Dave Riedstra composes, performs, and facilitates new music for performance. Drawing on experimental and classical traditions of concert music, jazz, and rock, this work offers an experience of sound that is as at least as somatic as it is cerebral. By prioritizing the corporal aspect, Riedstra hopes to open up new sensitivities to human, technological, environmental, material, and other milieus.
Riedstra lives and works in the unceded territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt (SXIMEȽEȽ) nations, Victoria, BC, Canada. He works as composer, performer, and event facilitator for the Victoria Composers Collective as well as independently. He plays bass for the Civic Orchestra of Victoria and runs the fledgeling sounds at the hive performance series at the arc·hive artist run centre. He is also active as a creative technologist and web developer.
Riedstra holds a Masters of Music degree in composition from the University of Victoria, where he studied with Christopher Butterfield, Dániel Péter Biró, and John Celona, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph, with James Harley, Cam McKittrick, and Joe Sorbara. He has facilitated performances of his music in Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria, with ensembles such as Quatuor Bozzini, the Victoria Composers Collective, and the KWG New Music Collective.
(Photography by Shantal Marie Creative)