CAFKA.18: recognize everyone
Jun
2
to Jun 30

CAFKA.18: recognize everyone

CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area is a non-profit, artist-run organization that presents a free biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the City of Kitchener and across the Region of Waterloo. Between exhibitions and throughout the year CAFKA promotes art education through its public tours and workshops, videos, public lectures and other ancillary programs and events.

Check out www.cafka.org for details!

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Ilimaq with Ben Reimer
Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

Ilimaq with Ben Reimer

Famed Montreal contemporary drumset artist Ben Reimer will tackle this truely tour-de-force work by renowned composer John Luther Adams. “Ilimaq (which loosely translates from the native Alaskan Inupiaq language as “spirit journey”) maps a vivid, phantasmagorical progression through liquid cascades of percussion, otherworldly ambient soundscapes, harmonic dissonance, melodic convergence and almost everything that’s musically—and sonically—possible in between.” - JLA

Pre-concert screening of Nicole Lizee's Katana of Choice begins around 4:45

Tickets: $19/$10 general/arts workers, seniors and students

 
 
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Nova Voces: New Music for Choir
Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

Nova Voces: New Music for Choir

Under the direction of Mark Vuorinen, come open your ears to the new sounds of choir by composers Nico Muhly, Caleb Burhans, Claude Vivier, John Cage, David Lang and Caroline Shaw.

Tickets: $19/$10 general/arts workers, seniors and student

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Awaken: states of human consciousness interconnected with nature
Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

Awaken: states of human consciousness interconnected with nature

Come hear Nü Ears Ensemble interpret the beautiful music of Odawa composer Barbara Croall. This concert tackles the unifying theme of “opening up” as a psychological and emotional 'awakening.' Barbara will also be featured on pipigwan (Indigenous flute)

Tickets: $19/$10 general/arts workers, seniors and students

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Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota
Jun
2
8:00 PM20:00

Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota

Nico Muhly, hailed as ‘the planet’s hottest composer” is equally comfortable in sacred choral music, orchestra, chamber and opera. Muhly will hit the stage with acclaimed violist Nadia Sirota in an evening of indie classical music. Both hailing from New York, Muhly and Sirota will take us on a journey of post minimalist, electronic, and pure chamber bliss. Sirota, famed for her work with Alarm Will Sound and YMusic, is hailed by New York Magazine “If the ancient and unassuming viola is having a renaissance in contemporary music, it’s thanks largely to Nadia Sirota, who specializes in, well, anything a composer can throw at her.”

Tickets: $29/$20/$10 general/arts workers/seniors and students

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"…amid the cannon’s roar,”: CD release of music by Jason Doell
Jun
2
5:00 PM17:00

"…amid the cannon’s roar,”: CD release of music by Jason Doell

Renowned for his tone colour, Jason Doell’s music will take you to an auditory space like no other. Featuring our very own Nü Ears Ensemble, as well as participants from the music box workshop, this concert will delight anyone interested in sound and colour. Come hear the world premiere of newly composed pieces for music boxes peppered around pieces from Doell's new album. Audience members in attendance will each get a complimentary copy of the new album.

Tickets: $19/$10 general/arts workers, seniors and students

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Tony Conrad Documentary: Completely in the Present
Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

Tony Conrad Documentary: Completely in the Present

In conjunction with the Guelph Film Festival, we are pleased to present this feature documentary about the pioneering life and works of this legendary artist, musician and educator. Those of us who had the good fortune to see Mr. Conrad perform at Open Ears back in 2011 will remember his signature immersive droning wall of sound and his commanding, focused presence.

Sometimes referred to as the Bill Murray of the Avant Garde, Tony Conrad is one the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large he remains virtually unknown. Since the early 1960s, Conrad’s films and musical compositions have been the stuff of legend.Conrad was an early member of the Velvet Underground; he toured with Sonic Youth in the ’90s; collaborated with contemporary artists such as Tony Oursler and Mike Kelley; and has spent decades re-wiring generations of young minds as a professor and media personality in Buffalo, New York. His vast conceptual multimedia repertoire has challenged the very foundations of art, film and music and questioned entire belief systems.

This definitive film places Tony Conrad’s fifty years of influence at the forefront and explore his profound impact on generations of artists. Combining intimate footage of Tony and his collaborators shot over the last twenty years, his own archive of recordings and films, and interviews with fans and colleagues, the film reveals not only a playful approach to life and art making but one that is motivated by a deep sense of powerful, political radicalism.

This is a "Pay What You Can" event. Note: The cinema is not wheelchair accessible. 

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 No Hay Banda presents: shifting states
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

No Hay Banda presents: shifting states

Hailing from Montreal, this avant-guarde ensemble showcases  two extended-length works for quartet comprised of violin, saxophone, piano/synths, and percussion, with both featuring heavy amplification and various forms of integrated electronics. Anthony Tan’s slow and reflective work combines dense held instrumental tones with field recordings from various spaces and environments. Mauricio Pauly works with expressive amplification and electronics as an integrated element of performance, intertwining live-mixing and processing with the sound and physicality of instrumental performance.

Tickets: $19/$10 general/arts workers, seniors and students

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Blue Dot Presents: The Giant's Pleasure Garden
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Blue Dot Presents: The Giant's Pleasure Garden

The warmth has returned. Join us for an intimate single-room evening of seasonally Springy high-caliber dance music in an environment of green whimsy.  We gather to celebrate our union with nature and all its undiscovered mystery. Let us go deep and wild as we open up to change. Let us be fearless as we feel the cycles growth that sustain, nurture and propel us.
We are in the Giant's Pleasure Garden and we are the Giants.

Tickets $30 advanced, $20 Open Ears pass-holders
https://thegiantspleasuregarden.eventbrite.ca

www.bluedotinspace.com 

Performers:
Mike Shannon - Mischievous legendary producer and DJ (DE)  https://soundcloud.com/djmikeshannon
Leelee Mishi - Deep warm beats, always a pleasure (CA) 
https://soundcloud.com/leeleemishi
spooloops - Live on machines, deep space-techno with a wink (CA) 
https://soundcloud.com/spooloops
Purrpelle - Saucy, bouncy, swinging  rumpus (CA)
https://soundcloud.com/djviolet_purrpelle
 

Tickets $30 advanced, $20 Open Ears pass-holders
https://thegiantspleasuregarden.eventbrite.ca

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Stereoscope
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Stereoscope

In collaboration with KWCMS, Stereoscope is a creative and quirky saxophone duo, made up of Jacob Armstrong and Olivia Shortt, dedicated to the development of their instrument's repertoire and commissioning composers to write for saxophone. They're not afraid to use electronics, collaborate with dancers and other artists or make new sounds. It's all in a day's work. Above ground they've been featured as part of the Music Gallery's 'Emergents Series' but have also managed to find themselves two kilometres underground doing a recording session of Robert Lemay's Fragments Noirs in Sudbury's SnoLab (an underground science laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics).

Tickets: $25/$15 general/arts workers & seniors & students

Tickets are purchased in advance through Ticketscene for this concert only. Click here!

 

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How Is Your Pony? The music of Frank Zappa and his echoes
Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

How Is Your Pony? The music of Frank Zappa and his echoes

All the way from Vienna, Austria, Open Ears is proud to present Studio Dan. The name is derived from Frank Zappa's Studio Tan, recorded in 1978. The show has evolved beyond simply playing Zappa repertoire, and the ensemble strives to define its own approach to his music, as well as create musical references. The setlist contains music by the celebrated composer as well as music by Fred Firth, Edgard Varese, Karlheinz Stockhauzen and members of the band. A special feature of the night includes a performance of Zappa's Improvised Concerto for Bicycle, Prerecorded Tape and Instrumental Ensemble.

Tickets: $29/$20/$10  general/arts workers/seniors & students

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Music from The Lost Ones featuring Pam Patel and Jason White and guests
Jun
1
12:00 PM12:00

Music from The Lost Ones featuring Pam Patel and Jason White and guests

The Lost Ones is a concert/play hybrid about love, loss, manipulation, and politics. Drawing on this journey through the isolation of online dating, the distraction of internet surfing, and, eventually, the devastating fate of child soldiers, musical collaborators Pam Patel and Jason White will perform a stripped down version of the piece featuring re-interpretations of text and music by Richard Hundley, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, AC/DC, Friedrich Nietzsche, and more.

The Lost Ones was developed as A Theatre Gargantua SidestreamCycle as part of 2017’s Summerworks Lab.

Tagline:

“There are doubtless, subtle surprises ahead… but I feel secure and ready.” - Sam Melville

Free to the public!

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Guest Curated Series: Ben Grossman Triple Bill
May
31
9:30 PM21:30

Guest Curated Series: Ben Grossman Triple Bill

Ballantyne/Harms Duo - Sound of the Mountain - Nakamura/Taxt Duo

[Improvisation – Sound – Process - Music]

In this international, cross-Canadian, and local triple bill we have a chance to explore three different approaches to the intersection of improvisation, composition, technology and performance. This will be an intense, immersive, and brain-rewiring night of performance.

From Japan, internationally acclaimed no-input mixing-board master Toshimaru Nakamura is joined by Norwegian microtonal tuba virtuoso Martin Taxt in a duo that brilliantly combines electronics and acoustic sound sources, exploring texture, noise and sonic landscape. Between them, they have worked with a virtual who's-who of experimental, new-music, noise, and drone artists, and are involved in record labels and performance venues and series internationally.

From Quebec (and just back from a huge tour across Canada, Asia, and the Pacific rim), comes Sound of the Mountain, an astounding duo of Elizabeth Millar (amplified clarinet) and Craig Pedersen (amplified trumpet). Together they have developed a rich language of extended playing and sound creation for their instruments in pursuit of an immersive, expansive sonic world this is at times harrowing, at times achingly delicate.

From right here in KW, comes local heroes Neil Ballantyne and Ted Harms. In addition to their duo which masterfully brings together electronics, keyboards and double bass into otherworldly drone adventures, they are the heart of the VOC Silent Film Silent Film Harmonic and run the wonderful Admission of Guilt performance series.

Many thanks to Admission of Guilt for helping to co-present this program. Thanks to our friends at FIMAV for their help, and to Craig Pedersen for taking it all on the road. Ben would also like to thank Rich and the OE board for the invitation to be part of the festival.

Tickets: $19/$10 general/arts workers & seniors & students

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Night at THEMUSEUM
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Night at THEMUSEUM

In collaboration with True North Waterloo, THEMUSEUM and Quartetfest, prepare for an incredible evening of technology, sound and electronics. THEMUSEUM open it's doors at 7pm for an exclusive preview of the new exhibits and sound installations. At 8pm Open Ears presents "Hard Wired". Featuring two of Canada's hottest contemporary ensembles, Penderecki String Quartet and TorQ Percussion Quartet, in a evening packed with 50 different musical instruments and electronics on stage. Repertoire will feature the Canadian premiere of Augusta Read-Thomas' Selene,  Mason Bates' Bagatelles, Daniel Morphy's Thrown from a Loop,  and the world premiere of Nicole Lizee's brand new octet. The music bridges classical contemporary with electronica dj/club culture in a dizzying array of percussion and strings.

*This is a 19+ event*

Tickets: $39/$30/$20 general/arts worker/19+ students & seniors

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Portal Dance presents: Broken
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Portal Dance presents: Broken

Portal Dance presents a new multimedia dance work, Broken, a raw and intimate look at how we endure and adapt during times of destruction. Nathan Lawr, known for his work with The Minotaurs, composed all the music, and Scott McGovern provides a stunning visual projection element throughout the work.

Tickets:$19/$10 general/arts workers & seniors & students

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#Hatchtag: Celebrating 20 years of Peter Hatch and Open Ears
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

#Hatchtag: Celebrating 20 years of Peter Hatch and Open Ears

Join us in celebrating 20 years of Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound with an opening reception and concert feting our founding director, Peter Hatch. Musicians featured include Pam Patel, Bo Bardos, Jamie Hofman, Cynthia Hiebert, TorQ Percussion Quartet, and Penderecki String Quartet. We begin the evening outside at 7p to witness Klang!, a staple of past Open Ears where area church bells announce the beginning of the Festival, then we are greeted by Rooftop Voices as we enter the building. At 8pm, following some words to honour and celebrate our special guest, we are invited into the concert hall for an evening of Peter's music ... with a few guerrilla surprises added in!

Tickets: $29/$20/$10 general/arts workers/seniors & students

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For Bass Clarinet and Industrial Orchestra
May
29
8:00 PM20:00

For Bass Clarinet and Industrial Orchestra

A NUMUS milestone! Composer (and former NUMUS artistic director) Glenn Buhr has created a monumental new concerto for bass clarinetist (and current NUMUS artistic director) Kathryn Ladano, featuring an array of sound-inspired visual art projections by Cevie Dubesky. The new composition is intense and various: an uninterrupted full-evening work consisting of seven composed movements, connected by controlled improvisations that are themed around the theory of evolution. The 7-piece industrial orchestra features Glenn Buhr, Jeremy Bell, Peter Lutek, Victor Bateman, Brandon Valdivia, Scott Good, and Tania Gill.

$30 General / $20 Senior & Arts Worker /  $10 Student

OE Festival Pass holders special ticket price of $10.

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