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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 www.openspace.ca 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. www.trimpinmovie.com

Biography
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.

 

MISTIC

(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

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

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

Vancouver Island Symphony: Carnival

April 21, 2012 @ 7:30pm
The Port Theatre
125 Front Street
Nanaimo, BC
Tickets: $52 general; $49 seniors; $20 students; $5 eyeGO
Available:

  • Online
  • Phone: (250) 754 – 8550
  • Port Theatre ticket office at 125 Front Street, Nanaimo

Guest Artists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, Piano Duo

Milhaud — Le Boeuf sur le toit
Poulenc — Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor
Wilson — A Canadian Carnival
Saint-Saëns — Carnival of the Animals
Moncayo — Huapango

Come to the Carnival and celebrate all life with joyous international rhythm and fantasy. In Brazilian style the musical parade begins with Le Boeuf sur le toit, followed by the French Concerto for 2 pianos performed by Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann. Not far behind come familiar and humorous images of gopher, loon, moose and whale in A Canadian Carnival followed by audience favourite Saint-Saën’s gem — Carnival of the Animals. The last float passes by with the rich Latin dance rhythms of Huapango by Mexican composer Moncayo.  It’s hot, fun… a party of musical surprises!

Join Artistic Director Pierre Simard for Pre-Concert Talk before the performance in the Port Theatre at 6:30 p.m. (doors will close at 6:35 p.m.for the Pre-Concert Talk and re-open prior to the performance)

Post Concert Talk following the performance with conductor and musicians

More information at the VI Symphony website

April 21, 2012
7:30 pm

VSO: Songs and Solos

Beth OrsonApril 21, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Orpheum Theater
884 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
Tickets available via: the VSO website

Repertoire

Ryan – Brazen, Concerto for Saxophone
Top – Songs of an Egyptian Princess
Sharman – Songs without Words
Nobles – Piano Concerto

April 21, 2012
8:00 pm

Love in Public: an Opera Cabaret

Love in Public PosterLove in Public: an Opera Cabaret

April 19 – 29, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
also April 22 & 29 matinees @ 2:00pm
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
B2 level, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Tickets
: $25 general, $15 student & senior
Available via: 2mevents

Music by David MacIntyre
Words by Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Sonnets from the Portuguese

Starring:

  • Robyn Driedger-Klassen, soprano
  • Megan Morrison, mezzo soprano
  • Frederik Robert, tenor
  • Warren Kimmel, baritone
  • David Boothroyd, piano
  • with dancers Kaylin Metchie and Juan Carlos Villegas

Directed by Peter Jorgensen
Designed by Marti Wright
Lighting by Barry Hegland
Produced by David MacIntyre

In a sophisticated blend of music, poetry, theatre and dance; Love in Public, a contemporary opera cabaret re-imagining of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese by Vancouver composer David MacIntyre, debuts in a new theatrical production directed by Peter Jorgensen.

Forty-four songs interpreted by four fabulous singers with an intoxicating piano-driven score, Love in Public invites audiences to contemplate the role of the love song in the 21st Century. What place does traditional courtship and the writings of romance hold in modern times where irony tends to triumph over sentiment and texting has replaced the love letter? Love in Public is a gorgeous musical journey into the intimate thoughts of a woman revivified by the power of love.

Love in Public stars acclaimed soloists of the opera/music theatre stage: soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen; mezzo soprano Megan Morrison; tenor Frederik Robert; and baritone Warren Kimmel. David Boothroyd, a nationally known performer with a twenty-five year career in opera, will collaborate on piano. This world premiere production is directed by Peter Jorgensen, a rising star in Vancouver’s music theatre scene, well known for his work with Patrick Street Productions. Student dancers from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts will round out the cast.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese, a highly personal collection of love poems, was published in 1850. Obscurely titled to deflect readers’ attentions from her love affair with Robert Browning, Barrett’s collection was a public telling of emotion, not all that different from modern online and reality television culture, where the intimacy between lovers becomes public. Contemporary audiences will revisit Barrett’s words in a new context, forever altering confessions such as, ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.’

“Love in Public is the perfect ‘date night’ for lovers of all ages and orientations,” says producer and composer David MacIntyre, “It’s like the first blog – 150 years early.”

Purchased your ticket already? Invite your friends to come via the Love in Public Facebook event page.

 

April 19, 2012 8:00 pmtoApril 29, 2012 8:00 pm