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REF NO.: 200

SUBJECT: Words in Edgewise presents the waterphone, sound art and a discussion on the relationship between alcohol and music

DATE: April 14

            Each month Memorial University’s Graduate Program in Humanities, the Eastern Edge Gallery and Magpie magazine team up to present some of St. John’s most exciting and intriguing artists and academics performing, presenting and sharing their work in a variety of disciplines and media. The April edition of Words in Edgewise will be part of the inaugural Lawnya Vawnya Festival.      Words in Edgewise takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 22, at the Eastern Edge Gallery and is hosted by Morgan Murray. Admission is by donation.
            Award-winning percussionist, composer, improviser, artist, instrument builder, Carleton University educator, and writer, Jesse Stewart, has a remarkable ability to coax unexpected – even magical – sounds out of virtually any resonating object or material. He has been described as “one of the finest young drummers and percussionists on the scene today.” At Words in Edgewise he will be discussing and playing the waterphone – the most amazing instrument you’ll ever see.
            Michael Waterman is a St. John’s-based visual and audio artist whose work focuses on sound installation, improvisational performance, and radio art. His sound installations have been presented extensively in galleries and festivals throughout Canada and in the United States. He is also a founding member of the audio collage ensemble Männlicher Carcano, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a tour of California. And in 1997, Waterman created the Männlicher Carcano Radio Hour, which is carried on CHMR in St. John’s. The show links performers from across the continent in improvisations.
            Marion MacLeod is a PhD candidate in the ethnomusicology department at Memorial University. At Words in Edgewise she will be examining the reciprocal relationship between music and alcohol in performance and considers it technically, spiritually, and performatively. She also studies musical diasporas, particularly Acadian and Cajun music, to see why and how similarly rooted music changes (or doesn’t) when they are relocated. She holds an MA in music history from the University of Ottawa and two degrees from the University of Windsor in education and piano performance. She has performed with a variety of groups in a range of styles and genres.

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