Applications for ASL 2013 are now closed. Thank you to all who applied.
Information about this year's pairings can be found on the Participants
Presented by the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI)
in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre BC Regional Hub.
Art Song Lab is a week-long program for creative artists interested in the collaborative process of poetry/music fusion, interpretation, and performance. Six writers and twelve composers will be partnered to create new art songs. Each writer will write an original poem to be set by two different composers. Songs will then be premiered by renowned singers and pianists at the SONGFIRE Festival of Song. The program includes intensive rehearsals with the performers, daily forums with internationally distinguished composers and poets, group discussions of interpretation and the collaborative process, and the “Songsparks” series of interactive evening workshops.
Art Song Lab produces new work in a new way; it invites creators and audiences to share the experience of words meeting music in performance. These exchanges foster lasting artistic relationships that spark new art forms and collaborations.
Art Song Lab Public Events:
Community Discussion on Contemporary Performance Practice and Creation
June 2 5:00 pm Epiphany Hall, UBC
A spirited discussion of art song in contemporary society led by VISI’s co-directors of Art Song Lab and Contemporary Performance Studies programs. Featuring guest speakers Bob Baker, Florestan Recital Project, and Canadian Art Song Project.
Free and open to the public.
June 3 8:00 pm, Roy Barnett Hall, UBC
A program of song, poetry, and discussion with Florestan Recital Project, featuring baritone Aaron Engebreth and pianist Alison d’Amato. Four musical settings of Wallace Stevens’s “Disillusionment at Ten O’Clock,” presented in an interactive format of active discussion between performers and audience about the poem and its musical interpretations.
Free and open to the public.
Workshop with Poet/Writer Betsy Warland
June 3 2:30 pm Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie St.
Workshop with Composer, Jocelyn Morlock
June 4 2:30 pm Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie St.
Art Song Lab is thrilled to present two exciting workshops on the nature of text/music collaboration by composer, Jocelyn Morlock and poet/writer, Betsy Warland. Each will provide insight into the craft of their specific practice in a way that will be helpful to a wide array of artists.
These public workshops feature open-work sessions on pieces written specifically for Art Song Lab 2013, providing valuable support to the song creation process. Audiences experience the dynamism of creating and interpreting poetry and music. Both workshops are free to the public.
June 4 6:00 pm Pyatt Hall, VSO School of Music, 843 Seymour St
SONGSPARKS 2: Guest Writer, Betsy Warland in Attendance
June 5 6:00 pm Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie St.
SONGSPARKS 3: Guest Composer, Jocelyn Morlock in Attendance
June 6 2:00 pm Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie St.
Interactive workshops where audience, poets, composers, and performers come together to experience and discuss new songs written for Art Song Lab 2013.
All SongSparks concerts are free and open to the public.
An Evening with Jake Heggie
June 6 7:00 pm, Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia St.
For lovers of Contemporary opera and Art Song, this is an extraordinary opportunity to hear the internationally renowned composer of Dead Man Walking and Moby Dick talk about his creative process and artistic world.
Joined by soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen and pianist Terence Dawson, the conversation will focus on the composer's At the Statue of Venus, with musical performance to follow.
Playing With Fire
June 7 8:00 pm, Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour St.
World premiere songs from the Art Song Lab performed by VISI faculty artists and guests.
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From the Cradle to the Cabaret
June 24 8:00 pm, Roy Barnett Hall, UBC
An eclectic evening of song with VISI faculty artists and guests; Alison d'Amato, Terence Dawson, Lynne McMurtry, Neil Miskey and Tracy Satterfield. Featuring the world premiere of A Spirit Alive in a Ready Body, by composer/writer duo Ray Hsu and Michael Park.
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More information about Art Song Lab 2013 can be found at:
A full listing of SONGFIRE Festival Events can be found at:
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $154 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L'an dernier, le Conseil a investi 154 millions de dollars pour mettre de l'art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.