I will be participating in the Nuit blanche festivities this Saturday March 2nd at the McCord Museum in Montreal. I will play two sets of improvised music with sound artist Navid Navab along with the Mere Phantoms’ interactive shadow-puppetry installation. The music sets will be at approximately 10:30 pm and midnight.
The McCord is located in downtown Montreal, across from McGill University. It is accessible via McGill metro station (on the green line) or bus 24 on Sherbrooke Street.
690 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E9
Come one, come all !
If you ask any Montrealer what happened at 8pm every night during the summer of 2012, you will get one answer : pots and pans !
The tradition of ‘cacerolazo’ began in Chile in the early 1970′s as a way of protesting Salvador Allende’s government. Here in Quebec last summer, there was widespread disagreement with the provincial government’s tuition fee hike proposal and its general direction in governance. So people took to the streets with casseroles to express their disapproval ‘en masse’ !
It was a beautiful and unifying moment in the city’s history. This recording is a walk-through of my neighbourhood during one such casserole protest, starting at exactly 8pm.
I participated in a conceptual garden project at the Reford Gardens (aka Jardins de Métis) in beautiful Gaspésie last summer. Two Montreal artists, Audrey Lavallée and Chloé B. Fortin, asked me to produce soundscapes for their installations. Here are a few pictures as well as the soundscapes themselves…
Please note that the piece ‘Éléments chambre noire’ contains a sample of a recording made with the Lanark Land Art Recording Group.
I got an email out of the blue recently from a woman who has a radio show featuring contemporary and experimental music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Thanks to Anastasiya for the support ! Here is a link to her show and here is the segment :
Last year I participated in the Nuit Blanche, an annual event in Montreal where all museums and live venues stay open all night. Frank O’Connor and I played three sets of improvised music, which accompanied the Mere Phantoms’ interactive shadow installation at McCord Museum. It was a wonderful night…
I finally finished the performance video for Fratres, which was done last December :
I also made a shorter video of the residency with an improvised piece on the console :
Jimmy Hayes made this beautiful film with Illuminate What Lies Underfoot, a song I recorded with Frank O’Connor :