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March 1 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Lithophonica graphic with photos of James Harley and Gayle Young performing.

Gayle Young / James Harley – Immersive improvised music for live electronics with rocks and other home-made instruments.

46 Essex St. near downtown Guelph
Sunday, 1 March 2020, 2:30 pm – 4:30pm
$20 at door or Eventbrite, students enter free

Gayle Young is a Canadian composer, musician, and author. Her music and sound installations include a wide variety of sound sources, from electronic and orchestral instruments to found stone and wood. In the late 1970s she developed notational systems and designed musical instruments to facilitate explorations in unusual tunings, and since 1993 has used multiple lengths of tuned tubing in outdoor sound installations. She continues to combine her interests in tuning and soundscape by recording environmental noise of highways, railways, rivers, and ocean shorelines through tuned tubing. Her 2017 CrossWaves uses underwater hydrophone recordings enhanced by electroacoustic processing.

Young has authored the biography of Hugh Le Caine (1914-1977) the foremost Canadian inventor of electronic instruments, portraying a fertile period of invention in science and the arts from the 1940s to the 1970s. She has written extensively about sound exploration, bringing attention to the exploration and experience of sound, and edited Musicworks Magazine for many years. Her invention and performance on her microtonal instruments, the Amaranth and Columbine, have been mentioned in several publications.

In 2014 she was awarded a residency in Italy as a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, where she composed As Trees Grow for solo piano with electronics, premiered by Xenia Pestova at Café Oto, London, in February 2017. Following this concert she was visiting artist at the University of Groningen and Den Haag’s Royal Conservatoire.

James Harley is a Canadian composer presently based in Ontario, where he teaches at the University of Guelph. He obtained his doctorate in composition at McGill University in 1994, after spending six years composing and studying music in Europe (London, Paris, Warsaw). His music has been awarded prizes in Canada, USA, UK, France, Poland, Japan, and has been performed and broadcast around the world. Some of Harley’s compositions are available on disc (Artifact, ATMA, Centrediscs, Dame, Kappa, McGill, Musicworks, PeP, Soundprints) and his scores are primarily available through the Canadian Music Centre. He has been commissioned by, among others, Codes d’Accès, Continuum, ECM, Hammerhead Consort, Kappa, Kore, New Music Concerts, Oshawa-Durham Symphony, Open Ears Festival, Polish Society for New Music, SMCQ, Transit Festival Leuven, Transmission, Trio Phoenix, Vancouver New Music. He composes music for acoustic forces as well as electroacoustic media, with a particular interest in multi-channel audio. As a researcher, Harley has written extensively on contemporary music. His book, Xenakis: His Life in Music (Routledge) was published in 2004, and his second book, Iannis Xenakis: Kraanerg (Ashgate) in 2015. As a performer, Harley has a background in jazz, and has most recently worked as an interactive computer musician, performing with Ken Aldcroft, Cam McKittrick, Joe Sorbara, Ellen Waterman, Gayle Young, and others. ~spin~ (duo with Ellen Waterman) put out a disc in 2015.



March 1
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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46 Essex Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3K8 Canada
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