Posted May 13 , 2013

Arts & Culture


Kitchener - The Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound in Kitchener, ON announces the Between the Ears Festival on May 31 and June 1, a co-production with CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area).

Open Ears presented its first festival in 1998, dedicated to new and creative music, rare and eclectic sounds and the art of listening. Having decided to align with our sister festival CAFKA in presenting our regular biennial festival, Open Ears will be moving to later in the spring. Between the Ears is our first intensive collaboration.

Between the Ears kicks off on May 31 in the Kitchener Civic Square, beginning at 5 PM with a large-scale interpretation of James Tenney's Having Never Written a Note for Percussion, giving way to 50 pounds of rice travelling through a pendulum-mounted 25 litre funnel in Erik Griswold's Spill and the same composer's Strings Attached, where drumstick gestures are visualized with 75 meters of rope. CAFKA artist Scott Carter will perform on a drywall drumset and concrete guitars, and a group of performers lying face down on the pavement will perform CAFKA artist Christof Migone's Hit Parade. During and after the performances, King Street between Ontario and Young Streets will house the King Street Art Market at Night, running until midnight, featuring local food, artisans and vendors.

Between the Ears continues on June 1, from 3-6 PM in the Walper Hotel. Our guests will experience a unique sampling of over fifty micro-performances, including a rare chance to view Ligeti's Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes. Included in the experience is CAFKA @ The Walper Hotel, a program of contemporary art installations, running from May 3 to August 11, that engage the unique spaces of the historic Walper Hotel, utilizing sculptural intervention, photography, animation, sound installation and mixed media.

Open Ears closes out the festival on June 1 at 8 pm in the Registry Theatre, presenting a mix of founding and current members of CCMC, celebrating the Media City vinyl re-release of CCMC Vol 3 with original artwork by Michael Snow, followed by Martin Messier and Nicolas Bernier's La chambre des machines. The 10 PM closing party at the Walper Hotel Barrister's Lounge will feature the Freedmen, a trio on ukelele, suitcase and streetsweeper-bristle bass.

Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound relies on a combination of public and private support to present its programming. Our participation in Between the Ears is made possible with the support of Kitchener-Waterloo Community Fund - Musagetes Fund, City of Kitchener, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, the Walper Hotel and Counterpoint Music. Some of our artists appear with the assistance of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

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