Open Space's New Music program presents Chris Corsano, Elisa Ferrari, and John Brennan's collaboration, corsano / brennan / dashes(--) on Friday, June 22 at 7:30pm.
– – / dashes is a sound collaboration between John Brennan and Elisa Ferrari.
– – pays homage to the incidental and ephemeral microtonal exchanges that occur through layering sustained dissonant frequencies, live samples, subtle movements and vocalization of text borrowed from dictionaries, language, and sound manuals.
In their improvised performances, – – combines sounds of amplified objects, feedback manipulation and modified percussion with field recordings and voice. Central to their approach to improvisation is an emphasis on the sonic interstices and slippages between the listeners/performers’ inner thoughts and the perception of the acoustic environment outside.
Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been working at the intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990's. His work incorporates spontaneously composed amalgams of extended techniques for drum set and non-percussion instruments of his own making that are incorporated into his kit. Examples of these invented instruments include violin strings stretched across drum heads, and modified reed instruments that transform the drums into resonators which can, in turn, be used to incite strips of metal to react to the drum membranes' Chladni-plate-like modes of vibration. Corsano's dedication to collective improvisation has resulted in his appearance on over 140 records and 1000 live performances.
Born in Italy, Elisa Ferrari is an artist and curator living in Vancouver, unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She works with text, image, and sound. To consider acts and implications of retrieval, she produces projects that manifest as installations, sound walks, artist books, and performance; often addressing or incorporating archival fragments. Ferrari holds a BFA from the University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV) and a MAA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD). From 2013 to 2017 she worked as Events and Exhibitions Coordinator/Curator at VIVO Media Arts Centre. She is part of – – / dashes, a sound performance collaboration with John Brennan. She is currently collaborating with Stacey Ho on a book of graphic scores for deep listening and sound making.
John Brennan is a sound artist, drummer, and new music curator living in Vancouver, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Between 2012 and 2016 he founded and curated Destroy Vancouver (DV) an improvised music and sound art series produced by VIVO Media Arts Centre that brought together international improvisers with local and national sound artists and musicians. His recent performance and improvisation has expanded to include sound installations and sound sculptures that consider the relationship between the sonic memory of musical instruments, performance, and improvisation.