International Drone Day
May 25, 2019 | 2:00pm
Life if Busy. Life is Noisy. Drone is Downtime.droneday.org
What is Drone Day? Drone Day is an annual community celebration of drone and experimental sounds.
Drone Music is considered a sub-genre of minimal music and is characterized by the use of sustained tones or notes with relatively slight harmonic variations throughout each piece.
Why Drone? Simply, why not. Life is busy. Life is noisy. Drones are all around us, going unnoticed. When we take the time to notice these spaces of anti-sound in between the cacophony that is life we begin to relax. Drone Day is downtime, a time to sit and listen. To meditate and reflect.
Prairie Wires Modular will host Brandon’s first ever International Drone Day Event at the Global Market on Saturday May 25, 2019 at 1:30PM.
Visit droneday.org for more info about International Drone Day and Drone Music.
Schedule is subject to change depending on duration of performances
2:10 – Deborah Tacan (Sweet Medicine Singers)
The Sweet Medicine Singers are a group of Indigenous women and young girls who come together through the power of drum and song. About 10 years ago, women started gathering at the Aboriginal Healing & Wellness Center in Brandon, Mb. to share and sing traditional drumming songs for healing in the community. The women come from all walks of life across Turtle Island, and in all sizes and ages. The women meet at least once a week on Thursday evenings to share songs, drumming, laughter, and tea at the Mahkaday Ginew Memorial Centre Hall. The Sweet Medicine Singers finally received their name as a singing group about 4 years ago and continue to work as a support for women who are looking for a place to reclaim their voices.
2:30 – Moon Shape Noise
MSN is the solo electronic music project of Brendon Ehinger. Having played in a plethora of Winnipeg bands over the years (Bucko, Mikimoto, The VaGiants), Brendon has gradually moved away from conventional punk and rock music in favour of more experimental and progressive forms of electronic music and sound art that employ elements of improvisation, unconventional instrumentation, and alternative compositional methods.
2:55 – Kurtis Johnson
Local trombonist Kurtis Johnson will play one single sustained note for Drone Day. In his words, “A pitch is not music… but harmony and rhythm is. A busy street corner has rhythm and pitch, but if you add a trombone drone, every pitch now exists in harmony. It is common for the lay person to appreciate the beauty of the landscapes we see in our daily lives, but I think too few regularly appreciate the soundscapes we hear in our daily lives. I believe we all move too quickly from one thing to another to really appreciate what’s around us, and that is why I will only play one note. A tree may fall in the forest, and someone may be there to hear it, but if they are not listening it doesn’t matter. My objective with this performance is that people will walk away and listen to a few more trees fall down.”
3:20 – Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith is a Brandon Manitoba based musician and music therapist with an interest in modal experimentation and free improvisation. Jeff’s primary instrument is guitar and he is as comfortable performing with jazz combos and rock bands alike including the Southern Time rock opera, East Vancouver community band (global music), and conducts music therapy in various locations on unceded Coast Salish territories.
3:45 – Abby-Jade
Kaiti Rieder and Alanna Hunter met five years ago as students at the Brandon University School of Music, and thus began their musical journey… literally. One fateful train trip to Vancouver sealed the deal. The hours they spent together sharing and playing music proved valuable when they reached their destination, an artist retreat at Canadian Author Blaine Klippenstein’s artist sanctuary. After playing for him as a duo, and under his encouragement to keep developing their music – Abby-Jade was born.
4:10 – Open Drone Jam
Bring an instrument, bring your voice, bring an open mind. Join in as all of the afternoons performers participate in an open and improvised drone jam.
In the event of extreme weather Drone at the Global Market will move down the block to the Re-Fit Store, 23 12th Street.