Guest Concert: Hildegard Westerkamp, sound artist & ecologist
Thursday, January 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Orion Series in Fine Arts presents
Hildegard Westerkamp, composer, radio artist and sound ecologist
With Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano
Westerkamp presents a selection of 8-channel and stereo electroacoustic works, as well as Klavierklang for solo piano performed by Vancouver-based pianist, Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa. Iwaasa gave the world premiere of Klavierklang at ISCM’s World Music Days in Vancouver in November 2017.
Composer Hildegard Westerkamp is a pioneering figure within the field of soundscape studies and sound ecology. At the beginning of her career she worked with R. Murray Schafer and the World Soundscape Project, is a founding and board member of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology and was long-time editor of its journal Soundscape. She has conducted soundscape workshops, given concerts and lectures, and has coordinated and led Soundwalks locally and internationally. In 2003 Vancouver New Music (VNM) invited her to coordinate and lead public soundwalks as part of its yearly concert season. This in turn inspired the creation of The Vancouver Soundwalk Collective, whose members are continuing the work on a regular basis. For some years now she has mentored a variety of younger composers, sound designers, soundwalk leaders and people pursuing careers in soundscape studies and acoustic ecology. Excerpts of her compositions appear in Gus van Sants’ films Elephant and Last Days and more recenly she collaborated on the soundtrack of Nettie Wild’s film Koneline.
Hailed in the press as a “keyboard virtuoso and avant-garde muse” (Georgia Straight), Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa is recognized among Canada’s foremost contemporary music pianists.