Sound Symposium XVII -
30 Years of Magic!
A Biennial Festival of New Music & the Arts
July 4-12, 2014
Click here for the 2014 schedule! Come to the Sound Symposium — for an evening, an afternoon, a weekend, or a full 9 days and nights and treat yourself to an amazing variety of sights, sounds and ideas!
For over three decades Sound Symposium has been inviting artists of all genres from around the world to explore, discover and demonstrate the world of sound. Join us for this creative, magical, noisy, reflective time. Starting July 4, Sound Symposium brings together more than 100 guest artists: musicians, dancers, actors, sound sculptors, writers, poets, instrument builders and audio inventors.
This Summer, Sound Symposium XVII is poised to fill our fair city with ear-opening and enlightening musical opportunities. Exact program details are being finalized, but all artists listed below are committed to participating in the festival.
Here’s a taste of what’s in store…
World premieres and Canadian premieres:
Contemporary classical works performed by:
Dance & Music:
Literature & Theatre:
Outdoor site specific works and explorations:
Workshops, lectures, and open rehearsals with:
There’s always something happening. Join a morning gallery walk or a late-night show at a downtown pub. Take in a workshop. Learn a new dance. Play a home made instrument. Enjoy the laid-back, social atmosphere Newfoundland is famous for. Be part of it, because there’s something for everyone at Sound Symposium. Come along and explore the future of sound!
Our evening program combine the best of jazz, contemporary classical, world and improvised music with theatre, dance and more. Each night promises a different blend of the familiar with the unknown – something for everyone with open ears!
Get blown away by our inescapable Harbour Symphonies! They create mighty soundwaves in St. John’s Harbour every noon-hour, heralding the event. The Harbour Symphony has long been considered the Sound Symposium’s doorbell (Pay attention—we’re here!). People all over St. John’s sit up and listen at 12:30 each day during the festival, while the ships berthed in the harbour jolt into action, becoming the most incredible floating orchestra you’ll ever hear. Ships’ horns replace trumpets and tubas, as specially trained “tooters” and “timers” take over the captains’ seats. Each day you’ll hear a different symphony from the ships. The best places to listen are Signal Hill, Willicott Lane or the South side Hills.
Take one of Sound Symposium’s free workshops! Learn something new – maybe even discover a hidden talent. Watch, experiment and have fun!
Night Music at the Ship Pub
Late evenings at the SHIP PUB offer opportunities for jamming. Different performers or bands take ot the stage and warm up the audience with a set of original music, and then the floor opens up, and Symposium guests and others are invited to join the man. These late night bar shows are highlights of the festival. The atmosphere, music and company will make your Ship Pub visits ones to remember.
This year’s Ship Pub sessions will be hosted by:
As the evening deepens step into a quiet space – perhaps a living room of a St. John’s home, or a darkened club or wine vault. Listen to an exquisite concert of unamplified music performed by Symposium artists, away from the traditional concert halls, background noise and barroom chatter. After each performance the audience is welcome to linger, sip a glass of wine, and mingle with the artists and each other.
Ken Aldcroft, guitarist (ON) & William Parker, bassist (NY)
The Black Auks, improvisational music ensemble (NL)
Patrick Boyle, trumpet, & Greg Bruce, saxophone – jazz, improvisational duo (NL)
Katelyn Clark, medieval organetto, & Patrick Dupuis, electronics (QC)
John Kameel Farah, piano, pipe organ – contemporary classical music, and improvisation (ON)
The Vertical Squirrels, improvisational music ensemble (ON)
Chris Tonelli, voice experimenter, improviser (ON)
Steven Naylor, piano, and Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet – jazz duo (NS)
Trifolia, improvisational jazz trio (QC)
Jesse Stewart, percussionist (ON)
Stanley Braxton, improvisational theatre troupe (NL)
ArKora ensemble, contemporary classical ensemble (Can./US)
David Schotzsko, percussion (ON)
Graham Kennedy, photographer (NL)
Paul Bendzsa, saxophone, clarinet, flute, Krista Vincent, piano (NL)
Cosmos Wind Ensemble, contemporary wind quintet (Malta)
Stephanie Chua, piano (ON); Veronique Mathieu, violin (USA); and David Jaeger, electronics (ON) – contemporary classical trio
Redshift (Canada), with MUN’s Wind Ensemble (NL)
Steve Cowan, solo guitar (NL)
Chris Brookes, author, storyteller, independent radio producer NL
Bart Hopkin, inventor and builder of homemade musical instruments (USA)
Andrew Staniland, composer, inventor & Scott Stevenson, electronic musician and sound engineer (NL)
Andrea Cooper, artist (NL)
Lori Doody, outdoor installation (NL)
Chris Driedzic and Graham Kennedy, audio exhibition (NL)
Gerard Neil and Daniel Keating, audio-visual interactive installation (NL)
Doug Blackley & Andrew Czink – spectral piano installation (ON)
Davida Monk, dance (AB) & Bill Horist, guitar (USA) – music/movement work
Big Space, jazz trio (NL)
Curtis Andrews & friends (NL)