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Songs for Glass Island: Camille Norment, Experimental Music Unit, Tina Pearson, George Tzanetakis, Paul Walde

Sat. April 9th 2016 7pm - 8.30pm doors at 6.45pm VSO School of Music (Pyatt Hall) (All Ages) 7pm - 8.30pm doors at 6.45pm
$15
Tickets at: www.picatic.com/CAGglass
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The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a new performative sound work with Norwegian/US artist/musician Camille Norment in collaboration with Victoria’s Experimental Music Unit: Tina Pearson, George Tzanetakis, and Paul Walde.

Norment performs with a glass armonica, a legendary eighteenth century instrument that creates ethereal music from glass and water. Combined with EMU’s reputation for sonic investigations of relationships between the natural world, sound and music, and between notation, improvisation and attention states in music making, Norment and EMU will develop a work that resonates with local history.

'Songs for Glass Island' will use US visual artist Robert Smithson’s failed 1969 proposal for the Strait of Georgia, 'Glass Island (or Island of Broken Glass)' as point of departure. Granted permission by the Canadian Government, Smithson planned encrusting Miami Islet west of Fraser Point in 100 tons of broken glass. However, as public pressure against the idea mounted from environmentalists and anti-Americanists, it was suspended by a governmental telegram. Aside from drawings, letters, and plans, the only physical artifacts which remain are studies which Smithson called “maps.” What would have been Smithson’s first “permanent” earthwork morphed via the idea’s failure into the famous Spiral Jetty made the following year.

Tina Pearson ('new music'/ improvisation/world)

First generation Canadian with Nordic and Slavic roots, born on the Canadian Shield and informed by its intensity. Influenced by the soundscape, studies in 20th Century avant garde music, South Indian Classical music, accordian polkas, Contact Improvisation, and research in world music, including Gamelan, Joiking, music of the Cree, Inuit and Oj... more info
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