Sound Sculpting Workshop

Mari Alice Conrad and Diana Tayler

April 27, 2024 6-9 PM Harcourt House Art Education Room (10215 – 112 Street NW) Tickets

Sound Sculpting Workshop poster

Join composers Diana Tayler and Mari Alice Conrad as they invite participants to engage with sound and music composition in non-traditional ways where zero musical experience is required. The dynamic team will guide the workshop in a creative and inclusive approach to composition by crafting sound sculptures, or musical maps, from a variety of mediums including plasticine, fabric, paint, yarn, paper, cardboard, pencil crayons, plastic fasteners, wood, metal, and an array of recycled objects that correspond to chosen sound parameters. Through the sculpting of sound elements in their score, the participants will have the opportunity to workshop ideas with the presenters and their instruments. The session will conclude with an open performance of the works.  

Each participant will receive a take-home graphic score and an audio recording of their composition for harp and percussion. Children are welcome, accompanied by an adult. Admission fee of $10 covers materials and recording.

Mari Alice Conrad is an award-winning composer currently completing her doctorate degree in music composition at the University of Alberta. She specializes in composing concert works for soloists, chamber, and large ensembles with her works being performed across Canada, USA, and Europe. Her compositional practice shines an exceptional light on the human condition and fosters curiosity, authenticity, connection, and collaboration. Several of her scores have been published and commercially recorded

Diana Tayler is a composer, arranger, performer (harp, voice), musical educator and fibre artist based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Edmonton, Alberta). Diana writes music for choir, chamber ensembles, dance, and solo instruments, and has a fascination for creating acousmatic works that exist perpetually. She delights in introducing children of all ages to non-traditional sound art and approaches to making music, and incorporates this into her pedagogical compositions. Diana has completed graduate studies in composition and linguistics at the University of Alberta, and an Associate diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT). She is active in community music as a clinician and adjudicator, in local arts organisations, and in Edmonton’s vibrant choral, new music, and Ukrainian dance communities. Diana is co-founder of Sound Sculpting, a composition workshop program that explores the creation of contemporary music and sound art through non-traditional notation. In her spare time she can be found indulging in the delights of fibre arts, exploring nature and making creations of all kinds with her children, writing fables and fairy tales, and dreaming about future projects.

Sound Sculpting workshop photo.
Mari Alice Conrad, Diana Tayler, and a Sound Sculpting Score.
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