The sound installation series investigates real and imagined sounds beyond the hearing spectrum. It continues with John Brennan’s bombastic, Temporal Drum Set
TEMPORAL DRUM SET
Installation Opening: June 26, 7-8pm FREE
Concert: June 26, 8:30pm
Advance Tickets $15 General /$10 Students & WF Members
Exhibition: June 27-29
Do instruments retain sonic memories from previous performers? Can improvisers transform their instrument’s tonality and timbre over time? Vancouver musician/sound artist John Brennan sets out to answer these questions in The Temporal Drum Set, an immersive installation that investigates the relationship between the “sonic memory” of instruments and improvisation. A cast of drummers, including Chris Corsano, Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, and Mili Hong play live improvised sets in performance on June 26th. Their solos will be recalled by the sound sculpture for the duration of the installation.
Presented in collaboration with Coastal Jazz and Blues Society.
John Brennan is a sound artist, drummer, and new music curator living in Vancouver, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. In 2005 he received a BFA degree in Electroacoustic Studies from Concordia University and since 2008, he has toured extensively through Europe, Japan, and North America with several different ensembles (Eschatons, Botfly+Holzkopf, chansons d’amour/totems…) and solo projects. Among the artists he performed and collaborated with are: Nate Wooley, Chris Corsano, William Hooker, Greg Saunier, Wally Shoup, Chris Cogburn, Peter Kutin, DJ Olive, Bill Horist, Alexander Moskos, Josh Stevenson, Joshua Zubot, Ellwood Epps and JP Carter. Between 2012 and 2016 he founded and curated Destroy Vancouver (DV) an improvised music and sound art series produced by VIVO Media Arts Centre that brought together international improvisers with local and national sound artists and musicians. DV was co-produced by Vancouver Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, Vancouver New Music, Suoni Per Il Popolo. In recent years, his work on performance and improvisation has expanded to include sound installations and sound sculptures that consider the relationship between the sonic memory of musical instruments, performance, and improvisation.
Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been working at the intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990′s. He began a long-standing, high-energy musical partnership with saxophonist Paul Flaherty in 1998. Their style, which they occasionally refer to with (semi-)tongue-in-cheek humor as “The Hated Music”, infuses modern free-jazz’s ecstatic collectivism with the urgency and intensity of hardcore punk. A move from western Massachusetts to the UK in 2005 led Corsano to concentrate on his solo music, an always-spontaneously-composed amalgam of extended techniques for drum set and non-percussion instruments of his own making incorporated into his kit: e.g. violin strings stretched across drum heads, modified reed instruments that transform the drums into resonators which can, in turn, be used to incite strips of metal to react to the drum membranes’ Chladni-plate-like modes of vibration, etc. In February 2006, Corsano released his first solo recording, The Young Cricketer, and toured extensively throughout Europe, USA, and Japan. He spent 2007 and ’08 as the drummer on Björk’s Volta world tour, all the while weaving in shows and recordings on his days off with the likes of Evan Parker, Virginia Genta, C. Spencer Yeh, and Jandek. Moving back to the U.S. in 2009, Corsano returned focus to his own projects, including a duo with Michael Flower, Vampire Belt (with Bill Nace), Rangda (with Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny) and his solo work, further expanded in its use of contact microphones and synthesizers. In 2017, he received the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artist Award. Corsano’s dedication to collective improvisation led to collaborations with many kindred spirits and resulted in his appearance on over 140 records and 1000 live performances.
Greg Saunier heard “Start Me Up” when he was 13 and from that day forward has devoted his life to rock music. In the early 90s, after training as a classical musician at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he moved to San Francisco and formed Deerhoof. The band has forged a convulsive, improvisatory playing style. He continues to this day as the drummer for Deerhoof as well as increasing involvements as a composer, improviser and producer in collaboration with artists such as Sean Lennon, Jherek Bischoff and Ensemble Dal Niete.
Mili Hong began playing drums at the age of 16. She spent most of her life in South Korea until her early 20s, when she moved to Vancouver, Canada to study English and Music. Although she originally planned to move back to Korea after completing her studies, she decided to remain in Vancouver to experiment and explore her new life in Canada’s thriving and diverse music scene. At Capilano University she received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, majoring in Instrumental Performance and played in various ensembles from small combos to big bands which exposed her to numerous chances to explore different styles of drumming, while also studying with drum instructors Graham Boyle, Blain Wikjord, Dave Robbins, and Dylan van der Schyff. While playing in Capilano University’s “A” band, under the direction of Juno award winning Brad Turner, she had the chance to play with notable guest artists such as Ian Froman, Mike Murley, and Randy Brecker. Mili is becoming an important member of Vancouver’s Jazz scene through her playing in the Leo Bae Trio and the Eli Davidovici Band, but has also been involved in her alternative rock project, Moondle. Her lifetime goal is to continue learning about her art and herself through her continuous study of music and language.