Alicia Borisonik
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Alicia Borisonik was born in 1965 in the Argentinean province Buenos Aires. As a child she started playing music on the recorder at the age of seven, went on to play the organ and guitar, and by 12 or 13 years old she was composing music and writing poetic lyrics for her songs. Fascinated by harmonies, she taught herself by playing music, recording it, and playing over it. The accordion – the same instrument that her grandfather left Russia with as a boy – is an instrument Alicia learned to play as an adult.

Alicia enjoyed countless musical successes in Argentina. As a singer, arranger, composer and performer, Alicia’s talents were regularly called upon in the thriving musical scene of Buenos Aires. She performed and toured with rock groups, Broadway-type musicals and theatre companies. However, she was unhappy living under a repressive and unpredictable regime. While visitng her sister in Canada she fell in love with the sense of freedom the country offered and so, in 1994, Alicia emmigrated to Canada.

 

Based in Hull Québec, where she now lives with her husband and stepson, Alicia has built a career around composing, teaching and performing. She plays accordion and keyboards, and is a vocalist, composer, and arranger. She is also a professional piano instructor – including jazz and tango piano. She teaches both adults and in schools through support from the SOCAN Foundation, MASC, and the Ontario Arts Council. She has received funding from Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council, Conseil des Arts du Québec and FACTOR for research, composition and recording.

Alicia recorded two full length CDs with her band Alicia Borisonik and the Argentinian Project; "Esa locura de vivir" released in 2000 and "Busco un lugar" in 2011.

She has performed at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival; SUNFEST, London ON; Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa ON; Harbourfront Centre, Toronto ON; National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON; National Archives of Canada, Ottawa ON; Waterloo Community Centre, Waterloo ON; Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse YT; and Teatro La Nostalgia, Argentina.

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