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A different sax quartet…

With equal parts jazz-trained and classically-trained saxophonists, Dialectica attempts to find an aesthetic truth through the discourse of these two musical points of view, akin to the Dialectic method of philosophy found in Plato’s Socratic Dialogues.

Tackling philosophical inquiries even Socrates himself couldn’t foresee:

Can a current Canadian identity be found where the lineages of European art music and North American art music meet?

Can the saxophone occupy a space in the collective unconscious that lies beyond that of Careless Whisper and Baker Street?

Can the world handle more than one female saxophonist in one place?

Dialectica’s mission is to challenge the assumptions people make about the saxophone, saxophonists, and the arbitrary divisions between genres of music.


Dialectica is:

Shannon Graham-Tenor Saxophone, composition
Chelsea McBride- Baritone Saxophone, composition
Olivia Shortt- Alto Saxophone
Samantha Etchegary- Soprano Saxophone
Javier Vazquez- composition