Electric Eclectics – Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art
July 9, 2008
Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art
The Electric Eclectics Festival presents sound installations in various public buildings throughout the month of July, leading up to the Aug. 1-3 festival weekend. The Electric Eclectics Festival features cutting-edge, avant-garde and experimental music by world-renowned musicians, media artists, sound artists and performance artists. Electric Eclectics Festival info is at www.electric-eclectics.com.
Electric Eclectics’ popular Music for Toilets series will return with sound installations in the toilets of the Bean Cellar Café in Owen Sound and the Earth Harvest Café in Meaford. Anitra Hamilton (named “Toronto artist of 2007″ by Now Magazine) will present her Audio Parade at the Bean Cellar, and Steve Heimbecker’s “The Enormouslessness of Cloud Machines” can be heard in the toilets of the Earth Harvest Café in Meaford. Both installations run July 1 – Aug 3.
Videos by Sound Artists will be shown at the L.E. Shore Library Gallery in Thornbury, featuring videos documenting sound installations and sound art by Barry Schwartz, Tilman Kuentzel, Chris Welsby, Laura Kikauka, Gordon Monahan, Charles Fox, and Ira Schneider/Werner Durand, July 5 – Aug. 29. At the Festival Aug 1-3, there will be an expanded area for sound installations at the Funny Farm festival site, featuring installations by Edwin van der Heide whose “Laser Sound Projection” was a highlight at last year’s festival, and Maki Ueda who will present her “Aromatic Journey” consists of distilled smells from local elements, both natural and artificial.
A noteworthy return visit by New York percussionist Michael Evans also takes place before the 2008 Festival. Last year, Evans’ free, interactive percussion and drumming workshops were a hit with local youth. This year, during the week of July 28-31, Evans will host workshops for drum enthusiasts at the Meaford Library, the L. E. Shore Library in Thornbury and the Meaford Military Family Resource Centre.
Electric Eclectics is expanding with a series at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest called “The Best of Electric Eclectics”. The series will feature highlights from Electric Eclectics’ first two years, with performances by Nihilist Spasm Band, Alexander Hacke and Danielle de Picciotto, Rozasia, Alexis O’Hara, Dorit Chrysler, Lary 7, Jesse Stewart, and John Kilduff. The Best of Electric Eclectics series takes place July 3-13.
The 3rd annual edition of the Electric Eclectics Festival takes place on the August 1-3 long weekend in rural Meaford, Ontario. Concerts on several stages, sound installations, unique vendors, and many surprises, are all part of the Festival at the Funny Farm. The Funny Farm is located at 202 Scotch Mountain Road, off Grey Road 12, about 8 km from Meaford. Electric Eclectics Festival info is at www.electric-eclectics.com.
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Gordon Monahan, Eclectic Electrics Founder & Artistic Director
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