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2023-24 Storyteller-in-Residence

T'uy't'tanat Cease Wyss

A first for musica intima, we are thrilled to introduce our Storyteller-in-Residence for 2023-24, T'uy't'tanat Cease Wyss.

This residency with Cease is almost at a close!  It's been an honour to work alongside her, and we look forward to the culmination of our work together as part of COGNITIVE DISSONANCE on August 3, 2024.  

April 2023 - Cease shared the story of Ch'ích'iyúy Elx̱wíḵn - The Two Sisters - the pair of mountains on the North Shore which were colonially named 'the lions' in 1890; Cease's daughter, Senaqwila offered our opening protocol at these concerts. 

October 2023 - Cease created a twenty minute sound collage, which welcomed attendees into the space at Mountain View Cemetery for our performances.  We were deeply honoured to welcome her mother, Kultsia-Barbara Wyss, who offered our opening protocol at these concerts before her passing in Spring 2024.  

December 2023 - At 'In Winter's House', Cease presented two works - one live and one pre-recorded, both featuring bio-sonification of plants native to the West Coast - welcoming us into the forest with sounds of ginger, cedar, salal, and mushrooms.  

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T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss (Skwxwu7mesh, Sto:lo, Hawaiian, Swiss) is an educator, interdisciplinary artist and Indigenous ethnobotanist engaged in community based teaching and sharing. Throughout Wyss’s 30 year practice, Wyss’s work encompasses storytelling and collaborative initiatives through their knowledge and restoration of Indigenous plants and natural spaces. Wyss has been recognized for exchanging traditional knowledge in remediating our relationship to land through digital media, site-specific engagements and weaving. 

Wyss has participated and exhibited at galleries, museums, festivals and public space such as Vancouver Art Gallery, Morris, Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery and the PuSh Festival  to name a few. Their work can be found in various collections such as the National Library of Canada, Special Collections at the Walter Phillips Gallery, and the Vancouver Public Library. They have lead the transformation of Semi-Public (半公開) during their Fellowship at 221a and they are the 2021 ethnobotanist resident at the Wild Bird Sanctuary. They have assisted in developing an urban Indigenous garden currently showing at the 2021 Momenta Biennale in Montreal.


musica intima exists to create incredible moments—to share the power of music with our audiences, and invite them into our circle of sound. Your financial support of the ensemble’s professional performance, touring, recording, and community outreach initiatives remains invaluable. 

As with most not-for-profit arts organizations, ticket revenue only accounts for a small portion of our total budget. If you have been touched by musica intima’s performances, please consider a tax-deductible gift to the musica intima society. Your continued support of one of Canada’s musical gems is vital, allowing us to continue presenting world-class performances at home and abroad, and supporting generations of professional musicians. 

Thank you!

musica intima is a registered charitable organizaion #872525530RR0001

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