THE SPIRE CHOIR (2022) – Featuring Xuan Ye
July 8, 2022 @ 8PM ET
Co-presented with MOCCA
The Spire Choir is a sound performance involving a human performer and a bio-sensing voicing apparatus that is co-crafted by Xuan Ye and Jason Doell. Performing with and in algorithms, the Spire Choir intersects the acts of vocal improvisation, mindful movement and neurofeedback. The resulting soundscape spires up through multimodal entanglements of sound, mind, body and cognitive technologies. This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Xuan Ye makes multi-sensory publication, installation, and performance through a myriad of poetic and sorcerous technologies, often involving improvisation and computation.
As a musician, Ye is techne agnostic and genre eclectic and has been lauded as “one of Canada’s most exciting voices in textural soma” by OBEY CONVENTION. They have been commissioned by Edmonton Mew Music (2021) and the Canadian Music Centre (2020). They have performed at numerous experimental music festivals and DIY shows. They have shared the stage with Phew, Pharmakon, Chris Corsano, Carl Stone, Xylouris White, Alex Zhang Hungtai, etc. Their live performances and releases have received critical accolades from Bandcamp, Musicworks and Exclaim!.
The artist has been featured and exhibited internationally, including at Venice Architecture Biennale (IT), Centre de Design de l’UQAM à Montréal (CA), Fonderie Darling (CA), Varley Art Gallery (CA), the Art Gallery of Ontario (CA), Inside-out Art Museum (CN), the Goethe-Institut (Beijing & Montreal), ArtAsiaPacific, KUNSTFORUM(GE), among others. They are a recipient of the SSHRC scholarship and a finalist of the 2018 EQ Bank Digital Artists Award.