ANTHROPOLOGIES IMAGINAIRES + A.R. MILLER

  • The Registry Theatre 122 Frederick Street Kitchener, ON, N2H 2L9 Canada

BEST INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION, 2015 Amsterdam Fringe Festival

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This event brings two intriguing talents to the Registry stage. Gabriel Dharmoo is a composer, vocalist, researcher and improviser. Andrew Reed Miller has created an impressive range of media art, which he combines in performance with his formidable skills as a doublebassist.

Gabriel Dharmoo's Anthropologies imaginaires is a solo vocal performance, which interacts with a video mockumentary. The featured “experts” comment on invented vocal traditions demonstrated by the singer-performer. The music is inspired by various odd and/or isolated vocal expressions found across the world, but revisited through imaginary folklore and experimental extended voice techniques. In a reversal of academic lecture conventions, the subject of analysis and scrutiny is physically present on stage, as opposed to the speakers. Anthropologies imaginaires showcases the virtuosity, versatility and strangeness of the human voice. This wide range of vocal techniques questions the concept of normality by reminding audiences how people across the world use the voice differently to convey their cultural identities and artistic sensibilities. The project deals with questions such as post-colonialism, post-exoticism, cultural extinction, globalization, normalized racism and cultural appropriation in an ambiguous, humorous and disturbing way.

Program for ANDREW REED MILLER

Tribute to James Tenney (1986) by Alvin Lucier
bass with oscillators

Change in Your Pocket (1999) Marc Sabat
bass with amplification and delay

Doors (2016) Andrew Reed Miller
bass with audiovisual interactive system



ANTHROPOLOGIES IMAGINAIRES CREATIVE TEAM 

Script & Musical Composition: Gabriel Dharmoo

Voice & Performance: Gabriel Dharmoo

Video/Sound Collaborators: Ménad Kesraoui

Actors / “Specialists”: Alexandrine Agostini, Paul Neudorf, Daniel Anez, James O'Callaghan, Florence Blain Mbaye, Luc-Martial Dagenais, Catherine Lefrançois

GABRIEL DHARMOO

Gabriel Dharmoo's musical practice encompasses composition, vocal improvisation and ethnomusicological research.

After studying with Éric Morin at Université Laval, he completed studies in composition and analysis at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Serge Provost, graduating with two "Prix avec grande distinction", the highest honour to be awarded. His works have been performed in Canada, the U.S.A, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. In addition to winning 6 prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, he was awarded the 2011 Fernand-Lindsay Prix d'Europe composition prize and the Canada Council for the Arts' 2011 Robert Fleming Prize. He is an associate composer at the Canadian Music Centre as well as a member of SOCAN and the Canadian League of Composers.

Having researched Carnatic music with 4 renowned masters in Chennai (India) in 2008 and 2011, his personal style explores the theme of post-exoticism and the interplay between tradition and novelty.

As a vocalist, Gabriel has sung across Canada (Montréal, Québec, Vancouver, Victoria, Banff, Winnipeg, Halifax, Guelph), in Berlin and Köln (Germany) as well as in Amsterdam and Utrecht (Netherlands), with improvisation gigs and his acclaimed multidisciplinary performance project Anthropologies imaginaires. In 2013/14, a development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts allowed him to work with vocalists Phil Minton (UK) and Ute Wassermann (Germany), as well as yodel and overtone specialist Christian Zehnder (Switzerland) and beatboxer Shlomo (UK). Inspired by contrasting vocal expressions in different cultures in time and space, he conceives his voice as both a raw and a sophisticated instrument. His musical language is a blend of diverse classical, avant-garde and traditional elements, mediated by an interest in linguistics and ethno/zoomusicology.

He is currently enrolled in Concordia University's PhD "Individualized Program" with Sandeep Bhagwati (Music - Principal Supervisor), Noah Drew (Theatre) and David Howes (Anthropology of the Senses).  gabrieldharmoo.org

ANDREW REED MILLER | media artist, doublebass

Andrew Reed Miller has worked as a professional musician for over 25 years, playing in orchestras, opera and ballet companies and performing chamber music.
Originally from New York, Andrew now lives in the small city of Saint John, Canada. In the 2000s he began focussing on contemporary and experimental music and developing original compositions. Much of his recent work explores audiovisual media culture and uses interactive electronics and extended instrumental techniques.
He was founder of Motion Ensemble (1998-2014), which premiered many new works and performed at all sorts of venues, including Sound Symposium (Newfoundland), Tonic (NYC), Western Front (Vancouver) and New Music Concerts (Toronto)
He is currently curator of a series of experimental, improvised and contemporary music called Open Arts . Andrew performs on a bass (2002) by Masa Inokuchi.
Miller is principal bass of Symphony NB, Atlantic Sinfonia, has been heard on numerous CBC broadcasts and was invited as guest artist by the NB Summer Music Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music, The Confederation Centre for the Arts (Charlottetown), Ensemble Kore (Montreal) Open Waters (Halifax) and Earshot concerts (Toronto).


Andrew had many student inspirations studying bass in Toronto with the great Joel Quarrington, at the University of Ottawa, the Kent Blossom Chamber Music Festival in Ohio, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and many other places. More recently he studied Max/MSP/Jitter programming at Harvestworks in New York.

“Miller is a superb player, a master and a creative inventor......” -Stephen Pedersen The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) Jan 17 2011
 

COMPOSERS

 

ALVIN LUCIER


Alvin Lucier (born May 14, 1931) is an American composer of experimental music and sound installations that explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception. A long-time music professor at Wesleyan University, Lucier was a member of the influential Sonic Arts Union, which included Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and Gordon Mumma.
Much of his work is influenced by science and explores the physical properties of sound itself: resonance of spaces, phase interference between closely tuned pitches, and the transmission of sound through physical media.

MARC SABAT


Marc Sabat is a Canadian composer based in Berlin since 1999. He has made concert music pieces, works with video, and installations with acoustic instruments and, in some recent pieces, computer-generated electronics, drawing inspiration from investigations of the sounding and perception of small number relations (Just Intonation), American folk and experimental musics, Minimal Art.
His work is presented internationally in radio broadcasts and at festivals of new music including the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Donaueschinger Musiktage,[1] MaerzMusik,[2] Darmstadt and Carnegie Hall.[3] His works do not fall into a single personal style, but they generally share a crystalline clarity of texture and a seek to focus listeners' perception of sounding structures into a process of musical 'thinking'. Sabat is a frequent collaborator, having worked often with visual artists and other composers, including brother painter and filmmaker Peter Sabat. Other collaborators include John Oswald (composer), Martin Arnold, Nicolas Fernandez, Matteo Fargion, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, and Stefan Bartling.