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Now Hear This Festival of New Music

March 22, 2018

Thursday, March 22

City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill Square), 12:00 p.m.

Earth Ears: A Sonic Ritual, by Pauline Oliveros with the Now Hear This City Hall Players

Spend your lunchtime with us at City Hall and be prepared for an astonishing, moving and deeply profound experience as a band of some 20 Edmonton musicians present Earth Ears, a work by musical pioneer and prophet Pauline Oliveros. The City Hall Players will each bring musical materials of their own invention and, under the leadership of Raylene Campbell and Allison Balcetis, will assemble a beautiful, meditative ritual. With the musicians spread throughout the City Hall atrium you can sit in the middle of the sound on the chairs provided, or take a stroll around to experience the result from different perspectives. Free admission.

Studio 96 (10909 96 St NW)

Tapestry – Don Berner Trio Featuring Nico Arnáez, electronics, 7:30 p.m.

Don Berner – Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute

Ryan Timoffee – Keyboards and Piano

Gord Graber – Drums, Cymbals and Percussion

With special guest Nicolás Arnáez – Live Processing, Bass and Found Objects

Don Berner, Ryan Timoffee and Gord Graber are familiar names in Edmonton music circles, and New Music Edmonton is proud to feature them on our opening night show. Moving way beyond the confines of a standard jazz performance, Tapestry, with guest artist, Nicolás Arnáez, promises a scintillating, possibly startling, combination of straight ahead and free form jazz, dance, electronic, electroacoustic and  chamber music.

Live Mix I, 9:30 p.m.

After the Don Berner show, stick around Studio 96 for the second show of the night when we present a unique double bill of performances beyond categorization. Mixing live music, electronics, theatre and text, Live Mix is our chance to shine the spotlight on remarkable innovators from Edmonton and beyond.

Tab C.A. and Ocra: Moonbathers

Moonbathers is an interdisciplinary collaboration between poet Tab C.A. (2016 Edmonton Slam Team finalist and original member of The Edmonton Poetry Brothel)  and experimental musician Ocra (the solo project of Myles Bartel). The duo formed for the purpose of performing at the release party of Tab C.A.’s Moonbather chapbook. This will be their second live collaboration based on that material. Tab C.A.’s  poetry strives to create honest, heartfelt connections and bring their audience into shared catharsis, while the music of Ocra specializes in sounds of brooding and meditative drones, loops and excursions via prepared guitar, vocals, and more.

Gel Nails: Under the Sea

Under The Sea is a narrative about being invisible and in plain sight at the same time. The performance is built using cassette samples with elements of Musique Concrète and the influences of Michele Chion and Steve Reich. The cassette medium is truly central to this Gel Nails’ show, but not just with recorded sounds: tape warble and hiss are features of the work, not to mention the mechanical sounds of cassette decks opening and closing. There’s also going to be plenty of sonic contributions emanating from the sound of the  stop/ play/ pause/ rewind and eject buttons being called into action. Connecting it all: looping live electronics, slabs of guitar and vocals.

Tab C.A. and Ocra and Gel Nails are both appearing for the first time on a New Music Edmonton program. It’s a unique chance to experience these Alberta artists performing on the same bill, and a great close to the first day of Now Hear This.


March 22, 2018