Sonic Playground Behind the Scenes: Shadow Play and Frame Drum Making

Sonic Playground in partnership with BC Youth Week celebrated works created by youth in collaboration with Vancouver’s most interesting musicians and sound artists at the Roundhouse Community Center May 2-7, 2015. As a part of Western Front New Music’s ongoing youth initiative, Sonic Playground programs introduce and mentor youth through creating their own compositions using traditional/multi-media approaches and electronics. The entire week featured an exhibition of sound installations, workshops, open rehearsals, and performances that were free and open to the public.

Students from Sir Charles Tupper Secondary and Aboriginal Focus School collaborated with artist George Rahi (Publik Secrets, Gamelan Bike Bike) in workshops resulting in their very own Shadow Plays. These plays were screened at the Roundhouse Community Centre for Sonic Playground’s celebration of BC Youth Week, May 5th & 6th 2015.

Elementary students from all over the Burnaby District participated in a week long First Nations drum-making and music workshop lead by Ron and Russell Wallace from April 13-17th 2015. Their music and drums opened the entire festival on May 2, 2015 with a performance of a welcoming song.

June, 2015

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Videography and Editing by Gabriel Boyko

Gabriel Boyko is a filmmaker that eagerly pursues the ability to study and story-tell with moving pictures. A Film and Video Production graduate of the University of Regina, Gabriel has worked in the Film Industry for over five years. He currently works as an IATSE 669 Camera Trainee in Vancouver, BC.

 

Western Front New Music gratefully acknowledges the support of Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, British Columbia Gaming, City of Vancouver, SOCAN Foundation, Telus Community Grants, Burnaby School District, Native Education College, Simply Computing, Vancouver Community College, Purple Thistle and the Roundhouse Community Centre.