Inspired by the practice, music and prose of Pauline Oliveros and other awareness practices, SOUND MIND workshops approach themes of deep listening, philosophy of sound/silence and the body as an instrument. During the workshops, participants experience Oliveros-inspired improvisation exercises, soundwalks and sound meditations facilitated by guest artists. Our first two workshops took place on the last two Saturdays in March and April and were facilitated by guest artists Viviane Houle and DB Boyko (learn more about the artists below). The whole-hearted participation and feedback we received were wonderful indications that we need to provide more in the future. Stay tuned for more workshops in the early Fall 2019 and early Spring 2020!
About the Artists
One of Canada’s most adventuresome vocalists and a champion of experimental music from noise to improvised jazz to multi-disciplinary collaborations. Dedicated to choral improvisation, since 2010 she established the Express Your Voice and VOICEOVER mind Choirs and has performed with a cast of Canadian and international artists and musicians. With Christine Duncan and Andreas Kahre, she recently conceived, Hubbub, a futuristic foray into her favorite things (voice, Theremin, glass harmonica and electric cello). Boyko has directed Western Front’s New Music for 24 years; curating concerts, residencies, and community programs and is currently an Arts Programmer at the Roundhouse Community Centre for Arts and Recreation.
Possessing a rare combination of skill and artistry, singer, improvisor and composer Viviane Houle is one of Canada's most gifted and respected vocalists and improvisers. She is widely recognized for her beautifully fluid and dynamic voice, a remarkable palette of extended vocal techniques, a sensitive lyricism and a fearless spirit. Houle has been a featured performer in internationally celebrated festivals such as FIMAV, San Francisco's Soundwave Festival and The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and has performed with Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Houle has performed and collaborated with many of the brightest figures in contemporary and improvised music, including Anthony Braxton (USA), Louis Andriessen (NL), Didier Petit and Sylvain Kassan (ER), Sissel Vera Petersen (DK), Paul Plimley, Peggy Lee and Torsten Muller. Houle has taught voice and led her SoundOut vocal improvisation ensemble for 15 years. Her teaching is influenced by her work with mentors Pauline Oliveros, Phil Minton and Richard Armstrong.
Music off the Page started a multi-year residency at Aberthau House in West Point Grey Community Centre in 2019. Located at 4937 West 2nd, Aberthau is a site for multi-disciplinary creative engagements with the community.