Résonances manifestes: listening session and discussion

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May 30, 2019


Résonances manifestes: listening session and discussion

Résonances manifestes is a comprovised music piece based on a sonic score composed of field recordings from various demonstrations that shook the streets of Montreal in the past years. The project is the musical expression of a process of research-creation initiated by Hubert Gendron-Blais (Matralab Ph.D. candidate) aiming to understand how sound and music contribute to the (trans)formation of affective communities, these intensive communities that don’t rely on preestablished identities or specific interests, but which occur like something that circulates between beings, things, ambiances. These researches – at the confluence of music, philosophy and political thought – led among others to the realization of an inquiry on the sounds of politics, and more peculiarly those coming from the recent autonomous demonstrations. The piece is in that sense a musical study seeking to question how some musical processes could orient the experimentation of new ways to gather in the event.

The listening session will be the first occasion to hear Résonances manifestes after it has been premiered by the Devenir-ensemble – an assemblage of ten musicians
of Montreal – last February at Sala Rossa, part of the Suoni per il popolo off season concert series. The musicians improvised from the sound score not to represent the ambiance of these demonstrations to the public, but rather to make feel this subtle mix of passion and uncertainty that characterizes the affective intensity of these

singular moments. The listening session will be followed by a presentation and discussion on some issues opened by the piece: comprovisation, musical ecology, the relation between music and politics, art and social movements, and the contribution of sound and music to the experimental modes of knowledge.

An event presented in the “A Walk in LeParc” series (Milieux).

May 30, Matrabox, 5pm.