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Event Archive - Fourth Annual Voice ++ Festival:

Sat. May 10th 2008 Open Space (All Ages)
2/8pm - 11:00pm doors at 1pm

1 PM Voice ++ Panel
with Pauline Oliveros (virtually), Kathy Kennedy, Viviane Houle, Cathy Lewis, Christine Duncan, Andrea Young, Jeremy Owen Turner

2 PM AVATAR ORCHESTRA METAVERSE - Virtual Reality Performance
$10 / $12
Open Space, and also streamed to the internet: For details and streaming urls, go to

The Heart of Tones - Pauline Oliveros (New York)
XAANADRuuL - Jeremy Owen Turner (Vancouver)

Avatar Orchestra Metaverse premieres two new works created for the orchestra with guest vocalists and instrumentalists from Canada and the United States. All performers will be playing live in remote locations, connected through Second Life which will be projected visually and sonically at Open Space. Composers Pauline Oliveros and Jeremy Owen Turner will also be performing live in Second Life.

Avatar Orchestra Metaverse is a group of composers, performers, and media artists living in Europe, East Asian and North America who explore together the interactive possibilities of the Second Life online virtual reality platform to create works with open, interactive and possibly "infinite" elements. The Orchestra works with ideas that challenge conventional practices of creating and performing music, and finds new ways to conceive of and erase notions of identity, place, social, cultural and sexual identity, and the roles of composer, performer and listener.

Heart of Tones is dedicated to the memory of trombonist Toyoji Tomita, and XAANADRuuL is dedicated to the memory of Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Performers: Avatar Orchestra Metaverse:
Bingo Onomatopoeia (Andreas Mueller), Regensburg, Germany
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom (Biagio Francia), Agropoli, Italy
Fernsing Llewelyn (Cathy Lewis), Victoria, BC, Canada
Free Noyse (Pauline Oliveros), Kingston, New York, USA
Goodwind Seiling (Sachiko Hayashi), Stockholm, Sweden
Gumnosophistai Nurmi (Leif Inge), Oslo, Norway
Humming Pera (Tina Pearson), Victoria, BC, Canada
Ida Abe (Nathalie Fougeras)
Miulew Takahe (Bjorn Eriksson), Solleftea, Sweden
Paco Mariani (Chris Wittkowsky), Regensburg, Germany
Zonzo Spyker (Viv Corringham), Minneapolis, USA, London, UK

With guest performers
Bowlerhat Tranchcoat (Christopher Reiche), Victoria, BC, Canada
StuArtnoise Sass (Seattle Toyoji Band: Thomasa Eckert, voice; Janice Giteck, cello; Roger Nelson, keyboard/voice; Paul Taub, flute; Renko Ishida Dempster, koto; Stuart Dempster, trombone), Seattle, Washington, USA
Sum Noyes (Monique Buzzarté), New York
Trombonejen Wigglesworth (Jen Baker), Oakland, California, USA
Weave Noyes (Sarah Weaver), New York
Aurel Miles (Stephanie Farrington), Ottawa, Canada

Instrument Builder: Bingo Onomatopoeia (Andreas Mueller), Regensburg, Germany
Set Design and Construction (XAANADRuuL): Dethomas Dibou (Detlev Thomas), Regensburg, Germany
Web Streaming: Loop Luo (Loopland), Regensburg, Germany
Web Stream Host: Eifachfilm Vacirca Films, Basil, Switzerland

8 PM Open Space
$10 / $12

Love Letters - Viviane Houle and Stefan Smulovitz (Vancouver)

Viviane Houle and Stefan Smulovitz combine free improvisation, improvised song and unearthly electro-acoustic soundscapes to explore the boundaries of beauty and chaos. In performance, Smulovitz unleashes the full potential of the laptop as a musical instrument, exposing unimagined terrains of sonic expression. Houle’s extreme vocals and unforgettable versatility defy categorization; the intelligence of her singing blends with deep emotion to make music that is at once sweet and fierce. Their Voice++ performance draws inspiration from love letters contributed by audience members to create an improvised song cycle.

Medicinal Lullabye - Cathy Fern Lewis (Victoria)

Cathy Lewis works with her father’s Chinese medicine cabinet to weave a story about mothering and parenting. The cabinet’s drawers are filled with sounds and words that Cathy uses to create a sound collage that includes a lullabye with musical accompaniment from Italian musician Biagio Francia.

the storm – ensemble roundabout

ensemble roundabout is
Kathy Kennedy, Christine Duncan, Cathy Lewis, Tina Pearson, Viviane Houle and Stefan Smulovitz

Visiting and local artists have come together to create a Voice++ finale with voices, instruments and electronics in a dynamic and exciting conclusion to the festival.

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