Monday, March 6, 7:30 PM Lambton Studio A
Brent Lee, Nic de Cosson
Tigerwing - The Phantom of the Popera (2017)
SINCE (2017) is a multimedia installation built around the live programming of a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) router device. These machines are commonly used in manufacturing for automating the cutting of specific shapes out of sheets of wood, plastic or metal. In SINCE, the CNC machine is used to draw the contour of melodic structures generated in real time; the movement of the CNC carriage corresponds to the registral movement of melodic fragments. A UV light mounted on the carriage projects onto a coated surface that holds the light for a few moments. Additional audio tracks create a pulsing beat derived from audio samples of the CNC device in operation. The work was created by Brent Lee and Nic de Cosson with the assistance of Sarah Kelly.
Tigerwing - The Phantom of the Popera
The Phantom of the Popera (2017) is a futuristic re-imagination of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical, “The Phantom of the Opera”. In this adaptation, Tigerwing will assume both of the main roles but Christine- the protagonist- will be performed live, while the phantom will only appear in video projections. The projections will also provide a setting for each song to take place within 3D rendered video spaces created by the artist for this performance. The music performed will be based on songs from the original Phantom of the Opera soundtrack but each of the selected numbers will be produced to sound more like a contemporary Pop rendition.
Nicolas de Cosson, was born in Toronto, Canada (1983), and is an Integrated Media Artist currently living in Windsor, Ont. where he practices digital wizardry. His work focuses on animating membrane‐like projection surfaces and materializing the digital; in essence he is interested in the oscillation between being physically digital and digitally physical.
Sarah Kelly is currently based in Windsor, Ontario, where she is pursuing an MFA in Film and Media. In addition to producing both visual and sonic work, she performs music as a solo artist under the name “Tigerwing”. The music of Tigerwing belongs to the realm of Electronic Pop, blending cinematic sonics alongside visual expressions of the same grandeur. Using the human voice with technology to create otherworldly soundscapes, the theme of otherness and vulnerability is explored in her video work and live performances. Whether on stage or on screen, this identity assumes a contemporary gothic aesthetic, thriving in the darkness where melodrama meets melody.
Brent Lee is a Canadian musician, scholar and educator. He studied at McGill University and later the University of British Columbia, where he completed his doctoral degree in 1999. His compositions range from orchestral music to electroacoustic pieces, and include jazz and incidental music. He has received awards or commissions from CAPAC, SOCAN, the Canada Council, the Alberta Heritage Fund, The Gaudeamus Foundation (The Netherlands), the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France). In addition to performances and broadcasts in many countries, several of his works have been commercially recorded. His compositions and improvisations often explore the relationship between acoustic instruments and digital sound processing; this interest has extended to his work as a performing member of a number of improvising ensembles including gems, Strictly Plutonic, Modus Vivendi, and the Noiseborder Ensemble. In 2002, he accepted a position at the University of Windsor, and served as composer-in-residence with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra from 2003-06. He has been an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre since 1991.