We engage musicians, composers, artists, historians, scientists and craftspeople from all over the world to bring our programs to life.

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Our music stories vary widely, so too do our artists.

You never know who’s going to be on stage for a Canvas Lab show. It may be a string quartet, a rock band, a solo bassoonist or a klezmer ensemble. You might see photographers. Or piano technicians. Or scientists. Or historians.

Some other places you might hear our alumni:

  • Los Angeles Opera

  • Amsterdam Klezmer Band

  • Seattle Symphony

  • Amsterdam Conservatory

  • Cirque de Soleil

  • TV / Movie soundtracks

  • New York Metropolitan Opera

  • Television commercials

  • Los Vegas Philharmonic

  • On tour with David Byrne

Canvas is committed to musicians

Lab audiences have had the unique opportunity to hear world-class performances, often due to generously reduced fees offered by artists. We stand behind a professional musician’s right to support their livelihood: our first priority with proceeds is to compensate musicians fairly.

Without them, live music wouldn’t exist.

I think I’ve seen those folks before…?

Although we are known for our revolving door of guests coming and going, there are a few who are well-known to our returning audiences. The following artists are irreplaceable supporters of our mission and have been foundational in developing our reputation for excellence:

Rebecca Chung

Alisha Bauer


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I performed with Canvas a few years ago, and have been following it from afar ever since. It’s akin to the wonderful experience of going to a Pixar film, stories for children and adults alike with a whole lot of heart. Unlike the movies though, it’s an immersive, interactive and technicolor version of storytelling. Very memorable!
— Eric Jacobs, clarinetist, Seattle symphony
I have been extremely honored to have performed in numerous Canvas events over the last decade, and each of them has truly been a life changing, incredible experience. I often describe these events to friends as a sort of “Ted Talks for music,” and I think that comparison is well warranted. Canvas events are so much more than just musical concerts, with topics ranging from the light-hearted to the gut-wrenching. Being able to participate in experiences such as they create is entirely why I chose music as a profession. Here’s to many many more!
— John Torres, singer-songwriter
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