MAGIK is a new Vancouver-based project that brings together Giorgio Magnanensi’s resonant woods with two of Vancouver’s most respected musicians, Marina Hasselberg, cello, Kenton Loewen, drums and Ucluelet based video artists Nicolas Teichrob. MAGIK plays within a multi-layered, live electro acoustic surround sound-space among flat audio panels of hand cut West Coast Red Cedar, Sitka Spruce and Pacific Maple. The panels serve both as wooden resonators and diffusers, becoming the medium of our written and improvised soundscapes.
Sound become here indivisible from space, and grows in that relationship as firmly rooted in the material word: the contingencies and the context of each performative space and the poietic analogies. Music and sound become resonance, not only metaphorically but as the very power, force, intensity and becoming of which it is composed. In this regard, the diffusion system is a wonderful instrument to create and support that kind of sonic energy and experience. This project shares ideas and reflections about current artistic practices, and a possible vision where contemporary art and creativity “must occupy the commensurate fields and forms of action, and seek production processes that do not isolate art from life but instead influence life”. (Rudolf Frieling)
This seems essential both for the activation of a collective vision and for fostering higher level of impact and engagement within the community that we operate in and support.
Marina Hasselberg, cello • http://marinahasselberg.com
Giorgio Magnanensi • electronic and resonant audio diffusion
Kenton Loewen, drums and percussion • https://www.facebook.com/kenton.loewen
Nicolas Teichrob, visuals • http://nicolasteichrob.com
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3 video excerpts from MAGIK @ 8EAST, Vancouver November 24, 2018