Details and ticket links will be up soon, but here's the amazing lineup coming to Open Ears in June!
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#OE14 - JUNE 5-15, 2014
800 PM - GREX: OPENING NIGHT FUNDRAISER - Victoria Park Pavilion
This vocal octet performs an incredible range of musical styles extraordinarily well! From Georgian Folk Song to Bell Choir to Meredith Monk to Phillip Glass.
800 PM - junctQín: RETHINK KEYBOARDS - St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
This trio of unusual keyboardists use everything from toy pianos to toy monkeys, pianos to vintage casios, and even the kitchen table to create thoroughly engaging performances.
930 PM - SHARY BOYLE & CHRISTINE FELLOWS - St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Shary Boyle is one of Canada’s great visual artists – in drawing, painting, sculpting and more recently in live projection art. Many of you will be familiar with her work with Feist, but her favourite and most frequent collaborator is the Winnipeg singer/songwriter Christine Fellows. Fellows' music sounds alternately brainy and beautiful, full of unexpected twists and unrepentant turns. Using an overhead projector, a complex choreography of layered transparencies, paint, mirrors and shadows, Boyle accompanies the stories that Fellows elegantly distills into each one of her songs.
100 PM - DACAPO COMPOSERS READING SESSION - St. John the Evangelist
Young Composers workshop with the DaCapo Chamber Choir.
730 PM - CHRISTIAN BÖK - St. John the Evangelist
Winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, author of the bestselling Canadian poetry book of all time (EUNOIA) and currently injecting viruses into bacteria and translating their resulting luminescence into lines of poetry, he is also one of North America’s great sound artists and improvisers.
900 PM - WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT 1 - St. John the Evangelist
Nassim Soleimanpour was forbidden to leave his country for refusing military duty as a conscientious objector, so he wrote a play for someone else to read in his voice, not knowing if he would ever see it. It is entirely unique, and has been all over the world. Responses have varied from tears and raucous laughter, because every performance is remarkably different, and every performance must be read by someone who is reading the play for the first time. No rehearsals, no director, no set. The audience can choose to participate or ignore. The play begins when the actor walks out on stage, unseals an envelope and begins to read.
The first of four performances of this play will be read by Majdi Bou-Matar, artistic director of MT Space.
1030 PM - FRIENDLY RUSH - St. John the Evangelist
Friendly Rich and his alt-vaudeville 10 piece ensemble The Lollipop People pay tribute to the Great Canadian Rock Band - RUSH - by covering their iconic album A FAREWELL TO KINGS in their wonderfully imaginative voice.
1100 AM - AVANT-GARDE POETRY TEA - Walper Hotel
Chris Tonelli from ICASP and Christian Bök, working with local students in interpreting and reading modern poetry, present the fruits of their labour over tea at the historic Walper Hotel.
300 PM - DACAPO CHAMBER CHOIR - St. John the Evangelist
A treasured organization, not only to the region but to Canada – for their willingness to tackle anything, their vision and their technical prowess.
730 PM - SILENTS: ANDREW DOWNING ORCHESTRA - Princess Cinema
A celebrated bassist and composer, Andrew Downing has won two junos, two west coast music awards, a SOCAN award and the grand prix de jazz from the Montreal Jazz Festival. He is bringing his chamber ensemble into Princess Cinema to perform his live scores for a series of silent films.
930 PM - VEDA HILLE - Jazz Room
Veda Hille has a wonderful body of work, most notably her Songs for Emily Carr and her Craigslist Cantata, now a smash hit fresh off a Canadian tour and now heading to the National Arts Centre. She’ll appear at the Jazz Room backed up by members of GREX.
730 PM - RETHINK: VIOLA DA GAMBA AND HURDY GURDY - Registry Theatre
Pierre-Yves Martel and Ben Grossman: two eclectic performers, two eclectic instruments, a myriad of sounds and ways of making sound. Both performers are covered with labels from all traditions – from medieval music to Swedish folk, from musique actuelle to electroacoustic - and we invite you to experience their sound world. Co-presented with Silence Guelph.
900 PM - WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT 2 - Registry Theatre
The second of four performances of this play will be read by Mike Farwell, the voice of the Kitchener Rangers.
800 PM - PENDERECKI STRING QUARTET - Clay&Glass Gallery
The finale of Quartetfest takes its inspiration from T.S. Eliot’s famous collection of poems titled “Four Quartets”. Two new works will be premiered on this theme by Toronto composer Norbert Palej and J. Mark Scearce from North Carolina. Special Guest, soprano Leslie Fagan
600 PM - MIRROR - Registry Theatre
This brand new multimedia chamber opera for soprano and visual artist was created by Isabella Stefanescu, Ian Crutchley, Klaus Engel and Helen Pridmore and uses the Euphonopen, a digital interface that generates sound as the artist draws. Mirror is a co-production with Inter Arts Matrix.
800 PM - BLAIR MCMILLEN - KWCMS Music Room
One of a handful of great North American pianists who excel at playing any repertoire, this is an opportunity to get to know new repertoire interpreted by a very special player, and really feel the sound in the intimate space of the Music Room. This is a co-production with KWCMS.
“When played by the formidable McMillen, anything sounds terrific.” - New York Times
500 PM - L'HOMME ET LE CIEL - St. John the Evangelist
Fawn Opera presents this new multimedia opera by Adam Scime and Ian Koiter.
730 PM - MIRROR - Registry Theatre
The second of two performances.
900 PM - WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT 3 - Registry Theatre
The third of four performances of this play will be read by Grace Lynn Kung, actor in film, television and theatre.
730 PM - NEXUS PERCUSSION & SEPIDEH RAISSADAT - Registry Theatre
NEXUS is the group that started it all. Dubbed the “High priests of the percussion world” by the NY Times, they have a now legendary body of work to call their own, working with luminaries from Steve Gadd to Steve Reich, Toru Takemitsu to Morton Feldman. They will appear with Sepideh Raissadat, a classically trained Persian singer and instrumentalist - she gave the first solo performance in Iran by a woman after the 1979 revolution.
1000 PM - RETHINK: electroACOUSTIC - Registry Theatre
New York soprano Charlotte Mundy presents music for solo voice and electronics, including Morton Feldman's Three Voices and Hildegard Westerkamp's Moments of Laughter.
130 PM - POLKA DOGS - Registry Theatre
The Polka Dogs are another kettle of fish, so to speak. Their unique mix of trombone, tuba, accordion, banjo, drums and that sultry voice of Kitchener native John Millard, will make your heart leap and your imagination soar. Join them for a raucous and joyous afternoon of music. Featuring all five original band members: Tom Walsh on trombone, Tiina Kiik on accordion, Colin Couch on tuba, John Millard on banjo and vocals, and Ambrose Pottie on drums.
300 PM - WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT 4 - Registry Theatre
The last of four performances of this play will be read by Nora Young, host of CBC's Spark.
800 PM - STEVE REICH: DRUMMING - Registry Theatre
Steve Reich's most important composition, performed by an extraordinary ensemble of twelve including three original members of Steve Reich and Musicians.
1000 PM - RADIO WONDERLAND & WEIRD CANADA - Registry Theatre
Radio Wonderland is DJ meets mashup meets sonic art with a sound that ranges from Negativland to Techno. Radio Wonderland samples local radio on his ghetto blaster and manipulates it using a series of purpose-built controllers, including a steering wheel and retrofitted old shoes. Weird Canada will follow with a curated evening of undanceable music.
130 PM - ANA SOKOLOVIC: LOVE SONGS - Registry Theatre
Kristin Hoff, a rising star, recently made her Carnegie Hall debut with James Levine and the Met Chamber Ensemble and is currently out in Vancouver working with Vancouver Opera. She will perform a rarity – an opera one-hander, by Ana Sokolovic, one of Canada’s most celebrated composers.
330 PM - BICYCLE OPERA PROJECT - Registry Theatre
Larissa Koniuk leads this wonderful project - an opera company that tours Canada on bicycles, and presents scenes from new Canadian operas.
730 PM - TRIPLE BILL: ESSENTIAL OPERA - Registry Theatre
Three new one-act operas will be performed by Essential Opera, an ambitious young company.
TREEORGAN – Garnet Willis and Max Streicher
A tangle of inflatable branches. Each branch ends with a different sound pipe so that as you move around the sculpture the notes shift and rearrange themselves. This two-octave organ can be played using its keyboard, or by a computer via midi.
INTONARUMORI NOISE MACHINES
Inspired by Luigi Russolo and his mysterious music boxes, Arizona’s urbanSTEW created a series of magical noise machines. Winners of the grand prize of the raspberry pi make magazine competition, they used open source raspberry pi technology and a playful aesthetic to create the Intonarumori boxes. Viewers interface with the machines and make sounds using light sensors, bicycle parts, bass strings, levers, buttons and a host of other inputs.
May 23 and 24, 730 PM at the Registry Theatre
SPECULATION – how absence can change an experience
A satellite event by Leslie Ting in collaboration with MT Space and Open Ears. This multidisciplinary performance explores the role of sight in how we communicate, and the unexpected discoveries found in absence. Inspired by the search of former optometrist, now KW symphony violinist, Leslie ting to understand her relationship with her late mother, who became blind during her life. leslieting.com
May 17 to July 13, 2014 at the Elora Centre for the Arts
DAVIS JENSENIUS: The Elora Piano
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 24, 2pm - 4pm
Curated by Tarin Hughes
As a building moves, creaks and groans, its sounds are transformed into a score continuously played by a grand piano. The Elora Piano, a sound installation by David Jensenius, lets all those who wander into the Elora Centre for the Arts experience the building’s own composition.