UVic-Led SALT Music Festival Defies Musical Convention Virtually, Jan. 7-8 – Vancouver Island Free Daily
The ninth annual SALT New Music Festival and Symposium will stream virtually from UVic’s Philip T. Young Recital Hall on January 7-8.
Its ensemble will include concerts, workshops and discussions centered on innovative, diverse and stimulating musical experiences, said festival co-director Ajtony Csaba. The focus will be on the third aspect, pushing listeners beyond their usual perceptions of music.
“Usually people think of new and contemporary music in BC as something soft or lovely,” Csaba said.
The pieces presented at this year’s SALT festival will range from near-silent to pulsating and loud, and draw on mediums ranging from movement art to drums and electronic music.
Seven pieces streaming this Friday and Saturday will be world premieres by young composers from British Columbia, performed by and with the Tsilumos Ensemble of Victoria, the organizers of the festival.
“There are pieces that ask the listener to zoom in and consider a specific aspect of artistic existence. There is a piece that only uses the skin of a bass drum. Another piece asks the performers to barely move on their instruments,” challenging them on the range of sound, Csaba said. Each will not only demonstrate “the bridge between kinetic theater (dance) and music,” but promise to be highly engaging for listeners.
“Salt is needed not just for taste but for survival, so think about it in the aesthetic realm,” Csaba said. “It’s a matter of taste, but we need it for our own survival.”
Victoria’s Wolf Edwards and members of the Victoria Composers Collective will be among those featured during the festival, along with international composers Steven Kazuo Takasugi (USA), Bernhard Gander (Austria) and Gianluca Ulivelli (Italy).
Registration for the Zoom event can be done at tsilumos.org.
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