Mingjia (pronounced MING-jee-yah) is...
...an improvising vocalist, composer, lyricist and teacher an active contributor to the ever-growing Toronto music scene. Ever since she began playing piano, singing, and making art at the age of 4 in her beautiful hometown of Beijing, China, Mingjia has been fascinated by humanity’s tendency towards creativity. From composing music for her 13-piece chamber ensemble Tortoise Orchestra and singing at venues in, around, over & under the city, to poster design and sneaking jokes into her biographies, Mingjia continues to explore different ways to create. She’s had the incredible good fortune of being able study with some of Canada’s most innovative artists, such as Christine Duncan, Geoff Young, Shannon Gunn, Alex Samaras, David Occhipinti, etc.
Recognized for her technical and stylistic versatility as a vocalist, her box-breaking, label-smudging sound as a composer, and her friendly, playful energy as a collaborator, Mingjia has performed with and composed for a plethora of musical groups. These include herTortoise Orchestra as well as avant-pop duo the science of what ?, SonuSkapos Jazz Orchestra, contemporary jazz ensemble Makes Shapes, vocal/movement improvisation group Celeste, and so on. She can be often found singing at various Toronto venues, such as the Rex Hotel, the Music Gallery, Aga Khan Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, etc.
Mingjia is currently completing her fourth year at Humber College's Bachelor of Jazz and Contemporary Music program, and her debut EP is scheduled for release in summer 2018.