Upcoming Events

    Call for Posters: “UPHONIAS – Sounds and Future Environments”

    Date: February 01, 2015

    Location: matralab, Concordia University

    On March 6 and 7, 2015, matralab will be hosting a workshop and colloquium titled “UPHONIAS – Sounds and Future Environments” in collaboration with the Montréal Nouvelles Musiques Festival. Artists and theorists are invited to imagine an environmental sound art project — a presently unrealized or even unrealizable project that is their personal “uphonia.” The focus of the colloquium is to discuss utopian dream projects combining sound, technology and our surroundings, where we allow ourselves to blithely ignore financial and logistical constrains. Have you ever dreamed about such an uphonian project?

    matralab is currently accepting posters that will become the visual and conceptual centre-piece of the one-day workshop and colloquium. During the event, invited sound artists, curators, composers, and academics will comment, compare, and collectively build a discussion around your uphonian visions. A video documentation of the poster installation will also be produced, and all accepted posters will be displayed in a virtual gallery on the matralab website.

    Please send us a high resolution pdf or scan of your “uphonia” text, image, sketch, manuscript, or score, formatted as a single page black and white poster. All selected posters will be printed as 3′ x 4′ posters. Should your poster be accepted for display, a CDN $50 registration fee will be asked of those affiliated with a university, institution or company. Independent artists may ask for the fee to be waived.

    Submission deadline: February 1, 2015.
    Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2015.
    Send your submission and any questions to: matralab.research@gmail.com.

    More about the workshop and colloquium:

    Utopias always imply a critique of the way things are done here and now – and through presentations and responses, discussions and informal dialogue, the invited speakers and the audience are called upon to generate a critical discourse on the possibilities and problematics of any artistic practice that inserts sound into an environmental context. Among others, we strongly encourage questions such as:

    “What does sonic design mean in environmental contexts?”
    “What is the relationship between sounds placed in the environment and sounds of the environment?”
    “What does the term ‘soundscape’ mean in the context of the anthropocene?”
    “How can a soundscape illuminate the problematic relationship between nature and humankind?”
    “What is the sonic or soundscape equivalent of environmental land art?”.

    The entire day will be live-streamed, and archived on the matralab vimeo account.

    For more information about the Montréal Nouvelles Musiques Festival, see http://www.festivalmnm.ca/en/2015/.

    Adam Basanta’s “The sound of empty space” Installation @ Galerie B312

    Date: February 19, 2015 ― March 21, 2015

    Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 -17 h

    Location: Galerie B312, 372 rue St. Catherine Ouest #403

    Adam Basanta’s installation “The sound of empty space” explores the relationship between microphones, speakers, and the surrounding acoustic environment through self-generating microphone feedback. By inviting audiences to listen to amplified acoustic inactivity between technological “inputs” and “outputs,” the installation reveals that sound is not an object or autonomous event. Rather, it is the product of a complex, interdependent system of relations that animates the empty space between.

    Don’t miss the vernissage for Basanta’s installation held on February 19, 5:30pm at Galerie B312. The installation will be on display from February 19 to March 21.

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    matralab explore vi: matralab presents Julian Klein

    Date: February 25, 2015

    Time: 17 - 19 h

    Location: matralab, Concordia University, EV 4.520

    For the sixth edition of matralab explore, we’re pleased to present matralab guest artist Julian Klein who will showcase examples of his past and present works. Klein is an interdisciplinary composer and theatre director, as well as the Director of the Institute for Artistic Research Berlin and an editor of the Journal for Artistic Research.

    Feel free to bring along interested friends to this artist talk and discussion. This event is open to all. As space is limited, please RSVP to matralab@gmail.com before noon on Wednesday, February 25th.

    If possible, bring some munchies and/or a bottle (juice/water/wine, etc) to share.

    Later in the week, Klein will be leading the Montreal ensemble Ciao Rhino and selected Concordia students through a brief introduction to his mise-en-musique technique. The group will collaboratively develop a public music theatre performance presented on March 1.

     

    Mise-En-Musique Workshop with Julian Klein @ Concordia Music Department

    Date: February 26, 2015 ― February 28, 2015

    Time: 10 - 17 h daily

    Location: Concordia Music Department, MB 8.265

    matralab guest artist Julian Klein leads the Montreal ensemble Ciao Rhino and selected Concordia students through a brief introduction to his mise-en-musique technique. In three days, the group will collaboratively create a public music theatre performance presented on March 1.

    Klein developed mise-en-musique with fellow musicians and theatre artists in the interdisciplinary art group “a rose is.” The technique combines compositional and improvisational elements on an imaginary acoustical stage, and is based upon principles of impulse-response, resonance, foreground-background, harmonic space, and the shaping of sounds and structures into a Gestalt.

    The workshop will take place from Feburary 26 to 28, 10 am to 5 pm daily, in the Concordia Music Department. Observer access is possible. Please RSVP to matralab@gmail.com if you’d like to observe the workshop.

    Julian Klein is an interdisciplinary composer and theatre director, as well as the Director of the Institute for Artistic Research Berlin and an editor of the Journal for Artistic Research.

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    Totem Contemporary Productions: “L’air du temps” @ Fine Arts Black Box

    Date: March 01, 2015

    Time: 21 h

    Location: Fine Arts Black Box, Concordia University, EV S3-845

    matralab and the festival Montréal Nouvelles Musiques present Totem Contemporary Productions’ “L’air du temps.” 

    In this unique concert, Totem Contemporary Productions introduces audiences to the first phase of its digital platform that allows composers to create and play new works for custom-built sculptural instruments from anywhere in the world! The group performs compositions by Michael Edwards (UK), Jean-François Laporte (Canada), Michal Seta (Canada), Zack Settel (Canada) and Benjamin Thigpen (France).

    Tickets are regularly priced at $15, and $10 at the reduced rate. For more information and to purchase tickets online, click here.

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    Mise-En-Musique Outcome Concert with Julian Klein @ matralab Black Box

    Date: March 01, 2015

    Time: 13 h

    Location: matralab Black Box, Concordia University, EV 4.502

    matralab guest artist Julian Klein leads the Montreal ensemble Ciao Rhino and selected Concordia students through a brief introduction to his mise-en-musique technique. On March 1, the group will present a collaboratively created public music theatre performance developed over the course of Klein’s three-day workshop.

    The concert takes place on March 1 at 1 pm in the matralab black box. This event is open to all.

    Julian Klein is an interdisciplinary composer and theatre director, as well as the Director of the Institute for Artistic Research Berlin and an editor of the Journal for Artistic Research. He developed mise-en-musique with fellow musicians and theatre artists in the interdisciplinary art group “a rose is.” The technique combines compositional and improvisational elements on an imaginary acoustical stage, and is based upon principles of impulse-response, resonance, foreground-background, harmonic space, and the shaping of sounds and structures into a Gestalt.

    Navid Navab’s “Practices of Everyday Life | Cooking” @ Agora Hydro-Québec

    Date: March 02, 2015

    Time: 21 h

    Location: Agora Hydro-Québec, 175 avenue du Président-Kennedy

    matralab and the festival Montréal Nouvelles Musiques present Navid Navab’s culinary performance “Practices of Everyday Life | Cooking.”

    A synesthetic performance organized around a chef, an enchanted kitchenette, and sonified ingredients. The cook wields foods, pans and spices, transmuted gesturally into sound and image in an innovative culinary choreography. A knife rasps against another, onions vocalize their unfolding, sizzling oil slides into a downpour of Bartok-pizzicati, while seductive aromas immerse the viewer in a multi-sensory augmentation of everyday practices.

    Tickets are regularly priced at $15, and $10 at the reduced rate. For more information and to purchase tickets online, click here

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    Canadian Premiere of “17 Miyagi Haikus” @ Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur

    Date: March 04, 2015

    Time: 19 h

    Location: Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, 100, rue Sherbrooke E

    The festival Montréal Nouvelles Musiques presents the Canadian premiere of Sandeep Bhagwati’s “17 Miyagi Haikus.”

    On March 11, 2011, a triple tragedy hit Japan: an earthquake, a tsunami and, as a consequence of both, a nuclear meltdown at Fukushima. In response to the disasters, Sandeep Bhagwati composed a corpus of musical miniatures based on the form of haiku poetry, entitled “Miyagi Haikus.”

    The New York-based trio of Peter Evans (trumpet), Dave Taylor (trombone) and Felix del Tredici (bass trombone) present the first complete performance of all 17 Miyagi Haikus in this unique concert. Navid Navab will install “Decay”, an interactive landscape to be played by the musicians.

    Tickets are regularly priced at $15, and $10 at the reduced rate. To purchase tickets online, click here.

    “UPHONIAS: SOUNDS AND FUTURE ENVIRONMENTS” Symposium @ Fine Arts Black Box

    Date: March 06, 2015

    Time: 9 -17 h

    Location: Fine Arts Black Box, Concordia University, EV S3-845

    In response to Montréal Nouvelles Musiques’ 2015 festival theme “Surroundings and New Technology”, matralab hosts a one-day symposium focused on utopian ideas about sound art in landscape contexts.

    Invited artists and theorists will present posters of a utopian environmental sound art project and discuss the possibilities of art practices that insert sound into environmental settings. The symposium will include several poster presentations, a keynote, and a performance of matralab guest artist Julian Klein’s piece “The Interpreters.”

    matralab is currently accepting posters that will become the visual and conceptual centre-piece of the symposium. The submission deadline is February 1, 2015. For more information about the call for posters, click here.

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    Singing Ringing Tree, Tonkin Liu, Architecture Art Landscape

     

     

    World Premiere of “Let This Sound Slowly Dissipate” @ Place des Arts

    Date: March 06, 2015

    Time: 18 h

    Location: Place des Arts

    On March 6, eight student composers and sound artists from several Montreal universities perform their interpretation of Sandeep Bhagwati’s poem-score “Let This Sound Slowly Dissipate” in public space. This performance is the result of a three-month composition workshop with the students led by Adam Basanta since December 2014. Bhagwati’s original text-score was inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s impermanent, site-specific environmental land art sculptures.

    This public performance takes place at Places des Arts and is open to all.

Past Events

» matralab explore v: WORK IN PROCESS / PROCESS IN WORK - 14.01.15

» Sandeep Bhagwati: Limits, Renewals and Other Alien Music @ Espace Cercle Carré - 08.12.14

» matralab explore iv: PERFORMANCE-CREATION MFA BRAINSTORM SESSION - 26.11.14

» matralab explore iii: IN THE MIDST OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS - 05.11.14

» Native Alien Recording Session @ Concordia - 31.10.14

» CONVERSATIONS ABOUT INTERPRETATION @ Concordia - 24.10.14

» matralab explore ii: ALTERNATE PRACTICES - 15.10.14

» Quelques arbres seulement- performance at matrabox - 20.06.14

» SUTRA – Erlangen - 05.05.14

» Volume 3: Threads - 16.04.14

» «habiter le contemporain_not built for that» - 13.04.14

» Envisioning the Practice: Montréal International Symposium on Curating the Performing Arts - 10.04.14

» Noiseborder Ensemble meets matralab, University of Windsor - 29.03.14

» Cultural Identity and Post-exoticism in New Music: Round Table and Concert - 25.03.14

» Conversation on The Future of Music in Digital and Global Societies - 25.03.14

» Lecture Series on Western Art Music seen from the Perspective of Indian Music - 24.02.14

» Ensemble Extrakte - 16.02.14

» Museum für Asiatische Kunst Berlin - 26.01.14

» INTACT Project and Polizone - 22.01.14

» Moritz Ernst will play Sandeep Bhagwati’s piece Stele I - 09.01.14

» Bargemusic Festival New York - 02.01.14

» Hanoi New Music Festival - 07.12.13

» SYMPOSIUM @ ISCM WORLD NEW MUSIC DAYS BRATISLAVA/VIENNA - 12.11.13

» Chantale Laplante & Julian Stein @ Galerie 3 points, Belgo Building - 09.11.13

» HANNOVER LECTURES - 07.11.13

» Katie-Marie Germain & Lenka Novakova @ Circuit-Est - 05.11.13

» Radio Oscillations & Music for Lamps @ Sala Rosa - 04.11.13

» Cornelius Pöpel & Doug Van Nort presentation at matrabox - 23.10.13

» Cornelius Pöpel talk at matralab - 23.10.13

» Cyneart Residency @matrabox- informal presentation - 17.10.13

» A Farewell to the Millennium of Scores? - 15.10.13

» Cornelius Pöpel presents his research at CIRMMT - 08.10.13

» Limits & Renewals at the Goethe Institut - 05.10.13

» Native Alien @matrabox - 03.10.13

» Sound Development City - 20.09.13

» O V A L – Lenka Novakova & Otso Lähdeoja - 13.09.13

» Art Spin, Toronto - 29.08.13

» Souterrain Artist Residency in Berlin, Germany - 06.08.13

» Music for Lamps @ Electric Eclectics Festival - 04.08.13

» In Between the Light and Darkness - 03.08.13

» In between the Light and Darkness @ Hospital Kuks (Czech Republic) - 01.08.13

» Music For Lamps @ Sounds Like Audio Festival (Saskatoon) - 26.07.13

» Music for Lamps @ VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver) - 19.07.13

» Re-Collect 5à7 @ matrabox - 10.07.13

» Re-Collect @ matrabox - 23.06.13

» “Nirgun Bhajan” @ A•Devantgarde Festival (Munich) - 21.06.13

» Mythos Athe 425 / Stundenplan @ Athenaeum and Stadeum (Stade) - 15.06.13

» 425th Anniversary Event @ the Athenaeum Stade - 15.06.13

» Nothing Specific @ Goethe Institut - 14.06.13

» Rivers and Skies @ WKP Kennedy Art Gallery - 12.06.13

» “Imagining the Other’s Voice” Lecture (Part II) @ University of Arts - 28.05.13

» “Imagining the Other’s Voice” Lecture (Part I) @ University of Arts - 21.05.13

» “why sing why cry” @ Goddard Centre (New York) - 15.05.13

» “Making Music Glocally” Lecture @ ZKM (Karlsruhe) - 08.05.13

» “How does The New emerge?” Lecture @ Hochschule Ansbach - 07.05.13

» Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland - 01.05.13

» Cumulonimbus @ matrabox (Elektra) - 01.05.13

» “Atish-e-Zaban” Seminar @ University of Arts (Berlin) - 30.04.13

» Interactive Scores Presentation @ Partitions Dynamiques (Lyon) - 29.04.13

» Sandeep Bhagwati @ MUMUTH (Graz) - 26.04.13

» Native Alien in Graz - 21.04.13

» Artist Residency @ Banff Centre - 20.04.13

» Workshop w/ Continuum Ensemble Toronto & Subtle Technologies Festival - 12.04.13

» Space Behind the Looking Glass @ matrabox - 11.04.13

» Keynote & Workshop on Ensemble Comprovisation @ University of Applied Sciences Ansbach - 26.03.13

» IF Ensemble: Indian Tour - 25.03.13

» Sound Spatialization Workshop @ matrabox - 06.03.13

» matralab @ Goethe-Institut: Villes LuminoSoniques – LuminoSoniCities - 03.03.13

» HALU (urge) @ M-theatre (Seoul) - 27.02.13

» MUSIQUES GLOCALES - 26.02.13

» Atish-e-Zaban @ Festival Montréal Nouvelles Musiques - 24.02.13

» “warnings written on the wind” @ Festival Soundscape East Asia - 09.02.13

» ENSEMBLE EXTRAKTE @ Jazzfest Neukölln - 27.01.13

» Music for 12 Domestic Lamps @ Café Zosha - 14.01.13

» “sound unsound” @ Chapelle historique - 14.12.12

» “Ashok Ranade Memorial Lecture” in Mumbai - 06.12.12

» Jen Reimer + Max Stein + Adam Basanta @ Wellington Tunnel: Nov 15, 2012 - 15.11.12

» The Burning Skies of Bogota @ MAI, Nov 9-10 - 09.11.12

» World Premiere: Traces&Shadows II - 04.11.12

» River / Rivière - 27.10.12

» “Room Dynamics” by Adam Basanta @ NAISA Space (Toronto) - 27.10.12

» “Room Dynamics” performances by Adam Basanta, Julian Stein and Max Stein - 27.10.12

» matralab Informal Internal Study Day 2012 - 22.10.12

» [Dé]-territorialité – mémoire des déplacements - 12.10.12

» Homing in on Aesthetic Wisdom: Workshop facilitated by Devora Neumark and Ju-Pong Lin - 05.10.12

» Research-Creation@matralab Lecture in Ghent - 03.10.12

» “Atish-e-Zaban” – Premiere radio broadcast - 17.09.12

» “On Stars, Sounds, Kisses and Translations” @ Archives Sonores et Voix Radio - 14.09.12

» Archives Sonores et Voix Radio - 13.09.12

» Linda Bouchard, artist in residence – Murderous Little World - 08.08.12

» Comprovisations – Improvisation Technologies in the Performing Arts - 24.05.12

» matralab @ IMPROTECH conference, New York City - 18.05.12

» Natie Alien research presentation – Dhruba Ghosh - 13.03.12

» Explorations of Shadows and Echoes: Racines Éphémères, Gestes Déplacées and Lamentations - 12.03.12

» Racines Éphémères Exhibition - 06.03.12

» Symphonies Portuaires 2012 – Rives & Dérives (concert ii) - 04.03.12

» Symphonies Portuaires 2012 – Rives & Dérives (concert i) - 26.02.12

» Limits & Renewals @ Eclat Festival Stuttgart - 10.02.12

» Canadian New Music Forum 2012, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver - 20.01.12

» matralab @ Western Front Vancouver - 20.01.12

» Transience @ matrabox (Montreal, 2011) - 19.12.11

» Wu Wei in residence @ matralab - 10.12.11

» Libretto Workshop @ the State Opera of Karlsruhe (Germany) - 04.12.11

» Paper on Comprovisation at “(Re)thinking Improvisation” conference Malmö - 29.11.11

» Transience @ Inter Arts Centre Malmö (Malmö, 2011) - 27.11.11

» Rohan de Saram (London, UK) in residence @ matralab - 18.11.11

» Oiseaux d’Ailleurs (Montréal 2011) - 22.03.11

» “The Role of Comprovisation in the Works of the Budapest New Music Studio (1975-1983) and Examples of Its Applications in Composition Instruction Today” - 22.02.11

» monochrom (Montréal 2011) - 18.02.11

» Alien Lands (Montréal 2011) - 18.02.11

» Nil Nisi Nive (Montréal 2011) - 18.02.11

» “How To Write Music” - 01.02.11

» jaali, (Stuttgart 2010) - 18.11.10

» Atish-e-Zaban (Stuttgart 2010) - 07.10.10

» Nexus (Montréal 2010) - 30.05.10

» “Are Forests Better Concert Halls?” - 17.03.10

» Scardanelli Sonata (Montréal 2010) - 06.02.10

» “Music and Time” - 01.10.09

» Anahata (Montréal 2009) - 20.05.09

» Transience for Flute and Violia de gamba (Montréal 2009) - 08.05.09

» Stele III for String Orchestra (Turku 2009) - 28.04.09

» wald-forest (Montréal 2009) - 05.03.09

» Stele I Ectoplasm (Montréal 2009) - 29.01.09

» Racines Éphémères (Vienna 2008) - 15.11.08

» Transience for Koto and Recorder, (Nürnberg 2008) - 24.08.08

» DISTRIBUTED NARRATIVES part 3 - 27.03.08

» DISTRIBUTED NARRATIVES part 2 - 11.03.08

» DISTRIBUTED NARRATIVES part 1 - 03.03.08

» Interdisciplinary Art – Practices, Methods, Categories IV - 07.02.08

» Interdisciplinary Art – Practices, Methods, Categories III - 22.01.08

» Interdisciplinary Art – Practices, Methods, Categories II - 15.01.08

» Interdisciplinary Art – Practices, Methods, Categories I - 08.01.08

» Vineland Stelae, (Los Angeles 2007) - 01.11.07

» Exactly the same only a little better - 16.06.07

» Stele III for String Quartet (Montréal 2007) - 21.04.07

» Per / Son / Alia (Montréal 2007) - 27.03.07

» Atish-e-Zaban, (Stuttgart 2006) - 26.07.06

» Inside a Native Land (Berlin 2005) - 12.03.05