Justin Wright is a cellist and composer who strives to push the boundaries of new classical and experimental indie music, and to erase the lines between synthetic and acoustic sounds. A prolific collaborator in countless Montreal-based musical projects, Justin has established himself as one of the city’s most innovative and versatile cellists, performing internationally in classical concert halls and underground loft venues alike. A former molecular biology researcher, Justin takes an exploratory and experimental approach to creating music, integrating composition, production, and recording into a single process, and fostering an environment where mistakes and spontaneity are embraced as integral tools for creation.
In 2007, Justin founded the project Sweet Mother Logic, an instrumental indie band built around a string duet and analog synthesizers. This project branched into several others, including a series of live soundtracks to silent horror films for cello and electronics in affiliation with the Montreal Film Society, and a strings-for-hire agency called MTL Strings. Since then, Justin has been no stranger to collaboration, performing regularly as a member of Montreal artists Common Holly, Raveen, Year of Glad, Daby Toure, Montreal Life Support, Channel No One, Vaero, OHARA, Alexia Avina, and Krief. Arts journal Cult Montreal has dubbed him the “ever-present Mile End string king”, CJLO radio station referred to him as “omnipresent”, stating that he likely performed on half of their favourite records of the year, and arts journalist Lisa Sproull has claimed he is “Montreal’s busiest cellist”. In 2018 he embarked on a month-long tour with Common Holly throughout the US with eight showcases at SXSW, followed by a European tour with David Gardner’s Orbits in September, and another American tour with Common Holly in October.
While completing his second music residency at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts, Justin began his eponymous project incorporating classical instruments and analog synthesizers in a realm somewhere in between indie and contemporary classical music. Two days after the project’s debut performance, Justin was selected to open for legendary Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s Place-des-Arts concert, and released his debut EP Pattern Seeker the following May. Since then, he has shared the stage with Colin Stetson, Hauschka, Mount Eerie, Bing & Ruth, and Devon Welsh. He is also the subject of an online commercial for BMW and Harman-Kardon, a 3-minute mini-documentary about him and his production methods. Justin returned for a third residency at the Banff Centre, this time as the Artistic Associate (lead resident) of the program, where he recorded his debut full-length album, Music for Staying Warm. The album is out on Sleepless Records on April 5th 2019.
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