VOICE OVER mind Festival

VOICE OVER mind Festival

The biennial VOICE OVER mind Festival brings extraordinarily unusual singers to the Western Front this year from Japan, Berlin, USA and Israel.

Feb 14 & March 18 – 21, 2015

Tickets per concert: Door $20 / $15


Festival Concert

John Southworth | Easterween and Niagara

February 14 @ 8pm 

John Southworth and Andrew Downing kick it off the festival in February with a bizarre take on singer-songwriter balladry. An all star cast of musicians execute Downing’s Klezmer-Stravinksyesque arrangements as they tell the idiosyncratic tale of Easterween, an egg-hunt of cosmic proportions to save us all from eternal winter, and Niagara, two starkly different suites of songs reflecting the water’s international divide.


Festival Workshop

Tomomi Adachi

March 18 @ 7pm $15 /WF members FREE

Registration required: newmusicadmin@front.bc.ca

In conjunction with his solo voice/electronic improvisatory performance, Adachi guides participants in finding connections between the voice, visibility, tactility, acoustic space and the body. No experience necessary, all are welcome.



Festival Concert | Performance

Erik Bünger – the third man

Camille Hesketh & Petra van der Schoot – Feed

March 20 @ 8pm  *Advance ticket sales are now closed. Tickets are available at the door for $20/15.


Swedish artist, composer, musician and writer Erik Bünger performs his internationally renown live lecture and screening, the third man. This wildly entertaining and provocative performance simultaneously analyzes and re-contextualizes popular references to explore everything from the history of recording to pop song ear worms.

Like an exploratory one person dialogue, singer Camille Hesketh and artist Petra van der Schoot (The Netherlands) present this interplay in sound and image based on fragments of real interviews. In a game of deconstructed personal relationships with privacy, it experiments with the perceptions of these relationships through a mouth and a voice.


Following their performances Erik Bünger, Camille Hesketh and Petra van der Schoot open up for an informal discussion with the audience. This is your chance to ask questions, hear about the artists’ personal stories developing their work and discuss what you just witnessed.



Festival Concert

Tomomi Adachi | Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

March 21 @ 8pm  *Advance ticket sales are now closed. Tickets are available at the door for $20/15.


Experimental vocalist, sound poet, improviser and instrument maker Tomomi Adachi (Japan) transforms into a bionic performer with the help of self-made instruments like his infrared sensor shirt. His radical take on vocal techniques, improvisation and electronics pack his solo performances with formidable spontaneity.

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb’s voice, with it’s cool refinement and warm welcome, brings a jazz-inflected, pitch-perfect sense to her eclectic compositions. She is joined by Aram Bajakian (guitar), Peggy Lee (cello), Meredith Bates (violin), Dylan Van Der Schyff (drums), and the VOICE OVER mind choir to debut a new song collection entitled 12 Lunar Meditations. This song cycle draws the text from a world wide collection of poets, vocalists and specialists including Malika Zarra (Morocco), Birdie Lawson (USA/Cherokee), Gem Salsberg (Vancouver), Nihan Devecioglu (Turkey), Shelly Mehari (Israel), Katie Bull (USA), Anna Smaill (New Zealand), Franny Silverman (USA), Georgia Spiropoulos (Greece), Noemi Deslex (Switzerland), Kyoko Kitamura (Japan/USA), Bes Davies (Australia) and Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (Israel/Vancouver).


Join artists Tomomi Adachi, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb and her all star band for a discussion following their performance. This is your chance to ask questions, hear stories and connect with the artists about their work.



Erik Bünger is a Swedish artist, composer and writer living in Berlin.
His work revolves around the human voice and its contradictory relationship to the body, to language, to music and to technology. The voice is not addressed as a phenomenon, which gives rise to personal, human presence and interpersonal communication but rather as the very thing that allows something other, radically inhuman, to enter and take control of the human body.

Tomomi Adachi is a Japanese born, Berlin residing performer, composer, sound poet, installation artist, occasional theater director. He studied philosophy and aesthetics at Waseda University in Tokyo. He has played improvised music with voice, live electronics and self-made instruments. He had composed works for his own group “Adachi Tomomi Royal Chorus” which is a punk-style choir. He has performed contemporary music: vocal, live-electronics or performance works by John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, Christian Wolff, Tom Johnson, Dieter Schnebel, TAKAHASHI Yuji, YUASA Joji and Fluxus including world premiere and Japan premiere as Cage’s “Variations VII,” “Europera 5,” and “Waterwalk”. He is the only performer of sound poetry in Japan and has performed Kurt Schwitters’ “Ursonate” for the first time in Japan. He has made several sound installations and original instruments (e.g.”Tomomin”, his hand made electric instrument is familiar with many musicians). Recently, he is focusing his activities on solo performance (with voice, sensors, computer, self-made instruments), sound poetry (especially to the unknown great Japanese sound poetry tradition), video installation and workshop style big ensemble with non-professional voices and instruments.

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb In the little things lurk the big picture, and the details of everyday life suggest the wild regions of the heart. Jerusalem-born vocalist and composer Ayelet Rose Gottlieb sings from these spaces, accessing the tumultuous world of her homeland. These days she celebrates the release of her fourth album,’Roadsides’, giving voice to a distressed hope via Israeli and Palestinian Poetry. The songs of Roadsides (Arogole Music; Oct. 15, 2014) chronicle clunky ceiling fans and hymns of female blessing, watermelon hugs and sorrowful absences. An international performer, explorer of sound and seeker of musical adventures, Ayelet collaborates with cutting edge musicians such as pianist Anat Fort, ETHEL (string quartet),  saxophonist Matana Roberts, oudist Ihab Nimer and composer John Zorn, with whom she frequently tours as a member of his a-cappella quartet Mycale. She recently completed a commission to compose music for Michelle Jaffe’s installation “Wappen Field”.

 Camille Hesketh is a versatile soprano at home in baroque, classical, contemporary, music theatre and electro-acoustic music. With a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands, she has received awards from the Netherlands and the Canada Council for the Arts for both modern music and research in physical theatre, from the Laus Polyphoniae Festival (Belgium) for her baroque duo with lutenist Guzman Ramos. She has sung under conductors such as Martyn Brabbins, Gavio Bonizzoni, Pierre Boulez and Daniel Reuss among many others. Camille has performed and/or collaborated on numerous premieres with contemporary composers, and with organizations such as the Dutch National Opera, VocalLAB Nederland, Muziektheatre Transparant (Belgium), Modern Baroque Opera (Vancouver), Schonberg/Asko Ensemble (NL), Nieuw Ensemble (NL), Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (NL), Ensemble MAE (NL), Redshift music society (Vancouver), and in festivals such as the CCRMA series (Stanford), Vancouver New Music, Zwolle and Rotterdam opera festivals (NL), STEIM Amsterdam, and the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and can be heard on the record label Harmonia Mundi with La Grand Chappelle (Spain). She is very excited to be living back in her hometown of Vancouver.

Petra van der Schoot (The Netherlands) is a multi-faceted artist with a focus and desire to bring the disciplines of image and music together in various new forms. She has completed degrees in both sculpture and cello in The Netherlands as well as studied under Dick Raaijmakers at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she focussed on work as both a musician and artist. Petra has collaborated with numerous musicians, composers and choreographers in their common search for relationships between modern music and various disciplines in art, particularly those between image, language and sound. In addition, Petra has also written and directed numerous works for (music) theatre both independently and in collaboration with composer Piet-Jan van Rossum such as Alle terre assent (2001), Angel Alley (2005), Notes of a mammal (2008), Somewhere in between (2010), and Achterna gedragen (2011) as well as published two of her art-works as books, both based on principles of music.

VOICE OVER mind Choir

The VOICE OVER mind Choir, a.k.a. VOM, came together for the first VOICE OVER mind Festival in May 2010 and is dedicated to the practice of improvisation and spontaneous choral composition. In 2011 the group has performed for the video production of “Songs for a Better Future” by Romanian visual artist Matei Bejenaru. As well, the choir participated in Western Front’s collaboration with lower mainland schools, Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver Symphony, performing in “Dzunukwa Beneath the Canopy and Through the Underworld: Stories, Songs and Celebrations”.   VOM’s most recent performances include “The Coincidence Problem” by Stephen Osborne and Cassia Streb for the Roundhouse Community Centre and GEIST’s Memory Festival and and an homage to Kimsooja’s exhibit “Unfolding” for Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE in fall 2013.  DB Boyko, Western Front New Music Director/Curator leads this choir, that brings together community and artists in the creation of new music works.