It Was A Beautiful Time Machine

Photo by Greg Locke

By Carolyn Chong

I try to bring my 6 ½ year old to as many live performances as I can. What better way to take your listening senses to new levels than experiencing live music. I think it’s important for kids to have these opportunities, too. I admit, it doesn’t always make for the most relaxing concert-going experience for me, but with an arsenal of snacks, crayons, books, etc., I cross my fingers and hope for the best. My little concert buddy has accompanied me to a handful of Sound Symposium events this year and I’m so glad last night’s concert was one of them.

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The Rooms Ringing With The Sounds Of ‘Cinquanta’

Photos by Greg Locke

By Teresa Connors

As one of the players for this Sound Symposium XIX premiere, I’m in the unique position of having been a musical “comrade in arms” in Vancouver when Nobles first began to experiment with spatial music. During those early days, many works were scored and performed at unique locations throughout Vancouver – such as the Vancouver Aquarium.

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I’ll Think About Sound A Little Differently After This

Photos by Colette Phillips

By Katie Thompson

I’ll preface by saying that I’m not a musician. I pride myself on knowing how to play the Star Wars theme song on the piano as a party trick, but that is pretty much the extent. I’ll also admit that I knew very little of the Sound Symposium until recently, even though they are their nineteenth year.

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From The Sublime To The Ridiculous, And Back Again

Clockwise, from upper right: Payton MacDonald, Rokkur with local knitters, Payton MacDonald with a volunteer from the audience, and Sarah Albu of Rokkur. (Photos: Greg Locke)

By Sarah Gordon

My favourite forms of experimental art are those that walk the line between the sublime and the ridiculous, that make me laugh or squint or cringe in the moment but have me reflecting on them after the fact, taking note of the nuances too subtle to register in the moment. With that in mind, this night at the Sound Symposium was the night for me.

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A United Tapestry Of Sound

Jing Xia (top) plays a guzheng, while the Atlantic String Quartet all play the cello.

By Reinhard Reitzenstein

The Atlantic String Quartet began the evening offerings with a work by Andrew Staniland. For these two listeners it was a vibrant and virtuosic development of Kepler’s music of the spheres. Lots of fast lines and fast string acrobatics with some humorous staging. It was European through and through.

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Everything From Yacking To Yoiking

Chris McGee (left), Frode Fjellheim (top left) and Snorre Bjerck (top right), and Bill Horist (bottom) (Photos by Greg Locke)

By Gloria Hickey

Last night was another jam packed evening of talent and good camaraderie at the Sound Symposium. Even before the opening act there was a tangible good vibe that filled the LSPU Hall. To me, this is one reason that makes the Symposium so extraordinary. Not only do you get to experience astonishing talent on stage but you get to talk with the performers afterwords. I am always impressed by the feeling of community that develops in such a short time at the Symposium. It is a pressure cooker of musical and sonic talent. It seems to bring out the best in so many people.

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It Was Uncomfortable And It Was Beautiful

Clockwise, from upper right: Gayle Young, Cris Derksen, AE Bridger Deep Soul Orchestra, AE Bridger, Dawn Avery, Terri Hron (Photos by Greg Locke)

By Rebecca Nolan

I come from a world of classical music. Of Opera and musical theater. A strict, almost rigid view of the musical world. Don’t get me wrong, there was still a whole lot of passion and heart that went into my music, but it definitely strived to meet certain goals. I felt constrained to expectation. I was supposed to emulate those who came before me. To hit that high note exactly the same night after night. Anything less was failure.

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Night Music #137

Night Music number 137
Thursday, November 20 2014 @ The Ship Pub!

Anchor Band: The Beer Patrice

Time: 9:30pm
Cover: $5.00
The Ship Pub

All Improvisers Welcome!

Night Music is a monthly series of improv events, where a local band does a set of their own music, and then serves as a basis for improvisations into the night. The band invites special guests, if they wish, and is responsible for at least some of the organization of further activities.

This is not an “open mic”, but all players are invited to come down and join us in the fun. Our aim is to stretch our ears, take some risks and push some boundaries. Any bands interested in ‘anchoring’ are most welcome to contact me, especially those who have ‘outside’ or improv inclinations.

Are you a member of the basement avant-garde? Come on out!

Night Music #136

Night Music number 136
Thursday, October 16 2014 @ The Ship Pub!

Anchor Band: Logy Bay Groovers

Time: 9:30pm
Cover: $5.00
The Ship Pub

Check out the Facebook event here!

All Improvisers Welcome!

Night Music is a monthly series of improv events, where a local band does a set of their own music, and then serves as a basis for improvisations into the night. The band invites special guests, if they wish, and is responsible for at least some of the organization of further activities.

This is not an “open mic”, but all players are invited to come down and join us in the fun. Our aim is to stretch our ears, take some risks and push some boundaries. Any bands interested in ‘anchoring’ are most welcome to contact me, especially those who have ‘outside’ or improv inclinations.

Are you a member of the basement avant-garde? Come on out!