Dialectica is an all-female saxophone quartet from Toronto. With equal parts jazz and classical 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. 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’s performance highlights include Music Gallery’s X Avant Festival, Music Mondays series at Church of the Holy Trinity, the Toronto Jazz Festival, and the Intersection new music festival at Yonge and Dundas square. They released their debut record in April 2018.
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.
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: