Dialectica is an all-female saxophone quartet from Toronto. With equal parts jazz and classical saxophonists, Dialectica explores a new musical identity through the fusion of these two genres.
Formed in 2015, Dialectica plays a unique repertoire of all-original, Canadian music by saxophonist/composers Shannon Graham and Chelsea McBride, and Mexican-Canadian composer Javier Vazquez, in a style that combines jazz, classical, and Latin music.
Dialectica has found its place among jazz festivals and classical music series. Performance highlights include the Toronto Jazz Festival, Music Gallery’s X Avant Festival, Music Mondays series at Church of the Holy Trinity, and the Intersection new music festival at Yonge and Dundas square.
They released their self-titled debut record in April 2018. Dialectica will appear in Canadian film maker Atom Egoyan’s new film “Guest of Honour”. The first track of their record, “The Puppetmaster” plays an important role in the story.
Dialectica’s mission is to challenge the assumptions people make about the saxophone, saxophonists, and the arbitrary divisions between genres of music. Can the world handle more than one female saxophonist in one place? Can the saxophone find a new identity beyond the days of Careless Whisper and Baker Street?
Shannon Graham-Tenor Saxophone, composition
Chelsea McBride- Baritone Saxophone, composition
Olivia Shortt- Alto Saxophone
Jennifer Tran/Samantha Etchegary- Soprano Saxophone
Javier Vazquez- composition
Listen to the full length , self-titled, studio record: