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An Laurence 安媛 is a Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal-based musician and composer (guitar/vocals) active in the contemporary/experimental music scene, a curator in music and visual arts, and performance/multimedia artist whose work focuses on memory and transnational identity.

Her eclectic debut album “Almost Touching” (2022), distributed by people | places | records, has been described as displaying “a graceful vulnerability that transforms [the] compositions into a powerful suite of emotive manifestations” (Foxy Digitalis), “a demanding listen … never less than engaging” (The Whole Note), where An Laurence “displays her willingness to dive headfirst along each pathway she chooses to explore” (Musicworks magazine).

In 2022, she curated the exhibition ‘How far can you see within’ where she reunited photography, textile and installation works by Chinese adoptees artists working on identity reconciliation. The exhibition was brought to attention by medias like Le Devoir, Esse, Art Asia Pacific, and others.

A daring performer, An Laurence collaborates with artists from a variety of disciplines and thrives in contexts that reimagine traditional musical performance. Her work has been presented by the Quartier des spectacles, Accès Asie, the Music Gallery, Phenomena, No Hay Banda, Oh! my ears, Lucky Penny Opera/re:Naissance opera, Chinatown Biennial, Athens Digital Arts, Tranås at the Fringe, Codes d’accès, among others. She has been artist in residence for Oboro and Vidéographe, and holds degrees in classical guitar performance (B.Mus) and arts and technology (DESS).

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