about the mouth – concert – Dec 15, 2008

about the mouth is a cabaret-style concert of new and improvised vocal works. Lia Pas and Helen Pridmore, singers trained in extended vocal techniques, will perform an hour-long concert of compositions written by Lia Pas and John Cage, improv-based scores by Helen Pridmore and Lia Pas, and a bit of Klingon Opera thrown in for good measure.

Please join us at Lydia’s Loft for this exciting evening of drinks and exploration.

Monday, December 15, 2008
Lydia’s Loft – Saskatoon
admission by donation
cash bar

more info below the cut….

Helen Pridmore is a singer and sound artist. Her passion for new music has resulted in many performances and premieres of works by Canadian and American composers. She has performed at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Sound Symposium, the Scotia Festival and throughout the Maritimes and Québec, as well as in the US.

Helen also employs improvisation, spoken word and extended vocal techniques in her work. She is a member of Motion Ensemble, New Brunswick’s new music group, whose concerts include scored music, improvisations, and interactive electronic and visual media. With the duo Sbot N Wo, Helen creates vocal/electronic improvisations in sound and has toured in Canada and Europe.

Helen grew up in Saskatoon and studied with Dorothy Howard at the U of S. More recently she has studied extended vocal techniques with Joan La Barbara and Richard Armstrong. She teaches voice at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Lia Pas is a multidisciplinary creator/performer who works with text, sound, music, image, and movement. Vocally, Lia has performed her own and others’ compositions solo and in ensemble in Canada, the USA and the UK. She has worked as an improviser and vocalist with sound poet Steven Ross Smith and in November 2008 became a performer-member of the Klingon Terran Research Ensemble working towards a production of the opera, “U”. She incorporates extended vocal techniques into much of her work and has studied Roy Hart Voice Work extensively with Richard Armstrong, Enrique Pardo and Linda Wise.

Lia is also a published poet (what is this place we have come to, Thistledown Press, 2003; vicissitudes, Underwhich Editions, 2001), a theatre artist (splanchnologies, UK, 2005; Baba Yaga’s Hut, Saskatoon, 2002; The Descent of Inanna, Saskatoon, 2001), and a yoga and voice instructor.

Lia’s most recent projects include Husk, a chapbook with artist Ed Pas (JackPine Press, 2008) and susurrations, a multidisciplinary film about the heart (forthcoming, February 2009). She holds a BFA Honours in Music from York University (Toronto, 1996) and an MA in Devised Theatre from Dartington College of Arts (UK, 2006).Lia grew up in Saskatoon, lived in Japan from 2003-2005, and is now based in Saskatoon again.

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