Vava Vol is a graduate of the Western Board of Music and Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Grade VIII classical piano and Harmony III. She was awarded a grant from the Canada Council of Performing Arts in 1984 to perform in West Berlin, Germany.
When Vava moved to Montreal in the late 70s, there was a burgeoning night club and indie underground music scene happening. Wanting to be a part of this energy, she and some musician friends formed a group called The Essentials. Her musical role was as a keyboardist and singer. The Essentials music was brit pop/rock influenced and included hits like "You're Too Rude" and "Can't Afford". Vava’s next venture was Duo-tang, a two-member electronica/experimental/reggae-jazz infused duo. The band used various mono/poly analog synths, a beat box, a bass sequencer and a Korg VC10 vocoder to create their eclectic music. They became well known in the Montreal music scene at that time and performed regularly at club and art spaces. While working as the other half of Duo-tang, Vava acquired a taste for singing in various languages and an interest in industrial noise music, which led her to the drone machine master, Zilon Lazer, who was then a member of Monty Cantsin's notorious Neoist movement. They billed themselves simply as “Vava and Zilon” and showcased their music in various art spaces and night clubs in Montreal, more notably the Pyramid Club in New York as well as at the opening night of that city’s infamous Lower East Side club, Save the Robotz.
Their kid was the band SensitivOrganz with Vava on e-bass, synths & vocals, Zilon on beats/back vocals/white noise/drones and Claudius on electric and bass guitars. Peppered here and there for Vava were numerous solo gigs in and around Montreal, New York City and Berlin, lots of radio interviews, more notably one with CBC Radio's "Brave New Waves" and other french and english press reviews. Included was a feature article, written by Llys Dana while Vava was in Berlin, for the Paris arts and cultural magazine "Kanal, Le Journal des Cheyennes". She was also snapped by Paige Powell at the Pyramid Club which was later published in Andy Warhol's "Interview" magazine.
Always the antediluvian, Vava found time to portray a warrior queen in the francophone play entitled "Opus Contre Nature" which was based on a battle between androgyns and warriors. Opus gave birth to two songs, "Primitiv" and "Amazomium", written and produced by Jacques Demers and Jean Paré. In the fall of 1983, "Savana" was filmed on-set at l'Eskabel in collaboration with P.R.I.M. video. The 1984 Canada Council grant Vava was awarded allowed her to travel to West Berlin and paved the way for the first of her two self-produced CDs "MetalArbeitenSchlinge Part 1 – Montreal”. Originally self-released on one hundred numbered cassettes, “MetalArbeitenSchlinge Part 1 – Montreal” was packaged in a 5"x8" plastic envelope including pictures of the artist and song notes. The cassette package was distributed by Montreal's Bunker record store. Upon her return from Berlin, Vava released “MetalArbeitenSchlinge Part 2 – Berlin”. The cover shots for Part 1 and Part 2 were selected from a series of portraits taken in West Berlin and were courtesy of the Berliner photographer, Nicole Fortin. In 2009, Vava re-released Parts 1 & 2 in free downloadable MP3 format as well as her 1990s musical collaborations “Sensitivorganz – The Warehouse Sessions” and “Sensitivorganz SOS” as well as “SensitivOrganz Porno No-No”. Herrecent works entitled “Portents” and “Compositions/ Decompositions” were released shortly thereafter. Vava continues to work on her very original music.