Mingjia (pronounced MING-jee-yah) is a vocalist, improviser, composer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, & active contributor to the ever-growing Toronto arts scene.
Recognized for her technical & stylistic versatility as a vocalist & her fresh sound as a composer, Mingjia has performed with, composed for & recorded with a plethora of musical groups. These include her own group the Tortoise Orchestra, as well as James Fernando, the science of what ?, David Occhipinti, Juliet Palmer, GREX (led by Alex Samaras), Pleasurecraft, SonuSkapos Jazz Orchestra, Obsolete Vernacular, Makes Shapes, Celeste, Andi, & more. She has performed at various venues and festivals across Canada, China & the United States, & has produced 2 releases as a band leader. Feel Seen, her most recent EP, is described by the WholeNote as “beautiful, mature and exceptionally coherent”.
A graduate & the Oscar Peterson Prize recipient of Humber College's Bachelor of Jazz and Contemporary Music program, Mingjia has had the incredible good fortune of studying with some of Canada’s most innovative artists, such as Christine Duncan, Geoff Young, Shannon Gunn, Alex Samaras, & David Occhipinti. She has been commissioned by Grammy-Award-Winning Ensemble Roomful of Teeth through the American Composer’s Forum.