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Messagio Galore IX: Toronto

If you went into the woods that day, you’d have had a big surprise: A sneak peak at a sound poetry rehearsal:
making a little sound
Alastair, Brian & jw with Sheena in front (and Zachary not in shot). Hubby’s the one in the black hat. (Wave to hubby!) He’s been part of rehearsals for about about a year, once or twice a week.

making a little sound
Past MG’s have been in Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa. Some have done some of the same pieces but each show shifts, in people and pieces. The crew changes for each Messagio, sometimes in midst of rehearsals if someone moves out of town, drops out, or drops in.

Some pieces are classics, some new, some composed as sound pieces, some converted. Pieces range from seconds to almost a half hour. Some are improv, some are tightly scripted. Some are pure sound, some are deconstructed words. Some are more musical, soft and delicate and some are intense. Some are duets and some quartets or quintets. It is in the no man’s land between music, poetry, and chant. None of the above and all of the above.

At this practice session, some passersby muttered about some spiritual ceremony going on there. Another guy called out a reply of weEe-weEe-weEe in imitative greeting.

This show will be at upstairs at Arraymusic studio, 6o Atlantic Avenue, Toronto, this Sunday, 7-9pm, ticket at door $20.

If you’re in town you can catch it and the unrelated LeftWords Festival of Books and Ideas also Sunday May 6, but earlier in the day, 11 am – 5 pm. It’s free and at Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street.

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