Season At A Glance

Arraymusic Concert Series 2017 | 18

Quatuor Bozzini+Philip Thomas

(Sep. 19, Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave., 8pm; preconcert talk, 7:15pm; $25 | $10)

Separately and together Montréal’s Quatuor Bozzini and British piano virtuoso Philip Thomas have championed experimental music for years. Their most recent collaboration involves a new, 45-minute piano quintet written for them by British composer Bryn Harrison. The concert will also include Canadian Cassandra Miller’s string quartet, About Bach, written for the Bozzinis, winner of the 2016 Jules Léger Prize for Chamber Music. See event listing for more details.

A Co-production with Gallery 345

Music by Ben Patterson

(Oct. 1, Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 8pm; $20 | PWYC)

American composer Ben Patterson passed away in 2016 at 82. He was a founding member of the Fluxus movement in the early 1960s, working in New York City and Europe. Patterson had close ties to Canada: He was a virtuoso Classical string bassist but, being African-American, could not find work in America in the 1950s; thus he became a member of the Halifax Symphony Orchestra 1956-57 and the Ottawa Philharmonic Orchestra 1959-60. Array Artistic Director, Martin Arnold, will perform a selection of Patterson’s solo works. See event listing for more details.

Wilhelm Killmayer and Sandeep Bhagwati

(Nov. 22, Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave., 8pm; preconcert talk, 7pm; $25 | $10)

This concert was intended to mark the 90th birthday of German composer Wilhelm Killmayer. It was with great sadness that we heard the news that he had passed away on August 20, a day before his birthday. Yet we celebrate his work and its enduring legacy none-the-less! 

Killmayer’s insidiously surreal yet incisive music is underappreciated everywhere. However, it does have some fierce advocates around the world, including Martin Arnold. Another is Killmayer’s former student, the remarkable Indian-German-Canadian composer, Sandeep Bhagwati. Since 2006 Bhagwati has held the Canada Research Chair in Inter-X Art Practice and Theory at Concordia University, Montréal.

The Array Ensemble will perform two trios and a quartet by Killmayer. Then Array Ensemble pianist, Stephen Clark, will perform a half-hour selection of pieces from Bhagwati’s Music of Crossings. See event listing for more details.

A Co-production with Gallery 345

Four New Works

(Jan. 26, The Music Gallery – Address TBA), 8pm; preconcert talk 7pm; $20 | PWYC)

The Array Ensemble performs four new works commissioned by Arraymusic written by four of the most exciting composers working in Canada today: Rebecca Bruton (Calgary), Marielle Groven (Montréal), Stephen Parkinson (Toronto) and Holger Schoorl (Toronto). See event listing for more details.

In association with the Music Gallery

A&A Mini-Festival

(April 27 & 28, Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 8pm; preconcert talk April 27, 7pm; $20 | PWYC)

Andrea Young Montréal and André Cormier Moncton are both quietly extreme composers of highly exploratory, speculative music. Andrea is also a distinguished soprano and a master of digital signal processing. They’ve collaborated, on occasion, since 2008, and Arraymusic is excited to host another such occasion in 2018. This mini-festival will consist of two events:

On April 27 the Array Ensemble will perform a new piece by Young and a new piece by Cormier, both commissioned by Array. Both take time to enact their explorations: The Young will be a half-hour and the Cormier, 45 minutes. Andrea’s piece will include her voice, as well as live digital processing of the entire ensemble.

On April 28 we will host a concert of earlier collaborative and solo works by André and Andrea. See event listing for more details.

Young Composers Workshop Concert

(May 26, Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 3pm; $15 | PWYC)

The Array Ensemble perform four works composed by the participants of the Young Composers Workshop. The works are composed together with the ensemble and mentor Martin Arnold during the month of May. See event listing for more details.

Allison Cameron Mini-Festival

(June 8 & 9, the Music Gallery – Address TBA, & Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., 8pm; preconcert talk June 8, 7pm; $20 | PWYC)

Allison Cameron is one of the most important composers of experimental music working in Canada today.  Her music has had an international presence for years, which has grown due to greater recognition by the media here and abroad. She is an acclaimed improviser performing with a highly personal, idiosyncratic collection of what she calls amplified objects. Arraymusic will present work spanning a range of Cameron’s activities across two consecutive concerts:

June 8 (Music Gallery – Address TBA): This concert will feature a major new work by Cameron commissioned by Array, written for our ensemble combined with two members of Allison’s improvising trio c_RL—Germaine Liu on percussion and Nicole Rampersaud on trumpet—as well as earlier pieces by Allison for open forces.

June 9 (Array Space): This concert will feature Allison solo as well as c_RL—the whole trio. See event listing for more details.

In association with the Music Gallery

The Rat-drifting Concert Series

Arraymusic is also pleased to announce its 2017/18 Season will see the return of the Rat-drifting Series to its programming. From 2000 to 2005 Martin Arnold ran Rat-drifting at Array’s old rehearsal space in pre-gentrified Liberty Village, bringing together free improvisation, sound performance, noise, psychedelic process music, DIY para-punk composition and post-Fluxus word events. This new Rat-drifting Series will present six concerts, which further this approach, taking over from, and building upon, the strengths of the Array Sessions.

What is Rat-drifting? It takes its name from the colloquial term “rat-running”.

“Rat-running” is “the practice of driving through residential side streets to avoid congested main roads.” It’s a happy metaphor for a kind of music-making and has all that “off-the-beaten-track” stuff going for it. More significantly, it suggests taking an activity to a place where it isn’t intended, using something in a way it isn’t meant for, unintentionally disturbing someplace comfortable (the disturbance being merely a byproduct of an activity that has another set of preoccupations).

It also has the completely undesirable connotation of someone trying anything to get to a destination more quickly. This idea of being highly motivated to reach a goal has nothing in common with the music this series embraces. Thus, we’re drifting, not running.

Renée Lear’s Every Shot from Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera as an Animated GIF

Oct. 27-29,  ArraySpace

  • 12-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday 27-29 (free viewing)
  • 8pm Saturday the 28th ($15/PWYC) Complete screening with live soundtrack

For three days Renée Lear’s Every Shot from Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera as an Animated GIF will be installed at the Array Space. In Every Shot from Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera as an Animated GIF Vertov’s pioneering film Man with a Movie Camera is meticulously reorganized and reconfigured spatially as a series of animated GIF montages, projected large scale. One complete viewing of the GIF montage series contains every shot in the film, edit for edit, offering viewers an alternate way‚ at once strange and familiar‚ to experience this revolutionary film (see On Saturday the 28th, at 8pm (Array Space; $15/PWYC), the entire 3 hour, 43 minute montage will be screened with Lear and Ryan Driver providing a live soundtrack. The installation version will be available for viewing 12-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is free. See event listing for more details.

Sarah Hennies and Kurt Newman

Dec. 2, 8pm, Array Space ($15/PWYC)

Currently based in Ithaca, NY, composer-percussionist Sarah Hennies will perform both parts of her work Gather & Release for vibraphone, sine waves, field recordings and bilateral stimulation. Sarah’s work is primarily concerned with an immersive, psychoacoustic presentation of sound brought about by an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice. None-the-less, Gather & Release is personal, immediate, yet reserved.

Opening will be Toronto’s Kurt Newman on pedal steel guitar, (probably) playing along with multiple repetitions of processed versions of Iris DeMent singing 50 Miles of Elbow Room. See event listing for more details.

Rebecca Bruton, Marielle Groven, Stephen Parkinson and Holger Schoorl

Jan. 27, 8pm, Array Space ($15/PWYC)

The day after the premieres of their Four New Works (click here for more details), composers and established improvisers Rebecca Bruton, Marielle Groven, Stephen Parkinson and Holger Schoorl will spontaneously compose together in various combinations. See event listing for more details.

Marla Hlady and Christof Migone

Feb. 17, 8pm, Array Space ($15/PWYC)

Artists Marla Hlady and Christof Migone collaborate in a night of somatic performance and mechanized kinetics with sound at the centre. See event listing for more details.

Turntable Workshop and Performance

March 17 (Array Space; performance 8pm—15/PWYC—workshop details TBA)

iNSIDEaMIND–djs SlowPitchSound (Cheldon Patterson) and Steptone (Erik Laar)—will offer a workshop in the afternoon presenting the techniques (manipulated turntables, digitally processed realtime loops…) they use to create their remarkable spontaneously composed duets then perform using the materials they have worked out in the workshop in the evening concert. See event listing for more details.


May 19, 8pm, Array Space ($15/PWYC)

Based in Montréal and Toronto, MAGICEYEIMAGE (Simon Labbé, Gabriel Drolet and Philippe Melanson) bring their insidiously quiet, subtly expansive, radically in-between broken consort music to the Array Space. In-between composition and free improvisation, their soundscapes will be contributed to by some of Toronto’s finest experimental musicians. See event listing for more details.