æther (for large choir and wind ensemble)
Composition by Jordan Nobles
Performed live Nov. 5, 2011 in the cavernous Vancouver Public Library Atrium performed by the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Negative Zed Ensemble, conducted by Leslie Dala.
The æther (also spelled aether or ether) was once believed to be the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere, where the stars reside. Instead of the vacuum we know is there today previously it was imagined that a vaporous element surrounded the Earth, filled the heavens and was the very breath of the Gods.
Ethos Collective premieres On a Mote of Dust Suspended in a Sunbeam, written for them by Jordan Nobles. This work was commissioned with the assistance of the British Columbia Arts Council. In concert on September 15, 2012 at the Orpheum Annex in downtown Vancouver, Canada. Audio by Will Howie and video by Chris Randle.
Redshift Music commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a one-of-a-kind poolside performance inside the Vancouver Aquatic Centre.
On December 4, the Vancouver-based new music organization will transform the deck of the enormous indoor pool into a stage for Victoria's Aventa Ensemble, who will perform British composer Gavin Bryars' 1969 masterpiece "The Sinking of the Titanic".
2012 marks one hundred years since the "unsinkable" British passenger liner collided with an iceberg on its maiden voyage, resulting in the deaths of more than 1500 of its 2223 passengers. In the intervening century, countless artists have sought to explore the many facets of the historic maritime disaster including Bryars. Bryars drew his inspiration for The Sinking of the Titanic from reports that the Titanic's eight-piece orchestra remained on the deck, playing their instruments, as the liner sank into the sea. The multimedia work weaves recordings of survivors describing the Titanic's final moments with Bryars' evocative, hymn-based composition.
Audience members are encouraged to bring their swimsuits and towels and floating devices for listening while floating in the olympic sized pool. Of course, those that wish to just sit can do that as well.
The evening will also feature video projections by Giorgio Magnanensi, and premieres of new instrumental works by Giorgio Magnanensi, Jordan Nobles, and Jennifer Butler.
Aventa Ensemble aventa.ca was founded in 2003 under the artistic direction of Bill Linwood. The group recently completed its third international tour and is gearing up for its seventh national tour. The Sinking of the Titanic marks Aventa's first appearance in Vancouver.
They will also be releasing their Sinking of the Titanic CD at the show!