7 & 9PM
admission: $18/15 service charges apply -
VOICE OVER MIND FESTIVAL view all events
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
University of British Columbia
6265 Crescent Road
604 822 9197
Two performances ticketed separately
7:00 & 9:00 PM
Hold onto your seats as two of Canadaʼs most adventuresome vocalists Christine Duncan and DB Boyko impart secrets and lore about public washrooms in the Chan Centre womenʼs powder room. Stall is a newly commissioned work by Victoria composer Christopher Butterfield who understands the gestalt of the voice from classical leanings to pure timbral explorations of sound poetry, cut with an outlandish wit. Utilizing cockamamie spoken word “rizzms”, humorous Gregorian-like chant and a barrage of cut-up text, the piece examines the more subtle aspects of this ubiquitous location.
“A fundamentalist-free version of speaking in tongues” and an “unfathomable barrage of words” –ALEXANDER VARTY, The Georgia Straight
Christopher Butterfield studied composition with Rudolf Komorous at the University of Victoria (B.Mus. 1975) and with Bulent Arel at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (M.A. 1977). He lived in Toronto between 1977 and 1992, where he was active as a performance artist, rock guitar player, and composer. In 1979/1980 he taught in the graduate visual arts department at Concordia University in Montreal, and in 1986 and 1989 he taught in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In 1992 he was appointed assistant professor of composition at the University of Victoria. His music has been performed across Canada and in Europe, and is recorded on the CBC and Artifact labels.
LIEF AMBROSIA HALL
Other performances during the evening feature Lief Hall, an improvisational singer, audio-visual artist, and curator living and working in Vancouver BC. She currently sings in the improvisational trio Glaciers and sings and makes beats in electro-noise duo MYTHS. The ex-singer of Vancouver’s Punk Noise band Mutators, Hall is known for her abrasive screaming and use of vocal experimentation. Hall’s solo vocal improvisations re-imagine and montage an array of vocal traditions and vocal styles, and often mimic sounds of landscapes and machines in order to create abstract images and/or narrative forms through sound.
VOXY + ROUNDHOUSE SENIORS’ CHOIR
Duncan and Boyko also conduct Voxy and Roundhouse Seniorsʼ Choir, rolling out an unusual repertoire of minimalist rounds and improvised sonic poetry.
presented by Western Front in partnership with The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts