PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (more details TBA):
Jan 27 / PICA / 6:30pm – 9:30pm
JAN 28 / OLD CUSTOMS HOUSE / 6:30pm – 9:30pm
JAN 29 / OLD CUSTOMS HOUSE / 7:30pm – 9:30pm
JAN 31 / VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE / 6:30pm – 9:00pm
SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE (more details TBA):
JAN 27 / PICA / France Jobin Masterclass Day 1 (10am-1pm)
JAN 27 / PICA / Superimpose iMprov Workshop (1:30pm-3:30pm)
JAN 27 / PICA / Festival panel (details TBA) (4pm-5:30pm)
JAN 27 / RTR.FM 92.1 / Difficult Listening (9pm – 11pm)
JAN 28 / OLD CUSTOMS HOUSE / France Jobin Masterclass Day 2 (10am-1pm)
JAN 28 / OLD CUSTOMS HOUSE / Flock (2pm-5pm)
JAN 30 / DENMARK ARTS / Plant iMprov Workshop (6:30pm – 8:30pm)
France Jobin (b. 1958) is a sound/installation artist, composer and curator residing in Montreal, Canada. Her audio art can be qualified as “sound-sculpture”, revealing a minimalist approach to complex sound environments where analog and digital intersect.
Plant are the duo of the Sydney-based Jim Denley (saxophone, flute and electromechanical devices) and Èric Normand (bass guitar) from Canada. Their musical language employs electro-acoustic noise and highly unconventional means of sound production through their respective instruments towards fragmented and surreal sound worlds. As both musical and community leaders in each of their respective cities and nations, this duo presents not only a sophisticated and highly specific sound world, but also an embodiment of caring and generative ethics of experimental music-making.
Superimpose (Germany) is ONE sound – Matthias Müller (trombone) and Christian Marien (drums) have been developing their collaborative research into sound since 2006 – incorporating concerts in Europe and the US, and an intensive rehearsal process that forms the basis of a clarity, depth and connectedness in their playing. Their improvisations are the result of two independent voices – acting, fusing, diverging and shifting, and cutting their own ways whilst moving in the same direction – this symbiosis redefining boundaries and roles, and creating one distinctive sound.
Laura Altman is a clarinetist, improviser and composer, born and based in Sydney. She has been an important young voice on the Sydney improvised music scene since 2007, playing with groups such as The Splinter Orchestra and Prophets, and collaborating with Australian improvisers including Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel, Monica Brooks and Peter Farrar. Laura has toured Australia and Europe with a range of projects including the trio Great Waitress, featuring Brooks on accordion and Berlin-based pianist Magda Mayas.
ANDY BUTLER (COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE)
Andy Butler is an Australian pianist, harmonium player and composer currently living in Paris. He plays in improvised and experimental settings, with a particular focus on music that blurs the distinction between improvised and notated ideas. Current projects include The Phonetic Orchestra, an improvising large ensemble; DRUM, a collaboration with Jon Heilbronn and Callum G’Froerer; ellipsis, a piano trio with Jon Heilbronn and Christian Windfeld; and a new duo with Joe O’Connor. Other collaborators include Simon Charles, Josten Myburgh, Jim Denley and Jon Smeathers. On occasion, Andrew performs as a solo pianist.
Dharma is best known in Singapore as guitarist of avant-rock group The Observatory. His initial experimentations with the electric guitar were with effects and later on incorporating objects to bring it to a grittier level, often transcending to a mystical and industrial-esque dimension. “Intergranular Space” was his debut album as a solo performer and since 2015 he has been pursuing solo performances more actively. In 2018 he appeared at the Angelica Festival in Bologna, Italy and also toured actively in Europe. He also recorded “Electric Animism”, his upcoming solo album, in 2018.
PLUS MANY LOCAL COLLABORATING ARTISTS, AND A TRIPLE LAUNCH OF NEW TONE LIST RELEASES (TBA)