This event is open to the public and is FREE TO ATTEND. Feel free to come by at any time throughout the day.
Western Front and SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts welcome Montreal-based duo scapegoat to Vancouver. Formed in Paris in 2014 and based in Montreal since 2017, scapegoat is at the forefront of a new wave of amplified live-electronics-powered chamber music. For this event, scapegoat and SFU Visiting Professor Mauricio Pauly will be workshopping pieces written by local composers specifically for the duo, in which they have been asked to consider how electronics and acoustic instruments might function integrally as a performative unit.
scapegoat has performed across Europe, the UK, Australia, Canada and the US at experimental venues including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, IGNM Basel, Unerhörte Musik (Berlin) and NO HAY BANDA (Montreal). They’ve delivered specialised workshops and residencies at Harvard University, the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), Spread Art (Detroit), the University of Liverpool, and New York University.
On the evening of March 11, scapegoat will be performing at Deep Blue. The concert will mark the Vancouver release of their newest album, which features music by Santiago Díez-Fischer and Mauricio Pauly and is designed in collaboration with novelist and artist Renee Gladman.
Programme for Deep Blue concert:
Opal – Michelle Lou (US)
Plastic Disorder – Santiago Díez-Fischer (Argentina/France)
The Threshing Floor – Mauricio Pauly (Costa Rica/Canada)
Noam Bierstone – percussion and electronics
Joshua Hyde – saxophones and electronics
Mauricio Pauly’s practice combines composition for hybrid instrumental/electronic ensembles, sound design, and live performance. As an active cross-disciplinary collaborator, his work includes numerous projects with writers, designers, programmers and theatre-makers. His music has been featured by festivals including Ultima Festival (Norway, 2011), Warsaw Autumn (Poland, 2013), Darmstadt International Summer Courses (Germany, 2010/12/14/16), Images Sonores Festival (Belgium, 2015), Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik (Austria, 2016), Klang Festival (Copenhagen, 2017), No Hay Banda (Canada, 2018) and Open Ears Festival (Canada, 2018).
Recent collaborations include FREAM AD WALL, a concert-length piece written in collaboration with programmer and 3D animator Gabriel Montagné for Line Upon Line Percussion. He is working with experimental novelist Renee Gladman in a piece which premieres February 12 at the Seattle Art Museum, and will visit The Polygon Gallery in Vancouver in September 2020. The studio recording of his trio, Charred Edifice Shining, by Distractfold (UK) will be released in August 2020.
Pauly is the artistic director of UK-based ensemble Distractfold. He has given workshops at McGill University, University of Victoria, New York University, Harvard University, Boston University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, Brussels Conservatory, University of Huddersfield and Bath Spa University. His home and studio have been in Vancouver since 2017.
Workshop participants include Sam Meadahl, Lisa Walker, Ben Berardini, Stefan Nazarevich, Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi, and Aysha Dulong.
Sam Meadahl is a musician and composer based in Vancouver BC, currently in his fourth year at Simon Fraser University and studying to obtain his BFA in composition. He is fascinated by instrument making and repurposing; he breathes new life into broken instruments and found objects by modifying them, turning them into sound sculptures that he performs and interacts with. Sam has a keen interest in collaborating with other composers on numerous projects, including co-founding Rubbish Jupiter Moths, a duo that explores the hybridization of sound sculptures through electronic processing. He has also worked interdisciplinarily with dance and film artists.
Lisa Walker is a musician and composer who applies her understanding of human music to the investigation of humpback whale song. She was first introduced to humpback whales in 1996. It was thought that with her musician’s ear she could detect patterns in the songs that were not evident to scientists. From studying the interlocking rhythms of African drum patterns to working with SETI researchers and AI, Walker seeks to understand the structure and syntax of whale song. Her compositions are her laboratory, with the goal of developing a “lingua franca” to communicate with the singing whale
Ben Berardini is a composer and instrumentalist based in Vancouver, currently studying music composition at Simon Fraser University. He composes for acoustic and electroacoustic settings, usually combining the two. He enjoys working very closely with musicians and considering ways to make the most out of working together. He has collaborated with dance, film, and visual art and has worked with folk, progressive rock, and classical musicians based in London, Ontario and Vancouver.
Stefan Nazarevich is a composer and interdisciplinary performer based in Vancouver. Along with Shion Skye Carter, he is one half of the duo olive theory, whose debut work reach-close (2019) features an interactive, sculptural piano wire installation. His work has been presented at Vancouver International Dance Festival (2019) and Darmstadt International Summer Course (2018). Under the alias SAN, Stefan released his first album of solo electronic music, Haven, in the summer of 2019. Although he hates putting labels on these things, if pressed, Stefan might describe his music as “experimental SoundCloud trap for the concert hall.”
Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi explores the unfamiliar-familiar, and is constantly driven by the mechanism of the human psyche and exploring ways to manipulate it. The Vancouver based composer/performer writes for small ensembles and electronics and performs live electronics. Working with instrumental and electroacoustic media, she has collaborated on projects written for dance, film, and theatre. Her upcoming projects include a commissioned piece for Thin Edge New Music Collective and a new work for Loadbang as part of a collaboration with Iranian Female Composer Association. Koochakzadeh-Yazdi is studying composition at Simon Fraser University with Sabrina Schroeder and Mauricio Pauly.
Aysha Dulong is a composer, performer and improviser who lives, works and creates on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Coast Salish People, specifically the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Their focus is on composing for amplified instruments and electronics, as well as using live processing and sampling as tools to explore structured improvisation within a composed piece. Inspired by contrasting situations, their work explores juxtaposing sound worlds. They have sound-to-colour synaesthesia, and have recently been exploring the impact that this has on their practice. Aysha currently studies acoustic and electroacoustic music composition at Simon Fraser University’s School for Contemporary Arts.