Friday, February 16, 2024
U.K. resident, multi-instrumentalist and improvisor Paul Morris brings his act Argument Club over to this side of the pond to his old stomping grounds of Edmonton for a one-night engagement presented by the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS). Morris was a regular live performer and recording artist, before absconding to England, where he continues to make his own brand of audio wizardry. He’s also recognized by the likes of Rochester, NY-based WAYO-FM as one of the world’s best improvisors. Also performing will be k burwash, Skrunt Skrunt, and Shawn Pinchbeck.
Saturday, January 20, 2024
Jan 20th 8pm and Jan 20th 2pm for Open Mic
Edmonton to join the world for a weird arts celebration
The Boreal Electroaoustic Music Society (BEAMS) will celebrate Art’s Birthday, one of the world’s most unusual celebrations of art. The event, Art’s Birthday Edmonton 2024, takes place Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. at Idylwylde Community League (8631-81 Street).
The show will feature a wide range of Edmonton sound artists and experimental musicians, many of whom have garnered international reputations for their work. Slated to play are James Parrott, Wayne DeFehr, Cave To Hades, Shawn Pinchbeck, Skrunt Skrunt, XiME, and The Alt-Wrong Orchestra.
BEAMS has hosted this annual event in Edmonton since 2010, as part of a global tribute to art, an idea conceived by French surrealist Robert Filliou in 1963. He believed that a million years ago, art did not exist until a sponge was dropped into a pail of water, and picked his own birthday, Jan. 17, to celebrate the occasion. Charmed by the absurdity of the notion, artists, predominantly in Europe, have been celebrating Art’s Birthday ever since. A comprehensive background of the event and international listings are available on artsbirthday.net .
A free open mic event hosted by the Idylwylde Community League also takes place that day at 2 p.m. Admission to Art’s Birthday is free to Idylwylde Community League members, $10 to BEAMS members, $20 to non-members, with a BEAMS membership to newcomers built into the price.
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Call for live performances!
Submission deadline: Saturday, January 6 2024
Art's Birthday is just around the corner and we are looking for live performers. This year's art's birthday will be held in person live at the Idylwyle community league hall (8631 81 St NW, Edmonton, AB).
It is going to be a full day of live music. The first half of the day will be an open mic for Idylwylde community members. The second half will be BEAMS experimental music performances. There are no specifics for the performances we are looking for. Just your creative selves doing what you love in the name of art! Performances will be scheduled for 20 minutes. This event is sponsored by AMAAS and BEAMS performers will be compensated.
PLEASE SUBMIT TO:
With the subject "Art's Bday 2024"
Thursday, November 23, 2023
Together Apart IV…an evening of audio wonderments
Date: Friday, November 24, 2023
Time: 8:00 pm MST
Where: https://www.twitch.tv/beamsdotca and your private parlour
Together Apart is an evening curated by composer Shawn Pinchbeck (CAN/EST) of sound and electroacoustic music artists from Belgium, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania and the UK; presented by the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS). Each performance has been specially selected for this event to tickle your ears, lubricate your listening organs and open your third eye.
This year’s fantastical audio visual voyage includes works by Bleak House (UK), Daniel Cramer (CAN), Krista Dintere (LV), Robert Dintere (LV), Gary James Joynes (CAN), Gintas K (LT), Phiqual Poynte (CAN), Pierre-Luc Senécal (CAN), Shaun Robert (UK), Nathaniel Sutton (CAN), The Third Guy and Stijn Demeulenaere (BE), and Paula Vitola (LV). We will be broadcasting from the UPDATE Festival in Liepaja, Latvia.
Please join us for the live presentation or enjoy it on our Twitch channel afterwards at your leisure.
The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) is a non-profit society dedicated to the promotion and production of sound art, experimental music and new media. Its membership consists of professional musicians, composers and performance artists from diverse backgrounds driven to create a voice for sound orientated art in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
This event is sponsored by the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society (AMAAS). BEAMS thanks them for their support!
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Together Apart IV…an evening of audio wonderments
Call for video works or streamed performances! Deadline November 18, 2023!
We are seeking submissions of video or Twitch live streamed performances from sound and electroacoustic music artists of all kinds. A modest artist fee will be paid for the accepted submissions.
Together Apart is an evening of sound and electroacoustic music artists from around the world to be presented by the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) on November 24, 2023 at 8 pm on our streaming channel: https://www.twitch.tv/beamsdotca
The previous three years’ events were very diverse with artists from Canada, UK, USA, Lithuania and Estonia. The performances explored various facets of improvisation, modular synths, found sound objects, and location specific works. Their accompanying videos featured computer generated images, analogue video synthesizers, manipulated video, documentary style footage, 16 mm experimental film and documentation of the performance itself. We are again looking for diverse “audio wonderments” to share with our audience this year!
Send your submissions by Nov 18th with the subject line “Together Apart IV” to:
The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) is a non-profit society dedicated to the promotion and production of sound art, experimental music and new media. Its membership consists of professional musicians, composers and performance artists from diverse backgrounds driven to create a voice for sound orientated art in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
This event is sponsored by the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society (AMAAS). BEAMS thanks them for their continued support!