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MYAUDIA: Sirens of Victoria Park

  • Victoria Park 57 Devon St Kitchener, ON, N2G Canada (map)


Peter Hatch's Myaudia: Guerilla Sound Events

Various locations in Victoria Park, beginning at 12 PM and culminating at the Boathouse around 1 PM

Featuring the Sirens of the Grand plus Lori Freedman and Kathryn Ladano

Strange and wonderful sound events will infiltrate the Victorian veil of normality of one of our favourite green spaces. Watch for sonic flotillas, cross-river musical conversations and playful moments that play with our expectations. Keep your ears open.

Peter Hatch’s Myaudia series is characterized by short, spontaneous performance art pieces intended to draw attention to urban soundscapes through unannounced sonic interventions. While often humorous in nature, they also call for a more active role in shaping our urban soundscapes.  As myopia describes near-sightedness, Myaudia describes an inability to clearly listen to anything other than sounds at a short distance.
The pieces are performed in a variety of contexts in outdoor general public settings. The unexpected sounds of operatic singing, a tuba or “chipmunk” hip-hop come from equally unexpected places – from people appearing to be speaking on cell phones or passing by on a tandem bike, from a skateboardist or a miniature “muscle” car. Collectively, the pieces create a performed installation that is interspersed within the environment in which it is performed.
With due respect to public spaces in which we perform, events are designed to allow for multiple levels of engagement, from active interest to no interest in what we are doing. Events flow in and out of the spaces we’re in and don’t necessarily hijack attention - if they do, they do so only briefly. While carrying a serious message, they are also playful and even fun. Myth has it that the Myaudians are the children who were taken away years ago by the Pied Piper and trained in the Pied ways. They retain some of their childlike characters – children can be, after all, some of the best “open” listeners in our society.



PETER HATCH, composer and MyAudia instigator

Composer, music curator and teacher, Peter Hatch has composed works in a large number of genres, from orchestral and chamber music to instrumental theatre, electroacoustics and installations. Known for his interest in revitalizing the listening experience, Hatch's compositions are both heady and playful, profound and humourous.

His works are performed and broadcast internationally and has been featured at festivals such as the ISCM World Music Days, the Darmstadt Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik, Montreal's Espaces Improbable, the Vancouver New Music Festival, the Vancouver Early Music Festival, by organizations such as Aventa, Soundstreams, Arraymusic, the Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton, Windsor, Victoria and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies and by members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Hatch's music been recorded on numerous compact discs under the CBC Musica Viva, CMC Centrediscs, Conaccord, CBC and Artifact labels.

Theatrical and multi-media elements have been incorporated into many of his works, an interest that has grown from extending traditional concert music performance practices and from collaborations with director David McMurray Smith, architect Dereck Revington and choreographers David Earle and Bill James. Peter's street opera (with writer John Sobol) 'Myaudia: Return of the Pied People' premiered in the summer of 2010 in both Stratford, Ontario and the old port of Montreal. The writings of Gertrude Stein have played an important role in his compositions and this influence has resulted in such compositions ranging from the full evening instrumental theatre piece 'Mounting Picasso' to his very short opera 'Asks Alice'.

As well as his compositional work, Peter has been very active as the artistic director of new music ensembles and festivals. He founded NUMUS Concerts in 1985, and the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound in 1998, two organizations that have continued to thrive years after their beginnings. Peter was Composer-in-Residence with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 1999-2003 and is currently Arts and Culture Consultant with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Peter is a Professor at the Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was University Research Professor for the 2006-07 academic year.


Elizabeth Lepock, soprano local to K-W, has an active performing and teaching career. Her interest in new/local opera led to singing the title role in London, Ontario indie opera company, Opera2Go's production of Jason Noble's The Stupendous Adventure of Gregory Green, and as one of four soloists in Peter Hatch's street opera, MyAudia at Stratford Summer Music Festival and Montreal's Les Escales Improbables. She has also engaged in bringing classical music to the public via local recital series' including at Conrad Grebel University College. Ms. Lepock maintains a studio of voice and piano students, in addition to serving as co-director of Ontario Mennonite Music Camp.

Jamie Hofman is a graduate of the classical voice program at York University and the Faculty of Education at U of T.  He has been involved in many choral music settings during his time in Toronto, played in contemporary music projects such as Guerilla Sound Events, and is constantly involved in pop music writing and performance.  He currently resides in Waterloo, and teaches wind, guitar, and vocal music for the Thames Valley District School Board.

Katerina Gimon is a composer, improvisor, and soprano, originally from Burlington, Ontario. She recently completed her Honours Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music at Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied composition and improvisation under Linda Catlin Smith and Glenn Buhr, and voice under Vicki St. Pierre. She is also the founder of Audax (meaning "bold"), an all-female creative vocal ensemble that performs primarily improvised and original music that explores connecting sound, movement, and art. In the fall Katerina will begin her Masters of Music in Composition at the University of British Colombia.

 Aimee Berends is a music therapist and freelance musician based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.  Aimee completed degrees in oboe performance and music therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). She currently holds the principal oboe position in the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. As a music therapist, Aimee has worked in a variety of client populations and is currently on maternity leave from a local hospital in mental health and addictions.  She has been involved in research projects about music in healthcare and has begun teaching in the music therapy department at Laurier. She and her husband Jon are enjoying brand new baby Rhea immensely. 

Mélanie Bakos Lang is a recent graduate from the Wilfrid Laurier Music program in composition, having studied under Peter Hatch and Linda Catlin Smith. She has experience doing cool shit, and loves to compose extreme pieces of music that hopefully provoke thought in people. Mel is currently working in a kitchen, which has little to do with music, but feeds one of her many passions. She has started playing piano again, since she doesn't have to anymore. She is planning to do more cool shit in Europe in the near future.

Ariane Bell Vila is a soprano and song-writer originally from Ottawa, Ontario. She is a recent graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University and now holds her Honours Bachelor of Music in Comprehensive Voice, having studied under the direction of Brandon Leis. In the past year she sang with the Laurier Singers Chamber Choir, took part in Opera Laurier's production of L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, and performed with the all-female improv ensemble, Audax. She will be taking part in the Luminato Festival's performance of Murray Schafer's Apocalypsis with the DaCapo Chamber Choir next week. 

Kasia C-J is a fourth year student at Laurier University studying composition/improvisation. She began what has now been 11 years of flute playing with the Suzuki School of Music based in Ottawa. Upon moving to Waterloo, Kasia has taken to performing with various bands and finding her place in the community. At Laurier she studied privately with Linda C. Smith, Glenn Buhr, Kathryn Ladano, and attended seminars led by Peter Hatch. Recently, Kasia won the NUMUS student improvisation competition and had the opportunity to perform with Adam Tindale and Colin Labadie. 

Lin-Qing Chen started her music life in the Children & Young Women’s Choir of China National Symphony Orchestra as a child. She also studied piano, but switched her focus to sciences. Currently she is a graduate student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physicsspecializing in the research of Quantum Gravity. During her scientific studies her love for music has been reinvigorated. During the spring term of 2014, she founded and co-organized a small orchestra in PI. She is very enthusiastic about the creative side of music thus joined in the Composition class at Wilfried-Laurier University.

Jason White operates at the forefront of music-making and teaching in Waterloo Region. A co-founder of The Jazz Room, a resident pianist with the K-W Symphony, and a frequent collaborator with dancers, visual artists, architects, actors, and playwrights, his various performance projects have been seen in many venues running from jazz clubs and art galleries to 2,000-seat concert halls and back yards.  He has premiered more than 30 new works by composers from Canada, Germany, the United States, and Australia. His integration of brain science, experiential learning, and drawing out a student's intuitive skills has put Jason in high demand as an educator.   Jason holds a master's degree in contemporary piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he graduated with highest honours. 

Qualified as “a musical revolutionary in the front ranks of the avant-garde” by Alex Varty of the Georgia Straight (Vancouver), Lori Freedman (clarinets) is internationally recognized as one of the most creative and provocative performers. She is a member of a select group known as “the renaissance musicians ” as her artistic activities cover many fields: performer of written music (well over one hundred works have been written for or premiered by her), composer, improviser, teacher, and on occasion, writer. While managing a full performance schedule of more than 75 public appearances a year, her discography comprises 59 recordings 10 of which are feature albums. In addition, Freedman has been receiving fairly constant commissions to write music for an eclectic array of ensembles and soloists.

Kathryn Ladano is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinettists, and is a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in honours music from the University of Waterloo, and her Masters of Music degree from the University of Calgary. Kathryn is currently the Artistic Director of NUMUS concerts and the co-Director of ICE (Improvisation Concerts Ensemble) at Wilfrid Laurier University. This spring Kathryn completed a cross-Canada tour as an improvising soloist and she has released two albums, her 2010 solo release, “Open”, and her 2015 release, “…Listen” with her duo, Stealth. Kathryn is currently pursuing her PhD at York University.