Her interdisciplinary approach integrates musical composition with the design of multimedia performances, the application of new technologies, and the development of self-designed instruments. She has received four “Best Original Score” international awards and the Ibermúsicas grant for sound composition with new technologies at CMMAS. She was selected for The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative by composer Philip Glass, the Goethe-Institute’s artist residency in Brazil and Berlin, and Columbia University’s Institute for Ideas and Imagination Fellowship. Her work has been presented at the Tokyo Experimental Festival, Venice Biennale, Carnegie Hall, Cannes Film Festival, Walt Disney Hall, MET, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

QUILLA
Vocalist, Electronic Music Producer, Educator
She/Her/Hers
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 ethereal soundscapes and vocal loop compositions as well as for teaching music production workshops for women. Recognized within the dance music community as a versatile vocalist and collaborator, she has written lyrics for Tiesto, Heatbeat, Sultan + Shepard, Feenixpawl, and many others. She was a featured vocalist on club tracks released by Universal, Revealed Recordings, Armada, Vicious, and Ministry of Sound. Her third album, The Handbook of Vivid Moments, was released in September 2020.

Learn more about this event.

Quilla featured in Yes!Weekly

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. 

– Katei Cranford, Yes!Weekly
Photo by Betsy Blake

“I want to expand the palette of topics explored in dance music,” Quilla explained of her intentions with the record, which covers themes related to peril, migration, climate change, and personal transformation. “I’ve always thought that dance music is very accessible and that people are receptive to new ideas when they’re dancing.” Read more:

https://www.yesweekly.com/music/quilla-s-handbook-of-vivid-moments/article_61fba21c-fd0e-11ea-8361-f3064919285d.html

The Handbook of Vivid Moments

PRESS RELEASE: Latinx Quilla’s Melodic Third Official Album “The Handbook of Vivid Moments” Released 

The seasoned and notable club hit vocalist releases her most personal and influential album yet. 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sept. 14, 2020PRLog — Quilla (Anna Luisa Daigneault), releases an eight-track electronic indie-pop album on her record label, Ritual Fire Records. Titled, “The Handbook of Vivid Moments” Quilla beautifully weaves elements of her Latinx heritage rhythms and dance floor beats. With the blending of heritage and music genres, this album is one to uplift listeners during what has been a difficult time worldwide and explore current themes that are often challenging to tackle. The album is available for immediate release upon all platforms here: https://orcd.co/quilla_handbook 

When asked to describe her album, “My new songs are about personal transformation and women’s empowerment in a dystopian age. I also include songs about climate change and migration, in an effort to examine these topics in a new light,” Anna Luisa Daigneault. “This album will serve as a milestone of sorts. It will help me synthesize all the technical skills I have accumulated as a producer over the past decade. I aim to create an album that is fun to listen and dance to, as well as make people contemplate our current era. Despite the challenges we all face, I feel that the upbeat tone of this album will symbolize choosing hope over despair.” 

Most recently, Quilla and her album were featured in Bit Rosie’s latest short documentary as part of a series highlighting the work of women producers around the globe. Tracks from “The Handbook of Vivid Moments” have already been featured within the broadcast and film space. Algorithms with Benefits recently became the theme song for WUNC’s new “Embodied” podcast, Boom Bada was featured on UNC-TV, and Sagittarius was part of a choreographed music video featured at five film festivals in 2019 and 2020, directed by Jennida Chase and Hassan Pitts. 

This third album was solely written and produced by Quilla in her home studio and was created with support from the North Carolina Arts Council and the partnering arts councils of the Regional Artist Project Grant Program. 

Contact:

Natasha Dressler Public Relations

press@natashadressler.com

Sagittarius featured at film festivals!

The music video for Quilla’s song “Sagittarius” was directed and produced by s/n (Jennida Chase & Hassan Pitts), in conjunction with the Media Studies Department at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (see full list of credits below).

In January 2020, Sagittarius was officially featured at the Portland Underground Film Festival (PUFF 2020) as part of the “Meow Mix” Short Music Video showcase. See details here.

In 2019, Sagittarius was officially shown at the Indie Visions Film Festival in August, and the Västerås Filmfestival which took place in Sweden in October. Coming up in February 2020, this music video will be featured at the Hollywood Verge Film Awards.

Music Video Credits
Music and lyrics by Anna Luisa Daigneault. The video was created in a production course in the Media Studies program at University of North Carolina Greensboro. It was directed and produced by s/n (Jennida Chase & Hassan Pitts). It was edited by Jennida Chase and Jamira Adams. Choreography by Esha Hickson, dancers include Esha Hickson, Nayirah Harris, and Devin Simone. Wardrobe Design and Styling by Ann Tilley. Cinematography by Hassan Pitts, Steven Baggett, and Mitchell Townsend. Assistant Director Arielle Smallwood. Make-up by Melissa Grier. Production Assistant Zariyah Tate. The project was funded in part by the Office of Undergraduate Research at UNCG.

Live Performance on “The State of Things”

RADIO EVENT
Tune into radio station WUNC on Tuesday Jan 14th, 2020 to hear “The State of Things” program. Quilla will be playing live interstitial music between the segments, which is broadcast live from The Triad Stage in Greensboro. You can stream the radio show anywhere in the world via https://www.wunc.org/ and the show will be available for podcast soon after its airing.

The last segment of the program will discuss “Shifting Worlds: Displacement and Forced Migration in Modern Times” – a conference that takes place on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m) at Guilford College. Quilla will also be performing from 4-5pm at that event.

CONFERENCE INFO
Join Guilford College, UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians, and Elon University for a gathering that will bring together various grassroots, governmental, academic, activist, volunteer, and other organizations and individuals to address and respond to contemporary (im)migration and refugee issues with a particular focus on mental health. All are welcome to attend this unique opportunity to engage in dialogue on current resettlement trends, U.S. immigration policy and practices, community support, advocacy, and more. Registration and attendance are free, but advanced registration is required.

New single “Boom Bada” out now!

Out now! “Boom Bada” is available on all digital platforms:
https://fanlink.to/boom-bada

A live music video for “Boom Bada” was featured on
UNC-TV PBS (Public Media North Carolina) in May 2019 during “MUSE: The Arts Show.” Many thanks to director Morgan Potts for bringing this beautiful concept to life. The music video was filmed at Skateland USA in Greensboro, NC.

CREDITS
“Boom Ba Da”
Written, produced and performed by Quilla

Dress by Ann Tilley

Director & Editor
Morgan Potts

Camera
Dan Powers
Jonathan Duran

Audio
Nathan Shepherd

Lighting
Mike Milstead

Skating scout
Keeva Savage

Skaters
Brandon Powell
Marquis Darnell Brown
Chase Clark

Thank you to everyone involved in this production!

View more videos from “Muse: The Arts Show”
https://video.unctv.org/show/muse/

“Greys” – A Compilation to Benefit the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees

Out today! Leverage Models and Anachronisme Records present, GREYS, a 21-track compilation benefiting the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (“MVRCR”). Quilla is thrilled to have contributed a track to this album. She remixed Leverage Model’ euphoric masterpiece, “A Scout’s Prayer” (see track 4 on compilation).

Contributors used material from Leverage Models’, Whites (2018) as a creative starting point, recording new work, including thoroughly unorthodox re-constructions and original music in some form of lyrical / musical ‘conversation’ with the originals. Greys features new work by a crowd of idiosyncratic and brilliant independent artists/producers. As with Whites, the Greys album has a wide wingspan — from the dance-floor to the bedroom floor — amplifying its ecstatic, dark and fragile notes, and pivoting around themes of inclusion, privilege, abuse by caregivers & authorities, and a stubbornly persistent belief in social hope. 

100% of album sales and streaming royalties will be donated to the MVRCR, an organization in upstate New York’s Mohawk Valley region that assists refugees, immigrants, and “limited English proficient individuals” through a range of community-centered programs in order to help them achieve independence and self-sufficiency. The organization also enacts programs to build a more multi-cultural and understanding community.

Download / stream

Cover of “Greys” – out now on Anachronisme Records

Artists United to End Poverty in Greensboro, NC

It’s been a busy time of year on my side! Happy to be serving my community in various new ways this year. The track “Wild and Kind” (by Molly McGinn and I) will appear on the massive “Artists United to End Poverty” compilation, a 50+ song album featuring musical talent from our corner of North Carolina. 

All proceeds will be donated to United Way of Greensboro to help raise awareness about poverty in our community. Greensboro ranks 31% above the national poverty average, and 1 out of every four kids are growing up in poverty.

Pre-order is now available now through iTunes!
Album will be officially available on Friday, September 6th, 2019

This compilation was compiled by The Culture Pushers – they have worked so hard to bring this project to life! Many thanks in particular to Andreo “Fanatic” Heard who brought so many artists together for this initiative. This photo represents the beauty and diversity of Greensboro and all the amazing artists who live and work here. 

“Artists United to End Poverty” – compilation coming out Sept 6th, 2019

Album artists include:
Vanessa Ferguson, Bishop Bryan J. Pierce, Sr., Mount Zion Gospel Choir, The Hamiltones, Mayor Nancy Vaughan, John P. Kee, Laurelyn Dossett, Autumn Nicholas, Fanatic, Andre Fenix, Demeanor, Jordan Hawkins, Shelby J, Sybil, J. Timber, Molly McGinn, Quilla, Josh King, Jaron Strom, Citizen Shade, Tigo B, Jessica Mashburn, Josephus Thomson III, The Collection, Abigail Dowd, JBlanked, Debbie “The Artist” Long, Chris Meadows, AND MANY MORE!

#FromPovertyToPlatinum #CulturePushers #LiveUnited #SoGSO #NorthCarolina

Artists United to End Poverty
“Artists United to End Poverty” – Cover Art

The Making of “Beans Beans Beans”

Quilla

Thank you everyone for the recent love on my song “Beans Beans Beans.” Here is some insight into the background of the song.

I created this song as a one-word mantra elevating one of my favorite foods, the humble bean. Both a carb and protein, it has long been known that the bean is kind of magical, and can be used and consumed in so many different ways.  With a colorful past and diverse array of manifestations, the humble bean has saved many people from starvation, and is still a staple in our diet today.

My plan with creating a loop around the word “beans” was to make various stacks of vocal melodies and percussive elements that helped the listener picture one dancing bean (symbolized by the initial bass line “beans”), then two beans, then three, and soon a cascading waterfall of beans pouring down from the heavens and surrounding you with a multifaceted world of glorious beans.

I thought about the sensation of dipping your hand slowly into a huge container of dried kidney beans at a market, and how the texture of those beans feels soothing on the skin. I wanted the song to be soothing, hypnotic and silly but without being overly ridiculous. I suppose it sounds like I planned this piece out a lot, but in reality it came out rather quickly in one of my loop practice sessions in 2010, and I stuck with it.

I remember playing it in my Center Camp set at Burning Man in 2010 and hearing people shriek with sheer joy. After that, I just kept throwing it into my live sets to see how people would react. I loved seeing their expressions of hilarity or incredulity when they realized the entire loop song only had one word in the lyric. Each time I played it, it came out a bit differently, and I learned how to improvise and push myself just a little bit more.

Recording this song in the studio with my engineer Mike Garrigan was a fun and spontaneous process. We didn’t make the studio version until 2014, which was four years after I composed it. By that point, I had already test-driven this song live on my vocal looper many times in front of random audiences (some receptive, some not!). In doing so, I had figured out the exact tempo that would work; too slow was a death sentence, and too fast made the song totally inaccessible for people. And I had to settle on the underlying layers that would loop well. Once those were established, adding new layers and improvising new melodies and beatboxing on top was a pure delight.

Mike and I laughed a lot in the studio, and often referred to recording this song as one of the more carefree  production sessions over the years. I had been writing and recording a lot of vocal tracks for EDM producers around the time (between 2012 and 2015). Even though my vocal lines in those songs may sound simple or obvious to the listener, those EDM projects were very actually very meticulous and hard to put together. The projects could be stressful when there were looming deadlines, fussy producers to deal with and various labels and stakeholders to please. “Beans Beans Beans” was the antidote to all that, and it represented the type of freedom I needed in that moment.

Thanks for listening, and for reading my story.