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June 25, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Bentway Studio (55 Fort York Blvd)
And With (as dreamed up by Germaine Liu) is a sound walk that invites audiences and passersby to experience the sounds and textures of The Bentway, the streets nearby, and the rumbling urban artery above like never before. Listen as a group of percussionists activates the voices of everyday structures, objects, and spaces by tapping into the physical potential of materials along the walk; the clang of metal, the crinkling of plastic, the hollow boom of concrete. Experience a choir of vocalists amplifying the soundscape of the street, echoing the roar of traffic, construction, and people who activate these spaces on a day-to-day basis. And With invites you to activate your listening and engage with the streets together in creative new ways. .
Join Germaine Liu and Mark Zurwinski, the Imaginary Percussion Ensemble, The Element Choir, and the mysterious leader of this procession who is known simply as “The Wizard”, on a sonic journey along the Gardiner corridor that explores The Bentway site, the streets of CityPlace, and The Bentway Studio at Canoe Landing.
Coexisting and travelling with the performers will be a mobile sound installation designed and curated by Zurawinski, featuring field recordings in and around The Bentway site.
What to expect:
- Walking required
- Wheelchair accessible
- Washroom available at beginning and end of route
About the Artists
Germaine Liu (b. Hong Kong) is a scenario-maker and percussionist based in Tkaronto. Liu is interested in exploring and sharing things she finds joyful in collaborative settings, with hopes that participants are open and willing to participate. She loves tactile, movement, sonic and physical explorations of found objects and percussion.
Mark Zurawinski is a Toronto-based percussionist, improviser, and sound designer. Inspired by the tangibility of sound and a keen interest in exploring the fluidity of texture and time, Zurawinski collaborates with partner Germaine Liu and others as a performer, and creates sound design for dance, theatre, and multimedia projects.
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Bea Labikova is a Slovak-Canadian saxophonist and improviser whose music traverses free improvisation, avant-garde, modern jazz and Slovak folk music. You can find her exploring and playing across genres as part of many new music ensembles and ad hoc projects (Future Proof, Lila Ensemble) as well as the avant-jazz group Triio or the contemporary afrobeat band Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble. In her solo project, Mt. Joy, Bea couples wind instruments with electronic processing, creating spacious sounds that reflect the arctic tundra where she travels regularly.Bea is the co-founder, visual artist and one-half of the driving force behind the Women From Space Festival.
Aki Takahashi is a Japanese traditional shamisen player and folk singer. She studied traditional folk music in Kyoto, and has given shamisen and vocal performances at numerous venues and events. Since arriving in Canada, Aki has furthered her pursuit of traditional Japanese music with the addition of taiko drumming. Now Associate Artistic Director with pre-eminent Canadian taiko drumming group Nagata Shachu, and a shamisen and voice instructor at the Bachido Schoolhouse: International Shamisen Community online. She is also the founder of the Japanese folk ensemble “ten ten”, which has released four albums of original music and has performed with numerous artists from a variety of other cultural backgrounds and traditions.
Bee Pallomina is a dance artist living and working in Toronto/Tkaronto. Her practice includes movement, care, and the everyday. She is an artist, educator, and mom.
Brenda Joy Lem practices multiple artistic disciplines, including visual art, writing, taiko, and improvisational music, which support and broaden the possibilities of one another., and along with cooking, gardening and herbal medicine create a whole way of being.
Her solo shows include Museum London, The Richmond Art Gallery, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Museum of Chinese in the Americas in New York City and the Mississauga Art Gallery. Her films have played at TIFF, Ann Arbor FF, Images FF and other North American Film Festivals. Her works are included in the collections of the National Library of Canada, the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, the University of Michigan and the San Francisco Art Institute, among others. She has played taiko for over 35 years and is the artistic director of Inner Truth Taiko Dojo.
Fahmid Nibesh is a guitarist and audio technician who works with the guitar as a sound sculpture without overlooking its traditional functions. He has performed solo and in ensembles throughout Toronto’s improv scene since 2016. When he’s not playing, he’s busy diving into architectural acoustics and instrument construction as applied physics. Currently he resides in Scarborough where he is studying Precision Building (Machining) at Seneca College.
Joe Sorbara, a Canadian drummer and percussionist, has spent more than two decades developing a reputation as an imaginative and dedicated performer, composer, improviser, organizer, writer, and educator. A consummate sonic adventurer, Sorbara’s music draws from a vast array of influences. He is equally comfortable playing jazz, freely improvised music, indie rock, and chamber music, but most at home playing them all at the same time. He has performed and recorded with Ken Aldcroft, Jared Burrows, Anthony Braxton, Nikita Carter, Paul Dutton, François Houle, Germaine Liu, Evan Parker, Allen Ravenstine, Clyde Reed, and Friendly Rich, among many many others.
Laura Swankey, a Canadian vocalist and improviser, is dedicated to exploring the full capacity of her voice. Her solo work with voice and electronics sets simple, earnest melodies and stories over top of lush soundscapes and bizarrely textured grooves. Sound that is ethereal and minimalist at some moments, can be dense, raw and abrasive at others. Laura also creates and presents with Mike McCormick’s Proxemics, Elisa Thorn’s HUE, Jazz Bras Dot Com, Dr. Purgatory, and Plastic Babies. She teaches at the University of Toronto and Humber College in their respective contemporary music departments, and is currently completing a master’s in counselling psychology.
Lieke van der Voort: Composer and vocalist Lieke van der Voort’s work focuses heavily on improvisation, physical theatrical gesture and vocal use. Lieke frequently uses her own text, confronting the emotional-psychological impact of ongoing social issues. She has been commissioned by Soundstreams, Continuum Contemporary Music, Jumblies Theatre, Cheryl Duvall, Émilie Girard-Charest, Amplified Opera, Thin Edge New Music Collective and others.
She leads and vocalises in Kontraband Kollektif, an art music collective, with its debut EP “Atropos” having been released in January 2018. Her voice can also be heard in multiple Toronto-based projects as well as Veryan Weston’s “Make”; soundtracks of movies “The VVitch”, “Clara”, Tumbbad and “In the Tall Grass” and various Tanya Tagaq shows with Christine Duncan’s Element Choir.
Michelangelo Iaffaldano lives and works in Toronto. He is active in drawing, painting, puppetry, theatre, and in both traditional and experimental music as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and instrument inventor.
Mingjia: Beijing-birthed, toronto/LA-dwelling vocalist-composer-improviser Mingjia writes music that’s equal parts fantastical and relatable. She is mother to chamber ensemble Tortoise Orchestra, and synth-pop duo uoou. She also composes for and is a member of both the post-punk band Pleasure Craft and GRAMMY award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. She has made music with Pamela Z, Wild Up Ensemble, GREX, Andrew Yee (of Attacca Quartet), James Fernando, the science of what?, Juliet Palmer, Christine Duncan and many more. She has performed at various venues and festivals across Canada, China & the U.S, and has produced four releases as a band leader.
Raphael Roter is a percussionist based out of Toronto who specialises in music for contemporary dance, free-improvisation and afrobeat. He has composed music for Sahara Morimoto, Aeris Körper, Morgan Stasiewicz and The Toronto Music Gallery. He plays drums with the afrobeat band Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, with the avant groove band Future Proof and with the progressive folk band Alluvial Plain. He has played and recorded with Doug Tielli, Adam Rudolf, Meliani Brulee, Trisha Foster and Aline Morales, among others Raphael also works as a dance accompanist and is the curator for the monthly music and dance improvisation event Coexisdance.
Stephanie Chua is an expressive and versatile Canadian pianist, devoted to presenting and performing contemporary works through musical insight and innovative programming. She has been broadcasted across Canada on CBC Radio 2, and in Europe on Rondo Classic FM. She has also performed in solo and chamber recitals across Canada, Europe and Asia. Her recent highlights include being a featured performer in Soundstreams’ sold-out season opener Six Pianos at Koerner Hall in Toronto, and solo recitals at SOUL Live Music Project in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in partnership with Saigon Classical, New Music Edmonton, and Music Toronto’s Discovery Series.
Christine Ducan: A musical chameleon, Christine Ducan uses her voice as an instrument, in a wide range of diverse musical styles. She performs with many musical groups and projects, notably with Hugh Fraser’s VEJI (Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation) since the mid 1990’s, and Barnyard Drama with drummer/electronic artist Jean Martin, since 2002, and is part of the Barnyard Records family.
She created and directs the Element Choir, an improvising choir in Toronto, active since 2007. Christine and the Element Choir have been performing with inuit throat singer/experimental vocalist Tanya Tagaq since 2014, and she performs with Tagaq on voice and theremin as well.An active educator, Duncan has been teaching in the jazz programs at Humber College and the University of Toronto since 2003.
Heather Saumer is an improviser, composer, collaborator, trombonist, singer, mover, thinker, walker, and noticer of subtle things. She loves performing and collaborating within and between the realms of open improvisation, new/contemporary music, performance art / site-specific installations, jazz, folk, rock, pop, and in collaboration with movement and visual art forms. She teaches in her private studio, and leads workshops and clinics. She is a certified Tuning Fork Therapist, Yoga Nidra instructor, is studying Gestalt psychotherapy, and lives off grid in rural Ontario.