Join us for a unique opportunity to see Nina Platiša perform her original compositions, watch video artwork made by Nina's collaborators, and hear about the project and the creative process.
Za Klavir: For The Piano is a collection of 26 original compositions that blend minimal, contemporary, and classical roots with elements of Balkan folk. This is Nina Platiša’s debut album. The album was recorded at Jonas Bonnetta’s PORT WILLIAM SOUND studio on a 1963 Baldwin Model M baby grand piano.
The live performance and video screenings will be followed by an artist talk by Nina Platiša and participating artists and a Q&A.
Album cover and book design
Charlie Carrick, Igor Drljača, Martin Edralin, Pavle Nikolić, Katarina Šoškić, Marija Strajnić
Read more about Nina's practice:
Meet Nina: A war child who moved to Canada over 20 years ago from the former Yugoslavia, Nina is an emerging musician, songwriter, producer and recording artist. She is well on her way to having a successful career in music, with her migration experience and her family story informing her art. In this residency, she will launch her new album: Za Klavir: For the Piano, an impressive collection of 26 original compositions that blend minimal, contemporary and classical roots with elements of Balkan folk music. Nina is also offering workshops where she will share the resources that helped her create winning grant applications to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Nina Platiša was born in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia. She is a lifelong pianist who began composing music at the age of seventeen. Nina’s dynamic music is emotional and introspective, spanning various forms from solo piano to electro-infused soul.
Her debut album Za Klavir: For the Piano is a collection of original compositions for solo piano. The pieces combine minimal, contemporary, and classical roots with elements of traditional Balkan folk music. Za Klavir was recorded at Port William Sound in Mountain Grove, Ontario and is due to be released in April 2023.
On the upcoming project LEVELSEVEN, Nina is the vocalist, songwriter, and producer of an album of intimate and inventive pop music. Her previously released singles I Wove A Garment For You and Your Lust are an extension of this project. Both Nina’s albums have garnered generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
In 2021, Nina took part in the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Program, in which she was the mentee of composer and musician Jeff Bird, and in 2022 she participated in Undecimals, an artist exchange project created and organized by artists. Nina has composed for several short films and her music will appear in the upcoming Canadian feature films Broken Waters and Campaign On: A Lifetime of Athletic Pursuit. A graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University and recent student of Berklee College of Music, Nina is also a proud educator, teaching piano, musical theory, and composition to students aged 6 – 76.
Coordinator, Integrated Arts Education
Saša Rajšić (he/him/his) joined Hart House in 2022 as Coordinator, Integrated Arts Education. He creates and manages arts education programming initiatives focused on experiential learning, and serves as staff advisor to student leaders on the Hart House Student Arts Committee in delivering their annual programs. Saša has held previous roles at Blackwood Gallery and Cambridge Art Galleries, and studied at OCAD University and Uniarts Helsinki. As a former refugee, he is committed to reconciliation, human rights, community, learning, and the environment.