…at the Westben Centre for Connection & Creativity
#1 Monday, July 8th
7pm - Part 1
Building Sound Communities - Facilitated by Davy Sumner
How can composers directly engage an audience with their artmaking practice? Can improvisatory works be used to create a shared sense of ownership between artists and communities? What kind of scenarios invite discovery and encourage interpersonal understanding? This workshop will explore the power of participatory works and group dynamics via handheld electronic instruments called Synthbees. Freed from conventional instrumentation and practices, the Synthbees will empower attendees of all abilities to make game-based and action-oriented pieces using sound, light, and gesture.
8pm - Part 2
Communal Improvisation - Facilitated by Ben Finley and the 2019 Performer-Composer participants
This is the part where we all get to play and explore our dynamic connections and our sense of self through sound. Using simple musical structures as launching points, we will spontaneously create music as a group. No previous musical experience is needed! Bring an instrument, borrow a conventional instrument, play a Synthbee - let’s MAKE music.
#2 Tuesday, July 9th
Music and Social Movements - Facilitated by Iman Habibi
Having been born and raised in Iran in the midst of the longest conventional war of the 20th century, I came to know the immense moving power of music at a young age. I believe music had an important role in propagating the Iranian revolution of 1979. Following the revolution, the Iranian government closely monitored people's access to music, and often used music to unite and influence people in times of crises (such as during the Iran-Iraq war). As an Iranian-Canadian musician living in a time of extreme political sensitivity, when my country of birth is on the brink of a conflict with the United States (where I lived for years and received some of my musical training), I see my role as a cultural ambassador to be an extremely important one. In this workshop, I will speak about how music can respond to, inspire, or reinforce social movements, including those relating to advocation of human rights, peace and social justice. - Iman
7 pm - Part 1
El Pájaro Azul: poetry, song-writing, composition and dramaturgy - Facilitated by Jacinta Clusellas
Jacinta Clusellas will present music from her album "El Pájaro Azul (The Blue Bird)" and her bilingual play with music "Azul Otra Vez (Blue, Revisited)" which are both inspired by Latin American poetry and short stories by the Nicaraguan poet Ruben Darío. Jacinta will intersperse her music with a conversation on the creative relationships that arise between theatre and music. Together, we’ll explore connections between poetry, dramaturgy, multi-linguistic artistic communication, interdisciplinary collaborations and more.
8pm - Part 2
(Un)Ambitious: How (not) to "succeed" in Life & Music - Facilitated by Nick Hon
Why do some people feel unable to make music, not good enough or not “musically inclined”? Nick Hon will facilitate a living room style open discussion/performance on what it means to "make it" as a musician/artist, investigating why that is often prioritized. We will talk about music as both a product and/or a creative act, and begin deconstructing what it means to "make" music, looking into what is it about music that we value and why. During the discussion we can address specialization and occupational identities, in and outside of the arts, asking questions about our own constructions/ideas/framings of our societies and how that has affected what it means to "be" musical / a musician.
For more information call the Westben Box Office 877 883 5777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at the Clock Tower 36 Front Street, South, Campbellford.
Participants of the Performer-Composers' Residency
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm
The Barn: 6698 County Road 30 North, Campbellford
Uniquely Westben. Be amongst the first to experience never-before-heard music as created and presented by a diverse collection of international performing composers. Explore fascinating and disarmingly fresh perspectives on music-making. Welcome to music created specifically for our time…
$30 Adult | $29 Adult Wing
$28 Senior | $27 Senior Wing
$15 Under 30 | $5 Youth (18 & Under)
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(all ticket prices include tax)