As part of the Sounds of Water project, Le Vivier is highlighting the link between creative music and environmental issues.
Several kinds of workshops are offered:
The music of water
For a very long time, composers have been drawn to water and nature, taking inspiration from the movement of the sea, the rivers and the animals that live there. Through several works composed in different historical periods, participants will discover how composers evoke water. This workshop will help in understanding instrumental, vocal and electroacoustic approaches and explore sound materials and the musical language used by composers for this aquatic evocation (compositional process, rhythmic patterns, harmony...). The program is based on three levels of activity: listening, creating and performing.
Sound ecology: discovering the world of R. Murray Schafer
This workshop introduces the concept of “soundscape” which will aid in understanding works by composers like Barry Truax, Hildegard Westerkamp and James O’Callaghan.
It will provide an entertaining awareness of the sound environments of participants who will then create short musical pieces in the spirit of soundscape.
“We encourage people to listen to the world as a vast musical composition – a composition in which we are, in part, its composers.” - R. Murray Schafer.
The little sounds of water for children
Waves, rivers, drops and splashes, all invite themselves into music. It’s about discovering the sounds of nature inspired by the movement of the sea, of rivers and the animals that live there. Then by playing on instruments and sound objects and using the voice, they will create their own water music and eventually transform it with an electronic device.
These workshops can take place at Le Vivier, in schools, libraries, universities, or cultural centres and are adapted to the age of the audience and the context of the presentation.
For all information contact us at info [at] levivier [dot] ca