Bask in the sonic embrace of the Gabriola Microsynth Orchestra and gather round some of the island’s finest poets. Sound art! Shadow play! The power of the spoken word! Zoom in to CoRvid Cabaret’s streaming open mic, live from the Poetry Yurt and hosted by Mitch Miyagawa. Part of Poetry Gabriola’s 2021 Micro Festival.
The Gabriola Microsynth Orchestra (GMO) was formed in 2018, as a collaboration between Alex Varty, Dinah Dee, Andreas Kahre and Trevor Gear — four seasoned performers with a soft spot for the intimate sonic world of embodied electronics; noise generators, crackle boxes and synthesizers controlled by human gestures, bananas and other edible objects.
Renowned not only for its sonic ardour, but for the visual splendour of its stage apparel created by Gabriola artist Heather Cameron, the orchestra specializes in creating a kaleidoscopic array of textures, and rhythms. GMO first performed in public as the musical feature act of the 2019 Poetry Gabriola ORBITS festival, in a collaboration with the iconic Canadian poet Bill Bissett, and most recently as part of COUCHFEST, a Gabriola virtual presence music festival.
Individually, the members of GMO are accomplished musicians, improvisers, performers and sonic curators, with experiences ranging from composing for contemporary Gamelan to leading Canada’s premier children’s entertainers the Kerplunks, from free jazz drumming and a highly accomplished level of clowning and physical performance to roadhouse gigs with the Animal Slaves. Gabriolan to the core, GMO is also fiercely transnational in its commitment to build on more than a hundred years of electronic music, and while the whole orchestra fits on a single table (under normal circumstances), its sonic appetite can only be described as boundless.
Hosted by Poetry Gabriola
ALL AGES | $15