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ZKM_Events :: February 2005

trans_canada Festival:
Trends in Acousmatics and Soundscapes

Thurs, 10 February - Sun, 13 February 2005
Admission to single concerts €5 / €3
festival ticket for all concerts €15 / €10
Lectures: admission free
[lectures in presenters’ native language]

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Vast forests, roaring waterfalls, fertile farmland – Canada’s natural environment is rich and diverse and so is its musical landscape, especially electronic music, which is the focus of the four-day trans_canada Festival.
Together with France, Britain and the Scandinavian countries Canada is among the world leaders in electroacoustic music. Hugh LaCaine developed the predecessor of the modern synthesizer in Ottawa as far back as the 1940s. At the same time, Francis Dhomont was creating his own musique concrète independent of Henry and Schaeffer. In Dhomont the ZKM has succeeded in attracting to the festival one of the most prominent representatives of this music scene, who has exerted a major influence on the musical landscape in Canada and especially in Quebec. Among his students at the University of Montreal were Louis Dufort, Ned Bouhalassa, Gilles Gobeil and Robert Normandeau, all of whom have in the meantime become internationally renowned composers in their own right and will likewise be attending the festival. Representing the younger generation will be Nicolas Bernier, who has already won a number of international prizes. Vancouver and Toronto rank alongside Montreal when it comes to electroacoustic music. Their musical representatives will be Barry Truax and the German Canadian, Hildegard Westerkamp, from British Columbia, while Darren Copeland will be coming from Ontario. In addition to the concerts, trans_canada will provide a public forum for discussions and contributions that will reflect, illustrate and discuss the country-specific history of electroacoustic music, its present status and the prospects for composers, musicians and musicologists.

With the kind support of the Embassy of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Quebec Cultural Office


Thursday, 10 February

19.30 Opening by the Canadian Ambassador, Paul Dubois

20.00 Opening concert
Générations - Generations
Premieres of works by Francis Dhomont, Darren Copeland and Nicolas Bernier

Friday, 11 February

[ZKM_Lecture Hall]
10:30 Jean-Francois Denis
11.15 Christoph von Blumröder, Cologne
12.45 Lunch break
15.00 Hildegard Westerkamp, Vancouver
15.45 Barry Truax Burnaby, British Columbia
16.30 Sabine Breitsameter, Berlin

[ZKM_Media Theatre]
20.00 Paysages - Landscapes
Premieres of works by Hildegard Westerkamp, Nicolas Bernier and Louis Dufort

Saturday, 12 February

[ZKM_Lecture Hall]
10.00 Robert Normandeau, Montreal
10.45 Gilles Gobeil, Montreal
11.30 Rudolf Frisius, Karlsruhe
12.30 Lunch break
14.00 Francis Dhomont, Montreal
14.45 Daniel Teruggi, Paris

[ZKM_Media Theatre]
17.00 Sonic Travel
Works by Barry Truax

20.00 Topographies
Premieres of works by Francis Dhomont, Robert Normandeau and Gilles Gobeil

Sunday, 13 February

[ZKM_Media Theatre]
10.00 Nicolas Bernier, Montreal
10.45 Darren Copeland Brampton, Ontario
11.30 Louis Dufort, Montreal
12.15 Concluding round table discussion
Presenters: Sabine Breitsameter, Ludger Brümmer

Kindly supported by
the Canadian Embassy in Germany
the Canada Council for the Arts
the Quebec Government Office and le Conseil des arts et des lettres Québec

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