Now Hear This 2024

June 6-15, 2024 Muttart Hall, Mile Zero Dance, City Hall Atrium Tickets

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Now Hear This Festival June 6-15, 2024

NOW HEAR THIS!! The Now Hear This Festival is here, June 6 through 15th!

There is no other festival quite like it in Edmonton: world premiere classical compositions, free improvisation, quadraphonic audio-visual soundscapes, performance art, and more! Featuring over three dozen artists from our community, plus a few guests, this is a unique opportunity to experience some of the most explosively innovative performers and composers around.

Many of the artists this year will be making their New Music Edmonton début, but we also have some old friends performing with us, live, for the first time in a long time. There is no other festival quite like Now Hear This, bringing together cutting edge, world premiere classical works, spectacular electronic music, dance, video, durational performance art, and more!

Festival passes $60/$75. Single tickets $20/$25 (ticket links in listings)

Thursday, June 6, noon, City Hall Atrium –  City Hall players –  Temple of Electryone, by Will Northlich-Redmond. Ensemble of c. 15 roving saxophones, brass, woodwinds, plus live electronics and visual art installation. Free event.

Friday, June 7, 7 pm, Muttart Hall –  Double Bill  Nathaniel Sutton, live electronics and Luciane Cardassi, solo piano and live electronics. Tickets $20/$25

Saturday, June 8, 7 pm, Mile Zero Dance Space –  Triple Bill  Sol Viator – free improvisation trio with drums, saxophone, and bass/vocals electronics | Sir Kadian (Mika Haykowsky) and Laughter Lily (Shayda Yazdanmehr) are uniting their practices in this improvised soundscape of song, breath, and sound. | Selections from Mari Alice Conrad’s Six Arctic Experiments with experimental ensemble XiME. Tickets $20/$25. Cash bar featuring Polyrhythm Brewing.

Friday, June 14, 7 pm, Muttart Hall –  Double Bill – Edmonton Saxophone Quartet and Roger Admiral. Tickets $20/$25

Saturday, June 15, 7 pm, Mile Zero Dance Space –  Quadruple Bill – DJ Noodle Soup and Jia Jia Yong – live electronics and guqin; Mustafa Rafiq – guitar/voice; Jacob Audrey Taves – live electronics and video; Shawn Pinchbeck – live electroacoustics and live video. Tickets $20/$25. Cash bar featuring Polyrhythm Brewing.

Accessibility

City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill Square): accessible building with gendered, multi-stall washrooms. Please note -City Hall has reopened to the public and can be accessed through the southwest and southeast entrances only. Enhanced security processes including a security screening and bag check, are in place. Please allow extra time for screening. The City Hall Parkade remains closed.

Muttart Hall (10050 Macdonald Drive, Edmonton): accessible building with gendered, multi-stall washrooms.

Mile Zero Dance Space (9931 – 78 Avenue NW, Edmonton): accessible building with multiple all-gender washrooms.

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June 6

June 6

City Hall Players - Temple of Electroyne | Noon | City Hall Atrium.

The Program

Temple of Electryone

Composed and directed by Will Northlich-Redmond

Musicians:

Woodwinds – Allison Balcetis, Ben Whittier, Jacob Do, Annie Lamarre (saxophones); Don Ross (clarinet); Jade Jacques (piccolo).

Brass – Joel Gray and Russel Whitehead (trumpets); Peter Clarke (horn); Alden Lowrey and Mary-Lee Bird (trombones); Hannah Gray (tuba)

The Artists

Will Northlich-Redmond is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist. His compositions have been featured all over the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Work has been supported by the National Gugak Center (Seoul, South Korea), the NYU Vilar Global Fellows, Amsterdam’s STEIM Center, the Moers Festival, the Wesleyan University Laptop Ensemble and Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, the Portland Flute Society, the Ojai Art Center, the NYU New Music Ensemble, and New Music Edmonton. Will performs electronic music under the pseudonym BlipVert, which features some of his most personal and extreme compositions.

Program Notes

Temple of Electryone is a synaesthetic homage to the goddess Electryone. Throughout the piece, Electryone’s mystique is highlighted by subtly shifting aural and visual elements such as interpretive conducting, electronic and acoustic sound, and graphic imagery.

Artist photo Will Northlich-Redmond
WillNorthlich-Redmond. Credit Tim LeGujit.eu.

 

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June 7

June 7

Nathaniel Sutton and Luciane Cardassi | 7 PM | Muttart Hall.

Tickets $20/$25

The Program

Retro Tape Soundscape – Nathaniel Sutton

pale forms – a piano recital with Luciane Cardassi

Prelude 1 (2005) – Gabriela Ortiz

The Jack Pine (2010) – Jocelyn Morlock

From the Wind (2023): Gentle Eagle *premiere – Diana Tayler

pale forms in uncommon light (2023) *premiere – Emilie Cecilia LeBel

 i. landscape of memory | ii. pale forms | iii. forest histories | iv. in uncommon light | v. shimmer still beckons

for solo piano with e-bow | written for Luciane Cardassi, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts

The Artists

Hailing from the prairies region of Edmonton, Alberta Canada comes Nathaniel Sutton – a versatile songwriter, composer and performer. With a penchant for experimental melodies, ambient drones, and innovative sounds, Sutton weaves a captivating tapestry of musical exploration.

The Edmonton native is by no means a newcomer to the music scene. He spent several years playing in touring bands, while he honed his recording and production chops on the side. Sutton continues to create deeply personal music with high production values, which has been described as ‘sonic poetry’.

Over the past twenty years, Banff-based, Brazilian-Canadian pianist Luciane Cardassi has established herself as one of her instrument’s most impressive and intriguing interpretive voices. Winner of an Açorianos prize for her debut album, “Prelúdios em Porto Alegre,” she has performed across Canada, the US, Brazil, Mexico, and the UK. Luciane is active as both a soloist and a chamber musician, and frequently explores creation at the intersection of multiple artistic disciplines. Her string of recent solo albums on Redshift Records, as well as “brocade” by rockeys duo—her collaboration with Katelyn Clark—document her sharp curatorial sense and vast experience as a creative collaborator. The latest of said discs, “Going North” is a personal homage to her dual homelands featuring eight carefully selected works by Canadian and Brazilian composers. Luciane holds a Doctorate in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego, and remains an avid researcher exploring various facets of recent concert music. After a two-year Visiting Professorship at the Federal University of Bahia, in Brazil, Luciane is now back in Banff, on traditional Treaty 7 territory, where the beautiful surroundings continue to inspire her creative practice.

Program Notes

Retro Tape Soundscape: Explore the fusion of retro charm and experimental creativity as Nathaniel Sutton uses cassette players as instruments for crafting ambient sounds. Through a blend of nostalgic resonance and manipulation, this unconventional approach invites listeners on a journey through retro-inspired soundscapes.

pale forms: Starting with the delicate and luminous Prelude 1 by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz, in which the composer pays tribute to Claude Debussy and Toru Takemitsu, tonight’s program continues with three majestic works by Canadian composers Jocelyn Morlock, Diana Tayler and Emilie LeBel. I love the connection of these 3 works with nature, as expressed by the composers, below.

The Jack Pine: Several aspects of Tom Thompson’s The Jack Pine were seminal in creating this piece. I was intrigued by the way that the tree is both delicate and majestic, almost heroic in the way that it clings to life on the side of the cliff. (Jack Pines will grow where there has been a forest fire or other destruction of previous ground cover.) The absolute stillness of the water and sky, and the endless gradations of colour within them, influenced both the stillness of the outer sections of the piece, and my experiment with variations of colours within large chords. The centre of the piece is created from a spectrum of chords, each with its own slight change of colour/timbre.

Gentle Eagle: In a nest atop an old cottonwood tree on the shores of Shushwap Lake (Skwlax te Secwepemculecw) lives a majestic bald eagle. I have spent many days looking up at the sky, watching him soar. In my lazy summer daydreaming state I imagine what he sees, where those powerful winds take him, how it feels to have his feathers rustled in the wind. This piece is a contemplation of that eagle, of the wind, the water, and the sky.

pale forms in uncommon light: When I stand in the forest, the light doesn’t initially seem to move.  The trees and light are stable features of my landscape.  I perceive everything as permanent, staying in the same spot.  But, as I stand longer, everything changes.  Forests exhibit much variation in light environments – light changing over hours, days, months, years – constantly moving, fluctuating, deviating, transforming… Little by little.  This piece is for the montane ecoregion of Alberta – the many iterations of light patterns that filter through the douglas-fir, trembling aspen, engelmann spruce, and lodgepole pine.

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June 8

June 8

Sol Viator | Sir Kadian with Laughter Lily | XiME and Mari Alice Conrad | 7 PM | Mile Zero Dance Space

Tickets $20/$25

The Program

Selections from Six Arctic Experiments (2022) – Mari Alice Conrad, performed by XiME

isostatic rebound

Palm Palm – Sir Kadian (Mika Haykowsky) and Laughter Lily (Shayda Yazdanmehr)

*intermission*

Phoenix Reborn – Sol Viator (Matt Meeker, Biboye Onanuga, Holly Sangster)

Selections from Six Arctic Experiments (2022) – Mari Alice Conrad, performed by XiME

migration
lines of weakness (Mari Alice Conrad & Sam Wilson Fletcher)

The Artists

Sir Kadian (Mika Haykowsky) is a multimedia artist based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, AB). Mika creates through playful, multidisciplinary projects involving community engagement, intuitive sculpture, and textures of the body. Her sound work involves field recording, found objects, a playful approach to post-production, and songer/singwriting. Her first major solo show, “Superspreader” was presented at Latitude 53’s Garage Space in 2021 and she was interviewed on CKUA. It was an exhibition of installation, soft pastel drawing, photography, sound, video, a collaborative weaving workshop, and a live mural performance. Mika received an MFA in from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and a BFA from the University of Alberta.

Coming up in November 2024 she and her mother will exhibit a series of collaborative portraits of their ancestors at the Alberta Council for Ukrainian Arts. Right now Mika Haykowsky is launching a creative hub: The Mika Method, to support artists in achieving ambitious goals and writing grants.

Laughter Lily, AKA Shayda Yazdanmehr (she/they), is a vocal looping artist, singer/songwriter, and sound healing facilitator born and raised in Sǫǫ̀mbakè (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories) and currently based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta).

Growing up, Laughter Lily spent nights singing to the moon, dancing where no one was watching, and gazing up at stars. Chasing northern lights on frozen lakes and hearing her father chant Persian prayers inspired her musical style to take on a tone of mystical reverence.

Today, Laughter Lily facilitates interactive musical and meditative experiences through song, vocal looping, improvisation, audience participation, and guided meditation. She has performed and facilitated community events as a singer/songwriter, looping artist, and sound healing facilitator in various shows such as Folk on The Rocks Music Festival in Sǫǫ̀mbakè (2018) and This Gathering in Xwesam (Roberts Creek, BC, 2019). Combining swooping vocals, sultry harmonies, and a joyful presence, Laughter Lily brings her heart to the stage believing in the healing power of music for people everywhere.

Sol Viator is an Edmonton based improvisational collective based in the western drone music tradition, free jazz, and modern ambient music. Sol Viator draws inspiration from and is sonically comparable to acts such as Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and Holy Drone Travellers. This lineup features Edmonton improvisers Holly Sangster and Biboye Onanuga who help round out the trio as they sail into parts unknown. Sol Viator is led by Edmonton based improviser and multi-instrumentalist Matt Meeker who serves as the recording engineer along with playing electric bass, shawm, trombone, and vocals. Before starting Sol Viator, Matt Meeker was a founding member of the free-jazz Nepalese fusion band Holy Drone Travellers and the Edmonton improvisational collective Raga Onagra. Matt’s work with South Asian classical musicians influenced his decision to use Sol Viator as a canvas for reviving western drone music along with encouraging westerners to explore different forms of improvising.

Mari Alice Conrad is an award-winning, emerging composer in Alberta, Canada completing her doctorate in composition at the University of Alberta. She specializes in concert works for soloists, chamber ensembles, choirs, and large ensembles. Recent compositions have been performed by the BBC Singers (UK), musica intima vocal ensemble (Vancouver), The Canadian Chamber Choir, Standing Wave Ensemble (Vancouver), Edmonton Winds, Ottawa’s SHH!! Ensemble, Ensemble ArtChoral (Québec) and Luminous Voices (Calgary). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in 2022, Mari Alice travelled to the Canadian High Arctic and Greenland in the creation of a large-scale composition project for musical youth exploring the effects of climate change. Her current research examines the perception and expression of personal history and geography by exploring the sonic potential of objects alongside acoustic instruments to create new timbres and sonic colourings. Mari Alice’s compositional practice shines an exceptional light on the human condition, finding meaning in the mundane by fostering curiosity, authenticity, connection, and collaboration.

The Experimental Improvisation Ensemble (XiME) is a performing group of musicians and sound artists focusing on free improvisation and alternate modes of musical creation. XiME works with non-standard scores that make use of graphics, audio, animation, text, and other creative notations. The group explores existing repertoire for improvisers, compositions written by ensemble members, and collectively creates structures for improvisation. From September to April, XiME is a graduate and undergraduate course at the University of Alberta, where it also serves as a vehicle for student composers. XiME appearances this year include the Boreal Electro-Acoustic Music Society’s presentation of Art’s Birthday and sessions on the last Monday of each month at Dewey’s. XiME is led by Mark Segger, and tonight’s ensemble includes Cole Dorchester, Kitt McKenney, Makenna Graham, Tatiana Gorchynski, Vinay Joshi, and Yuanyuan Que.

Program Notes

Palm Palm – Sir Kadian (Mika Haykowsky) and Laughter Lily (Shayda Yazdanmehr) are uniting their practices in this soundscape of song, breath, and sound. This is their first collaboration bridging Laughter Lily’s song and sound journeys with Sir Kadian’s multimedia art and music. With an experimental backbone, Sir Kadian & Laughter’s Lily’s sonic practice incorporates looping stations, the voice, and found objects. This performance will take you on a journey of exploration of the interplay between movement and stillness, the absurd and the meditative, chaos and peace.

Phoenix Reborn – Sol Viator – Improvisation featuring vocals, bass, saxophone, electronics, synthesizer, and drums.

Six Arctic Experiments (2022) – In August of 2022, I embarked on a research-creation project that took me to various locations in Canada’s High Arctic and Greenland. I have always been curious about exploring this seemingly uncharted realm and wanted to learn more about the effects of climate change on this delicate region. I learned that the Arctic is raw and beautiful. I learned that all living things are connected, and humans are completely dependent on what has and continues to happen in the Arctic. I learned that the north is changing quickly, and my expedition became the basis that informed this collection of compositions. Six Arctic Experiments are six accessible and inclusive chamber (small ensemble) works designed for developing musicians offering an often-overlooked point of entry for youth wanting to explore contemporary music. My research-creation suggests that chamber music can be an inclusive, participatory way of knowing that empowers youth to express their ideas and critically consider and engage with the world around them. Special thanks to my family and poet Sam Wilson Fletcher for their support in the creation and realization of this project.

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June 14

June 14

Roger Admiral and the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet | 7 PM | Muttart Hall

Tickets $20/$25

The Program

Siaw Kin Lee – Two lullabies: a set of three (2022) (first performance)

i An unexpected morning conversation between a pecan tart and the rumbling sky
ii two lullabies
iii farewell

Liza Lim – The Four Seasons (after Cy Twombly) (2009)

    1. Autumn
    2. Winter
    3. Spring
    4. Summer (Sema)

Will Northlich-Redmond – Skybridge (2020) (first performance)

Howard Bashaw – 13 for Saxophone Quintet (2020) (first performance)

Commissioned through the Canada Council for the Arts by the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet

Part 1

I           Repetition Gallery: Shudderwave Grooveform
II         what went on down at the radish bake
III        Repetition Gallery: Groove, Part 1
IV        Feint Brazen
V         Repetition Gallery: Groove, Part 2
VI        careful now, or . . .
VII      yup, just another regret . . .

Part 2

VIII     Repetition Gallery: Pattern-Lock
IX        spin-spite-spate: beware ! – this fiendish potter’s wheel has a mind of its own
X         Repetition Gallery: Pattern-Shift 1, Time
XI        That Burnt, Orange Hat
XII      Repetition Gallery: Pattern-Shift 2, Reverb Hype
XIII     Right off the Rails, Right on Track: It’s the Boogie Demon Express
Part 1, we head-off in one direction ….
Part 2, but, you see, we’re really going somewhere else, and there’s just no turning-back

The Artists

Pianist Roger Admiral performs music from the 17th to the 21st century, teaches piano, and collaborates with the multigenerational inclusion choir SingAble at University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. He has been guest soloist with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Südwestfundfunk Sinfonieorchester. Other performances include the piano works of Iannis Xenakis for Vancouver New Music, and collaborations on recitals for Curto-Circuito de Música Contemporânea Brazil, Festival of Contemporary Polish Music (Wrocław), New Music Concerts (Toronto), Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, and Carnegie / Weill Hall.

The Edmonton Saxophone Quartet has been performing throughout Alberta for more than twenty-five years, striking a pleasing balance championing new works for saxophone quartet with creative interpretations of more traditional music. Their immediate musicality and warm stage presence have delighted and excited ears in expected (and some unexpected) places and they have taken a prominent place in Edmonton’s cultural life. ESQ has commissioned and premiered a significant number of new works for saxophone quartet from Canadian and international composers and they enjoy frequent support from provincial and national government arts organizations. ESQ’s current membership is: Allison Balcetis (bass saxophone), Kendra Heslip (alto saxophone), Emily Schultz (baritone saxophone) and Charles Stolte (tenor saxophone)

Canadian composer Howard Bashaw is originally from White Rock, B.C. A graduate of the University of British Columbia (DMA, 1989), he joined the Department of Music at the University of Alberta in 1993. Prior to this he taught at the University of British Columbia and the Université Canadienne en France. Working almost exclusively in the acoustic medium, Bashaw’s repertoire ranges from solo instruments to full orchestra. His musical language is perhaps best described as being broadly contemporary, and his scores exist in various conventional, aleatoric, graphic and hybrid formats.

Siaw Kin Lee was born in Brunei and, emigrated to Canada in 1992. She received her BMus and Mimi’s degrees from University of British Columbia, studying with Eugene Wilson and Keith Hamel. She received commissions from LEVENT (The Netherlands), Continuum Contemporary Ensemble (Toronto), the Associated Board of Royal School of Music (United Kingdom), St, Cristin’s Ensemble (Edmonton) through the Canada Council for the Arts, Vancouver Pro Musica, Symposium Chamber Music Ensemble and Vancouver School Board, the Royal College of Canadian Organists (2007 International Organ Conference). She was 3rd prize winner of STUDIO for Nes Music’s first Annual International Composers Competition 2002-03, and a finalist in the 1997 Gaudeamus International Composition Competition.

Liza Lim is a composer, educator and researcher whose music focusses on collaborative and transcultural practices. Beauty, rage & noise, ecological connection, and female spiritual lineages are at the heart of recent works. Her work Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus (2018) has found especially wide resonance internationally. Extensively commissioned by some of the world’s pre-eminent orchestras and ensembles, Lim is Sculthorpe Chair of Australian Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Lim’s catalogue ranges from solos and chamber music embedded in essential repertoire lists worldwide, to five strikingly different operas. Her music is published by Ricordi Berlin.

Will Northlich-Redmond (aka BlipVert) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, electronic musician, and educator. He has played concerts and appeared at festivals with Eyvind Kang, Graham Haynes, Ruins, Blaise Siwula, Ron Anderson’s PAK, Fennesz, Funckarma, Ceephax Acid Crew, Alec Empire, Richard Devine, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, and Robert Dick. Performance and studio collaborations include work with Elliott Sharp, Phillip Johnston and his Captain Beefheart tribute project Fast N’ Bulbous, Marilyn Crispell, Pauline Oliveros, Paula Matthusen, the Wesleyan Laptop Ensemble, and Troika Ranch.

Will’s compositions have been featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, University of Alberta, New York University, Wesleyan University, the NYC Fringe Festival, and numerous international venues. His work has been supported by the NYU Vilar Global Fellows, the Portland Flute Society, the STEIM research center, the Wesleyan Laptop Ensemble (Toneburst), the Wesleyan University Balinese gamelan ensemble, and the NYU New Music Ensemble.

Program Notes

Two lullabies – There was no intention to write a prelude and fugue with coda.

Feelings have a curious way of making themselves heard in its most truthful manner. The piece has a mind of its own. What was thought to be well planned out, from form to structure, from title to carefully lined up music notes in ways one thought would be most desirable, was not meant to be. In the process of writing, the piece shaped itself into its final form today.

*Fugue: A disturbed state of consciousness. I only found the other meaning of the word after the piece was completed.

Prelude I. An unexpected morning conversation between a pecan tart and the rumbling sky

A sweet treat and me
Under an angry sky, looms
Thoughtful sea of clouds

“Fugue” II. Two lullabies

Her slumber, he steals
Along with her breath
A phantom, she seals
Embraces upon death

Coda     III. Farewell

Meandering
Bound by a dinosaur’s spell, fox follows a trail of teardrop dews that tells her tale
Along Frase down 60th, into a mythical world she fell

The Four Seasons – I spent time at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in January 2007 and was very inspired by the works by Cy Twombly on display, in particular, the massive four-panelled work ‘Quattro Stagioni’. The combination of ecstatic saturated colour, linear calligraphic dynamism and paint washes veiling poetic commentaries scrawled on canvas, gave me many ideas for a piano cycle in four parts.  These ‘seasons’ are seasons of an inner life – they are made up of ‘climates of feeling’ – weather patterns that are sometimes extravagantly baroque in expression or shot through with an elegiac sense of the passage of time opening out to a ceremonial dance: a ‘Sema’ or the Sufi’s meditative whirling dance of union.

The Four Seasons (after Cy Twombly) is dedicated to Marilyn Nonken.  Summer (Sema) celebrates the birth of her daughter Goldie.

Skybridge

Miles above the surface of a planet….
….on the other side of the universe….
….a complex latticework of iridescent beams and girders….
….embraced by diamond cantilevers and floating arches…
….and interwoven by prismatic vapours….
….sits amongst a kaleidoscopic array of clouds and sunbeams.
The Skybridge waits for its next traveler….
….to animate its mysteries….
….and unveil its structure.

13 for Saxophone Quintet are thirteen shorter pieces with intriguing titles by BC composer, Howard Bashaw, U of A Professor Emeritus of Composition. The work was commissioned by ESQ and Roger Admiral with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and completed in 2020. Many premieres of this work across the world were cancelled due to the plague in the years that followed its completion and the artists are deeply grateful to New Music Edmonton for the opportunity to premiere it after a long wait. The saxophone quartet is a non-standard “low” saxophone quartet and features as the lowest instrument the stentorian sound of the bass saxophone. The addition of piano to the quartet makes this a completely unique piece in the saxophone repertoire. The funky patterning and interruptions to groove make these pieces fun and engaging and deliciously frustrating.

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June 15

June 15

DJ Noodle Soup and Jia Jia Yong | Mustafa Rafiq | Jacob Audrey Taves | Shawn Pinchbeck | 7 PM | Mile Zero Dance Space

Tickets $20/$25

The Program

The Remaining Functionality of Abandoned States – Jacob Audrey Taves *Content warning – there will be loud noises and some stroboscopic effects in video

Konghou Electric – DJ Noodle Soup and Jia Jia Yong

Sawab – Mustafa Rafiq

Ööõhk – Shawn Pinchbeck

The Artists

Communicating in a language of errors, hum, crackle, feedback and found sounds and images, audio and visual artist Jacob Audrey Taves explores themes of alienation, post-industrial anxiety and the push and pull between macro and micro social, political and sonic frameworks. Utilizing the fragile nature of malfunctioning equipment and exposing unintentional media artifacts, Taves’ work gives errors room to develop and to have voices of their own in an emotive, free-form structure. Throughout their various bands and projects they have toured Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico and Japan, sharing billing with Merzbow, Keiji Haino, Venetian Snares, Freida Abtan, John Oswald, Mark Hosler (Negativland), People Like Us, DJ Olive, William Hooker, Zea, Andy Moor, Robert Henke and others. They have performed at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (Canada), Hamsylet (Ukraine), Body Machine Body (Estonia), ZNFI (Slovenia), Yaga Gathering (Lithuania), 4D Festival (Japan) and have been an artist in residence at Les Pixels Transverseux (Sevres, France), Hammock (Vancouver, Canada) and PAVED Art and New Media (Saskatoon, Canada).

DJ Noodle Soup is Marcus Fung, a classically trained pianist who studied Music Composition and Jazz Piano performance at Grant MacEwan and later studied Expressive Art Therapy. Marcus weaves his love for music with inclusion, working with peoples of different backgrounds, ages, and abilities and he likes to refer to himself as a re-generative culture artist.

Jia Jia Yong is a harpist and composer passionate about showcasing cultural art forms and heritage in contemporary performance art. She performs as a freelance musician at various events in Edmonton and area and enjoys developing collaborative projects with other musicians and artists.

Mustafa Rafiq is a person and artist. Through music, paint and performance he researches relationships among blackness, nature, divinity, sound and time. Born in 1995 to Fijian immigrants, he lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Shawn Pinchbeck is an award winning Edmonton, Alberta based electroacoustic music composer, sound artist, audio engineer, performer, media artist, curator and educator. His artworks explore all things that sound, often with other elements such as: video, computer interaction, multi-speaker environments, sensors and electronics, interdisciplinary performance and gallery installations. Shawn has eight albums of electroacoustic, film and ambient music. His music and sound design has been used in numerous films and contemporary dance performances. Currently, the film “Far From the Apple Tree” can seen on Tubi TV; its soundtrack, in collaboration with singer songwriter Rose McDowall, was nominated for best Scottish album of the year in 2020. He regularly performs live sound and visual music works at festivals in Canada and Europe. He has MMus and PhD degrees in electroacoustic music composition from the University of Birmingham, UK where he studied with Jonty Harrison and Erik Oña.

Program Notes

The Remaining Functionality of Abandoned States – Systems of organization chug along as they pass their functionality, usefulness or are proven ineffective at achieving their aims. They leave behind broken bits of data, of infrastructure and of human beings while operating on automatic by people who have never met their bosses, as an algorithm or as an abandoned construct running on fumes. Unable to ever balance such fluid and complex equations as those that govern life, every system has its left behinds: the man who tunes every radio to the classic rock station; the quaint believer in the free market. In more serious terms the left behinds rot away and die, unable to access this or that because of paperwork or negotiations here or there, because of cracks in the functionality of systems that can never achieve balance. Some are left behind in the negative space between where systems of organization should meet, but don’t. Channeling the detritus of malignant policy and organization by pushing the fractured limits of hardware and software as a metaphoric exploratory process, “The Remaining Functionality of Abandoned States” does not necessarily make a political statement nor raise any questions in and of itself. It builds structures from debris and chewed up, half used bits and makes itself at home in negative space. “The Remaining Functionality of Abandoned States” gives life to the metaphor by creating audible constructions from left behind errors which interpret the emotional response of being a part of many failed systems while creating a unique new and living form.

Konghou Electric features a set of 3 pieces performed by DJ Noodle Soup on the mixer and Jia Jia Yong on the konghou. Their musical collaboration explores elements of classical Chinese music and melodies as they interweave with digital effects and textures, finding space between modern and ancient. The first piece “Wild Geese Descending” combines a classical Chinese piece “Ping Sha Luo Yan” with lofi jazz inspired improvisation. This is followed by “Parting” which brings together drum and bass elements and motifs from “Yangguan San Die”, a classical Chinese piece about the parting of two friends. The set will end with a improvisation between the konghou and the piano as a conversation and encounter of the two instruments.

Sawab – An ongoing exploration on themes for a guitar tuning intended to move the instrument closer into the sound emerging from Mustafas minds eye

Ööõhk – means ‘night air’ in Estonian. It is a kind of onomatopoeia.

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