Wednesday, March 8, 12:30 PM LeBel DVIL
National Day (2014)
Brent Lee, Sarah Kelly, Dave Bergeron
National Day (2014) is an improvisational structure for soprano saxophone with live audio processing and audiovisual triggering. The source video for this piece was recorded at a parade in Oslo celebrating Norwegian National Day, May 17, 2014. The piece attempts to give this event melancholy tone, suggesting a memory of a simpler time. Technically, the amplitude of the saxophone is mapped to the brightness of the video, such that when I play the video appears. The Max patch also follows the pitches I play and generates a MIDI-based chordal accompaniment that varies with each pitch and according to a few simple rules. National Day was put together during a stay at the Residency Eina Danz about an hour north of Oslo; the video documentation is from the performance I gave at the end of the residency. Many thanks to Ella Fiskum and Sudesh Adhana for their support with this project.
Poznan (2016) is an open work for improvising musicians and live video mixing. The video clips were recorded in Poznan, Poland in the summer of 2013.
Dave Bergeron is enrolled in the new Film and Media Arts MFA at the University of Windsor. With a practice that is rooted in audio, David creates pieces that span from interactive to orchestral. His search for “meaningful music” has led him to study different genres of music and interactive technologies as a composer, performer, and programmer.
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.