Foxconn Frequency (no. 3) — for three visibly Chinese Performers
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Rachel Browne Theatre
211 Bannatyne Ave.
PROJECT LEAD Remy Siu CREATORS Hong Kong Exile (Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim, Remy Siu), with Vicky Chow, Paul Paroczai, Matt Poon PERFORMERS Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Vicky Chow, Matt Poon TEXT Xu Lizhi (许立志) (1990-2014)
Up Down Strange
Friday, March 1, 2019
290 McDermot Ave.
In the Flux Gallery, Winnipeg’s Grace Hrabi presents a new sound installation that asks us to reconsider the apparent relationship between relaxation and nature. Erin Gee (CA) uses bio-sensors to create intimate music for just two audience members at a time. Finally, Kristen Wachniak presents a new dance performance that re-interprets the concepts of gesture and looping to explore identity in a dreamscape of sound—composed and performed by the artist herself.
10:00pm: after-show by CASATI
Saturday, March 2, 2019
290 McDermot Ave
co-presented with GroundSwell.
In true Cluster style, this is chamber music as you’ve never heard it before.
New York’s TAK “impresses with the organicity of their sound, their dynamism and virtuosity — and, well, just a dash of IDGAF as they slay the thorniest material like it’s nothing” (Q2 Music).
In this super charged concert you’ll hear works by Erin Gee (USA), Kate Soper, Ashkan Behzadi, David Bird, and William Kuo. You’ll also hear premieres by Cluster co-directors Luke Nickel and Eliot Britton. Instruments will combine with the elastic voice of Charlotte Mundy—as well as electronics, projections, and even roller coasters!—in a free-spirited and joyous exploration of contemporary chamber music.
TAK is: Laura Cocks (flute), Carlos Cordeiro (clarinet), Charlotte Mundy (voice), Marina Kifferstein (violin), and Ellery Trafford (percussion)
Aether*Eclipse: Beast Nest (Oakland, CA) + Mirror Frame (Winnipeg, MB)
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10:00pm
Co-presented with / at The Output – Video Pool Media Arts Center
218 – 100 Arthur St.
** The Output is wheelchair-accessible from the King St doors
*Event programmed by Cluster 2019 Guest Curator Andrea Roberts
Sunday, March 3, 2019, 3:00pm
The Output, VideoPool Media Arts Centre
218 – 100 Arthur Street
A dreamy afternoon double bill:
In Davis Plett’s Etudes for Keyboard, Plett uses a simple QWERTY keyboard to spin an elaborate text and sonic fantasy that imagines a utopian office space where power structures are dismantled and everything isn’t “so sad and terrible” (Plett’s own words). Expect poetry, typing exercises, and glitchy beats.
In Erin Gee’s (CA) Machine Unlearning, Gee uses ASMR techniques (the kind that make some people feel tingly when they hear things like whispers, soda cans opening, and hair being brushed) to perform a gently unravelling rendition of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. The text comes as a result of collaboration with media artist Sofian Audrey and the use of a deep recurrent network agent. Each member of the audience will receive a pair of headphones to bring the sound directly to to them.
Toronto composer and sound artist Maksym Chupov-Ryabtsev opens the show with a solo electronic set.
Canadian New Music Network (CNMN) Conversation on Diversity
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10:00AM—4:00PM
300 – 245 McDermot Ave.
Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, 5:00-6:00pm
290 McDermot Ave.
Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, 7:00pm
290 McDermot Ave.
Guest artists from the 2019 Cluster Festival discuss what inspires them to create in a playful quickfire format.
Decolonizing Sound: Presence and Liberation
Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019, 5:00-7:00pm
Co-presented with / at The Output – Video Pool
2nd floor – 100 Arthur St.
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