Irrevocably Blue: Music Inspired by the Art of Douglas Walker was a co-production between Vocalypse Productions and Dalhousie University Art Gallery and took place during an exhibition of paintings by visual artist Douglas Walker. The concert featured Janice Isabel Jackson (soprano), Geordie Haley (electric guitar), and Lukas Pearse (electronics, double bass, and video processing) who performed both composed and improvised works inspired by Walker’s paintings. Irrevocably Blue was generously funding my Nova Scotia’s department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage.
Douglas Walker says of his work: “It’s my intention to make paintings that ask what is that?, where is that?, who is that?, and when is this? I delight in the unexplored and the excitement of discovery … ” The musicians honored this statement with work that was explored and discovered in the moment using both improvised and written music.
The pieces performed were:
Whale Song = electronics, electric guitar, live processed voice
The Orient = soprano, electric guitar, double bass
Dream States = soprano, electronics, video processing
Other Worlds = speaker (poetry spoken, not sung), electric guitar, video processing
Rock and Variation by Bob Bauer = live electronics, electric guitar, video processing, double bass