Concrete Scores/Art App

Friday, January 17, 2014, 7:00 pm to Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9:00 pm

Writer: Michael Nardone (Montreal, PQ)
Curators: Doug Jarvis (Victoria, BC), Peter Morin (Brandon, MN)
Exhibition dates: Friday, January 17, to Saturday, February 22, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, January 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Performances: Friday, January 17, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Workshop: Saturday, January 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
New Music Performance: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m. 
Venue: Open Space, 510 Fort St, Victoria, BC
Admission: by donation, New Music Performance tickets $10/$15 (at door or in advance at

Electric Breath: Concert and Artist Residency

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:00 pm to Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 10:00 pm

Fiolûtröniq and Open Space present
Electric Breath: Concert and Artist Residency 
IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP: February 11, 2016 at 7 p.m.
ARTIST TALK AND PRESENTATION: February 13, 2016 at 3 p.m. (In conjunction with Oak Bay Music New Music Festival. Talk will be held at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 1701 Elgin Rd, Oak Bay)
CONCERT ELECTRIC BREATH: February 17, 2016 at 8 p.m.
ADMISSION: Advanced tickets available at or by calling 1-800-838-3006 
Advance: $16 general, $11 students/seniors/members
Door: $20 general, $15 students/seniors/members
VENUE: Open Space, 510 Fort St. (Talk will be held at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 1701 Elgin Rd, Oak Bay)

Global Soundscapes - Notes from the Araxes Basin

Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:30 pm to Sunday, February 21, 2016, 5:00 pm

Event: Global Soundscapes: Notes from the Araxes Basin 
Genre: New Music 
Demonstration: February 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 
Concert: February 20, 2016 at 8 p.m. 
Workshop: February 21, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. 
Venue: Open Space, 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
Admission: Concert: $16/$11 in advance, $20/$15 at the door; all other events are by donation 
Tickets: or by calling 1-800-838-3006 

Place des Neuf Jets

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 8:00 pm

ADMISSION: Advanced tickets available at or by calling 1-800-838-3006
Advance: $16 general, $11 students/seniors/members
Door: $20 general, $15 students/seniors/members
VENUE: Open Space, 510 Fort St.
GENRE: New Music, Concert, Canadian Compositions
Open Space presents University of Victoria’s Professor of oboe and wind chamber music, Alexandra Pohran Dawkins in concert, featuring works composed for her by Canadians Michael Longton, Christopher Butterfield and John Oliver plus works by American composer Jeffrey Rathbun as well as explorations into Stockhausen’sTierkreis. She is joined on this concert by her guests Catherine Lewis, soprano and Russell Bajer, oboe.
Please join us after the concert for a reception to meet and chat with the performers. 

Music of David A. Jaffe: Lafayette String Quartet, Andrew Schloss, Scott MacInnes, Trimpin, and guests

Friday, November 8, 2013, 8:00 pm

Music of David A. Jaffe
Admission: $15 general; $10 students, seniors, and members
On Friday, November 8, 2013, at 8:00 p.m., The Lafayette String Quartet, Andrew Schloss, Scott MacInnes, Trimpin, and others came together to perform a selection of works by David A. Jaffe. This versatile composer’s compositions range from the acoustic to the electronic. The concert encompassed a broad spectrum of Jaffe’s output from the old time fiddle-inspired Cluck Old Hen Variations to the Canadian premiere of The Space Between Us for radio drum, two string quartets, piano, and robotic percussion designed by Seattle’s Trimpin, who returned to Open Space to install the robotic instrument to the ceiling. Also on this concert, The Lafayette String Quartet presented the world premiere of the newly commissioned string quartet Fox Hollow.

Concert and Q&A: Lori Freedman performs "This Time," Oct. 21

Monday, October 21, 2013, 7:30 pm

Lori Freedman performs This Time, clarinet improvisation and Q&A
Admission: $15 general; $10 students/seniors/members.
Musical revolutionary Lori Freedman (clarinet) performed her improvisation This Timeon Monday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. Following the performance, she answered questions about her work and improvisational process.
This Time is a set of musical ideas discovered in the moment of expressing them. Confounded and obsessed by the nature of Time and its omnipotent control of designing sound routes, Lori Freedman invites the listener to enter into a state of instability with music flowing imperceptibly between tenses: now and then, then and now…this time. Improvisations hovering between times now past is a perpetual culmination, an ongoing history of Freedman’s own musical activities and the confluence of them.

Piano Concert: Roger Admiral, Sept. 20

Friday, September 20, 2013, 8:00 pm

Admission: $15 general; $10 students, seniors, and members.
Coming to us from Camrose, Alberta, Roger Admiral performed a concert featuring works for piano from western Canada.  Recognized for his dedication to contemporary music, Admiral has premiered many new compositions. In March 2014, Admiral returned to Victoria to play Ligeti’s Piano concerto with the Victoria Symphony. The program for this concert included 15 for piano by Alberta’s Howard Bashaw, La Travesía Intermitente hacía Los Galápagos by Saskatchewan’s Gyula Csapó, and Pillar of Snails by Victoria’s own Christopher Butterfield.

SALT New Music Festival and Symposium

Saturday, May 25, 2013, 8:00 pm

Genre New Music
Concert Locations Open Space, 510 Fort Street; additional events at the University of Victoria
Concert Dates
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 8:00 p.m. Quasar
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 8:00 p.m. Ensemble Dal Niente and Experimental Studio
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 8:00 p.m. Tsilumos Ensemble and Max Murray
Concert Admission Each: $15 general/$10 student, senior, or member. For all three: $30. All tickets were available at the door or at
The SALT New Music Festival and Symposium was a one-week event occurring from May 25 to June 2, taking place at Open Space and the University of Victoria School of Music.

Naomi Sato & Farshid Samandari

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 2:00 pm

Event Naomi Sato & Farshid Samandari
Genre New Music — Lecture/Recital
Place Open Space, 510 Fort Street
Admission by donation
Virtuoso shõ (Japanese mouth organ) player Naomi Sato presented a lecture/recital on this traditional Japanese instrument. The shõ consists of reeds in bamboo pipes and is one of the three primary woodwind instruments in Japan’s imperial court music. This informative recital appealed to people interested in traditional instruments, professional musicians, and composers. As part of this event, composer Farshid Samandari offered insights into his experience writing a new work for shõ and electronics.
Through performance and discussion, Naomi illustrated contemporary uses of this traditional instrument and brought insight to the instrument that is rumoured to imitate the call of a phoenix.


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