The Giving Shapes is a collaborative project between harpist/vocalist Elisa Thorn and pianist/vocalist Robyn Jacob that formed in fall 2017 at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Combining elements of through-composed music, improvisation, and extended instrumental and vocal techniques, their music triangulates aspects of new music, creative music and song-writing.
Forming a bridge between their classical training and their explorations within the Canadian creative and indie music scenes, their sound reflects their broad influences from artists including Nico Muhly, Bjork, Jonny Greenwood, David Lang and Caroline Shaw.
The pair have been individually active in the Vancouver music scene with their own respective projects Hue and Only A Visitor. Individually their music has been showcased at festivals such as the Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax Jazz Festivals, Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival (Montreal,) Detroit Free Arts Festival, and Coetani Festival for Experimental Flamenco (Greece.) Together they collaborate on a bi-annual mix tape called Bitch Tapes which features womxn composers from the Pacific Northwest. The Giving Shapes is a synthesis of the pair's long standing relationship as co-curators and presenters with their shared musical aesthetic and curiosity.