Between the Ears Day 1 starts at 5 pm and finishes at 8 pm.  City of Kitchener activities continue until midnight.

Guerilla Sound Events - Peter Hatch

Conventions are ignored, broken or subverted by Peter Hatch's playful and subversive public interventions.

Spill - Erik Griswold

This magical, meditative work, part composition, part kinetic sculpture, will be performed by Ryan Scott in the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda during day 1 of Between the Ears.

Having Never Written a Note for Percussion - James Tenney

A beautiful piece, both for its sparse but specific notation, and for the indescribable acoustic phenomenon that is created with each performance.

Strings Attached - Erik Griswold

In Strings Attached, for six percussionists, the ensemble is transformed into a live kinetic sculpture. Four-meter-long bright white nylon ropes attach the performers' sticks to a lighting rig, or in some cases to each other, causing their gestures to be visually amplified on a massive scale. Minute shifts of stick position produce palpable shifts in the tension of the ropes, while large physical gestures give rise to a dramatic rising and falling choreography.

Through the intricately choreographed score of rolls and accents, the quivering ropes suggested gusts of wind or sound wave phenomena, in what became a percussion tour de force and kinetic sculpture all in one. - Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times, Jan 29, 1999

Disonar - Scott Carter (featuring Jesse Butcher and Alex Gartelmann)

Presented by CAFKA.  Disonar will be on view at the Berlin Tower Art Space at Kitchener City Hall from June 1 - 30, 2013

Scott Carter’s builds functional replicas of instruments built from common building materials such as drywall, plywood and concrete. A drum set made from drywall actually functions and produces sound, but intended use is partially stripped due to the vast difference in resonance, tone and its inability to withstand force. In the end, these instruments will fail and begin to deteriorate, referencing a natural cycle of decay in domestic architecture, visually mirroring a demolition site.

Christof Migone - Hit Parade

Presented by CAFKA.

Participants lie face down on the ground where they proceed to pound the pavement with a microphone one thousand times. The sound of each person’s actions is amplified. Each performer has their own amplifier, and it is placed as far as possible from them. Each performer chooses their own rhythm and intensity. They take a pause at every hundred of whatever length they wish.

King Street Night Market

Presented by the City of Kitchener.

In the in-between moments at BTE Day 1, and afterwards, browse through the first Kitchener Night Market, running until midnight, featuring local food, artisans and vendors.

AuthorGregory Oh