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Now Hear This Festival of New Music
Saturday, March 24
Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Ave NW)
Social Sounds, With Catherine Lee, Oboe and Electronics, 2:00 p.m.
On the first weekend of spring, especially, with the sun shining through stained glass, an afternoon recital in Holy Trinity’s exquisite sanctuary is an extraordinary experience. Now Hear This is delighted to welcome Edmonton-raised oboist Catherine Lee as she returns to our city for a performance certain to be part of the magic of the newly minted spring. Her compelling, beautifully curated program of Canadian works will bring to mind many aspects of the natural world – flowers, wind, colour, the movement of sand and rock sediment through water and the irresistibly hypnotic nocturnal songs of whales.
Catherine Lee is a renowned oboist able to produce the full range of sounds from lyrically traditional to grittily experimental. She is also a highly regarded and sought-after improviser and has chosen this program specifically to explore the continuum between improvised and strictly notated music, often within the same composition. Combining oboe and oboe d’amore with a rich stream of expertly diffused electronic sounds, this recital will fill the phenomenal acoustic of Holy Trinity with magical and memorable music.
Dorothy Chang – Still
Catherine Lee – a tiny dance
Jérôme Blais – Rafales
Dana Reason – Chanson de fleurs: Eleanor of Aquitaine
Taylor Brook – Alluvium
Emily Doolittle – Social Sounds From Whales At Night
Listening Lounge II, 3:30 p.m.
Please see the note about our Listening Lounges for Friday, March 23!
Trio in Trinity – Swell/ Burrell/ Segger Trio, 7:30 p.m.
Dave Burrell, piano
Steve Swell, trombone
Mark Segger, drums and percussion
Collaborations between visiting and local artists have been an important stream of most Now Hear This Festivals. Continuing that tradition, join us and revel in the unique combination of New York’s Dave Burrell/ Steve Swell Duo with Edmonton percussionist Mark Segger. You won’t want to miss this explosive meeting of three great musicians in a show created especially for Now Hear This.
The Burrell/ Swell Duo first worked together in 2011 and have given performances of Dave Burrell’s Civil War Project music at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, at the Vision Festival in New York and in Houston presented by the Nameless Sound Foundation. For Now Hear This, the duo has invited Edmonton’s Mark Segger to join with them in what is certain to be a “masterclass” in infusing improvisation with a stunning array of sound and rhythm drawn from all corners of the jazz and new music worlds. The trio’s highly developed improvisational skills and phenomenal sensitivity to each other’s playing will be radically, readily apparent as they bring us an intense, absorbing evening of music rarely heard in our city.
Dave Burrell is a veteran of the bands of Archie Shepp and Marion Brown and has recorded a number of classic free jazz recordings under his own name. He is a true legend and connection to the early days of free jazz in the U.S.
Steve Swell has been making his mark in the free jazz and new music arena from many years in New York City and has shared the stage many times with Dave Burrell in duo format and in several of bassist/composer William Parker’s ensembles.
Mark Segger is much in-demand as one of the preeminent percussionists in this region. Equally at home in classical, pop, jazz and free improvisation, he is quickly becoming a leading percussionist in Edmonton and many other cities.
Live Mix II, 9:30 p.m.
After The Trio show we’ll have a short break – a chance to grab a snack or drink, or take a walk, but don’t go home! Our third show of the day is the second of our unique Live Mix double bills, once again bringing cutting edge, risk-taking performers into focus. This is going to be fantastic way to finish the day off as we pair…
Ryan M. Hemphill: Overfill Undergrowth
This is an orchestra of a different kind – a collection of a half dozen or so decommissioned propane tanks and some audio transducers. Feed them some pre-recorded voices, sine-wave oscillations and live amplified brass, let the transducers do their work (i.e. converting the sound into vibrations) and voila: an orchestra of resonating propane tanks! Since each tank is unique it will resonate in different way, resulting in the room being filled with gorgeous, bell-like sounds. Overfill Undergrowth can exist as both an installation and live performance, and Ryan Hemphill will offer some of both during this performance. With the gas tanks set up surrounding the audience, expect to be immersed in a rich, warm, constantly changing pool of ambient sound.
blablaTrains is a duo formed by Takuto Fukuda (DIY sensor instrument), and Ana Dall’Ara-Majek (extended Theremin). Respectively from Japan and France, they moved to Canada to study composition and to take the train. The duo develops new ways of narrativity and musical meaning by extending idiomatic gestures to theatrics.
The improvisation performance ‘blablaOdyssey_3’ is a theatrical exploration of two instruments that require a kind of choreography to generate sound. The duo uses electronic sounds generated by their instruments and recordings from different travels by train. Those sounds are processed in real-time with body movements and hands gestures. The performance illustrates a surrealistic odyssey in which they create links between our two instruments and the electroacoustic world.
As with our March 22 Live Mix I artists, Ryan M. Hemphill and blablaTrains are making their New Music Edmonton debut appearances on Live Mix II. We’re excited to be capping off this amazing and varied Saturday with these original, unforgettable performances.