Marika Galea is an award-winning performer, composer, and professor of jazz and contemporary popular music at Brandon University. Best known as a bassist, she earned a spot as one of CBC Music’s 2017 35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35. Galea’s music explores the space between improvised jazz, narrative songwriting, and hypnotic soundscapes. Her collaborations have garnered nominations and wins for JUNO, Golden Globe, Academy, Polaris, Iris, RIDM and HotDocs Awards. Galea studied at the University of Toronto and Berklee College of Music on full scholarship, completing a degree in performance and composition with a minor in contemporary conducting. She went on to complete her master’s degree at McGill University. Galea has taught at McGill University, McGill Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Malta Jazz Festival, Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory, L’école de jazz de Montréal and the University of Manitoba’s Canadian Jazz Summit.