Voice Over Mind Festival @ Western Front

Voice Over Mind Festival

VOICE OVER mind Festival
Feb 7 – Feb 10, 2013
Unusual Singers & Extreme Vocalists ~

The Western Front presents a weekend of unconventional vocal music including ‘extreme yodelling’. Swiss vocal artist Christian Zehnder headlines the 2013 VOICE OVER mind Festival.

All events take place at the Western Front at 303 E 8th Avenue.
Thursday, February 7th through Sunday, February 10th


Artist Talk: Gabriel Dharmoo and Arrington de Dionyso
When: Thurs, Feb 7th 7:30 pm
Cost: FREE

Listen to Arrington de Dionyso with Record Lathe

Gabriel Dharmoo leads a discussion about composition for contemporary voice.  His versatility as a vocalist, cellist, and composer is kindled by a variety of interests including Western classical and contemporary music along with South Indian Carnatic vocal music.

Arrington de Dionyso utilizes a rich vocabulary of extended vocal techniques, sometimes integrating a modified bass clarinet and invented instruments to fill rooms with holophonic resonance.  He will demonstrate making loops and cutting grooves the old-fashioned way with an antique record lathe.  Come and record your voice.


Concert: Electro-Voice with Helen Pridmore, Gabriel Dharmoo, Soressa Gardner and Arrington de Dionyso
When: Fri, Feb 8th 8 pm
Cost: Advance Tickets* – $10 Members & Students / $15 General

Electro-Voice exposes the bare voice to DIY gizmos, found objects and electronic scores featuring the Vancouver premiere of “Jane” by Toronto’s Martin Arnold, performed by Helen Pridmore of New Brunswick’s Motion Ensemble,  Montreal improviser Gabriel Dharmoo in collaboration with Vancouver laptop / voice improviser Soressa Gardner, and Portland, Oregon’s Arrington de Dionyso, who explores resonance and multi-phonics and a variety of instruments.


Concert: Christian Zehnder
When: Sat, Feb 9th 8 pm
Cost: Advance Tickets* – $15 Members & Students / $20 General
Door Tickets – $20 Members & Students / $25 General

Listen here

Switzerland’s Christian Zehnder combines yodeling and Mongolian throat singing techniques to create a unique hybrid form of art song.  Be it with his own projects (Stimmhorn, kraah, melting…) or with various international groups like Huun Huur Tu, Mercan Dede, the Casal Quartet, Don Li, the prestigious Latvian Radio Choir from Riga, or as a soloist in the Amazon contemporary opera at the Munich Biennale, there is always a touch of Swiss mountain air in his singing.  Archaic, urban and spherical sounds combine with a critically distant view of the faraway Alpine Ridge.

Supported by Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung.



Workshop: Modern Alpine Vocal Music with Christian Zehnder
When: Sun, Feb 10th 1 to 3 pm
Cost: FREE for Members / $15 General

This is a rare opportunity to explore Christian Zehnder’s unique blend of overtone-singing and yodeling.

Everyone is welcome, however space is limited so advance registration is required by emailing newmusic@front.bc.ca.


Workshop: Soul Voice with Karina Schelde
When: March 2nd & 3rd, 9:30 am-6 pm
Cost: $390 (Early Bird $330 till Jan. 24 th  2013)

As a follow up to the VOICE OVER mind Festival, Western Front offers another workshop in March 2013.

Karina Schelde is an internationally recognized master teacher in sound exploration and voice therapy. This introductory workshop is an invitation to dive deeper into the voice you may have forgotten. For more information on Karina Schelde and Soul Voice check  http://www.soulvoice.net/coursesandschedule_north_america.html

Pre-registration is essential. Contact:  db.boyko@gmail.com


Other Vocal Opportunities: VOICE OVER mind Choir

This choir, conducted by the Western Front’s own DB Boyko, came together for the first VOICE OVER mind Festival in May 2010 and is hell bent to discover the most unconventional vocal expression!  The VOICE OVER mind choir is preparing for some new collaborations… if you’re interested please contactdb.boyko@gmail.com.

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