chris corsano with dashes / --
What: A new music performance
Who: Chris Corsano, John Brennan, Elisa Ferrari
When: Friday 22 June, 7:30pm
Where: Open Space, 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
Admission: Free / by donation
The New Music program presents Chris Corsano with dashes / -- on Friday, June 22 at 7:30pm.
Chris Corsano, “arguably the most riotously energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz” (The Wire), has been working at the forefront of free improvisation, avant-rock, and noise musics since the late 1990’s. He’s toured and recorded with artists such as Joe McPhee, Evan Parker, Sir Richard Bishop, Jim O’Rourke, Björk, Merzbow, and Jandek, appearing on over a hundred albums in the process.
dashes / – – is a sound collaboration between John Brennan and Elisa Ferrari. dashes’ live performances pay homage to the incidental and ephemeral microtonal exchanges that occur through layering sustained dissonant frequencies, live samples, subtle movements and vocalization of text borrowed from dictionaries, language, and sound manuals.
Dave Shively, New Music Curator
Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been working at the intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990's. He began a long-standing, high-energy musical partnership with saxophonist Paul Flaherty in 1998. Their style, which they occasionally refer to with (semi-)tongue-in-cheek humor as "The Hated Music", infuses modern free-jazz's ecstatic collectivist spirit with the urgency and intensity of hardcore punk.A move from western Massachusetts to the UK in 2005 led Corsano to concentrate on his solo music, a visceral and always spontaneously-composed amalgam of extended techniques for drum set and non-percussive instruments of his own making incorporated into his kit: e.g. violin strings stretched across drum head, and modified reed instruments that transform the drums into resonators. In February 2006, Corsano released his first solo recording, The Young Cricketer, and toured extensively throughout Europe, USA, Australia, and Japan. He spent 2007 and '08 as the drummer on Björk's Volta world tour, all the while weaving in shows and recordings on his days off with the likes of Evan Parker, Virginia Genta, C. Spencer Yeh, and Jandek.Moving back to the U.S. in 2009, Corsano returned focus to his own projects, including a duo with Michael Flower, Vampire Belt (with Bill Nace), Rangda (with Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny) and his solo work, further expanded in its use of contact microphones and synthesizers. In 2017, he received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artist Award.Corsano's dedication to collective improvisation has led to collaborations with all sorts of kindred spirits and his appearance on over 150 records and 1000 live performances.
Born in Italy, Elisa Ferrari is an artist and curator living in Vancouver, unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She works with text, image, and sound. To consider acts and implications of retrieval, she produces projects that manifest as installations, sound walks, artist books, and performance; often addressing or incorporating archival fragments. Ferrari holds a BFA from the University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV) and a MAA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD). From 2013 to 2017 she worked as Events and Exhibitions Coordinator/Curator at VIVO Media Arts Centre. She is part of – – / dashes, a sound performance collaboration with John Brennan. She is currently collaborating with Stacey Ho on a book of graphic scores for deep listening and sound making.
John Brennan is a sound artist, drummer, and new music curator living in Vancouver, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. In 2005 he received a BFA degree in Electroacoustic Studies from Concordia University and since 2008, he has toured extensively through Europe, Japan, and North America with several different ensembles (Eschatons, Botfly+Holzkopf, chansons d'amour/totems...) and solo projects. Between 2012 and 2016 he founded and curated Destroy Vancouver (DV) an improvised music and sound art series produced by VIVO Media Arts Centre that brought together international improvisers with local and national sound artists and musicians. DV was co-produced by Vancouver Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, Vancouver New Music, Suoni Per Il Popolo. In recent years, his work on performance and improvisation has expanded to include sound installations and sound sculptures that consider the relationship between the sonic memory of musical instruments, performance, and improvisation.
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