Nine Questions with Zoe Nicole Guigueno

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Name: Zoe Nicole Guigueno

Birthplace: Vancouver, BC

Currently residing: Toronto or in the Fish & Bird van

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence:

Mayne Island, penny whistle red&green Brachiosaurus, Pete Seeger, recorder consort, piano lessons theory lessons practising drawing treble clefs, identifying the sound of an upright bass for the first time in the cob-recording studio where Roaring Jelly was making plaid pants and learning to juggle rocks and then to blushing hard playing clarinet in grade 8 and losing my vest, the taste of bamboo, an electric bass in the back of the toyota tercel after a day of work at a bakery, wrapping up the day olds, bmmsking with shelder wearing deflated soccer balls on our heads and playing saxophone and piano duets from beginner duet books, singing playing with Marley and Adam, Bell Jar, tape recorder, highschool choir, late slips, Howard Shore malfunction concert band performance and off to Toronto with advice and two pairs of shoes, beginning to write songs and go to shows and discover Jeff Buckley and Brad Mehldau and access to falafels and 24 hr stores, the first callous on my thumb from playing in regions of the bass i never braved, the dingy practise rooms at humber the light fading on dirty carpets the crappy caf food the influential performance in the student lounge where the fourth year kids were improvising based on flash cards and reading out loud from far-out books and the girl with the silver saxophone and black mark on her eyeball, now currently playing with Fish & Bird and touring canada while my lover Words Around the Waist is in toronto and i still haven’t passed my road test.

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1.  Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?

joni mitchell, carla bley, wayne shorter, elvis costello, robert starer, the beatles, nina simone, of montreal, mary margaret o’hara, maurice ravel, nick teehan, beck, neil young, james jamerson, neil swainson, oscar peterson, the bad plus, john coltrane, chet baker, buena vista social club, billie holiday, burt bacharach, the o darling, gary wilson, lauryn hill.

2.  Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

Dvjorak’s Humoresque

3.  How would you describe your perfect day?

Walking in the pounding rain on Mayne Island with my dog Mooky smelling the dirt and cedar trees and ocean upturning rocks on the beach and watching crabs scuttle away.

 4.  What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

Christian appreciates my strong hugs.

5.  What is your most valued material possession?

My address book and my copy of Alden Nowlan Selected Poems.

6.  Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

I was always nervous to meet the neighbours whose orchard we used to raid on Mayne and whose locked barn we’d sneak into.  We never did.

7.  If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

With my dad driving around the Ring of Kerry.

8.  Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

I’d like to have a garden one day and can stuff for the winter. I’d like to be better at sewing and learn to make clothes.

9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

Singing to my sleeping child.

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