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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cinema for the Ear: SOUND TRAVELS Festival


NEW ADVENTURES IN SOUND ART Presents:

SOUND TRAVELS FESTIVAL of SOUND ART

Various venues at and around the Artscape Wychwood Barns

Outdoors on Centre Island

July 18 to September 25

www.naisa.ca/soundtravels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - TORONTO, ON - July 5, 2010: New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is pleased to present the 12th edition of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, which opens July 18 and runs until September 25, 2010. As part of a summer-long celebration of sound art, NAISA presents indoor and outdoor performances, sound installations, an outdoor interactive sound sculpture, SOUNDwalks, a series of workshop intensives and the fourth annual Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium at various venues at the Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street) as well as outdoors on Centre Island and around the Barns. In a world that often focuses too much on the visual, Sound Travels brings about a refreshing change as it presents works by sound artists that extract compelling musicality and wordless dramas from everyday sounds often taken for granted. From this lush auditory experience, audiences author their own imaginary world in their mind’s eye Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.

Outdoor opening events celebrate World Listening Day

The summer-long festival will launch on July 18th at 1PM with two simultaneous SOUNDwalks and the opening of the annual Synthecyletron installation to celebrate the very first World Listening Day. The first SOUNDwalk will meet at the Pavilion (where the ferry to Centre Island disembarks) and end with an artist talk by Toronto artist Barry Prophetabout his interactive sound sculpture - Synthecycletron (a favourite amongst cyclists – near the pier on Centre Island) - with a chance to ride the sound sculpture to create your own sound art. The second SOUNDwalk will begin at the NAISA space at the Artscape Wychwood Barns and explore sound environments in and around the area of the Barns and nearby neighbourhood ending back at the NAISA space with a soundscape concert. Participants should be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for any weather condition.

In a SOUNDwalk, the listening “audience” moves through a place and the environment “performs.” In a SOUNDwalk we take the time to hear the environment: we are its true ear witnesses. And like any musician, the environment offers us its sounds for our consideration. The first annual World Listening Day coincides with the birthday of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, the director of the World Soundscape Project and one of the founders of the acoustic ecology movement. For more information about World Listening Day go to: www.worldlisteningproject.org

Indoor at Artscape Wychwood Barns

This year's Sound Travels indoor installations will include two sets; the first will open on July 23rd at the NAISA space with Kew Beach by Rose Bolton (exploring the sounds of the home and memories while examining the psychological and emotional meaning of “being home”) and NAISA Sound Portraits by Stefan Rose (a series of photos documenting the first year of NAISA events at the Artscape Wychwood Barns) running Fridays and Saturdays until September 25th. Also included will be a Listening Gallery curated by NAISA artistic director Darren Copeland. The second set of installations will open on August 4th and run until August 14th in various spaces around the Artscape Wychwood Barns and will include: Bodily Listening by Japanese sound artist Satoshi Morita (a series of sound installations where sounds are heard through the body); and She Saw Me by Randall Gagne (a sound installation that explores some of the resonant spaces at the Barns and is based on Alvin Lucier’s conceptual audio work I am Sitting in a Room).

Breakfast - a morning ritual + music by world renowned sound artist Marcelle Deschênes and more…

The Sound Travels concerts once again create a cinema for the ear entirely through sound. The first set of concerts begins on July 31st during the Saturday morning market at the Artscape Wychwood Barn with Breakfast: a morning Ritual - performances by Rob Piilonen, Matt Miller and Samuel Morgenstein that combines the sounds or breakfast with flute and percussion. Concerts on August 4th & 5th open the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium with works by international participants in the symposium. August 6th and 7th includes a retrospective of Québec pioneer Marcelle Deschênes, as well as evocative soundscape works by Ned Bouhalassa and David Eagle, the Toronto première of thenew T-Stick electronic instrument developed by D. Andrew Stewart and Joseph Malloch and performed by Stewart, alongside works by UK sound artists Natasha Barrett, David Hindmarch and Manuella Blackburn.

Opportunities abound for artists of all ages and backgrounds at this year’s Sound Travels Festival. August 4-7 includes the fourth annual Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium – once again co-presented by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community – will include 18 papers and several concert works curated by an international jury and to be presented August 5, 6 and 7. The following week includes the second annual Sound Travels Intensive, this time a 4-day series of workshops for emerging and mid-career artists offering them the opportunity to hone their craft with world renowned artists Marcelle Deschênes, Satoshi Morita, David Ogborn, Eldad Tsabary, Darren Copeland, and Rob Cruickshank. The August 13 performances showcase works by the participants in the Sound Travels intensive and invite discussion by both audience and participants. And finally the now annual Making Art With Sound week-long workshops August 16-20 provide opportunities for youth (ages 15 to 18) to create art entirely through sound.

Sound Travels closing event - 3-sided Square performance at New Music Marathon Sept 25

The final weekend of Sound Travels coincides with the New Music Marathon at Yonge-Dundas Square and will include a performance of 3-sided Square from 2 - 9 pm during the marathon. Curated by NAISA artistic director, 3-sided Square includes performers Richard Windeyer, Michelle Irving, Matt Miller, Eric Powell and more TBA.

Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art is partially funded by the government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the Toronto Arts Council and the SOCAN foundation.

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that produces performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. Included in its Toronto productions are: Deep Wireless, Art’s Birthday, Sound Travels, and SOUNDplay.

SOUND TRAVELS FESTIVAL of SOUND ART

July 18 until September 25, 2010

At various venues at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street including:

the NAISA Space (#252), Theatre Direct’s Christie Studio (#170), the Theatre Direct’s Wychwood Theatre (#176) as well as outdoors on Centre Island and at the Barns.

Workshop Intensive Pass $150 / Symposium/Performance Pass $70/$35 / Single Tickets $5 - $15

Toronto Island events free / Installations are Pay What You Can

www.soundtravels.ca

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