Akio Suzuki, Annea Lockwood, Hildegard Westerkamp & John Luther Adams @ Orpheum Annex

Akio Suzuki, Annea Lockwood, Hildegard Westerkamp & John Luther Adams @ Orpheum Annex

VNM Festival - Sonic Topographies

Vancouver New Music Festival 2014
Sonic Topographies
Sound, music, and sustainability
October 16 – 19, 2014

Composers and sound artists all over the world are turning their ears to the music of the earth and its people to reconsider what artistic creation means in a context that fosters sustainable ideas about creativity, culture, and tradition. The festival showcases composers, musicians and sound artists who are fostering new, sound-based explorations of ideas that emerge from natural, interlocking cycles and alternative systems of thought.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
8PM concert | 7PM artist talk with Annea Lockwood
Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor) [map]
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Akio Suzuki (Japan)
A legendary Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki has been performing, building instruments, and presenting sound installations for nearly 40 years. His music is simple and pure, exploring how natural atmospheres and sounds can be harnessed and then set free. To experience his art is to lose oneself in the sound that surrounds us.

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Annea Lockwood
 (New Zealand)
Jitterbug (2007)

For six channel tape and three musicians.
Jitterbug counterpoints hydrophone recordings of aquatic insects and fish, with three musicians’ interpretations of the markings on rocks collected from the area near Glacier Park, Montana in which Lockwood made the recordings. Featuring JP Carter (trumpet), Peggy Lee (cello), and Lisa Cay Miller (piano).


Hildegard Westerkamp (Vancouver)
Liebes-Lied/Love Song (2005)
For cello and electroacoustic soundtrack.
Based on the poem Liebes-Lied by Rainer Maria Rilke and its English translation by Norbert Ruebsaat, Liebes-Lied/Love Song is a meditation on love. Readings of the text combine with recordings of Anne Bourne’s improvised explorations on the cello and environmental sounds to create the soundscape of the piece, over which cellist Peggy Lee performs live improvisations.

John Luther Adams (US)
Ilimaq (2012)
For solo percussion and electronics.
Virtuosic percussionist Scott Deal (US) performs Adams’ expansive, richly layered work for solo percussion.  Ilimaq was commissioned by University of Texas, Stanford University, the Walker Art Center, and Duke University.