Saturday, December 28, 2013

Imagery and Music at the Garneau Theatre

When:  Tuesday January 14th 2014 @ 7:00PM
Where: Garneau Theatre 8712 109 st.
What: Animator John Osborne teams up with of the Boreal Electro-Acoustic Music Society Orchestra for a stimulating evening of moving imagery and live improvised music. The BEAMS musicians, including Don Ross (clarinet), Allison Balcetis (saxophone), Cam Neufeld (violin), John Armstrong (theramin), and Wilf Kozub (synths) will create spontaneous soundscapes to match the moods of over a dozen short films. The hallucinatory imagery runs from the representational to the abstract. This will be a rare opportunity, not to be missed.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Art's Birthday 2014

BEAMS to host Art’s Birthday 2014
Edmonton event part of a global celebration

When: Friday, Jan 17 2014 @ 7p.m.
Where: Britney's Lounge (10225-97 Street)

EDMONTON—The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) has announced it will host Art’s Birthday 2014, as part of an international tradition that’s been going on for more than 50 years. The Edmonton installment takes place at Britney’s Lounge (10225-97 Street) Friday, Jan. 17 starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, with BEAMS members getting in for half-price. With more than 10 acts confirmed thus far, and billed as Where is Utopia, the 2014 version contains a more eclectic lineup than ever.

Appearing at Art’s Birthday 2014 will be folk singer and social activist Paula Eve Kirman, a regular performer on the protest circuit. Recognized for her lyrical take on social injustices, Kirman is a member of such groups as the Daughters Day equal rights initiative and the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism.

Performance artist Lascaux Proxy has been confirmed to deliver a set blending electronic music with modern dance and live theatre. So far within the past year, she’s released more than a half-dozen works, collaborated with integrated dance act CRIPSiE, and played at such events as NeXtfest and A Queersummer Night’s Dream.

Avant-garde act agaperaygunexperiment returns with its own brand of audio and visual improvisation. The latest incarnation of the group act is slated to include Japanese grindcore vocalist Himiko Dethnoizz, whose latest CD has been released on the Toronto-based D-Trash label.

Other attractions include interactive software performer Skrunt Skrunt, fashion designer Cherie Howard, music experimentalist Boosh and rocker Tomas Marsh. Rounding out the lineup will be Kevin Solez, Nom De Plume, The Trevor Schmidtheads and Motonogo.

Art’s Birthday was first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou, who suggested the discipline didn’t exist until more than a million years ago when a sponge was dropped into a pail of water. After using his own birthdate of Jan. 17 to mark the occasion, Filliou’s notion has since been adopted by a global community that includes participants in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Finland, Germany and Austria. A listing of supporting organizations and worldwide events can be found at

Sunday, December 15, 2013

fl3m and Unsilent Night

BEAMS member Fl3m is playing Sunday 15th at Wunderbar at 3:30.

Furthermore Unsilent Night is at 4:30 Sunday the 15th starting at the Alberta community league Bring your boombox!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

BEAMS and RapidFireTheatre Hit it off!

Here is video of BEAMS + Rapid Fire's own Tim Mikula and Colin Matty improvising with comedy and music together!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

BEAMS with Rapid Fire Theatre Multimedia extravaganza

When: Saturday Nov 30, 8 pm
Where: Ortona Room at the Ortona Armoury 9722-102 st, Edmonton, AB
What: BEAMS + Rapid Fire Theatre Multimedia extravaganza

The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS), together with Rapid Fire Theatre, is presenting an evening of electronic and experimental music and multimedia at the Ortona Room on Saturday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. Tim Mikula and Colin Matty from RFT will adapt their madcap physical theatre to the surreal soundscapes of St Crispin's Improv, Skruntskrunt, flEm and agapéraygunexperiment. Sound artists Don Ross, Cam Neufeld, Shawn Pinchbeck, Gene Kosowan, Abram Hindle, Phil Jagger and more will use tech high and low, including motion detectors, Kinect depth sensor camera, projectors, synths, loopers, kaos pad, clarinet, violin and bass.
The show features cabaret seating and bar. Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for BEAMS members.

For more information, write The Ortona Room is at 9722-102 street.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Past BEAMS: Art's Birthday 2010

This was part of a BEAMS Art’s Brithday show at Naked Cybercafe back in 2010.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

BEAMS at the Works 2013

Come see BEAMS at the WORKS, in the Big Tent in Churchill Square between 9:30 and 11:00 pm on Sunday June 30

An audio/video extravaganza featuring:

Cam Neufeld with Don Ross, Pangaea, Dur: 10’

Gene Kosowan, One Day I Slept In and Missed the Future, Dur: 5’

Skruntskrunt, Swarmed, Dur: 15’

Bill Damur and friends, "I Remember SkyLab", Dur: 15’

Agape raygun experiment, Invasion of the inner outer space, Dur: 15’

Roschkov & Bordeaux, Dur: 15’

It'll be fun and tight, and free! Bar open til 10:00 so come early!

Sunday, June 16, 2013



Evelyn Berg’s photography show at Galerie Pava, 9524-87 Street, will be enriched next Sunday with musical and poetic interpretations. Evlyn’s husband Reinhard accordeon, Silvia Buttiglione, cello, and Matia Berrini, violin will perform a variety of music including some solo and trio improvisations interpreting specific images in the show, as well as rearrangements for trio of some of Reinhard’s compositions. In addition, Amélie Aubé Lanctôt will recite some original poetry similarly inspired. The performance is Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 2 PM; refreshments will be served. CARSCAPES will be on display till July 17, Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 4.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Shawn Pinchbeck presents, an Evening of Sight and Sound

Shawn Pinchbeck presents, an Evening of Sight and Sound:
 Ortona Armoury Arts Building, 9722 – 102 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, 
June 1st, 2013 at 8 pm. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Edmonton’s original sound-twister and electroacoustic music composer Shawn Pinchbeck presents an evening of experimental sound compositions and a film screening diffused live into 8-speaker surround sound to celebrate his recent completion of a Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of Birmingham, U.K. 
 On the program is the Canadian premiere of the experimental documentary film “Tallinn City Symphony” and acousmatic electroacoustic music composition “Gong”. Additionally, Shawn will celebrate the release of his 7th full length CD “Ortona”, which explores the sounds and impressions of Edmonton’s Ortona Armoury Arts Building where much of Shawn’s work has centered for over the last 10 years. A reception will follow the music performance and the audience is invited to stick around afterwards for a chat.

Shawn Pinchbeck is a well-known fixture of the Edmonton music scene, pioneering electronic music performance and interactive art in this region for nearly 30 years. His recent accolades include winning the Telus Courage to Innovate Award at the Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts in April and the 2012 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund in February. His credits include appearances in books such as the “Billboard Guide to Progressive Music”, films such as the Genie Award winning documentary “The Corporation”, recordings with British songwriters Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade) and David Tibet (Current 93), and many other recordings, films, TV, and radio broadcasts around the world; not to mention performing at and curating more than a hundred performances in Edmonton of challenging and innovative sonic explorations. 
 Come out to an evening guaranteed to open your ears and fill your heart with new sound sensations! 
Media Contact: Shawn Pinchbeck
Phone: 780-488-9838

Details of the film being presented:

Tallinn City Symphony 
Every city can be compared to a symphony orchestra that is performing music without a score. Yet, the seemingly independent urban chaos reveals an enchanting composition when you have to ability to see and hear. 
“Tallinn City Symphony” is the impressions of Astrida Konstante (Latvia) and Shawn Pinchbeck (Canada) two long time foreign residents of the Estonian capital city Tallinn. 

Length 28 min. Format HD.

© Vesilind 2012


Monday, April 8, 2013

BEAMS collaborates with Rapid Fire Theatre This Saturday April 13!

This Saturday the 13th at 10:00 pm BEAMS is thrilled to be performing our first collaboration with the madcap sketch comedy improvisers of Rapid Fire Theatre as part of their Bonfire Festival. BEAMers Allison Balcetis, saxophones, and Cam Neufeld, electric violin, will be joining Don Ross on clarinets and electronics to present Slippery Sounds with Ben Gorodetsky and him team of comic geniuses.

How does electroacoustic improv work with sketch improv? Divinely, as it turns out! Instead of hearing “tweedle tweedle” when someone says “look at the birds” you’re just as likely to hear “skronk! crumble” works! Come on out! Zeidler Hall at the Citadel, deets in link below.

Sat April 13 at 10pm
First half: RFT NEWS
(RFT’s own improvised news show)
(Featuring the musical stylings of the artists from the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society)
Music also courtesy of RFT’s one-man house band Nick Samoil


Thursday, February 21, 2013


IceBerg was a success!

Here are some videos that were shown!

The IceBerg has temporarily come out of his deep-freeze hibernation,
and is presenting, under the aegis of BEAMS, the
Boreal ElectroAcoustic Music Society,
a program at the Ortona Gallery.
Music, video, poetry,
even the opportunity for participation by members of the audience.
The program will include:

-- Musickk, a short vocal improvisation, in the style of sound poetry, by Ron Hartwell. Ron was an early member of OTHERWISE, Edmonton’s enemble for free musical improvisation in the late ‘70s.
-- Solitude, a video piece involving Haiga poetry and images by Gerald St. Maur, extended piano and voice audio by Reinhard von Berg, video realization by Piotr Grella-Mozejko.
-- Philip Jagger: Singkronoscities. Sinkronoscities is the art against the frontlines. Pushing the boundaries of performance video and music into something more beautiful.
-- Helve Sastok: Shooting Stars. A vibrant dynamic electroacoustic piece shown with video realization by Piotr Grella-Mozejko uses crumpling paper and wind chimes as sound sources.
-- IceBerg, a video based on photographs of Ice On Whyte taken by Evelyn Berg, video realized by Gene Kosowan, live sound track performed by Reinhard von Berg and Izumi Kuribayashi.
-- Becky’s Black Friday. Experimentalist Gene Kosowan will present “Becky’s Black Friday,” an unorthodox take on the Rebecca Black tune “Friday,” arguably the worst dance song ever recorded.
-- Four items from Nocturne, a book of poems and attendant paintings by Gerald St. Maur. Video realization by Gene Kosowan, audio performed live by Reinhard von Berg, Bill Damur, Izumi Kuribayashi, and Don Ross.
-- Apollinaire; trois poèmes. In the video trilogy “Apollinaire; trois poèmes,” Pro Coro Canada soprano Catherine Kubash recites three works by the French surrealist with soundscapes by Ativan Zoloft, Babysugarbag, and Poster Tube Killer.
-- Inside, by Karlheinz Stockhausen, 1970. This is from For Times To Come, 17 Texts for Intuitive Music. A similar collection of verbal improvisation scores by Stockhausen, Aus den sieben Tagen, was realized and recorded on vinyl by Stockhausen’s ensemble around 1970; these are some of the best group improvisations ever recorded. Some of these were performed by OTHERWISE around 1980.

There will be opportunity for audience members to participate in the first and last piece of the program.

Tickets $10; $5 members
Door: 7 PM
Concert: March 10, 7:30 PM
at the Ortona Gallery, 9722-102 St.
Further Information: call Reinhard at (780)439-6822; <>

Friday, February 8, 2013

Wunderbar to host live screening of Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness, the movie that proclaimed marijuana to be “Public Enemy No. 1” when it was released more than three-quarters of a century ago, returns to the silver screen with a surreal soundscape. The movie, which will include live accompaniment, runs Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. at Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus (8120-101 Street). Admission is $8, no minors allowed. BEAMS member fl3m will provide the score for the movie, while fellow BEAMS members Shawn Pinchbeck and Allison Balcetis will perform live with a series of vintage shorts.

“It's sure to be weird,” said Wunderbar owner Craig Martel, who viewed an advance screening of the doctored film before agreeing to a performance date.

For this occasion, the 1936 outing of Reefer Madness, originally funded by a church group to propagandize the evils of marijuana -- but wound up becoming a cult exploitation classic -- has been converted into a silent film, captioned and edited down to 45 minutes. All audio has been replaced by a totally original soundtrack created from such sources as orchestral tunings and factory machinery. The soundscape is designed to go beyond the contemporary confines of "stoner rock," and even into territory beyond what is deemed music.

Special guests include Shawn Pinchbeck, who is reviving his classic electroacoustic take on the 1929 surrealistic classic Un Chien Andalou by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali. San Diego megaflutist Marion Garver Fredrickson returns to Edmonton to present her take on the Georges Méliès 1902 film classic Le Voyage dans la Lune. Also featured will be saxophonist Allison Balcetis, slated to improvise to the Thomas Edison 1910 film version of Frankenstein.

For more information, visit online or The New Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus page on Facebook or email Gene Kosowan at