24 September to 3 October
Sat 3 October 2020
11.00AM – 11.30AM
2.00PM – 2.30PM
15 minute performances with time either side for H&S procedures
Venue: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
Be surprised, be delighted, be grounded, be moved at this confluence of sound, light, space, time and story – bringing focus to a moment.
Don a high-vis vest and enter into a unique live listening experience at the former home of the Cloisters Cinema.
Raw, vast, and eerie, this space speaks to many memories. A cello and saxophone respond to the resonant potential of this dramatic space in an intimate and energetic series of sense-stimulating performances.
We'll be going behind the construction fences so places are limited and you must follow all health & safety guidelines.
Please be on time and wear warm clothes. You must wear sturdy closed toe flat shoes to gain entry. You will be provided with a high-vis vest.
Chris works as a freelance sculptor, set designer/builder, composer and musician. His recent work explores the common ground between space, sound and light - creating sonic sculptures and also concert performances that use various materials and found objects. His stage designs are also interested in the synthesis of aural and visual rhythms, colours and energies. He was employed at the University of Canterbury Theatre and Film department (2008 -2013) as technical director and designer where he worked with set design, prop construction, puppet making, music direction, and musical theatre performance. Currently he collaborates with many theatres and musical groups around New Zealand.
Nicole is a freelance cellist (and a librarian) and has performed in a number of projects and recordings. She brings a new perspective to traditional cello roles through her improving work in various solo performances, jazz ensembles and has also worked extensively with Free Theatre, Scorcher productions of Dunedin and Tango La Luna of Christchurch. Her most recent projects have been providing the soundtrack to the production of Hive and providing cello parts to several local bands including Lyttelton's Jazz Quarter and Demarnia Lloyd. Nicole enjoys reintroducing the beautiful yet melancholic sound of the cello to people in various settings and through theatre and spicing things up by adding a bit of technology to the whole experiment.
Reuben Derrick is a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer. His ongoing projects in New Zealand include various and eclectic creative music groups, sound design and music for theatre, as well as multi-disciplinary collaboration. He is a member of Altmusic hosting visiting artists and facilitating experimental music events, and a regular performer with Free Theatre. His recent international musical performances were in Sydney and Melbourne with Baliphonics and the Australian Art Orchestra; Vienna, Ljubljana and Zagreb with Irene Kepl (2019); The Nowhere Festival (Auckland, 2018); Radio Asia Festival with Baliphonics (Warsaw, 2018); and at the Music Matters Festival (Colombo, 2016) with Sri Lankan folk musicians and other international artists. He was awarded a fellowship to the Music Omi residency (New York, 2015), where he collaborated with 13 other musicians from around the world. Reuben’s Doctor of Musical Arts research Acoustic illuminations: recorded space as soundscape composition (University of Canterbury 2014) draws upon field recording and improvisation. This work featured soundscapes in New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka.
Sonic Room is supported by Christchurch City Council's Enliven Places Projects Fund.