Monday, March 16, 2015

Earth vs E-town at Bohemia May 5

Chapman Stick and Theremin comprise the topline attraction when John Armstrong and Dale Ladouceur pair up to provide a live embellishment to an audio-video work by French ambient artist Phillippe Neau (aka nobodisoundz) at Bohemia (10217-97 Street) Tuesday, May 5 at 9 p.m. Admission to the no-minors event, Earth vs. E-town which matches local performers with the compositions and videos of international artists, is $10.

Armstrong, recognized as a world-class Theremin player, whose credits include The Stone Merchants and Leo.FX as well as organizing such events as the Xmas Carol Project and Sasquatch Gathering, will team up with Ladouceur, whose prowess on the 10-stringed Chapman Stick has garnered her international acclaim and a featured artist ranking on, the instrument’s official website. The two will add live textures to the nobodisoundz work “Long Distance Dreamer,” a dark ambient effort that adds to his sonic inventory regularly heard across Europe.
 Additional performers include Don Ross playing clarinet with a piece by Japan’s tamayakurange, performance artist Trixie Moon adding her touches to a project by Italian noise artist Lametàfisica, Skrunt Skrunt adding a visual treatment to the Netherlands-based Belch Kitchen and Motonogo providing cacophony to UK-based audio artist A Raja’s Mesh Men.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SCUM News Network Fearmonger Film Festival (independantly organized by some BEAMS members)

Borys, Voice Industrie among acts performing at satirical event
EDMONTON -- Six Edmonton-based music acts have been confirmed to stage a multimedia event designed to satirize the sensationalism of conservative-leaning TV channel Sun New Network. The event, dubbed the SCUM News Network Fearmonger Film Festival, runs at Bohemia (10217-97 St.) Tuesday, March 10 at 9 p.m. Admission to the no-minors event is $10.
The artists, which include Borys, Voice Industrie and Official Opposition, will perform with screenings of vintage public-domain footage, captioned to ridicule Sun News Network’s up-in-arms delivery of editorial opinion, which is almost always aimed at liberals.
In particular, a 30-minute edit of the sci-fi bomb Plan 9 From Outer Space has been retooled to irreverently highlight the perils of an open-door immigration policy. Voice Industrie will add an electronic vibe to quotes by Canada’s Prime Minister grafted onto a Fritz Lang classic in Stephen Harper’s Metropolis.
Other films have been altered to parody SNN’s swipes at such subject matter as gays, media, protesters and campus radio. Additional artists tapped to play include Bong Sample, Stephen Sereda and Fecal Point. Video preview is available at .

Note: this is a show that features BEAMS members, but is not an official BEAMS show.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Art's Birthday

Art’s Birthday to include global entries

Kevin Maimann & the Pretty Things, Pizzarrhea!!!, Himiko, added to diverse lineup

EDMONTON – Composers and performers from two countries outside Canada will have works included in Art’s Birthday 2015 Edmonton, the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society announced today. The event, part of an international celebration of art, takes place Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Ortona Armoury (9722-102 Street), starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.

The overseas contributions will feature local acts improvising over the works. Italian dancer and performance artist Alessandra Zerbinati, who goes by the stage name Lametàfisica, will have her piece “Yummy Gummy Corpse” receive a live treatment by Edmonton experimentalists Agaperaygunexperiment. Japan’s Okada Koichi, a.k.a. Tamayurakurage — a native of Hiroshima — will feature his anti-nuke work and video “We Must Prevent the Collapse of the World” include accompaniment on clarinet by Don Ross.

Edmonton Sun reporter and award-winning songwriter Kevin Maimann, no stranger to bizarre subject matter, will contribute a set that includes his backup band The Pretty Things. Also expect a noisy session with Pizzarrhea!!!, practitioners of schizophrenic camp. Himiko, whose recent CD Victims of Greed dominated national campus noise charts, will also perform solo and with worldbeat metallurgists Tribal Garage. Rounding out the lineup will be Shawn Pinchbeck, Skrunt Skrunt, John Osbourne, Apophecy, S’sE SESSIONS, Stephen Sereda & Trixie Moon, Lutra Lutra, and Shae Guerin and Fecal Point.

The Ortona event will mark the eighth time that an Art’s Birthday event has taken place in Edmonton. The first show in 2008, facilitated by the Film and Video Arts Society (FAVA), took place at the ARTery. The Edmonton Arts Council staged an underwater gala at Scona Pool to celebrate the event the following year. Since 2010, BEAMS has presented Art’s Birthday Edmonton at such locales as Naked Cyber Cafe, Bohemia and Brittany’s.

Art’s Birthday is an annual event first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou, who suggested that the muse was first invented more than a million years ago when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. The artist chose Jan. 17, his birthday, as the date of the event, which is largely celebrated in Europe, although other continents have slowly joined the fray of the festivities.



Phil Jagger, curator


Saturday, September 13, 2014

BEAMS at the Ortona 100th Anniversary Celebration

As part of the venerable Ortona Armoury's 100th anniversary celebrations, BEAMS has been invited to present this event free of charge. The show features:

Shawn Pinchbeck
The latest work by this internationally renowned electroacoustics practitioner.

Allison Balcetis
World-class saxophonist returns from a symposium in Brazil.

Abram Hindle
An eccentric endeavor from the genius behind Skrunt Skrunt.

Trevor DePagie
The guitarist from agaperaygunexperiment leads his own venture.

Stephen Sereda & Trixie Moon
A Motonogo member presents guitar debauchery with one of Edmonton's most outrageous burlesque dancers.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BEAMS at The Works

When: 6pm June 30th

Where: Stanley Milner Library is at 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square -- Basement theatre.

What: BEAMS at the WORKS -- Electroacoustic music concert!

How much? FREE

Who: St Crispin's Improv, Motonogo, Dave Wall, Apopecy and agapéraygunexperiment. Sound artists Don Ross, Audrey Ochoa, Gene Kosowan, Dave Wall, Shannon Land, Phil Jagger and friends

The experimental sound artists of The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS), are presenting a free evening of electronic and experimental music and multimedia in the Stanley Milner Library Theatre June 30 at 6:00 p.m. as part of the Works Festival of Art and Design. The show features the surreal soundscapes of St Crispin's Improv, Motonogo, Dave Wall, Apopecy and agapéraygunexperiment. Sound artists Don Ross, Audrey Ochoa, Gene Kosowan, Dave Wall, Shannon Land, Phil Jagger and friends will use tech high and low, including MAX/MSP, Kinect depth sensor camera, projectors, synths, loopers, kaos pad, clarinet, trombone, piano, guitar, drums and bass.

Admission is free.

For more information, write Stanley Milner Library is at 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square.