music + movement
290 McDermot Avenue
12 August 2016 . 20h
Take Three: Karelia Suite (2016)
Take Three: Karelia Suite investigates the movement of conducting and the relationship between the sonic and kinesthetic arts. Conductor Naomi Woo works within the confines of a set sonic landscape to explore the movement of conducting in inverse relation to its usual prescriptive direction. Here the details of movement are stretched within a highly restricted formal structure.
String Quartet #1 (2015)
String Quartet #1 is a 15-minute spoken-word performance that explores ideas of transcription, redaction, sound, and silence. The work’s text is an unaltered transcription of a rehearsal by the Obsession String Quartet from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. String Quartet #1 was created in residence at the Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol, UK) as part of the event Sound, Silence, and Listening: An Afternoon with Christine Sun Kim.
various interpretations of utopian music (2016) Canadian Premiere
2016 commission by tick tock
Utopian thought and musical composition have quite a lot in common: both can be seen as acts of imagination that give life to a world that is better socially organised. The most obvious example is probably orchestral music, which has traditionally required a strict organisation of musical ideas and social cohesion to function. Some music grapples consciously with utopian themes: Mahler’s second symphony, in its attempt to express a reversal of death, could be called utopian. In this piece, as perhaps in many others, the musical score is treated as a utopia. It is grasped at roughly and imperfectly, through textual description and rudimentary vocal imitation, it remains as unachievable as ever, leaving a trail of human reality chasing after it.
laughter studies (2015) Canadian Premiere
Two people describe and imitate the everyday.
Many thanks to aceartinc., Young Lungs Dance Exchange, Video Pool, GroundSwell, Leigh Anne Parry, Joel Mierau, Aaron Zeghers, and hannah g.