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Oct 30, 20h @ McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, Pollack Hall

On October 30, the McGill Percussion Ensemble will be performing Sandeep Bhagwati’s “ATAVIST.” The piece is a movement from Bhagwati’s “Alien Lands” cycle for four percussionists. Aiyun Huang will be leading the ensemble.

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Tenerenmente – World Premiere

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On Monday, September 8, at 20h, the pianist Moritz Ernst will play the world premiere of Sandeep Bhagwati’s three movement work “Tenerenmente” for prepared piano [ca.21 min].

This will be part of Concert&Discussion in the off-Beethovenfest Bonn, in the PostTower Lounge. Platz der Deutschen Post 1, 53113 Bonn. Free Entry.

Three memorials for prepared piano
1.) Stele
2.) Mneme
3.) Nerve

“tener en mente” in Spanish means “to keep in mind” – and the three movements of this work all, in different ways, engage with memory: in “Stele”, the memorial stone, music and life inscribe themselves deeper and deeper by each moment into a hard, inflexible pulse – and thereby transforms it. In “Mneme” (also the name of the antique Greek muse of memory), we encounter a melos and the impossibility of re-living it unchanged – it eludes us and thereby gives rise to new sensations. In “Nerve”, finally, memory is like a raw nerve: Even the most desperate attempts to cover it up with activism, inventiveness and new perspectives – fail. The thing that bothers us will simply not go away into oblivion.

The prepared piano embodies the ambivalence between memory and forgetting: half of its strings are prepared, making them sound different, alien, elusive, dry. They create, around the familiar and present piano sounds, a realm of shadows and potentialities – the forgotten, the remembered, the never realized.

Each of these three movements also is dedicated to some of my private artistic “heroes”, by creating a blurry memory of their musical language. “Stele” is for John Cage and Merce Cunningham, “Mneme” for my teacher Wilhelm Killmayer, and “Nerve” for Zakir Hussain and Shivkumar Sharma

Replica @ Théâtre Marni (Brussels)

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Replica, an acousmatic work co-composed in 2012-2013 by Martin Bédard and Marie-Hélène Breault will be co-diffused at the Théâtre Marni in Brussels.

Replica is a finalist in international composition competitions “Città di Undine” (Italy) and “Métamorphoses” (Belgium). Commissioned by Erreur de type 27 (E27), the work was premiered in Quebec City, March 13, 2013, in Erreur de type 27’s Espaces mixtes II concert.

Marie-Hélène Breault is a Post-Doc Researcher at matralab.

Replica: Finalist in International Composition Competitions

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Replica, an acousmatic work co-composed in 2012-2013 by Martin Bédard and Marie-Hélène Breault is a finalist in international composition competitions “Città di Undine” (Italy) and “Métamorphoses” (Belgium). Commissioned by Erreur de type 27 (E27), the work was premiered in Quebec City, March 13, 2013, in Erreur de type 27’s Espaces mixtes II concert, and it will be co-diffused by the two musicians, October 15, 2014, at the Théâtre Marni in Brussels.

Marie-Hélène Breault is a Post-Doc Researcher at matralab.

O V A L @ Currents 2014 Santa Fe International Arts Festival

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Last month, Lenka Novakova and Otso Lahdeoja traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to install their work O V A L at the Currents 2014 Santa Fe International Arts Festival. O V A L was originally conceived in the matrabox and installed in the Hexagram Blackbox in late 2014.

O V A L is a large-scale installation combining glass, sound and light into a multimodal sculptural space. 10 glass sheets (190 x 60 cm) are hung from the ceiling, forming an oval shape (12m x 5m). 10 large sheets of glass are hanging in a dark room. The glass sheets vibrate and emit sound, forming a spatial polyphony of sonic objects. Video footage of the spectators themselves is projected on the glass sheets, creating a maze of self-portrait reflections and transparencies. The spectator is immersed into a chimerical space of sonic and visual illusions.

You can view photo documentation and read more on Lenka’s website:

Lenka Novakova is a PhD student at matralab.

Äänen Lumo: Jen Reimer/Max Stein/Adam Basanta (Helsinki)

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Äänen Lumo is proud to present a unique audiovisual/spatio-sonic experience, by a trio of Canadian sonic performers. Join us for this unique event – perfectly suited to exploit the properties of the Free Arts Space previous life as an underground bomb shelter…

Tuesday August 5, 2014
Vapaan Taiteen Tila Vilhovuorenkuja 16, 00500
Helsinki, Finland

Doors open 7pm.
Performances begin 8pm.
Free entry.

Jen Reimer (CAN) & Max Stein (USA) share a fascination with reverberant space, urban soundscape and site-specific performance and installation. Drawing inspiration from the hidden harmony and secret rhythms present in urban sound environments, they create immersive multichannel sound works for processed horn and field recordings: conceived, composed, performed and recorded in the spaces themselves.
They have created a series of performances in resonant urban locations in Montréal including the New City Gas Co. building, Square Victoria Metro, St-Urbain underpass, Bain St Michel and the Wellington Tunnel and more recently in Lisbon, PT and Marseille, FR at the Mãe D’ Água and tunnel Bénedit-Jobin. They have presented sound installations at Métro Concorde, Laval, the Goethe Institut, Montréal and in an abandoned chimney in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

They have collaborated with various organizations including Suoni per Il Popolo, Montréal Highlights Festival/Nuit Blanche, Actions!/ Ghosts of Public Spaces, HTMlles (Montréal, CAN), Audioparc & Galerie Verticale (Laval, CAN), Nes Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, IS), Summer We Go Public (Skagaströnd, IS) and Sound Development City (Lisbon, PT & Marseille, FR).

Adam Basanta (b. 1985) is an award-winning composer and media artist, whose work traverses electroacoustic and instrumental composition, audiovisual installations, site- specific interventions, laptop performance, and dynamic light design. His work explores notions of listening and audiovisual perception, the re-animation of quotidian objects, and the articulation of site and space.
His concert works have been presented worldwide and awarded multiple national and international prizes, including Métamorphoses 2010 (Belgium) and the John Weinzweig grand prize in the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (Canada). His sound and audiovisual installations, both solo and collaborative, have been presented across North America and Europe, and awarded in the Prix Ars Electronica 2013 (honourable mention, Hybrid Art category) and the 2014 Edith-Russ-Haus Awards for Emerging Media Artists.
Adam holds a BFA in composition from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC) and an interdisciplinary MA in composition and sound art installation at Concordia University (Montreal, QC). He lives and works in Montreal, QC.