Cellist cheryl o has been improvising ever since a sudden breeze blew her music away while busking in Spain. cheryl has been part of the improvising scene in Toronto for many years, beginning as an early guest of the Planet of the Loops ensemble and soon becoming a regular performer at The Ambient Ping series.
A 2008 participant in the Banff International Workshop for Jazz
and Creative Music, cheryl had opportunites to work with Dave Douglas, Wayne Krantz, Hugh Marsh and Thomas Morgan. With a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, and studies with Matt Brubeck and Ted Quinlan, cheryl has studied and performed music from early Baroque to Contemporary prior to her current focus of experimental, jazz and improv.
cheryl is a founding member of quasiMODAL, a floating electro-accoustic improv trio with Steve Sauvé on keys and synths, and Eric St.Laurent on guitar. Using her cello with electronic and looping technologies as well as unusual noise makers, cheryl creates textures, rhythms and soundscapes over which she layers her cello, creating washes of sound and colour, as well as her trademark soaring melodies.