Tea Muse

Tea Muse Website PhotoOctober 18, 2016
7:00 PM

Upper Crust Café
10909 – 86 Avenue

Upper Crust Cafe

“The taste of Tea and the taste of Zen is the same.” – Sen Sotan (1522-1591), grandson of legendary Japanese Tea Master, Sen no Rikyū

Do you enjoy tea as a beverage, but feel ready to move beyond the teabag? Don’t know the difference between a Wulong and a Black? Want to explore higher-end loose tea but don’t know where to begin? Join Opera NUOVA at Upper Crust Café for a quiet evening of tea tasting, perfect pastries and classical melodies.  Tea SommelierTM David Pasieka take us on an introductory journey through tea’s history and production, including a foundational tasting exploration of examples from the Black, Darjeeling, Wulong, White, and Green categories of tea. The music will enhance the personalities of the tea and bring new life to a growing trend.

Ticket Information

Tickets are available below or by calling 780.487.4844

 About the Performers

David Pasieka HeadshotDavid Pasieka – Tea Sommelier™

David Pasieka became a full-on tea enthusiast with his first visit to a tea house in 2000. Learning what he could through self-education, he was thrilled when the Tea Association of Canada began offering their Tea Sommelier™ certification program online, and he became a certified TAC Tea Sommelier™ in 2014. He went on to further classes through Penton’s World Tea Academy, earning a Tea Specialist™ and Tea Professional™ certification. In late July, David travelled to Montreal to take part in an exclusive two-day tea intensive at the world famous Camellia Sinensis tea house and retailer. With 20 years of experience in customer service in hospitality, retail, food & beverage, and the arts sector, David is currently laying the groundwork to open his own tea house and company, Teartisan, in British Columbia by fall of 2017.

Camille Holland HeadshotCamille Holland – Soprano

Soprano Camille Holland, described as having a “pure, unaffected approach” in Opera Canada magazine, has been singing professionally since the age of nine. She has received numerous scholarships and awards since, including the Phyllis and Bernard Shapiro Scholarship in Opera (McGill University), and the first place award in the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society’s 2016 Scholarship Competition.
Camille has performed extensively in both operatic and concert settings. Her roles include Poussette in Manon, Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Oberto in Alcina, and Virtù in L’incoronazione di Poppea. In concert she has performed excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Vancouver Oratorio Society’s Silver Jubilee Concert), Frank Ticheli’s “Angels in the Architecture” (2016 Whistler Cantando Music Festival with UBC Bands), and numerous solos with McGill’s Cappella Antica chorus and Early Music Ensemble.

Having an affinity for contemporary music, Camille has participated in many events focusing on this genre. Most recently she performed several new pieces created by UBC composition students, collaborating closely with the composers throughout the process. She was also involved in the 2015 world premiere of Stephen Chatman’s opera Choir Practice, playing the character of Marilyn. In 2013, Camille had the pleasure of being a featured soloist at the Saskatoon New Music Festival, which focused exclusively on Canadian compositions.
Camille has an MMus in Opera from the University of British Columbia, and a BMus in Voice Performance from McGill University. She has completed a number of summer programs, such as Opera NUOVA, the Bel Canto Institute, and the Tanglewood Young Artist’s Vocal Program. Her teachers and coaches include Marisa Gaetanne, Joanne Kolomyjec, Nancy Hermiston, Rena Sharon, Michael McMahon, Valerie Kinslow, Marie-Ève Scarfone, and Kim Mattice-Wanat.

Kim Cousineau's HeadshotKim Cousineau – Collaborative Pianist

Kim received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria, and studied privately with Anna Cal, student of Russian pianist Pavel Egorov. He worked as a répétiteur and rehearsal pianist for Pacific Opera Victoria on numerous productions, including Bizet’s Carmen and the world premieres of MacDonald’s Mary’s Wedding and Stokes’ Rattenbury. Kim has been involved in numerous productions, including Candide and Baby (Opera Nuova), Bernarda Alba and The Light in the Piazza (MacEwan Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (Louis St. Laurent High School), and A Penny Saved (Acting Out Musical Theatre). He was a staff pianist with Victoria-based summer music programs In The Key Of Glee and A Voce Sola, and with Singspiration in Edmonton. Kim is in high demand as a choral accompanist in the Edmonton area, working with many groups including Concordia Concert Choir, Da Camera Singers, A Joyful Noise, Vocal Alchemy, Ante Meridiem, and Chronos. In 2012, Kim was the recipient of the BC Choral Federation’s Joyce O. Maguire Award for outstanding long-term service as a choral accompanist. He maintains a busy schedule as a collaborative pianist and coach.

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