October 19, 2023
Day 2 -
1345 Ave. Lalonde, Montréal, QC H2L 5A9
Diego Bermudez Chamberland (ca/cr)
Diego Bermudez Chamberland is a Latin-Quebec artist (Québécois/Costa Rican) who navigates several mediums related to sound and audiovisual creation such as composition, live musical performance, audiovisual performance and sound design.
His practice is inspired by his interest in exploring the mix of sound and visual materials. Collaboration is an essential aspect of his artistic practice. He sees it as a way to transcend his creative reflexes and thus take his works to new horizons.
He collaborates closely with Productions Totem Contemporain both in the creation of works for invented instruments, as well as for sound recording and the establishment of the Totem Électroacoustique competition. He also organizes the muramur concert series which leaves room for performative audiovisual exploration.
His works have been performed in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Australia and Mexico.
Destin//Trouble (2021) 18’21”
Destin//Trouble is the second composition of an acousmatic work in three movements (Cartografía interior) drawing its inspiration mainly from Scandinavian mythology as told in Snorri Sturluson's collection: the Edda. It is important to emphasize that the work does not attempt to materialize this universe in a literal way, but rather offers a free and personal sound adaptation. A music was born that explores energy, continuous and fragmented temporality, multiple spaces through varied timbres and articulations rather than research focused on mimicry or the literal recreation of this universe.
The possible connections between some major themes of Scandinavian mythology (natural forces, infinite territories and dynamism) and the composition were explored during the creative process. These themes are transposed into the morphology of sounds, the formal approach to editing and the work of space. The sound materials at the heart of the work come from various experiments based on the hybridization of synthetic sounds, acoustic instruments, naturalistic sound recordings, as well as a series of transformations using digital audio processing.
Destin//Trouble took the third place (ex æquo) at the 2021 JTTP composition contest.
Nicola Ratti (it)
Nicola Ratti is a multifaceted musician and sound designer who has been active for years in various experimental felds. His sound production creates systems that take shape from repetition and expansion, with particular attention to the construction of environments that gravitate in relation to the space and architecture we live in and balancing the emotional and perceptual orientations we are used to.
Born in Milano in 1978, he has performed in Europe, North America, Russia and Japan and his albums have been released by different international labels since 2006. His longest collaborative project the duo Bellows, formed with Giuseppe Ielasi in 2007. As composer and sound designer his works cross different felds from theatre to cinema passing through performing arts, radio works and sound art.
He's a co-founder and member of Standards, an artist-run centre focused on sound and space, active in Milano since 2015. This is a short bio, visit his website for a deeper look on his production.
so the year will be this one 20’
Live version of K1/K2 for modular synthesizer piano tape loops.
Crédit : Lucrezia Pegoraro
Tomoko Sauvage (jp)
Tomoko Sauvage (JP/FR) is a musician and sound artist who is best known for her long-time experimentation on instrument combining water, ceramics, sub-aquatic amplification and electronics. Her research is grounded in live-performance practices that embrace the unpredictable dynamics of materials. Incorporating ritualistic gestures, she playfully improvises with environments, using chance as a compositional method. Her performances and installations have been presented at RIBOCA, V&A Museum, Manifesta, Roskilde Festival, Sharjah Art Foundation, Centre Pompidou Metz and Nyege Nyege Festival, among others.
Sauvage’s performances have been presented internationally including RIBOCA (Riga), V&A Museum (London), Manifesta (Palermo, Marseille), Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid), Roskilde Festival, Centre Pompidou Metz and Nyege Nyege Festival (Uganda). Her installation piece has recently been exhibited at Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE) and Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris).
Her third solo album Fischgeist was recorded in a water tank in Berlin and published by bohemian drips in 2020. She lives and works in Paris since 2003.
Her work is supported by La Pommerie/ CRAFT (creation of the porcelain bowls, Limousin, France) and Aquarian Audio (Hydrophones, USA)
Waterbowls solo (improvisation) 30’
Born and raised in Yokohama, Japan, Sauvage moved to Paris in 2003 after studying jazz piano in New York. Through listening to Alice Coltrane and Terry Riley, she became interested in Indian music and studied improvisation of Hindustani music. In 2006, she attended a concert of Aanayampatti Ganesan, a virtuoso of Jalatharangam – the traditional Carnatic music instrument with water-filled porcelain bowls. Fascinated by the simplicity of its device and sonority, Sauvage immediately started to hit China bowls with chopsticks in her kitchen. Soon her desire of immersing herself in the water engendered the idea of using an underwater microphone and led to the birth of the electro-aquatic instrument.
Crédit : WOS Festival / Leo Lopez