Music @ Macaulay House

Thursday ,January 2, 7:30pm at Macaulay House

Chill out after New Year’s with a live musical performance by Artist in Residence Sonia Paço-Rocchia. She will play a new composition created while here in Dawson City on hand made instruments.

Double-Tranchant, meaning double-edged in French, is a solo show-installation for invented, found and automated instruments made with object that can cut, with real-time processing in a quadriphonic setting.

A piece for musical saws, stemsaws*, automated circular saw blades*, automated mobile of knifes*, automated electric musical saws* and other sharp found instruments with a live electronics setup that is a subtle gradient between playing an electronic instrument and playing with an algorithmic “musician” using a concept of indirect control by layers of flexible automations.  

Double-Tranchant is a commentary on the contrast between the brute, the sharp and the flexible, the fascinating.

This piece is a long term project that has recently received the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. The residency at KIAC is to work on the code for the live electronics setup, working on the form of the show and composition in this really inspiring environment and to find some new sonic material with the help of Dawson community. 

* instruments invented by the artist

Sonia Paço-Rocchia is an composer, sound installation artist, improviser, maker, creative coder, live electronics musician. Her work has been presented all over North America and Europe. 

Sonia Paço-Rocchia’s research is about sounds, timbres and forms. Composing, she broaden the variety of sonic possibilities either using new techniques, live electronics, invented instruments, found instruments or automated instruments. As for her work on the form, most of her work have visual elements as well as choices given to the players, or, in this case, to the automatons. Coder/Maker/Inventor, she makes automatons, web art, interfaces, digital instruments. Talented improviser, she uses a myriad of sound-makers, invented and automated instruments, voice and mostly bassoon, along with live electronics.