The Music Gallery presents
Emergents I: Grace Scheele + Xuan Ye
part of the Emergents Series
Curated by Sara Constant.
This concert marks the debut of Emergents curator Sara Constant. Constant has a strong sense of Toronto’s experimental and classical music scenes as a musician, co-organizer of the Toronto Creative Music Lab, and journalist for The WholeNote and Musicworks magazines.
In the first concert of this season’s Emergents Series, harpist Grace Scheele and interdisciplinary artist Xuan Ye offer new takes on two different types of wired instruments. Performing at the intersection of physical presence and new technology, both artists combine structured improvisation with electronic experimentation—taking the deconstruction and reconstruction of sound to new musical places.
Based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Grace Scheele performs across Canada and the United States as a contemporary harpist and free improviser. The winner of NUMUS Concerts’ 2017 Emerging Curator Competition, her latest work reimagines the classical harp as an electroacoustic instrument: improvising with looping, bowing, effects and preparations which defy sonic stereotypes.
Performer, researcher, and interdisciplinary artist Xuan Ye’s improvisations synthesize music, visual and performing arts. Lauded as “one of Canada’s most exciting voices in textu(r)al soma” by OBEY Convention, she has had works performed and exhibited in North America, Europe, and China. Her newest performance setup delves into the idea of feedback—manipulating electronics to turn the Great Hall of 918 Bathurst, as well as its adjacent Sun Room, into changing, interactive sound installations.
The Emergents Series is generously supported by Roger D. Moore.