Photos: Brahja Waldman & Friends of Freedom at l'Envers
Beautiful photos taken at a Howl! arts collective concert on 14/12, 2011 at L’Envers performance space in Montreal. Photos taken by David Vilder feature Brahja Waldman & Friends of Freedom performing an intense Jazz improvisation at the space.
Howl! arts collective presents Lettres De Nootka, an incredible sonic narration on Canada and colonial history written by Alejandro Saravia, produced by Lysian Pieries programmer at CKUT community radio in Montreal and from the sound art duo television+longplay.
Canadian history, or for that matter any official history, is always an open invitation to explore its silences, to observe how history breathes with the eyes of those who remain in silence or those who were silenced. The thirst to hear the words of the subaltern.
This text is an excursion to the first days of the Spanish language in what is today our country. It owes much to the friendship of poets Juan Escareño and Hugh Hazelton. This sound version was made possible with the support and encouragement of Lysian Pieries, who authored the sound art around the text.
Photos - Howl! Julia Kent. Les Momies de Palerme. Jen Reimer.
Beautiful photographs illuminating moments from Howl! at Sala Rossa on 24/11/2011, an all women musician concert in Montreal co-sponsored by the 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy with performances by Montreal and New York City artists. Featured at concert was NYC-based cellist Julia Kent, sonic explorations from Montreal musician/sound artist Jen Reimer and a performance by Les Momies de Palerme.
Howl! arts collective continues ongoing efforts to build bridges between struggles for social justice and cultural workers. View / share widely these beautiful photographs taken at our last concert by a handful of wonderful photojournalists in Montreal all linked below every image.
cello resting on floor at La Sala Rossa for Howl! concert in Montreal. photo Thien V.
cellist Julia Kent performs to full house for Howl! at Sala Rossa. photo David Vilder
cellist Julia Kent presents beautiful cello performance at Sala Rossa. photo Neal Rockwell
Howl! arts collective is releasing ‘O My Sisters’ from an in-studio performance by celebrated poet Ian Ferrier in fall 2011 at CKUT 90.3fm in Montreal.
“This piece originated with a Scientific American article saying that the sun was born at the same time and place as hundreds of other stars, and though these stars have now dispersed throughout the Milky Way, if we found them their light would tell us they were brothers and sisters. They are all made of the same elements,” writes Ferrier on the beautiful track.
The Arab Winter exhibition is opening in Montreal 02/12 at 19h at the Under Pressure Fresh Paint Gallery, 180 Ste. Catherine east. This exhibition artistically explores the recent uprising across the Arab world, highlighting the challenges, reflections and difficult questions of peoples in revolution.
Showing throughout Dec. at the Under Pressure gallery in Montreal this exhibition promises to inspire and provoke important debate on the revolutionary wave across the Arab world here in Montreal, a city deeply connected to the region via diaspora. Howl! arts collective proudly supports the Arab Winter exhibition and encourages everyone to check it out.
Playing a central role in the exhibition is Montreal hip-hop artist The Narcicyst, celebrated globally for ground breaking and progressive hip-hop tracks rooted in the Arab experience in North America.
Howl! arts collective presents a collaboration between artist Sundus Abdul Hadi and musician Stefan Christoff for “Over Baghdad (Maktoob)”, part of the ‘Flight Series’.
This collaboration builds on past musical / visual collaborations between the artists, view “Uprising” released by Art Threat earlier this year, a piece honoring the uprising in Egypt, also Christoff contributed piano to Abdul Hadi’s multimedia series WARCHESTRA for the piece “Keys of Return”.
For this most recent collaboration you can hear an open piano track, music to accompany the open skies of struggle and dreams illustrated in the ‘Flight Series’ exhibition.
Please post / share this link widely and download the music via the soundcloud icon above, thanks for tuning-in. For all in Montreal Sundus Abdul Hadi is a featured artist in the current Arab Winter exhibition, a multimedia art installation open to the public at the Under Pressure Fresh Paint Gallery in Montreal.
Named after New York City’s ubiquitous “tree of heaven,” “Ailanthus” is a track from Green and Grey, a record inspired by the intersections between the natural world and human-created environments. Green and Grey was released in 2011 on Important records (North America) and Tin Angel records (UK./Europe), and utilizes multitracked cello, field recordings, and found sounds, composed and performed by Julia Kent.
Howl! Arts collective is releasing “Ailanthus” for download in the lead-up to the fourth edition of the Howl! concert series, featuring a special Montreal performance by Julia Kent, taking place on Nov. 24th at La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent blvd. Also featured at the concert will be musician/artist Jen Reimer and Les momies de Palerme, via Constellation records. For information and updates follow Howl! on twitter and on facebook. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the fourth Howl! concert in Montreal!
Listen to a live solo oud performance via composer and musician Sam Shalabi at CKUT community radio in Montreal at 90.3fm. Shalabi is a celebrated experimental musician and composer based between Cairo, Egypt and Montreal, Québec. In music Shalabi explores the boundaries of musical genres taking inspiration from minimalist composers while maintaining roots in classical Egyptian music, always working toward new sounds and beautiful sonic exploration.
In this studio performance Shalabi plays the oud solo only weeks prior to a return to Cairo, Egypt where Shalabi is now based, working as a musician in revolutionary Egypt.
Howl! Photos Kaie Kellough. Matana Roberts. Matthew Shipp.
Artistic explorations on the roots of Jazz culture were beautifully performed at the third edition of the Howl! concert series in Montreal at La Sala Rossa, on Sept. 15th, 2011. On stage for the most recent Howl! were three artists presenting striking solo performances, contemporary explorations on Jazz music.
Pianist Matthew Shipp performing at Howl!. photo Darren Ell.
Opening the evening was poet Kaie Kellough who performed work from the recently released Vox: Versus via Wired on Words recordings alongside several new pieces. Kellough presents celebrated sound poetry that explores the boundaries of language, challenging traditional expectations of performance poetry. For background, view the interview featured on Art Threat.
In remembrance and solidarity with Troy Davis, killed by the state in Georgia, US, 21/09/2011, it is critical in Canada to highlight the fact that the current Conservative Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, has expressed public support for state executions.
During the 2011 election campaign Harper stated in a CBC interview that “there are times where capital punishment is appropriate,” a deeply violent statement that points to clear support for the morally rotten practice of government executions.
Troy Davis moved millions of people around the world to protest and publicly reject the death penalty in the US. Artists mobilized to communicate the struggle against the execution of Davis, hand painted picket signs and graphic design work all playing a key role in articulating the global outrage against the state killing.
Listen to a in-studio solo performance by saxophonist Matana Roberts at CKUT 90.3fm in Montreal. A striking saxophone player Roberts is celebrated globally for work that builds on and challenges traditional Jazz language while incorporating a multitude of sounds into a sonic landscapes that are uniquely beautiful.
Recently the Montreal-based record label Constellation records released COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres to critical acclaim, read reviews HERE and HERE. Roberts appeared on CKUT in August 2011 and Howl! presents a link to Matana’s live performance for your listening pleasure.
Matana Roberts will be performing solo on Wed, September 15th at the third edition of Howl! alongside sound poet Kaie Kellough and pianist Matthew Shipp, for more information visit the facebook page or check Howl! on twitter for updates.
Vox: Versus released by Kellough on the Wired on Words poetry record label in Montreal features many incredible Montreal musicians and sound creators including DJ Andy Williams, percussionist JahSun via Kalmunity Vibe Collective, trumpet player & poet Jason ‘Blackbird’ Selman, pianist Stefan Christoff and Martin Heslop on contrabass.
Vox: Versus is a step into the future of spoken word poetry and toward an exploration of the fundamentals of language and speech. Design concept for the groundbreaking release Vox: Versus via graphic artist Kevin Lo via LOKi design.Incorporated into the album are influences of Jazz culture and concepts of improvisation funneled into poetic vocal delivery. Also present in the album is an intense recounting of contested histories, an examination of both Black Canadian and African-American culture in the present day but also back into contested histories.
Reflections on street posters & democracy in Canada
In a digital age community organizers and grassroots artists are moving online in unprecedented ways to promote events and new artistic work to the world. As corporate-controlled social media networks move to colonize our collective social interactions and hours a day are spent at the computer screen, the art of real world street posters faces a crossroads.
Street posters remain an important element to independent cultural events in Montreal and around the world; however increasingly arts organizers are directing attention to the online world and away from the messy real world art that puts posters on the streets and in the public sphere.
In recent years, hand printed silkscreen posters have experienced a renaissance of sorts, from the activist cooperative Just Seeds, to poster designers like Seri Pop and festivals like Suoni per il Popolo in Montreal. There is certainly a conscious effort among independent artists and community activists to push forward with the street poster tradition while developing the practice in new and exciting ways. However in recognizing the incredible work being done to create poster art, it is also important to identify and challenge the trend to move grassroots publicity from the streets to the internet.
Listen to an ambient composition mixing electronics and live piano samples, a sonic collaboration between Jordan Christoff via Delay Talk and musician activist Stefan Christoff. This composition built on live piano improvisations, developed over months of experimentation via electronics by Jordan Christoff in spring 2011 at the Torn Curtain performance/rehearsal space in Montreal. As brothers Jordan and Stefan Christoff are regularly working at bridging organic piano and contemporary electronics experimentation in sound, working toward creating beautiful and inspiring sonic landscapes for your ears.
Please download/listen to this track offered for free download via the Howl! Arts Collective in Montreal. Photo accompanying track by Joe Nigel Coleman.
Art Threat presents two live recordings featuring musician Nick Kuepfer performing at Howl! in March 2011. For this performance at La Sala Rossa Kuepfer was joined on stage by innovative percussionist Eric Craven via the celebrated duo Hangedup and beautiful cello sounds via Kristina Koropecki. These recordings are offered for free download via the audio links above.
Nick Kuepfer is a guitar player weaving nylon string and electric guitar pieces together with live sampled tape loops and drones from various audio sources, ranging from static repetition and subtle sounds, to frantic and abrasive with a tendency for experimentation. Kuepfer has lived in Montreal since 2003 and has performed solo only a for short time, occasionally with invited guests, including Eric Craven (Hangedup), Kristina Koropecki (Mark Berube), John Corban, and Nick Scribner (Clues) pre-ceded by playing in full bands, including Lungbutter, Aidswolf, L’embuscade and presently plays with Hrsta and No Nature.
A beautiful duet performance at Howl! II via harpists Sarah Pagé and Robin Best at La Sala Rossa in March 2011. This recording for listening & download to your friends, download the recording for free via the audio link above.
Celebrated harp player Sarah Pagé performs a harp duet set with harpist Robin Best. Pagé has performed as a soloist with both the McGill Orchestra and choir and has participated in many orchestral festivals including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In 2002, Pagé became interested in exploring the boundaries of her instrument and has done a great deal of improvising, recording and touring with long time friend and collaborator Patrick Watson.
Pagé collaborated with Amon Tobin on the 2006 release The Foley Room and has collaborated extensively with the late Lhasa de Sela. Pagé helped write and arrange, as well as performing on Lhasa’s latest album and as a member of her band performed many shows with Lhasa from 2007-2009. Pagé appears on albums by Lara Fabian, Arianne Moffat, Amon Tobin, Lhasa DeSela, Patrick Watson and Plants and Animals, while playing regularly with Esmerine.
Howl! concert series occurs in collaboration with Suoni per il Popolo and aims to highlight cultural workers rooted in Montreal’s fiercely creative independent arts community. As a performance series Howl! aims to highlight community-driven culture while challenging corporate-directed musical modes by celebrating grassroots artists in concert, while actively building bridges between the arts and social activism. Photo accompanying this Mp3 release is by photographer Tamara Abdul Hadi. The Howl! arts collective is posting live at www.twitter.com/howlarts
Over the next week Howl! Arts Collective in Montreal will launch a series of street posters in the lead-up to Canada’s 2011 federal election.
Via poster art, as artists and community activists, we express our rejection of the manipulative politics of fear, violence and militarism embodied by Canada’s Conservative party.
Elections 2011 in Canada certainly present no inspiring options for revolutionary change, no major political parties present a clear critique on the hyper-drive capitalist economics working at horrifying speed, both locally and globally, to destroy the environment, reinforce social inequalities and poverty.
All considered and in the face of the potential reelection of the Conservative party in Canada, as community-driven artists we offer these street poster designs for people to download to post in their communities across Canada. A little contribution to the growing organized sentiment across Canada that rejects the Conservative vision these posters aim to highlight key issues facing our communities, not in endorsement of any political party but simply to state our rejection of Harper’s policies.
In Montreal the posters will be shared on the streets in the upcoming days.
One poster focuses on Harper’s attack on public funding for the arts in contrast to billions of projected spending toward the military, an estimated over $20-billion for military fighter jets.
Another poster focuses on the police attack on popular street protests in Toronto in opposition to the G20. Over $1-billion military, police and security budget for the elite summit, that excludes the majority of the world, resulted in violent police repression, including physical attacks, sexual assaults and imprisonment without charge, a profoundly disturbing attack on grassroots activism in Canada.
Final poster aims to simply highlight the politics of fear and division that drives the Conservative social narrative for Canada, a political language rooted in authoritarian politics of control via fear. In Canada this disturbing political tone goes so far to include a flying military fighter jet in a Conservative national campaign AD.
Thank you for posting and sharing these posters with your friends and in your community.