The Muted Note: Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood

This autumn, former ICASP improvisers-in-residence Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood will perform their new suite The Muted Note a total of 40 times in nine provinces across Canada.

Critic Stuart Broomer has called The Muted Note  “a striking accomplishment. It ultimately resonates like P.K. Page’s galvanized language itself.” This suite of songs and dances is based on the works of Canadian poet P.K. Page (1916-2010), with Thomson playing his own compositions on trombone and Hood’s singing and choreography, both largely animated with improvisation.

As Improv Notes goes to press, the duo have completed their eastern performances, including Toronto and Montreal stints with the full stage production which includes lighting design by Paul Chambers, dance by Ellen Furey, Alanna Kraaijeveld and Bernard Martin, and musicians Nicolas Caloia (bass), Yves Charuest (alto saxophone) and Pierre Tanguay (drums).
From Newfoundland, they will fly west to begin their next circuit of concerts:

14 Oct – Roberts Creek BC, Gumboot Cafe
15 Oct – Vancouver BC, The Western Front, 8pm
16 Oct – Vancouver BC, performance and conference, University of British Columbia
18 Oct – Victoria BC, Open Space, 7pm
19 Oct – Salt Spring Island BC, ArtSpring Art Gallery, 7:30pm
20 Oct – Salt Spring Island BC, workshops (hosted by ArtSpring)
20 Oct – Victoria BC, Artists’ Talk, University of Victoria
21 Oct – Salt Spring Island BC, workshops (hosted by ArtSpring)
22 Oct – Nanaimo BC, workshop (hosted by Crimson Coast Dance)
23 Oct – Nanaimo BC, Harbour City Theatre (presented by Crimson Coast Dance)

25 Oct – Kelowna BC, The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 8pm
27 Oct – Calgary AB, National Music Centre (presented by Bug Incision)
28 Oct – Edmonton AB, venue TBA (presented by Bug Incision)
29 Oct – Saskatoon SK, Free Flow Dance Centre, 7pm
30 Oct – Regina SK, The Artesian (presented by Holophon Audio Arts), 8pm
31 Oct – Brandon MB, Artists’ Talk, Hawkweed Literary Forum, Brandon University, 12:30pm
31 Oct – Brandon MB, Works in Progress Cabaret, Park Community Centre, 7pm
1 Nov – Brandon MB, workshops TBA (hosted by Brandon University)
2 Nov – Regina SK, workshop (hosted by New Dance Horizons), 2pm
15 Nov – Rimouski QC, Co-op Paradis (presented by Tour de Bras)
16 Nov – Québec QC, Bar Co-op L’agitée

Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood were the 2012 Improvisers-in-Residence with the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice research project.


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