Meet the SLS Team

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Lynn Tucker
SLS Lead/Faculty

Laura Risk

Laura Risk
SLS Lead/Faculty

Navshimmer Kalra

Navshimmer Kalra
Administration

Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall
Administration

Laura Menard

Laura Menard
Administration

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Sigmund Wang
Administration

Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell
Faculty

Tony Leong

Tony Leong
Faculty

Roger Mantie

Roger Mantie
Faculty

Alan Stanbridge

Alan Stanbridge
Faculty

Kotoka Suzuki

Kotoka Suzuki
Faculty

Pablo Herrera Veitia

Pablo Herrera Veitia
Postdoctoral Fellow

Our Facilitators

Joy Lapps
Steel Pan

Internationally lauded artist and composer Joy Lapps activates spaces for community building and creative expression. The award-winning instrumentalist of Antiguan and Barbudan descent treats the steelpan as a tool for engagement, anchoring her artistry in a profound, community-centered musical tradition. She aims to amplify women’s contributions in every facet of her work, giving nuanced attention to women of the steelband movement.
 
At her core, Joy connects to music as participatory. The Toronto native has performed alongside Stewart Goodyear, Larnell Lewis and the Toronto Mass Choir, and recorded with Gramps Morgan, whose 2022 release Positive Vibration received a GRAMMY nod. As a leader, Joy has appeared at jazz festivals across Canada including Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Victoria, Edmonton, and Halifax Jazz Festivals.
 
Her repertoire teems with Afro-Caribbean- and Afro-Brazilian-inspired rhythmic and harmonic patterns, garlands of melody and plenty of space for spontaneity, and a fondness for hit song forms and reimagined choirs emerges frequently in her compositions.
 
Following the release of Girl in the Yard, Joy plans to share a new research- and interview-driven multidisciplinary project she’s been developing that spotlights women’s contributions to the steelpan community. Follow Joy on social media at @JoyLappsMusic and visit her website joylapps.com.
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Aline Morales

Aline Morales
Brazilian Maracatu

Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Aline Morales began her performing career as a child training in capoeira. By the time she reached her early twenties, she had performed in a number of traditional and contemporary bands including Brazil’s most well-known maracatu group, Nacao Estrela Brilhante do Recife, then led by her mentor Mestre Walter de Franca. Since her arrival in Toronto in 2003, she has been a tireless promoter of the traditional rhythms of northeastern Brazil, continuing to perform with her percussion troupe, Baque de Bamba, at countless festivals and events.

Now drawing upon a wider range of influences, Morales finds herself in a stage of musical exploration. Gone is the heavy wall of percussion, replaced instead by lush, eclectic arrangements, seamlessly blending traditional and modern instruments. At home in her new role as a solo artist, Morales “shines with mature confidence amid [producer] David Arcus’ outstanding orchestrations.” (David Dacks, the Grid). Her debut solo album ‘Flores, Tambores e Amores’ was nominated for a Juno Award, and her highly anticipated sophomore record is slated for release in spring of 2020.

In addition to her solo accomplishments, Morales was selected as part of Canada’s Global Orchestra, Kuné, in 2016, and continues to perform and record with the ensemble as vocalist and percussionist.

Legacy Team

Ivan Ariyanta

Ivan Ariyanta
Administration

Kristen Graves

Kristen Graves
Administration

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Lloyd McArton
Research Associate

Delicia Raveenthrarajan

Delicia Raveenthrarajan
Research Associate