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CO2 - Cycle de Lieder

Saturday, May 5th @ 8:30pm
Sunday, May 6th @ 3pm
Halifax Music Co-op, 2164 Barrington Street, Halifax
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Real time manipulated images and text on a screen in front of the musicians, rare instruments, audience particpation!!

CO2 is a song cycle that is the result of a multifaceted international multi-media collaboration conceived and composed by internationally recognized Belgian composers Patrick Defossez and Anne-Gabriel Debaecker in collaboration with the French Ensemble Zellig and Canada’s  Janice Isabel Jackson.  Rarely heard baroque and low-pitched instruments are combined with keyboards, piano, live electronics, glass singing bowls, as well as the Matthieu Chamagne’s spectacular sensor technolgy, which manipulates text and visuals in real time. Music that is unexpected, unorthodox, and truly otherworldly.

CO2 - Cycle de Lieder is in 3 parts:
Part 1 - Based on a libretto by celebrated French surreal crime writer, Jean-Bernard Poey. A man comes home to find himself dead in his bed. Who am I? Him or me?
Part 2 (interlude) - Real time video manipulation of Jackson's face + improvised voice.
Part 3 - On a screen in front of the musicians is text and drawings which the audience writes on ipads. This text forms the basis of an improvised score! Anything can happen!

CO2 Cycle de Lieder’s International Musicians

Written by well-known French surreal crime novelist, CO2 – Cycle de Lieder represents the “solitary” journey of a female voice on the verge of a metamorphosis, the virtual (and therefore digital) molting of her being into two opposing forces: that of flesh and that of data … two beings seeking themselves and fleeing constantly. Will this solitary voice be condemned to a spectral existence?   In the future, will we be ourselves become more and more foreign to our own voices?

Generously sponsored by The Canada Council, DRAC Grand Est, DGCA, La Région Grand Est, Conseil départemental de Vaucluse, Conseil départemental de la Marne, la Ville de Reims, Division culturelle de la SACEM, DICRéAM, CNC, SPEDIDAM, FCM and ADAMI


Singapore / American Composer Dirk Johan Stromberg

Cyborg Song 

-new instruments-new technology-new voices-

January 7th, 2018 @ 7:30PM
Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre
6101 University Avenue, Halifax NS

Part of Upstream Music Associations' OPEN WATERS Festival '18
Tickets $25/$20/$15 (general/seniors/students)
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Etienne Rolin (France), conductor, bass clarinetist
Dirk Johan Stromberg (Singapore) - music technologist, composer and improviser
Janice Isabel Jackson - singer, producer
Toni Pigot - singer
Geordie Haley - electric guitar
Jerome Blais - piano
Lukas Pearse - double bass

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Vocalypse Productions presents Cyborg Song, an international collaboration between Janice Isabel Jackson, soprano and composers/instrumentalists Etienne Rolin (France) and Dirk Johan Stromberg (Singapore). This concert will feature Rolin’s mini opera, Cyborg Song for soprano, bass clarinet, double bass, and a new instrument called the phallophone, which follows the existential dilemma facing a singer who is half human, half cyborg. Also featured on the program is time:space: conceived and created in Singapore by Dirk Stromberg, Robert Casteels, and Andrew Thomas. This substantial collaborative work for voice, live processing, tape, video, new electronic instruments and ensemble, accompanies captivating scenes from nature to Singapore's metropolis, crossing time and space.

Part of Upstream Music Association's OPEN WATERS Festival '18
For a Full Line - Up go to: www.upstreammusic.org