Voice + +
Voice + +
Monday May 7 - Saturday May 12
Workshops: Free. Concerts: $10/$12 or $20 for 3
The 3rd annual Voice++ Festival continues open space's exposition of the depths and edges of human vocal expression. Voice++ brings together local and national practitioners in performances, collaborations and public workshops that illuminate relations between people, places, cultures, and technologies - all through the human voice.
Voice ++ offers 3 concert performances, a range of community workshops, an artist panel discussion and a Voice++ Listening Room from May 7 through May 12 at Open Space.
Voice ++ begins Monday evening, May 7, with the opening of the Voice++ Listening Room, a reception, DVD screening and a preview performance by 2 of Canada’s most adventurous vocalists. Christine Duncan, regarded by National critics as “one of the most elastic and versatile vocal instruments in Canada” is joined by Festival alumnus and well-known experimental vocal specialist DB Boyko in a wild mix of selections from their recently released CD Idiolalla. The evening also offers the first workshop by Duncan and Boyko to start the creation of Large Noise Goes Walking (At Dusk), a community-created composition commissioned for the Voice++ Festival by CFUV Community Campus Radio. Victoria singers and musicians are invited to collaborate with Duncan and Boyko in workshops May 7 – 11 to form a Voice++ ensemble that will perform the created work on Saturday, May 12.
Concert performances Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12 include Duncan and Boyko as well as a roster of other vocalists, intermedia artists, sound poets, musicians and composers.
Nobuo Kubota is one of Canada’s foremost intermedia artists and a master of extended vocal techniques who explores influences from his Japanese culture as well as Korean opera and Zen. He appears with Mark Sutherland, a language-based visual artist, poet and musician in a duo that can sometimes be described as the “vocalizations of 2 men reduced to that of feral beasts”. Sutherland and Kubota’s DVD Slowpoke will also be screened during the festival.
Toronto composer Juliet Palmer, formerly from New Zealand and New York, brings collaborators Anna Chatterton, playwright, Aki Takahashi, shamisen player and vocalist, and Christine Duncan to Voice++ in a presentation of their new work Province of the Impossible. Drawing on Japanese folksong and Schubert’s Die Winterreise, the artists have crafted a set of songs which bridge two worlds expressed by singing, shamisen, theremin and percussion and weaving together shouts, chants and cries with throat singing, opera and gospel.
Also appearing in Voice ++ are Victoria interdisciplinary artist John Boehme in a presentation of his interactive performance piece Nameless, Victoria percussionist Dave Humphries, who deftly plays percussion and vocalizes in works by Daniel Biro and Frederic Rzewski, and Victoria soprano Cathy Lewis, another Voice++ alumnus, always enchanting, with works by composers John Oliver, Linda C. Smith and others.
Voices on the Edge - A lively panel discussion and demonstration with Voice++ artists will take place Saturday, May 12 from 12 – 2 pm.
Large Noise Goes Walking Community Workshop Schedule (times subject to change)
Monday, May 7: 7 – 8 pm – Introductory workshop with Christine Duncan and DB Boyko
Tues – Thurs, May 8 -10: 6 – 8:30 pm (TBA with participants and artists)
Saturday, May 12: 3 – 4 pm Final workshop and dress rehearsal
Saturday, May 12: 8 pm Performance as part of Voice++ Concert
SPACE IS LIMITED: PLEASE REGISTER BY 5 PM MAY 4
To register call Open Space at 383-8833.
Voice ++ Schedule
Monday May 7: 7 pm Workshop with Christine Duncan and DB Boyko
Monday May 7: 8 pm Preview concert with Christine Duncan, DB Boyko and Cathy Lewis, plus screening of the Kubota / Sutherland DVD.
Tuesday – Saturday: Large Noise Goes Walking (At Dusk) Workshops with Christine Duncan and DB Boyko (see above)
Friday May 11: 8 pm Concert with Nobuo Kubota, Mark Sutherland, Cathy Lewis, Alexandra Pohran Dawkins, Christine Duncan and DB Boyko
Saturday May 12: 2 pm Voices on the Edge Panel Discussion. Free.
Saturday May 12: 8 pm Concert with David Humphrey, John Boehme, Juliet Palmer, Aki Takahashi, and Christine Duncan; including Large Noise Goes Walking (at Dusk) community choir.