“Playing Our City”: a multi-site, participatory, inter-active, semi-composed/semi-spontaneous performance
As part of the 2016 Junos programming, on March 12th “Playing our City” was performed simultaneously in two locations in Calgary: the Central Public Library downtown and the Genesis Centre in North East Calgary. Citizens collaborated with trained musicians in each location to create music by percussively ‘playing’ the material features of their locations. This involved traditional instrumentation, but the focus was on the traditionally non-musical aspects of the landscape and architecture of the sites as both instruments and playing surfaces: earth, vegetation, stone, concrete, steel and other metals, glass, bodies, wind, etc. The featured composition was be partly pre-established and composed (by celebrated composers Laurie Radford and JUNO-award winner Allan Bell) and partly open to the improvised contributions of the performers, facilitated by the lead site animators. Locations were connected by high-speed internet, so that the performers and audience members in one location could hear the participants in the other location. Thus, all participants performed at the same time (simultaneously and/or in sequence, as pre-determined by the pre-established structure of the composition). The overall performance was videotaped for presentation at the gala "Listen to Your City" concert on March 14th, and is now available online in an archived recording.
Conceived and directed by Bruce Barton
Composed by (2015 Juno Award winner) Allan Bell and Laurie Radford
Performance Transmission Design and Lead Site Animation by Eric Bumstead
Site Animation by Adam Johnson, Bob Fenske, Katie Baker, and Alex Cohen
Event Realization by Nathan Bosse, Ethan Cayko, Kyle Eustace, Lawrence Fyfe, and Aura Pon
Dramaturgy by Pil Hansen
Technical Direction by Graham Frampton
"Playing Our City" was a 2016 JUNOS Awards Host Committee initiative.