Saltland/Rebecca Foon


Composer and cellist Rebecca Foon has been a fixture of the Montréal music community for two decades, performing and recording in a wide array of contexts, most notably as co-founder of the modern chamber post-rock ensemble Esmerine, as a member of Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra (2001-2008) and Set Fire To Flames (2001-2004), and more recently at the helm of her electro-acoustic songwriting project Saltland. With these four entities, Foon has performed around the world and released over a dozen albums on various imprints. Esmerine’s 2013 album Dalmak won the Canadian music industry’s Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album and the band’s 2015 album Lost Voices was a finalist in this same category, along with winning the award for Best Album Package. Following a series of six critically-acclaimed releases by Esmerine and Saltland from 2011-2017, Foon began working on new solo music featuring a heightened emphasis on vocals and piano, with her first eponymous release arriving in February 2020.

Foon is co-founder of Pathway to Paris, the international concert series devoted to expanding awareness and mobilization around the Paris Agreement, which has brought together musicians like Patti Smith, Thom Yorke, Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Joan Baez, Bob Weir, Flea and Talib Kwali along with writers and environmental activists like Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein and Vandana Shiva, at events in venues ranging from Le Poisson Rouge and City Winery in NYC to The Masonic in San Francisco, Le Trianon in Paris, and Carnegie Hall. Pathway To Paris launched the 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom in partnership with the United Nations Development Program in 2017, supporting cities to transition off of fossil fuels by 2040. Foon is also the co-founder of Junglekeepers, which since 2014 has been protecting over 27,000 acres of pristine rainforest concessions in the Las Piedras region of Peru, protecting the land from illegal logging, mining and poaching, training and employing local park rangers, and supporting a biodiversity research station.

Foon was additionally a member of the instrumental trios The Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary and Fifths of Seven, each of which released an album in the mid-2000s, and she has been a guest musician on many recordings by artists as diverse as Carla Bozulich/Evangelista, Patrick Watson, Vic Chesnutt, British Sea Power, Little Scream, Richard Reed Parry's Quiet River of Dust, Grant Hart, Hrsta and Land Of Kush. She has performed collaboratively with Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson and Tanya Tagaq among many others. She was part of the National Parks Project music commission in 2011, played strings in concert for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 2013, and is a core member of Colin Stetson’s ensemble for Sorrow (A Reimagining of Gorecki’s Third Symphony) and Sam and Brett Green's live documentary along with Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and James Canty.


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Rebecca Foon | VERNISSAGE

ELLEPHANT presents "Ascension", the first-ever solo exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Rebecca Foon, featuring a series of sublime photographs captured in nature's most peaceful and inspiring oases.

A 2019 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that viewing photographs, 3D images and videos of natural landscapes led to more relaxed body responses than looking at other images.
Source: The Washington Post

Beyond their soothing effect, the lightboxes, in round and rectangular shapes, are sure to dazzle you! Join us and take a moment to chat with Rebecca on Thursday, June 29, over a friendly cocktail, while listening to a spellbinding musical playlist composed by Foon herself.

BASANTA | FOON | LESZKIEWICZ | SKAWENNATI - exhibition available NOW at the Elephant Gallery

Join them from May 13th - June 17th, 2023.

The group exhibition "Biophilia", brings together these four artists who explore our relationship to the environment and enhance our perception of the importance of respecting, protecting and preserving our biodiversity. The artists investigate our relationship to the environment through compelling works that examine our experience and contact with nature in a variety of powerful images and films. The exhibition breaks away from traditional landscape art by transporting the viewer through the lens of our modern digital era.

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Rebecca Foon Contributes Music to the "One & One Other" Soundtrack

Congratulations to Envision’s Rebecca Foon for their work on the soundtrack for One & One Other. Created alongside her sister Aliayta Foon-Dancoes and Pietro Amato One & One Other is a two-part film anthology directed and choreographed by Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern & Emilie Leriche. 

Available to watch for free on BAC Digital April 10-24, 2023

O&OO was commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts Center through its 2022 Commissioning Initiative.

Direction & Choreography: Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern &
Emilie Leriche

[Part One]
Featuring: Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern & Emilie Leriche
Director of Photography: Bram VanderMark
Featuring Music by: Niki & The Dove , Wolff Bergen , and August Zachrisson 
Producer: Julia Bolt 
Assistant Camera: Zhenya Townley , Tom Ford,
Terry Ahern 
Production Assistants: Riley Lynch and Stephanie Amurao 
Stylist: Brie
Dramaturg: Megan Wright 
Graphic Design: Wolff Bergen 

[Part Two]
Featuring: Jonathan Fredrickson &
Maximillian Leopold Deibert
Director of Photography: Daniel Bogdanic 
Featuring Music by: Rebecca Foon, Aliayta Foon-Dancoes, Pietro Amato, and Fiona Monet 
Production Assistant: Lukas Turtur 
Graphic Design: Wolff Bergen,
Voices Artists: Kazutomi “Tsuki” Kozuki, Maximillian Leopold Deibert, Sylvain Carpenter, Joseba Yerro Izaguirre, and Miguel Duarte

Special thanks to

Price Chopper Keene, Allison Turner & Mona Golub, Christina & Danny Ahern, Terry Ahern, Paul Singh, Amy Blumberg, Pam Rapp, Joe Levasseur, Natasha Bruno, Mikhail Baryshnikov, & the entire staff at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Stephanie Amurao, Megan Wright, Riley Lynch, Tom Ford, Lukas Turtur, Arika Yamada & Mikael Häggström.

Rebecca Foon LIVE at Wavelength Winter Festival

Rebecca Foon will be performing LIVE at Wavelength Winter Festival!

Celebrating Montréal and Constellation Records, join REBECCA FOON x LIGHT CONDUCTOR on March 11th, 2023 for a memorable performance described as, "cello meets deep space analog synth & drone". There will be appearances by Esmerine, The Besnard Lakes & Young Galaxy.

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Envision Attends the Age of Union Fall / Winter Event

Rebecca Foon premiered her latest visual works ‘Kenauk’ and ‘Lightboxes’ at the Age of Union’s Earth Centre grand opening. The event showcased the new 2022/2023 Fall/Winter exhibit to the world.

Click here to learn more about Age of Union and their upcoming events.

Rebecca Foon Participates in Virtual Celebration of World Environment Day

Rebecca Foon joins incredible musicians and activists from around the world for's virtual celebration of World Environment Day! Listen to performances from Patti Smith, Jack Johnson, Patrick Watson, Rebecca Foon and others here!

Son of Marketing Crowns "Vessels" as Best Song of 2020

Check out Nicola Orlandino's list of 2020’s Best Songs.

Read full article here

Rebecca Foon - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

http://KEXP.ORG presents Rebecca Foon performing live in the KEXP studio. 

Click here to watch full performance on Youtube

Rebecca Foon | "Vessels" feat. Patrick Watson

'Waxing Moon' by Rebecca Foon Out 21 February 2020 on Constellation

Click here to watch the full performance on Youtube.

Saltland releases 'A Common Truth'

"Rebecca Foon’s second album as Saltland is a bona fide stunner. Potentially one of the most beautiful records you’ll hear this year. It makes sweet misery out of melody while articulating a forlorn yet rousing sense of hope." – The Skinny ★★★★

I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us

Saltland is the new project led by Montreal-based cellist Rebecca Foon, best known as a founding member of contemporary chamber group Esmerine and a former member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion and Set Fire To Flames. Foon began composing solo work in 2010, featuring multi-layered cello and hushed vocals at the intersection of drone, no-wave, improv, dream-pop and minimalism.

Saltland plays with Moonface

Beck Foon's latest project Saltland, whose first album was released on May 14, will be joining Spencer Krug's Moonface for two dates in the US next month: on November 8 at Underground Arts in Philadelpia and on November 9 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Also, check out the new video that was just released for the track ICA by visual artist Brad Todd.