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Two choirs in one evening! Jean-Sébastien Allaire leads the largest performing ensemble in the university in this popular concert of choral music. The university choir, made up of students, staff and the community, give their all to celebrate the end of the semester. Kathy Kennedy directs the chamber choir in a program for a smaller, more intimate choir, singing repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day. The act of singing is one of the most unifying human abilities – both for the singers and the audience. Listen, breathe, and enjoy.
This fascinating performance by the advanced improvisation students shows off each student and their ensembles as they add new voices to the jazz tradition. Hear intricate lines created on the spot, drawing on the growing wealth of ideas and skills of these students in the specialization in jazz studies. Directed by Josh Rager. Step back into the jazz age with Dave Turner and the Concordia Big Band. The closing concert of the semester will send you out with that great brass and reed sound in your ears, some fabulous singers in your mind's eye, and wishing you had brought your dancing shoes. Swing into the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall for an unforgettable evening. Directed by Dave Turner.
Jazz improvisation is a skill as individual as each performer as they navigate complex chords and rhythms, styles and their fellow students' input. Gary Schwartz directs these small combos playing a variety of music to show off their growing skills as improvisers and creators. These fresh sounds will inspire you to do as well in your own work, whatever it may be. Concordia's Eclectic Ensemble concert showcases a wild variety of sounds, playing jazz tunes crafted for them by some of today's hottest arrangers. Gary Schwartz has created one of the music department's most surprising ensembles.
Entering another year, the Undergraduate Student Exhibition succeeds once again in showcasing the creative breadth and sophistication that exists within Concordia University’s Fine Arts Undergraduate community. The exhibited artworks transform the gallery space into an imaginative playground. The works invite participation by generating sound, prompting bodies to twist and turn, and lock viewers into a bold and hypnotizing dance. This year’s paintings, photographs, sculptures and media work seem to defy their materiality altogether, transcending the conventions of their medium effortlessly. Forget everything you once knew about traditional art practice, for the twelve exhibited artists have merged sculpture with video, performance with installation, and photography with the surrounding environment. A truly collaborative project, the Undergraduate Student Exhibition is the result of the hard work of many. Juried by representatives from the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History, the Fine Arts Student Alliance and the VAV Gallery (Concordia’s student-run undergraduate gallery), with a catalogue designed by undergraduate students in the Department of Design and Computation Arts, writing by undergraduate students in the Department of Art History and the guidance of FOFA Gallery Director Jennifer Dorner and staff. Featured artists: Coey Kerr, John Shukin, Fannie Gadouas, Julie Villeneuve, Jacinthe Derasp, Jérémie Cyr, Annika Steimle, Rihab Essayh, Luisina Sosa Rey, Stephen Brace, Terrance Richard, Jonathan Théroux.
Mandi Morgan's 'Boreal' is a handmade paper cutout animation depicting an imagined ecosystem of animal magic within an intricately illustrated landscape. This non-linear allegorical tale exposes the vulnerable tensions between wildlife and human destruction. Her fragile assemblage of the puppets echoes the vulnerable relationship that wildlife has within a compromised ecosystem. Morgan's animated universe is an illustrated microcosm of complex detail and texture.
Richard Cornelisse's 'Lac St-Anne' is an interactive, multi-screen, non-linear audio/video documentary that depicts an experiential portrait of Lac St. Anne located in northern Alberta, Canada. This depiction addresses an emotional account of geography through the viewpoint of a type of dream logic. Through this framework, work explores how cinematic language can operate as a type of phenomenological portraiture, also considering how it is mediated and how it may inform a specific way of looking at this special part of the world.
The 'The One City, Nine Towns' initiative, was meant to save Shanghai from its inevitable overpopulation. This urban expansion plan proposed to showcase the very best of eminent countries around the world by adopting international styles such as German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, English, Scandinavian and Canadian. What was initially intended as a unique alternative to downtown living was unintentionally sabotaged by an aggressive speculative market, eventually bringing these towns closer to non-spaces and movie sets.
Brendan Flanagan’s latest work 'Dense Hands, Thick Clouds' explores the tools of digital design that are now so often used to create the media, objects and architecture that surround us. Through a back and forth process of hand making and computer tweaking Flanagan attempts to concretize the areas where the digital inserts itself into creation.
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