August 12, 2021 | livestream EDT 9 p.m., CEST 3 a.m.
Ensemble “oNSET Autonomous”
Banff Centre | Livestream | 1020 Banff, Alberta Canada
The program is in four sets, defined by four different iterations of Ursula Mamlok’s Sonar Trajectory with solo accompaniments from each of us.
Ursula Mamlok – Sonar Trajectory
Emmalie Tello – Emmalie’s Trajectory
Timothy Peterson – Duet for Body Percussion
Steph Dressler – fight/flight
Teagan Faran – Teagan’s Trajectory
Teagan Faran – Taiwan
Teagan Faran – Transit Meditation
Nicole Brancato – Nicole’s Trajectory
Nicole Brancato – 2063
Steph Dressler – Steph’s Trajectory
Diego Schissi, arr. Teagan Faran – Tanguera
Emmalie Tello – Through Glass
oNSET – Autonomous
The program is in four sets, defined by four different iterations of Ursula Mamlok’s Sonar Trajectory with solo accompaniments from each of us. Each reprise represents both a return to familiarity and an exploration of the new, and Mamlok’s piece becomes the grounding element of the program. After the initial establishment of this environment, we begin with Duet for Body Percussion split across the quartet as each character is introduced. As the evening progresses, the way the quartet expresses themselves grows from body percussion to spoken word to singing. This human sonar trajectory elides with the narrative quest of finding individuality through collaboration.
The evening is through-composed, connected through a sound design that links each piece. As an homage to the “living organism” of performance, we view this connecting material as interstitial tissue linking the larger body of work. This program holds nostalgic meaning to us as well. Ursula Mamlok led the composition department at MSM for many years and her leadership as a woman early on in the field is one we all admire. Each other piece has been composed by close friends of the quartet, so the entire production feels intimate and individual. We want to provide an environment where each audience member can see themselves as the protagonist and Autonomous gives each viewer multiple ways to engage.