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Exquisite Departures – Music Gallery

918 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON, M5R 3G5
Phone: (416) 204-1080

Artistic and programming inquiries

Sanjeet Takhar, Artistic Director

Rentals and other administrative inquiries

David Dacks, Executive Director


Exquisite Departures

Music Gallery Productions in Series

The Music Gallery presents
Exquisite Departures

part of the Departures Series
curated by Tad Michalak

Webcast/premiere: November 20, 2020, 7PM
Bandcamp Release: December 4, 2020

At a time when live concerts have come to a halt The Departures Series, which typically presents off site concerts featuring touring acts, has re-imagined it’s approach to musical collaboration. In an aim to spur the kind of creative interactions improvisers & video artists often manifest in the live realm in a safe and engaging way, The Departures Series has embarked on a new adaptation of an age old game, Exquisite Corpse.

Pioneered and popularized by French surrealists in the 20’s & 30’s, the game typically involves either illustration or text. One artist starts an image and passes it along to a second, who only seeing a small portion of the previous collaborator’s contribution continues the illustration, then passes it on to a third artist, so on and so forth.

For Exquisite Departures we’ve invited 15 Toronto based improvisers and 6 video artists to play an audio / visual version of this game over 15 recorded tracks. Each musician was only able to listen to 10-15 seconds of the previous recording before adding their contribution to this collective improvisation. Similarly visual artists were only able to view a small snippet of video before jumping into the process. With a small taste in which to catch the essence, vibe and feel of any particular track musicians and artists relied on their improvisational intuition, a muscle often flexed in the live arena, to contribute to these evolving compositions. These free flowing surrealist music videos capture a playfully collaborative snapshot of Toronto’s creative music & video scene in a time of physical distance.

This project will be webcast on November 20 at 7PM at www.musicgallery.org/live

The audio will be released on our Live At The Music Gallery platform on the final Bandcamp Friday of 2020, December 4, 2020 www.musicgallery.bandcamp.com 

Exquisite Departures features contributions by:

Germaine Liu – percussion
Allison Cameron – electronics / toys / ukulele
Colin Fisher – electric guitar
Araz Salek – tar
Adam Hanrahan – electric bass / oscillator
Mira Martin-Gray – no input mixer
Amahl Arulanandam – cello
Yunjin Claire Lee – piano / synthesizer / electronics
Cheldon Paterson aka Slowpitchsound – turntables / electronics
Andrew Zukerman – electronics
Heather Saumer – trombone / voice / objects / piano
Alia O’Brien – flute
Mike Smith – six string electric bass
Karen Ng – saxophone / clarinet
Mani Mazinani – synthesizer / harmonica

Jesi Jordan – video
Kadrah Mensah – video
Peter Rahul – video
Julie Reich – video
Vanese Smith – video
Jamie Whitecrow – video

Paul Hodge – Recording Engineer, Mixing & Mastering


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