Passionately creative and creatively passionate, Alyssa Wright is a Canadian cellist, vocalist, songwriter, composer, educator, writer, activist, advocate, and occasional rant-er. After spending her first three decades in Toronto, she is currently based in Barrie, Ontario.
"That sound just grabbed me… She's a virtuoso!"
[Victor Wooten, bassist, composer, author and educator]
"That voice! And soul."
[Eric Bibb, acoustic blues singer-songwriter]
In addition to her solo performance, Alyssa currently explores the world of classical music and beyond with pianist Marilyn Reesor, plays with Celtic band Pagan's Folly, and is Ontario folk music's "go-to-it" girl for cello studio and session work. She's played in a rock band, sung in a barbershop quartet, flirted with electronica, jazz, various "world music" and whatever new sounds tickle her fancy. She has played festivals and venues from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island, including Massey Hall, Hugh's Room, The Carleton, Harbourfront Centre and Molson Amphitheatre, and has appeared on gazillions of commercial recordings (she admits to having lost count some time ago).
Recent highlights include performing with Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten, and performing a co-written song with multi-award-winning acoustic blues singer-songwriter Eric Bibb. (Yes, she can die now – but hopefully she won't, and there will be many more highlights to come!)
And, in the vein of "it's not art until you scare yourself a bit", in March, 2017, Alyssa ventured into theatre with her one-woman show (plus musical friends) "Music for the Changing Voice" – a journey in song and story about growing up in her grandfather's shadow, finding her own voice, and turning even the most broken bits into art. This show will receive its first professional theatre run as part of Talk Is Free Theatre's 2018-19 season.
"The best thing in a woman's voice since
Ruthie Foster or Serena Ryder"
[David Zub, concert presenter]
"An amazingly talented musician… sweet, sweet cello…
has brought a tear to my eye many times."
[Mose Scarlett, musician and Juno nominee]
When not performing, Alyssa runs music publicity company Take Note! Promotion, presents a house concert series, and is in the process of bringing the Katie Project to life "giving a voice to the voiceless -- using music to promote awareness of and healing from childhood sexual abuse." She also teaches cello, voice, ensemble work and improvisation, and gives music and creativity workshops throughout Ontario.
Occasionally, she has a nap.
But only occasionally...