‘Critical Response’ workshop + Performance in collaboration with the Canadian New Music Network

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

1:30 – 4:30 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

This innovative workshop will help presenters to reflect and talk about their experience with this work and to begin to gain perspective about how to engage their audiences with new, and also challenging performances.

Performance: Gabriel Dharmoo performs his work “Anthropologies imaginaires”

Facilitators: Tim Yerxa and Judy Harquail


Gabriel Dharmoo

Gabriel Dharmoo’s musical practice encompasses composition, vocal improvisation and ethnomusicological research. His works have been performed across Canada, the U.S.A, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. In addition to winning 6 prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards, he was awarded the 2011 Fernand-Lindsay Prix d'Europe composition prize and the C.C.A. 2011 Robert Fleming Prize.

Anthropologies imaginaires: Anthropologies imaginaires is a solo vocal performance, which interacts with a video mockumentary. The featured “experts” comment on invented vocal traditions demonstrated by the singer-performer. The music is inspired by various odd and/or isolated vocal expressions found across the world, but revisited through imaginary folklore and experimental extended voice techniques. The virtuoso and/or strange vocal techniques question the concept of normality by reminding audiences how people across the world use the voice differently to convey their cultural identities and artistic sensibilities. The project deals with questions such as post-colonialism, post-exoticism, cultural extinction, globalization, normalized racism and cultural appropriation in an ambiguous, humorous and disturbing way.

Video excerpts: https://vimeo.com/105009513


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