Voice++ 2013, Christian Zehnder, Helen Pridmore, Ray Hsu
Place Open Space, 510 Fort Street, Victoria, BC
Workshop Christian Zehnder, Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
Concert 1 Christian Zehnder, Friday, February 8, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Concert 2 Helen Pridmore, Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Reading Ray Hsu, Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
Hsu also presented a second reading on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Building foyer at the University of Victoria.
Admission Festival Pass $20 for everything, or Workshop $10, Concerts $15 general, $10 students and members. Reading sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts and the University of Victoria.
To hear about Voice++ 2013, check out Jennifer Chrumka's State of the Artsas broadcast on CBC's All Points West. www.cbc.ca/allpointswest/state-of-the-arts/2013/02/05/the-voice-festival/
Voice++ 2013 was Open Space’s exploration of the possibilities of the human voice, pushing boundaries and opening minds to the various ways we can use our tongue, lips, throat, and breath to express ourselves. Taking our voice and our ears out of the mundane and into the extraordinary, Voice ++ 2013 showcased three artists with three different approaches to the instrument we all use every day. This year’s festival featured Christian Zehnder, Helen Pridmore, and Ray Hsu in the following four events:
Vocal Workshop with Christian Zehnder
Thursday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. Workshop $10 or Festival Pass
A rare opportunity to explore Christian Zehnder’s unique blend of overtone-singing and yodelling. Everyone welcome.
Friday, February 8, 8:00 p.m. Admission $15/$10 or Festival Pass
Switzerland’s Christian Zehnder’s practice combines yodelling and Mongolian throat singing techniques to create a unique hybrid form of art song, be it with his own projects (Stimmhorn, kraah, melting, etc.) or with various international groups like Huun Huur Tu, Mercan Dede, the Casal Quartet, Don Li, the prestigious Latvian Radio Choir from Riga, or as a soloist in the Amazon contemporary opera at the Munich Biennale; there is always a touch of Swiss mountain air in his singing. Archaic, urban, and spherical sounds with a critical distant view of the faraway Alpine Ridge.
Saturday, February 9, 8:00 p.m. Admission $15/$10 or Festival Pass
Coming to us all the way from the other coast (New Brunswick to be exact), Helen Pridmore treated our ears to a solo recital of contemporary music written for voice. In concert she has performed works ranging from Handel’sMessiah to Michael Finnissy’s Mr. Punch (most recently with Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble). Known for her fabulous and inspiring performances, she showed the possibility of the unaccompanied voice. The concert program included selections from her recent CD release, including the title track, Martin Arnold’sJanet. Also on the program was Emily Doolittle’s Social Sounds from Whales at Night, which leaves you wondering where the recordings of humpback whales end and her vocalizations begin.
Sunday, February 10, 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and the University of Victoria
One part poet, one part performance artist, Ray Hsu rounded out our experience of the human voice for Voice++ 2013. Ray Hsu lectures widely on creativity and is cofounder of Art Song Lab, an interdisciplinary platform that creates fusions across poetry, music, and performance. He is author of two award-winning books, and his works have been set to music and adapted for film. His observations of current trends and sense of humour are clearly illustrated by the video of him “unboxing” a copy of his book in the same manner that many film and post to YouTube the opening of recent consumer technologies. thewayofray.com