X Avant XI New Music Festival in Toronto, October 13-16

English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009

Source: Music Gallery.

Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, October 16
The Music Gallery, 197 John St. & various venues
Festival Pass: $40 at musicgallery.org

The Music Gallery, Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music, presents the eleventh edition of the internationally acclaimed X Avant New Music Festival from October 13 to 16, 2016. The theme of this year’s X Avant Festival is Reverberations.

So much in music depends on reverb. It colours our perception and enjoyment of sound. Take it away and music becomes unnatural, pour it on and it billows up all around you. Different types of reverb help codify music, whether booming Jamaican dub, atmospheric jazz, or intimate and precise techno. Reverberation also relates to how ideas move through the world, where, over time, a single stimulus can produce a great impact: we see this every day in social media. This year, X Avant investigates how sounds and ideas journey far beyond their origins.

Thursday 10.13.16
Egyptrixx + Dun Dun Band + Deenzi
$15 regular, $13 advance, $10 members/students

Internationally renowned local “celestial club music” producer Egyptrixx has toured the world playing festivals such as Sonar, Roskilde and MUTEK over the years. He promises something special for his first Music Gallery appearance. The motorik rhythms of Craig Dunsmuir’s Dun Dun Band and “ancient Asian to the future” electronic duo Deenzi open the show.

Friday 10.14.16
Pauline Oliveros: Artist Talk
at York University, 11AM
Co-presented with Sensorium Centre and Dispersion Lab, School of The Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University

Pauline Oliveros has inspired multiple generations of musicians, artists and beyond with her approach to music. She was a trailblazer in electronic music and theory, contemporary of Terry Riley and Steve Reich and founder of the concept of “Deep Listening”. In the first of three X Avant events, Oliveros enlightens us with one of her profound yet humourous addresses at York University.

Friday 10.14.16
Pauline Oliveros/Ione/Anne Bourne/Doug Van Nort + Merganzer
$20 regular, $15 advance, $10 members/students
Co-presented with Sensorium Centre and Dispersion Lab, School of The Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University

A multi-channel exploration into timbre, gesture and ephemeral improvisation. Pauline Oliveros’ digital accordion, Ione’s improvised, sanguine poetry, Toronto avant-cello luminary Anne Bourne (Jane Siberry, Eve Egoyan) and surround sound expert & Canada Research Chair holder Doug Van Nort collaborate in the round. Merganzer is violin/electronics by Mika Posen (ex Timber Timbre, Forest City Lovers).

Saturday 10.15.16
Deep Listening session conducted by Anne Bourne
Music Gallery Courtyard, 4PM

Oliveros’ is committed to furthering the practice of “Deep Listening”.The Deep Listening Institute of Rensselaer, New York endeavors to pursue a unique approach to music, literature, art, meditation, technology and healing. Anne Bourne is a certified Deep Listening instructor and will lead participants in exercises intended to heighten awareness of sound, silence and sounding. Presented in our outdoor courtyard.

Saturday 10.15.16
Reverberations: a lecture/presentation by Noah Mintz

Mintz, who as chief mastering engineer at Toronto’s renowned Lacquer Channel has perfected albums by Broken Social Scene, LAL and The Weakerthans, is a compelling and hilarious speaker. Here he speaks about psychoacoustics in a talk entitled “Why is MP3 and streaming audio quality killing our love of music (and why didn’t you know that?)”.

Saturday 10.15.16
Sarah Neufeld: The Ridge + Dialectica
$20 regular, $15 advance, $10 members/students

Arcade Fire violinist’s new touring project follows her album release in Spring 2016. The Ridge picks up where her solo debut Hero Brother left off – still atmospheric, but more propulsive. Neufeld’s attention to reverberant spaces will be an especially powerful match with the Music Gallery’s fine acoustic space. Shannon Graham’s new equal parts classical/jazz saxophone quartet, Dialectica, leads off.

Saturday 10.15.16
TRP Late Night
$10 regular, $8 advance, $5 students
with Andrew Ross (The Love Below), Diana McNally (Automaticamore) and Patricia (Club Fitness)
Visuals by Romar Johnson and Ian Cheung.
at Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Av. (416) 971-4273, 10PM doors

After Sarah Neufeld, head over to Cinecycle where TRP, Toronto’s best web radio station, re-emerges from hiatus to collaborate with us on a DJ-and-visuals-oriented late night affair.

Sunday 10.16.16
Music Gallery History series: featuring Motion
At OCADU Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul St., 6PM, free

“Bang The Furnace: Music, Culture & Identity in Toronto’s Black Aural Spaces” is MC, spoken word artist, radio host and playwright Motion’s contribution to the Music Gallery’s new History Series. Part presentation, part turntablism don’t miss one of Toronto hip hop’s foundational figures as she charts the reverberations of this city’s past into the present.

Sunday 10.16.16
Roscoe Mitchell & the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra
$25 regular, $20 advance, $15 members/students
co-produced by Musique Rayonnante and Toronto Creative Orchestra Projects

This is an historic occasion! Roscoe Mitchell has been one of the most important voices in jazz since the 1960s. Mitchell, a saxophonist, composer, co-founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and a member of groundbreaking community-music organization, the Association For the Advancement of Creative Musicians, leads a 15-piece all-star Montreal/Toronto orchestra (feat Marilyn Lerner, Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Nick Fraser and more) through his own compositions.