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Trimpin & MISTIC: New Music Installation — Trimpin:(CanonX+4:33=100)

Open for viewing: March 16 to April 28, Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Opening: Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m. MISTIC Concert: Friday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m.
New Music Installation — Trimpin:(CanonX+4:33=100)
Open Space
510 Fort Street
Victoria, BC
MISTIC Tickets: General $15; Members, Students, Seniors $10
See for workshop and demonstration dates and times.

Internationally celebrated sound sculptor/composer/inventor Trimpin extends his ongoing exploration of sound, vision, and movement in this newly commissioned interactive installation at Open Space. The exhibition opens on Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by an artist talk on Saturday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m. The exhibition will wrap up with a concert by MISTIC, performing on the installation on Friday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m.

In (CanonX+4:33=100), a new work, Trimpin acknowledges the 2012 celebrations of two significant and influential 20th century composers, John Cage and Conlon Nancarrow. Combining ancient concepts and methods with the latest in digital technology, Trimpin gives new life to an array of abandoned pianos by constructing visually dynamic and aurally stunning acoustic sculptures and automatons out of their carcasses. Believing in our capacity to experience sound visually, Trimpin accentuates this concept with the use of video cameras and sensors to translate colour into gestures that activate the instruments.

In collaboration with Dr. Andrew Schloss and students from the University of Victoria, a team of emerging sound engineers and musicians join forces with Trimpin in constructing and installing the installation, while developing unique methodologies for activating and “performing” the installation as an enormous musical instrument. The culmination of their efforts will be revealed in the MISTIC concert on April 27.

Trimpin is one of the most stimulating and inventive forces in music today; his installation will skew your everyday assumptions about sound and technology and engage your senses of perception, surprise, and joy in an extraordinary and intricate audio-visual experience unlike any other. For more information on Trimpin, see the recently released documentary entitled TRIMPIN: the sound of invention.

Born in Germany, Trimpin moved to Seattle in 1979, where he has worked as an independent researcher and experimenter in musical, acoustical, and sound sculpture design. Referred to as “one of the awesome musical geniuses of the early 21st century,” Trimpin has received both a MacArthur Genius Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship for his creative investigations of acoustic music in spatial relationship. In 2006 the New Yorker magazine profiled Trimpin in a feature article, and local press has hailed him as “a composer/sound artist/engineer/god.” Trimpin has appeared around the globe with performances, exhibitions, and sound installations and has been the subject of a full-length documentary film, as well as a Marquand Books publication titled Trimpin: Contraptions for Art and Sound.
Trimpin’s project in Victoria has been sponsored by NSERC/Canada Council New Media Initiative grant, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, SOCAN, the CRD, and Open Space’s self-generated revenue.



(CanonX+4:33=100), the innovative and quirky sound installation by Seattle-based sound sculptor and inventor, Trimpin, was not only intended to be heard, but “played.” Since the installation opened in March at Open Space, the members of MISTIC (Music Intelligence and Sound Technology Interdisciplinary Collective) have been composing new works specifically for Trimpin’s robotic pianos. Using MIDI-enabled instruments and computers, each composer has developed a unique approach to “performing” the installation as an enormous musical instrument.

A culmination of their weekly workshop sessions, UVic School of Music faculty Andrew Schloss, students from the University of Victoria, as well as local composers, will present their works, which will simultaneously have their first and final performances, on Friday, April 27 at 8pm.

One of the most stimulating and inventive forces in music today, Trimpin’s installation will skew your everyday assumptions about sound and technology. Marking the centenary of influential composers John Cage and Conlon Nancarrow, (CanonX+4:33=100) redefines the prepared piano with the construction of robotic instruments out of piano carcasses. Triggered by a colourful wall mural, a visual sensor controlled by a joystick translates colours into gestures activating the instruments.

The last day to experience Trimpin’s installation is on Saturday, April 28. Afterwards, the pianos will be disassembled and the parts repurposed. Original Trimpin prints are available at $100 plus tax.

April 17, 2012 1:00 amtoApril 27, 2012 8:00 pm

VISI: Songfire Festival

Tickets $25 adult; $23 senior; $10 student – at the door

Songs of Our Time

June 9, 2012 @ 8:00pm
VISI Faculty
Roy Barnett Recital Hall
6361 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC


***Burritt premiere Triptych - Three Songs on Three Abstract Paintings for Gayle Shay, mezzo soprano Arlene Shrut, piano based on three poems by Marilyn Lerch inspired by three abstract paintings by Liberia Marcuzzi

Vocal Chamber Music

June 10, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Encore & VISI Faculty
West Vancouver United Church
2062 Esquimalt Avenue
West Vancouver, BC

***Burritt premiere Image-Nation  for Darryl Edwards, tenor Terence Dawson, piano Ben Kinsman, french horn based on three poems by Robin Blaser

Harold Brown Tribute Concert

June 19th, 2012 @ 8:00pm
VISI Faculty
Vancouver Unitarian Church
949 - 49th Avenue
Vancouver, BC


***Burritt premiere Moth Poem  for Tyler Duncan, baritone Erika Switzer, piano based on five poems by Robin Blaser

June 9, 2012
10:00 pm
June 10, 2012
10:00 pm
June 19, 2012
10:00 pm

World Premier: Ryan’s ‘Brazen’

The world premiere of Brazen is this Saturday, April 21, in Vancouver at the Orpheum Annex (upstairs off of Seymour St) with the VSO and conductor Bramwell Tovey, as part of the VSO’s Symphony at the Annex series of new music (formerly the Roundhouse series). The programme also includes concerti by Jordan Nobles, Rodney Sharman, and the VSO’s new Composer-in-Residence Edward Top.

Or, come to Victoria Monday, April 30, and hear the Victoria premiere with the Victoria Symphony and conductor Bernhard Gueller, along with music by Schubert and Dvorak.

Here’s a little bit of background on “Brazen”:

While thinking about the instrument and scouting around for inspiration, I came across the word “brazen” and I was attracted by its double meaning. “Made of brass” was certainly appropriate for a saxophone concerto. But its other meaning “bold and shameless” is what got me thinking musically and provided character to the soloist. It suggests brash and defiant, sexy and seductive, calculating and manipulative. I was reminded of All About Eve’s Eve Harrington, who, from Margo Channing’s perspective, shamelessly went after what she wanted. Yet is it truly “brazen” to have ambition and confidence, to take power, to go after what one wants? Or is it only deemed to be “brazen” by those who would lose power as a result? In Brazen, we see an Eve, wrapped in orchestral strings and metallic percussion, from many sides: through her own eyes, the eyes of those persuaded by her, and the eyes of those who would keep her in their idea of her appropriate place.

Thanks to the Vancouver and Victoria Symphonies for supporting this project.

April 21, 2012
9:00 pm
April 30, 2012
9:00 pm

Victoria Symphony Reading Session of New Works

April 19th @ 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Alix Goolden Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
900 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC

April 19, 2012
2:00 pmto4:30 pm

Victoria Score Reading Club

May 17, 2012 @ 6pm – 9pm (TBC)
The Open Space
2nd floor, 510 Fort Street
Victoria, BC

We are excited to announce the Victoria premiere of our famous Score Reading Club on Thursday, May 17!

This inaugural session will feature presentations by soprano/voice artist Catherine Fern Lewis, CMC/CLC 2012 Emerging Composer Daniel Brandes, and CMC/CLC 2011 Emerging Composer Christopher Reiche.

The Score Reading Club is a series that features influential works by accomplished composers. In this session,Chris Reiche, Cathy Fern Lewis and Daniel Brandes will be talking/playing/performing recent works by Cassandra Miller, Rudolf Komorous and Antoine Beuger!

6-9pm with wine and cheese to follow.

Join us and discover gems you may not know, hear something new, and engage in dialogue about the works. Collectively, we look at the scores, listen to the music and discuss elements that fascinate us, puzzle us, and touch us in emotional ways. Everyone is welcome to attend!


May 17, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

Call for Scores: North/South Consonance 2012

Submissions must be postmarked by June 1, 2012

Entry fee: $25 (USD) non-refundable fee per composition submitted required

All composers are eligible for consideration.

Solo, chamber ensembles and chamber orchestra works up to 18 performers will be considered. Vocalists, percussion and/or electronics are acceptable as well. One work will be selected for recording on the North/South label.

Complete submission guidelines here.

June 1, 2012
8:00 pm

VISI: Arts of Concience

June 11-16, 2012

Evening Speaker and Film Series are Open to the Public
Distinguished speakers present a series of evening lectures from 5:30-7 pm
Admission is $5.00 per session at the door

Film screenings each evening, from 8:00 – 10:00 pm, at the VanCity Theatre.
Tickets are $11 at the door, or at


A Symposium for Artists interested in Social Change Activism

Laura Barron & Garrett Rubin, Program Organizers
Susan O’Neill & Rena Sharon, Program Advisors

In partnership with the Vancouver-based non-profit Instruments of Change and VanCity Theatre, VISI invites participants to an intensive 6-day workshop designed for artists from all disciplines and for community members interested in the burgeoning field of Art for Social Change. The course comprises lectures, workshops, forum films, discussions, and group projects. Some events are open to the public, while a central portion of each day is designed for registered participants only.

Each morning features a presentation by a leading arts activist from a different artistic medium. The sessions are open to the public.

Speakers include:

• Judith Marcuse, internationally renowned dancer/choreographer and Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change at SFU
• Reena Lazar, Executive Director of Peace it Together, a filmmaking program for youth
• Susan Summers, President of the Music Therapy Association of British Columbia (Participation TBD)
• Cyndy Chwelos, Program Director at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre
• David Diamond, Artistic Director of Headlines Theatre
• Dr. Susan O’Neill, Professor of Music Psychology at SFU and Director of the Research in Youth, Music, and Education Project (RYME)

• Other distinguished speakers and facilitators will be confirmed and posted in the coming weeks.

Throughout each day, registered participants have access to diverse classes and experiential activities, working directly with a variety of community organizations to explore the possibilities for their art practice in the service of social transformation.

Topics include:

Cultural Diplomacy, Arts in Conflict Prevention, and Arts Therapy. Additional training includes workshops in facilitation skills, incorporating arts for social change curriculi into university settings, and working with trauma populations.


Each evening concludes with a film screening that powerfully illustrates the socially transformative impact of the arts in action. These films are open to the public.

• Wasteland, a documentary the three year art project of Vik Muniz with the garbage workers of Brazil.
• Twelve Angry Lebanese, a film about the radical work of Zeina Daccache as she directs a theatre piece with inmates from a high security male prison in Lebanon.
• Favela Rising, following Anderson Sá, a former drug trafficker who establishes the grassroots Afro Reggae movement amongst the youth of the Rio slums.
• Rhythm Is It!!, a movie documenting the empowering work of Berlin Philharmonic in their outreach program which enlisted 250 inner-city German school children to dance with their performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
• A selection of student short films from Peace It Together.

Register for our full retreat program of morning and afternoon sessions

Registration & Cost

NOTE: Registration is ONLY required for participants of the afternoon sessions:
The full Symposium fee for the entire week of activities is only $300 and all morning and evening sessions are included.

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT is $250 if you register by April 27, 2012.

Participants are responsible for their own meals, accommodations and travel. Auditor fees for single afternoon sessions are available by request, space permitting.

Interested participants can contact with questions.
The registration deadline for the full program of events is May 15, 2012.

Please visit the VISI website for forms.
A $150 deposit is required with registration.




11:30 – 1 Daily Intro and Facilitation Skills workshop by Sarena Talbot
1-2 pm LUNCH
2-4 pm Group Work (4 groups of 3-4 participants led by facilitators and a representative from a chosen community group)
4 – 5 pm Dialogue with Judith and participants (with prepared questions and knowledge of guests bio)
5:30-7 pm Judith Marcuse’s public talk
7-8 pm DINNER
8-10 pm Film Series: Rhythm Is It!



11:30 – 1 pm Daily Intro and Trauma Sensitivity Skills workshop by
Sarah Holmes de Castro
1-2 pm LUNCH
2-4 pm Group Work
4-5 pm Dialogue with Cyndy and participants
5 – 5:30 pm SHORT BREAK
5:30-7 pm Cyndy Chwelos public talk
7-8 pm DINNER
8-10 pm Film Series: Wasteland



11:30-1 pm Daily Intro and Workshop on Integrating Arts for Social Change Curriculum into University Settings by Garrett Rubin
1-2 pm LUNCH
2-4 pm Group Field Trip with Susan Summers
4-5 pm Dialogue with Rena and participants
5 – 5:30 pm SHORT BREAK
5:30-7 pm Reena Lazar’s public talk
7-8 pm DINNER
8-10 pm Film Series: Peace It Together short films


11:30-1 pm Morning Activity TBA
1- 2 pm LUNCH
2-4 pm Group Work
4-5 pm Discourse with David and participants
5 – 5:30 pm SHORT BREAK
5:30-7 pm David Diamond public talk
7-8 pm DINNER
8-10 pm Film Series: Twelve Angry Lebanese


11:30 – 1 pm Panel with community leaders who employ Arts of Social Change initiatives
1-2 pm LUNCH with panelists and workshop participants
2-4 pm Group Work – (participants prepare final presentations with feedback from community group representative)
4-5 pm Dialogue with Susan and participants
5 – 5:30 pm SHORT BREAK
5:30-7 pm Susan O’Neill public talk
7-8 pm DINNER
8-10 pm Film Series: Favela Rising


10 am-1 pm Final group presentations & Debrief

Workshops and films will be presented
at a variety of centrally-located Vancouver venues.


For complete details, please visit the VISI website.

April 27, 2012
8:00 pmto9:00 pm
May 15, 2012
1:00 am
June 11, 2012 11:00 pmtoJune 16, 2012 11:00 pm

SFU: I flux BFA Graduating Exhibition

I flux

Opening Reception: April 13, 2012 at 7-10pm
Exhibition: April 14-28th
SFU School for the Contemporary Arts
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
Admission: Free!

Featuring work by artists Meredith Carr, Katie Chow, Sairom Kwon, Stacey Leung, Zoe Liu, Corrie Neyrinck, Tamara Robson, Jacquelyn Ross, Sarah Stilwell, Yi Xin Tong, Shelley Wang, and Natasha Zimich

The Visual Arts students at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts present I flux, an exhibition that showcases the work of the undergraduate class of 2012.

To flux is to transfer energy, to change, to flow, and to respond. As a group we flux and are in flux, each individual always with a unique and shifting motivation and direction. We act and react to reflect our times, and adapt to changing circumstances and ideals. Positions become transitory and fleeting in the extended formation of what is slowly coming into being. The insight and understanding we have gleaned from the past four odd years of pedagogy and self-discovery unites the work in this exhibition in the small way that it can.

Claiming the act with the possessive “I”, we denote both a pragmatism and a choice – for now, we choose to flux rather than remain in stasis.

April 14, 2012 8:00 pmtoApril 28, 2012 8:00 pm