07/23/2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Explore SOUND & MOVEMENT
Improvisation is the process of spontaneous creativity that exist in all forms of art. Sound and movement are inseparable.
When it comes to an improvisation session with dancers and musicians, most of the time we separate the two, and usually musicians play for dancers to move and dancers move to the sound of the musicians. How can they coexist in an interdisciplinary way?
“How can a musician move and interact with a dancer while playing or resting, and how can a dancer ‘play’ with his/her body and move with a musician?”
Participants from the workshop will be invited to participate in this performance. Anyone, however can show up Saturday evening and enjoy viewing the culmination of this process.
BEN BROWN is Vancouver-based drummer, composer and teacher. Recent highlights include an 8-month solo European and U.S. tour, where he collaborated with musicians and dancers and studied privately with master percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.
Ben is the founder of Music And Movement Mondays (MAMM), an improvisational series between musicians and dancers.
He regularly collaborates with dancers and choreographers and he has worked with Katie Duck, Justune A, Chambers, Deanna Peters and David McIntosh/Lee Sy-Feh of battery opera performance.
As a composer he has created scores for both dance and film including commissioned works for Areli Moran, Jamme Valin and The Western Front with U.K’s Szuper Gallery. These compositions have been featured at festivals in Vancouver, Toronto and Mexico.
He has also performed with musicians such as Francois Houle, Tony Wilson, Wilbert De Joode, Ig Henneman, K-OS and Jill Barber.
In April 2013 Ben received a Juno Award for ‘Best Instrumental Album’ of the year with the group Pugs and Crows.
ANDRIA NICODEMOU is a multifaceted musician, improviser and teacher from Cyprus, specializing in vibraphone. She has received a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory, in Boston, where she lives.
Andria has been always challenging herself, exploring and going beyond the conventional music boundaries, searching for new sounds and extending the vibraphone sound techniques. Her music is characterized as an ‘open-ended’ play where movement, theatricality and sound are equally important.
She has worked in diverse interdisciplinary art projects, with multi-media artists, dancers and visual artists in Europe and USA.
She has collaborated with musicians such as Anthony Coleman, Joe Morris, Ikue Morri, Gerald Cleaver, Tayler Ho Bynum, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ab Baars, Anne La Berge, Michael Vatcher, Jim Hobbs, Guilermo Gregorio, Marc Sanders, Ingrid Laubrock, Brandon Lopez, among others.
Andria is the co-founder of the Thread Ensemble, that works with educational programs and gives interactive concerts and workshops, developing expressivity and creativity through improvisation.
In July 2014 she received the honorary U.S. Visa for prominent artistic personalities.
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