Winter 2013

issue # 117

Sound notes

Sarah Neufeld: Solo Violin, Guerrilla-Style

Take a deep breath

“I COULDN'T EVEN PLAY A NOTE. If you even breathe, your breath becomes this crazy, feathery freight train of echo.”   Sarah Neufeld recalls her first visit to [...]

Read more » Jonathan Bunce »

Fuhong Shi Closes the Distance

From East to West and back again

If Canada has any meaning to most Chinese, it is likely through a widely read essay written by the late Chairman Mao in praise of Dr. Norman Bethune, the Montreal doctor who ministered to Mao [...]

Read more » William Littler »

A Walk in the Barrios

Buenos Aires, also known as Capital Federal, is the largest city in Argentina, with a population of three million—thirteen million including the greater urban area. The city is located [...]

Read more » alcides lanza »

Anna Höstman Tunes In To Her Roots

Bella Coola calling

There’s no place like home. For Anna Höstman, winner of the 2013 Toronto Emerging Composer Award, home is the Bella Coola Valley, a remote wilderness wonderland on British Columbia [...]

Read more » Jennie Punter »


Charlemagne Palestine Pulls Out the Stops

Not your average shtick

Interpretation takes the sensory experience of the work of art for granted, and proceeds from there. What is important now is to recover our senses. We must learn to see more, to hear[...]

Read more » Julian Cowley »

Giorgio Magnanensi in the Sonic Playground

"Let's have some fun!"

Admirers of Giorgio Magnanensi—composer, conductor, teacher, and the artistic director of Vancouver New Music Society—tend to be lavish in their praise of him. “Giorgio is singularly the best[...]

Read more » Nancy Lanthier »

The Ondes Martenot is Making New Waves


No one knows exactly how many functioning ondes Martenot are in use around the world today, but an informed, conservative estimate puts their number at sixty. In the course of[...]

Read more » Caroline Martel »

The New Sounds of Lebanon

Starry nights and textural swing

The experimental music scene in Beirut, Lebanon, may exist in relative geographic isolation from other global movements of a similar ilk, but over the past fifteen years it has become a dynamic[...]

Read more » Nick Storring »

Visions of sound

Elastic Planets

Enveloping audiovisual space

Stepping into this black cube is like entering an intergalactic observation deck. Enveloped by mechanical whirs, buzzes and clicks, a parade of heavenly bodies is presented for inspection. This [...]

Read more » Jason van Eyk »