Event Score reflects Western Front’s longstanding affinity with the Fluxus art movement and its investment in conceptual art, interdisciplinarity, improvisation, indeterminacy and chance. In an homage to the influential American experimental composer James Tenney, the series of concerts will bridge Tenney’s work with current composers including Wolf Edwards (Victoria) and violinist-composer Eric KM Clark (LA), featuring performances by Eric KM Clark, Dissonant Disco (Vancouver), the Quasar Saxophone Quartet (Montréal), and WORKER (Vancouver).
Panel/Workshop: Parents of Invention
Thursday Nov 14 @ 7pm
Door: $5 / FREE for WF & CRES-MAC Members
Participating artists Wolf Edwards and Eric KM Clark will discuss the evolution of Fluxus methodologies and the influence of James Tenney’s work in the context of current trends in post classical, experimental and underground music, including an introduction to event scores. Graham Christofferson’s solo project WORKER, with guest Anju Singh, will be featured in this performance-based roundtable.
Concert: Re-enactments and Deprivation Music with Eric KM Clark
Friday Nov 15: Unfurl @ 7:30pm / Downbeat @ 8pm
Having studied with the late Fluxus composer James Tenney, LA based violinist, composer and improviser Eric Kenneth Malcolm Clark will perform works by Tenney for electronic tape and string, as well as new works by composers Wolf Edwards and Lisa Coons. Clark will also collaborate with improvisers from the New Orchestra Improvisation workshops to perform selections from his own critically-acclaimed Deprivation series, in which musicians perform pieces while deprived of their abilities to see or hear, allowing for a richly layered – and unexpected – sound environment to emerge.
The evening will begin with a re-enactment of the event score “Unfurl” by Fluxus poet Alison Knowles. Audience members are invited to participate. Bring something to unroll.
Concert: Quasar Saxophone Quartet with Dissonant Disco
Saturday Nov 16 @ 8pm
The Montréal based Quasar Saxophone Quartet joins the series performing experimental works for acoustic instruments and live electronics, including compositions by Louis Andriessen (Amsterdam) and the premiere of the new piece “ARKUS” by composer Wolf Edwards (Victoria). In the spirit of Fluxus, Quasar will also collaborate with Vancouver composer/performance collective Dissonant Disco, tongue-in-cheek and throwing dice.
The Coincidence Problem: By Stephen Osborne and Cassia Streb
Nov 6 @ 7pm
Roundhouse Community Centre
This thirty-minute piece is a sound collage reinterpreting Stephen Osborne’s original text entitled “The Coincidence Problem”. Comprised of several layers, the piece includes a recording of the author reading his work, along with elements of voice, percussion and silence. All events are chosen through a series of chance procedures and personal choice. Audience members are invited to participate by bringing any smart device with wi-fi capabilities, such as a phone or tablet, and headphones.
Eric KM Clark
Accomplished violinist, composer, and improviser Eric KM Clark is a member of the genre setting new music ensembles The California E.A.R. Unit (LA), the Dog Star Orchestra (LA), neithernor (Toronto), and the Kadima String Quartet (LA). Having studied under the late James Tenney, Clark has also worked with many of the world’s most innovative artists and ensembles, including Jurg Frey, Michael Gordon, Richard Foreman, Guy Maddin, Wadada Leo Smith, Christian Kesten, Michael Pisaro, and Butch Morris. His compositions have been performed at venues and festivals including REDCAT, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Bang On A Can Marathon, Extensible Electric Guitar Festival, and Ontological-Hysteric Incubator. His playing has been released on Innova, New World, Tonehold Music, Sundialtech and Tzadik, and his compositions have been released on Henceforth Records and CQB. Clark also co-founded and co-directs “the wulf.”, a 501(c)3 non-profit experimental performance venue located in downtown Los Angeles that provides free experimental concerts to the general public. Originally from Victoria, BC, Clark now lives in LA.
Dissonant Disco is a Vancouver based composers collective dedicated to the creation of new chamber music, site/context-specific performance, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The group first formed out of various dance and theatre collaborations, employing the use of live electroacoustic improvisation within a defined structure. It has since moved on to perform as a music ensemble in various venues around Canada. The group is currently developing a new concert series and an interdisciplinary, experimental opera based on the creation of the first internet meme. Dissonant Disco has collaborated with Steven Hill, Rob Kitsos, Ray Hsu, MACHiNENOiSY, Hong Kong Exile, and QUASAR (quatuor de saxophones). Its members include Ashley Aaron, Clinton Ackerman, Annie Therrien Boulos, J.J. Hartmann, Scott Jeffrey, Gabsung Lim, Maren Lisac, Sarah Lubbe, Alex Mah, and Remy Siu.
Wolf Edwards is a composer based in Victoria, BC. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria in 2000, and his Master of Music in 2004. He has been the recipient of many awards and prizes including the Community Council Composition (2006), the Canada Council for the Arts/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Jules Leger Competition for New Chamber Music (2005), the Molinari Quartet International (2002-2003), Strings of the Future International Composition Competition (2001), the Vancouver Sonic Boom Prize (1998) and the Murray Adaskin Prize in Composition (1997). Edwards has participated, lectured, and had his music performed in many international festivals and events throughout North America and Europe. His works have been performed and/or commissioned by the Siemens Art Foundation of Germany, Newspeak Ensemble, Productions Totem Contemporain, the SMCQ, the Arte Saxophone Quartet, Sixxtrum Percussion Ensemble, the Esprit Orchestra, Ensemble Surplus, Arditti String Quartet, Molinari String Quartet, Victoria Symphony, Aventa Ensemble, Sofia Soloists, Quasar Quatuor de Saxophones, l’Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, l’Ensemble Chorum, and Quattuor Bozzini.
Quasar Saxophone Quartet
The Quasar Saxophone Quartet (Montréal) is dedicated to premiering and promoting contemporary music that is multi-dimensionally conceived. Celebrated for its energy, audacity and exceptional technical ability, Quasar explores instrumental music, live electronics, improvisation and instrumental theatre and has premiered over 70 new works. Quasar regularly collaborates with other ensembles from Canada and abroad, such as the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, Viva Voce, Totem Contemporain, Sixtrumm and the Arte Quartett. Their concerts are regularly broadcast by Radio-Canada and the CBC, and Quasar has performed as a guest soloist with the Montreal Symphony and the Winnipeg Symphony. Watch and listen here.
WORKER is the drone/harsh noise project of Graham Christofferson that uses tools and found objects to explore harsh, grating, as well as meditative, sounds. Accompanying the sounds is an underlying commentary on the current capitalist system that enforces poverty and that exploits the skilled labour of the working class. Typically, WORKER is performed as a solo project, but for this performance Graham will be accompanied by local drummer Anju Singh. Graham has several tape releases, including on the Winnipeg label Prairie Fire Tapes, and a 12″ vinyl split record with Vancouver’s The Rita due out this Fall.