February 2017 Music for Natural History Update
LaSaM is excited to announce that we have received a Canada Council Music Production grant to complete the Music For Natural History audio album for release in 2017. This sound composition by Tina Pearson and Paul Walde was performed to sold out audiences in the Natural History Gallery at the Royal BC Museum in January 2016. Subsequently, we made recordings of the 16 musicians performing the sounds of the flora and fauna of the Gallery’s Forest and Shoreline dioramas. We will be putting the finishing touches on this work in the coming months. We will keep the LaSaM community posted as the project develops!
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
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Songs For Glass Island April 7, 8, and 9 2016
Victoria April 7, 7 pm and April 8, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street
Vancouver April 9, hosted by Contemporary Art Gallery at Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street (VSO School of Music)LaSaM’s Experimental Music Unit (Tina Pearson, George Tzanetakis and Paul Walde) present their all-glass collaboration with guest Oslo-based sound and media artist Camille Norment. Songs For Glass Island takes inspiration from the unrealized land art work Island of Broken Glass by the late American artist Robert Smithson, who proposed encrusting in glass a Miami Islet, a small pumice islet off the coast of Vancouver Island. Using glass as their medium, the artists imagine possible sounds, stories, textures, and ecologies of Smithson’s fabled island. The juxtaposition of the practices of sound art and experimental music performance create a visually stunning and sonically captivating audiovisual concert length program featuring large sheets of glass, glass gongs, and shards, Norment’s glass ‘armonica, Pearson’s glass harp, and tuned wind instruments made from glass. More info here.
Music for Natural History January 15/16 2016
Update: Thank you for the support! We are humbled and grateful for the dedication of the performers, the volunteers, and the staff of the Royal BC Museum in making this project such a success. All four performances as well as the invitation-only preview of Music for Natural History were sold out. Stay tuned for news of the sounds coming outside in the spring, and for updates about the Music for Natural History film and CD.
It’s here! After months of work, LaSaM’s production of our performative sound installation at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria will be presented Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16, 2016.
Music for Natural History, composed by Tina Pearson and Paul Walde, features 16 performers using listening skills and sonic mimicry to re-animate the Forest and Seashore dioramas in the Museum’s Natural History Gallery.
Music for Natural History Project Launched
LaSaM’s large scale project Music for Natural History, a performance installation for the Natural History Gallery of the Royal BC Musuem, is officially launched Saturday October 17, 2015 with Natural History Soundwalk at the Museum. The event will introduce the project and its themes and take participants on a soundwalk through the Coastal Forest diorama and Beacon Hill Park.
“The workshop allows us to tune in to the unexpected interconnections between landscape, identity, and technology,” says Kim Gough, Royal BC Museum’s Adult Learning Team Lead.
Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts / le Conceil des arts du Canada
Music for Mycologists CD Released
LaSaM’s Experimental Music Unit announces the release of its Music for Mycologists CD. More information and purchasing options can be found here. Physical or digital versions are available.
Saturday June 6, 2015 at Open Space, 510 Fort Street, Victoria BC
LaSaM’s Experimental Music Unit – Tina Pearson (flute, voice); George Tzanetakis (bass clarinet), Paul Walde (bass guitar), Kirk McNally (live electronic processing) present the Music for Mycologists CD release concert!
American composer John Cage was an avid mycologist. Cage often quipped that music and mushrooms have nothing to do with one another except for the fact that they appear next to each other in the dictionary. Experimental Music Unit (EMU) puts the veracity of this statement to the test with Music for Mycologists, a collection of compositions by Paul Walde, Tina Pearson, Czech composer Vaclav Halek and the EMU trio. Music for Mycologists focuses on relationships between music making and mushroom hunting, exposing the sometimes fragile process of discovering sounds of rare and raw beauty that exist just beyond perception … Read More
Please join us Saturday June 6 at 8 pm at Open Space
Advance: $16 general, $11 students/seniors/members
Door: $20 general, $15 students/seniors/members
Tickets: OSMycologists.bpt.me or call 1-800-838-3006
Concert: Dark Listening, with Norm Adams
December 28, 2014, Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre, Victoria: Halifax cellist and director of Suddenly Listen join LaSaM’s Experimental Music Unit and guests in a provocative and contemplative offering of sound making in tune with seasonal darkness. With compositions by Pauline Oliveros, Norm Adams, Tina Pearson and EMU members. Performed by Norm Adams (cello), Paul Walde (electric bass), George Tzanetakis (reeds), Tina Pearson (flute, glass, voice) and guests. Stay tuned for details.
Workshop: Sounding the Natural History Gallery
November 21, 2014, Royal BC Museum, Victoria: Paul Walde and Tina Pearson continue themes from their September workshop during the Royal BC Museum’s night time programming. Check back for details
Concert: Music For Mycologists
November 15, 2014, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC: LaSaM’s trio, the Experimental Music Unit, will perform selections from their Music For Mycologists program during the Gallery’s annual Sound Thinking Symposium. Compositions by Paul Walde, Tina Pearson and John Cage.
Workshop: Music For Natural History (postponed)
September 20, 2014, 1-4 pm, Royal BC Museum, Victoria: Paul Walde and Tina Pearson will present a listening and sounding workshop, leading participants in a soundwalk through the Natural History Gallery, and out through the grounds to Beacon Hill Park. Click here for details. (Postponed, check back for update)
Concert: Music for Mycologists
December 1, 2013, Legacy Art Gallery, Victoria: In conjunction with the University of Victoria’s Department of Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition “Paradox”, LaSaM presents Music for Mycologists, a collection of works composed and performed by George Tzanetakis, Tina Pearson and Paul Walde.
Paul Walde’s large mushroom spore prints in the exhibition Paradox are in fact a music notation intended to be interpreted sonically when exhibited. Accordingly, the musicians, Tina Pearson (glass, flute, voice), George Tzanetakis (bass clarinet) and Walde (bass guitar and percussion), present a program that uses mushroom hunting as a metaphor for uncovering those sounds of rare and raw beauty that exist just beyond perception.
October 6 – December 8, 2013, various locations, Victoria: a 10-week series of one-hour workshops led by Tina Pearson.
A Sonic EquinoxSeptember 21, 2013, Durrance Lake, BC: Durrance Lake Working directly with the landscape, LaSaM presents an evening of
performances at Durance Lake. New works and new interpretation of
works by Yoko Ono, Pauline Oliveros and LaSaM’s Tina Pearson invite
audience members to experience the environment through the lens of
these innovative compositions and performances. This program will interact with and at times integrate with the natural environment at Durance Lake. As the sun sets the performers will be immersed into darkness only becoming visible once the full moon rises an hour later. The unique performance venue, combined with extreme spatializtion of the ensemble and a lack of theatrical visuals is an invitation for listening in its most active and engaged form. Stay tuned for more details. ===