IICSI in Vancouver, University of British Columbia

Following Susanna Hood’s and Scott Thomson’s noon-hour performance of The Muted Note: Songs Based on Poems by P.K. Page, IICSI convened a colloquium called “Extraordinary Presences: Women, Poetry, Art Song” in the Dodson Room of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

After a panel of Thomson, Hood, P.K. Page biographer Sandra Djwa and Phanuel Antwi from the Department of English discussed “Extending

the Poetics of Song,” composer Lisa Cay Miller performed a version of her Lessing Stories for extended piano. The next panel, “Collaborations and Challenges, Sounding Out,” brought together Vancouver Poet Laureate Rachel Rose, composer Jacquie Leggatt and Bronwyn Malloy from the Department of English to cover subjects as diverse as the policing of the voice, the role of the unreliable narrator in Canadian indie music, and the Vancouver performance group the Institute for Domestic Research.

Thanks to Kevin McNeilly for convening this fascinating and far-reaching afternoon of music and discussion!

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