Already?! The Exhibition Opens Tomorrow!

The days have been flying past, and I find myself here, on the eve of our exhibition opening in Parrsboro!

I am looking forward to sharing the work Scott and I have been developing over the course of this residency, and interested in hearing feedback about it.

 

For those in the area of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, details are:

Saturday August 12, 2017

4:00 – 8:00 pm

Opening Reception

at

Main & Station, 2nd Floor Gallery

168 Main Street, Parrsboro

Artists will be in attendance.

Looking forward to seeing those of you that can make it!

 

For those farther afield:

I’ll be posting images from the Opening and some documentation of the show here in the next few days.

 

Post-Performance, Pre-Exhibition

We had a marvellous time on Sunday, presenting “Macromareal Prelude: In Fog and Storm and Rain” !

Everything fell into place so beautifully – we had planned to present at the beach, but the forecast pre-empted that idea – but Plan B turned out to be so great! No regrets there!

Deep thanks to all the musicians for a fantastic performance, and for being willing to adapt as needed on short notice. Thanks also to Ottawa House for lending us the beautiful ship’s bell from their artifact collection for this event. Special shout out to Randy Corcoran for the tremendous support, and donation of the buoys for my performative part in the day’s proceedings!

The Nonesuch Centre for the Performing Arts has really good acoustics, and lovely nooks and crannies to hide musicians … and Scott did a terrific job of adapting the work to the space. We were able to get a really nice recording of the performance, and some great photos and video. Scott even played the pipe organ!

Monday we were into full-on exhibition install mode … and while it was a hard working day, we got a great deal accomplished! Almost ready (already!) for the exhibition opening this Saturday (August 12) … more to follow on that very soon.

In the mean time, you can have a listen to the rehearsal of “Macromareal Prelude: In Fog and Storm and Sunshine”(on First Beach, Saturday August 5) here:

And the performance (at the Nonesuch Centre, Sunday August 6) here:

Some images from both below. Hope you enjoy!

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Macromareal Prelude – TAKE TWO – The Rain Edition!

The performance of “Macromareal Prelude” will be at 3pm TODAY (August 6) as planned – but in a NEW LOCATION:

Please Join Us at the Nonesuch Centre for the Performing Arts (the former Trinity United Church), in Parrsboro.

171 Queen Street.

Apologies for the change!! – but…. instruments + recording equipment + RAIN = NOT Good.

Macromareal Prelude

Very excited to be a part of the performance of a new original score by Scott Smallwood!

“Macromareal Prelude” will have its debut performance on Sunday August 6, beginning at 3:00 pm.

The performance will be held at First Beach in Parrsboro.

PLEASE NOTE: in case of inclement weather, the performance will MOVE to The Nonesuch Centre for the Performing Arts (Old Trinity United Church) in Parrsboro.

We are extremely happy to be working with several local musicians for this event:

Timi Levy – violin
Joel Robertson – clarinet
Michael Fuller – baritone saxophone
Bruce Robertson  – trumpet
Jamie Oatt – trumpet
Krista Wells – trombone
Kyle Dinaut  – tuba 

SPECIAL THANKS to Ottawa House Museum for the loan of a ship’s bell from their collection of artifacts for this performance!

If you are in the area, please come!

Talking about things … and art …

Scott and I will be doing an artist talk on Friday August 4!

We will be gathering at Main & Station, 168 Main Street Parrsboro – at 7:30 pm.

Looking forward sharing some background on our respective practices with people, and also discussing our collaborative project, Macromareal!

 

Hope you can join us!

Evidence

Had a great evening at the Evidence performance on July 27!

It was a real treat to hear Stephan and Scott again, and especially so since this was the first-ever in the new Nonesuch Centre for the Performing Arts.

Harvey Lev does Pre-concert Introductions, and Stephan & Scott offer a bit of explanation regarding what the audience is about to hear

It became readily apparent that these two musicians have worked together for some time – but I didn’t realize how long it’s been until that night. 17 years! A real testament to their friendship, and the way their respective practices as sound artists and composers complement one another.

I found it interesting too that the each use completely different software for working with the field recordings they use in live performance. As Stephan pointed out to me after the concert, they think differently, and so they’re each designed their workspaces/software in the way that best suits each of them. Made perfect sense, but for some reason it hadn’t occurred to me … and are what they did together even more remarkable somehow, for the seamlessness and symbiosis between them in performance.

Some of the crowd that night
The performance underway – Stephan encouraged the audience to look around or close their eyes, because as he put it, he and Scott “were going to look like they were reading disturbing emails for most of the concert”

I also (despite Stephan’s advice to the contrary) found myself watching the two of them as much as I spent time with my eyes closed, immersed in the soundscape they were creating. Their concentration, and the deep attentiveness they paid to one another and to the improvisational work that developed between them was a fantastic lesson in presence, and in how much we ‘forget to hear’ or simply ‘tune out’ in daily living. Admittedly, often with good reason – there’s not a little white noise to filter just to stay sane these days! But nonetheless – we also miss many amazing little moments through inattention.

And after the concert, there was a happy and unexpected bonus: a great post-performance Q&A session with the audience! Lovely to hear the feedback from several in attendance – there were many insightful, thoughtful questions and comments, which I’m sure was rewarding for Stephan and Scott. Always nice to know that your work has provoked thought and generated interesting connections and ideas for people!

A great night overall, and in a really beautiful space.

Just sorry that Stephan had to leave us to go back to Chicago so soon. I’m hoping he’ll be back sooner rather than later!

A Visitor!

Had a lovely visit from fellow artist Emily Jan!

She was in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on a short visiting-friends-and-seeing-new-things holiday, and fortuitously, it worked out that she could come to Parrsboro for a couple of days.

Lobster Roll at the Harbourview Restaurant in Parrsboro!

We started at Partridge Island and the beach below Ottawa House, and then headed out to First Beach for some lunch and to see the Bay at high tide for the day (something I hadn’t seen at this location, despite all my trips out here!).

We had a blast touring around beaches and going on foraging adventures, talking art and life, and generally enjoying this magnificent locale.

Then we were off again to the beach a Diligent River, which is stunningly beautiful – but required patience, because the tide wasn’t exactly in our favour. It took some roaming and squishing through red Fundy mud to finally get across to the gravel spit to forage for goodies. Didn’t get much, but it was worth it many times over in any case; the view is a special thing.

 

 

 

Such a treat, in so many ways – it’s always nice when work and not-work come together with friends, and it becomes an opportunity to accomplish things AND just hang out!

Incoming … Upcoming … a concert!

One of the great things about doing this residency is the opportunity to see my collaborator Scott Smallwood in action, both as an sound artist and a composer.

So I’m really excited to say that Scott and another of his collaborators, Stephan Moore, will be in Parrsboro on Thursday July 27th to do a performance as Evidence!

Details below:

 

Excited for this – and if you are in the area, please come! Admission is by donation/pay what you can.

It’s the FIRST performance in the new Nonesuch Centre for the Performing Arts too!

 

If you want to know more about Macromareal – there’s info up at the Main & Station website too.

A Few Days In … and it’s great to be back here!

I’ve been getting settled in here the last few days – setting up my workspace, getting tools and materials unpacked, looking at and working with some found objects that have been stored here by my hosts and I over the last year (thanks Harvey & Judith!).

I’ve spent a lot of time walking too – getting out to the shore, walking the beaches, sitting and listening.

I’ve needed the time to slow down … to start to get myself in synch with this place, and with the tides especially.

The pace here is slower, to be sure (a welcome thing!) but the shift runs deeper. The rhythm of the day is so different; it is (and perhaps always will be) influenced by the cyclic push and pull of all that water – even if one’s daily life has little to do with the sea or tide, it’s here. Permeates everything.

I didn’t realize how much I’d missed it.

 

And I’ve missed the fog – it’s sultry dance across the water, the fingers that wrap themselves around the land and disappear as quickly as they touched it. Not an experience we often get on the Prairies, to be sure (though we have had more fog in the Edmonton river valley the last few years).

 

And all. that. water. Almost sentient at times, it seems. It’s unforgiving; beautiful and terrible in its power and capacity to overwhelm.

During the 12.4-hour tidal period, 115 billion tonnes of water flow in and out of the bay.

I find that number incomprehensible intellectually; viscerally, it makes perfect sense.

So it’s a matter for me of finding ways to express that in some way; to look at how humans have sought to understand this fact … to dig into the different ways all those tons of water have shaped the place, physically and otherwise.

The many ways the tide means.