Acousmonium III by Ben Wylie – Filament

‘Filament’, is a collaborative concert project featuring 5 world premieres for violin and electronics by emerging artists/composers from across Canada: Róisín Adams and Cai, Germaine Liu, Colin Labadie, Ben Wylie and Julia Mermelstein. Each piece explores what happens when electroacoustic, multi-media, or improvisational elements stretch the boundaries of what it means to compose/perform/create works for ‘solo’ violin.

‘Filament’ is co-presented by Arraymusic with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the SOCAN Foundation, Ontario Arts Council and Arraymusic.

Ben Wylie

Ben Wylie is a composer, improviser, and sound artist based in Vancouver, BC. His work is concerned with tuning systems, theatricality, light, space, coded text, natural phenomena, drones, resonance, amplification, among many other things. His music has been performed in the United States, Canada, Spain, and Germany by ensembles and performers including Boston Musica Viva, the Bozzini Quartet, Ensemble 2e2m, Chris Watford, the Ludovico Ensemble, Naomi Sato, and Sylvie LaCroix, among others. He graduated with a BM in Composition from the Boston Conservatory in 2014, where he studied with Marti Epstein, Curtis Hughes, and Jan Swafford. He received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University in 2016, where he studied with composer Owen Underhill and theatre artist Steven Hill. He has participated in festivals including the Darmstadt Summer Courses, Festival Mixtur, the Arraymusic Young Composers Workshop, and the Atlantic Music Festival, among others. During these festivals he taken lessons with composers including Jennifer Walshe, Johannes Kreidler, Rebecca Saunders, Michael Pisaro, Phyllis Chen, Evan Ziporyn, and Ken Ueno. As an improviser he has created live scores for choreographers Linnea Gwiazda and Emmalena Fredriksson, he has also been featured in the 2015 Big Joy Festival, Quiet City concert series, and Sawdust Collector concert series. He has presented sound installations at the Vines Art Festival (2015, 2018) and has collaborated on installations with theatre artist Megan Stewart and interdisciplinary group The Public Swoon. He is also a co-host and producer of Soundscape, a show about experimental music on Vancouver’s Co-Op Radio.

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