v. 21 – 2019

  • Ellen Arkbro (SW)
  • Cecilia Lopez (AR)
  • Tetuzi Akiyama (JP)
  • Toshimaru Nakamura (JP)
  • Zachary James Watkins (US)
  • Sound of the Mountain (CA)
  • Rusalka (CA)
  • Mira Martin-Gray (CA)
  • Chloe Alexandra Thompson (CA)
  • Matt Henderson (US)
  • VOR (CA)
  • Erik Tisu (CA)
  • Mariana Muñoz Gomez (CA)

No remark could summarize the range and depth of this year’s artists and their respective approaches to sound. Several performers use audio feedback as an instrument, taking sonic measure of the spaces in which they appear and elevating the noise immanent to their materials. Others demonstrate a supple receptivity to their musical tools and fellow improvisers, on the model of a spontaneous communication. In every case something absolutely singular transpires before the ears, involving the listener in the social circuitry of live performance.

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FESTIVAL EVENTS

v. 21 – 2019 – Day One – Oct 17

  • VOR
  • Toshimaru Nakamura
  • Cecilia Lopez

Our third decade commences with the doom-laden electronics of Winnipeg’s VOR, whose mysterious voicings emerge from an ominous thrum. Toshimaru Nakamura‘s no-input mixing board is an iconic instrument in its own right, from which an eerie rhythmicity emanates beneath his master touch. Finally, Cecilia Lopez‘s permutating project, Red, unveils layers of sculpturized feedback in response to the physical space of the performance.

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v. 21 – 2019 – Day Two – Oct 18

  • Sound of the Mountain with Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura
  • Mira Martin-Gray
  • Zachary James Watkins

Friday’s concert features Toronto-based artist Mira Martin-Gray, whose work plumbs the myriad soundscapes immanent to the mixing board; Oakland-based guitarist Zachary James Watkins, whose compositions and improvisations converge upon physical resonance; and Montréal duo Sound of the Mountain in a recently convened quartet with renowned Japanese improvisers Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura.

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v. 21 – 2019 – Day Three – Oct 19

  • Sound of the Mountain (Artist Talk)
  • Ellen Arkbro - CHORDS for organ
  • Tetuzi Akiyama

This evening brings together two utterly distinct solo performers, investigating the physical capacities of their respective mediums. Japanese improviser Tetuzi Akiyama boldly and delicately engages the guitar, attempting to convert its body into an electronic entity, while Swedish composer and sound artist Ellen Arkbro blends organ and electronics, examining the materiality and harmonic quality of chords and extending the timbral character of her instrument.

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