Toronto Musicians Wanted
Kiva Simova belongs to a small international pool of advanced female polyphonic overtone singers. Since 1989 she has developed her own techniques and taught globally. Master classes include many university/ college music departments and festival workshops. Early education was in piano: grade 9 Royal Conservatory, jazz piano at Grant MacEwan College. Her career began with several pop/ rock bands from 1978. Her vocal specialty has garnered invitations to festivals in Finland, Albania, India, Romania, Czech Republic and Republic of Tuva (Intl’ Symposium of Throat Singing). As a sought after improviser, she has performed/ recorded with Charlie Ringas (Ring Cycle Orchestra, Hermetic Music Commission), Gary Taylor (New Millennium Orchestra), Wende Bartley (Sound Dreaming), Tanya Tagaq, Jennifer Berezan’s Song for all Beings (featured artist on 2011 release, performance at SFAB 2013 & 2017, San Rafael, CA). A six year residency in Prague resulted in immersion in overtone choirs- Spektrum, European Overtone Choir and Auralia, which she directed and composed/ arranged all the material for. She worked with composer Aaron Jensen on Uvavnuk Dreams as the overtone soloist for performance with Musica Intima. Film soundtracks include Nomad’s Dream, Blood Pressure, Unless (with music director Jonathan Goldsmith). Her three solo CDs: The Ladder (’98), Pulse (’05), The Quality of Light (’14) blend overtones with jazzy pop/ world/ experimental genres. She received grants/ awards from FACTOR, Ontario Arts Council and Manitoba Film & Sound. As a world tour member of Crash Test Dummies (’94), she demonstrated overtone singing at each concert, which included Royal Albert Hall, London. She now resides once again in Toronto.
-Very quick in studio with unusual multi-layered harmonies
-Teacher of workshops and private lessons in overtone singing
-Solo house concerts
-live improvisation with instrumentalists of all kinds, other vocalists