Announcing our line up for UNDEFINED 2!

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UNDEFINED is a night with unfixed limits in art: language, music, and visual. Bringing the conceptual and experimental in poetry, film, performance, art, and music that fits nowhere and everywhere.

**PWYC sugg. donation $5 (but no one will be denied entrance if they can’t!) – a bucket/basket to be passed around at brief intermission

Hashtag: #undefinedTO

This year, we are proud to feature:

* CHERYL DUVALL: Cheryl Duvall is a multi-faceted musician and pianist. She is active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher and adjudicator and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, Argentina and the U.S. She is especially passionate about contemporary music, which has led her along with friend and violinist Ilana Waniuk, to co-found the Thin Edge New Music Collective, now in their fourth season. Thin Edge completed a Canadian tour in winter 2013, was guest artists in residence at the SoundSCAPE Festival of New Music in Maccagno, Italy in 2013 and at Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland in 2014 and has undertaken a Canadian tour with Montreal’s Ensemble Paramirabo throughout 2015. To date, they are responsible for the commissioning and premieres of 27 new works in the past 3 years with plans for 13 new works throughout their fourth concert season. Cheryl is also a member of the experimental project, Bespoken, a mixed ensemble of musicians of different genres, who released the album, Aigre Douce – music of Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes, in November 2013 under Divorce Records’ Heavy Fog label. An experienced choral accompanist, Ms. Duvall is the pianist for the Toronto based Bell Arte Singers and the internationally renowned Oakville Children’s Choir, to which she has toured and competed internationally with gold standings as well as recorded an album of Canadian choral repertoire. She was the music director for Essential Opera’s 3 Premieres project and has also collaborated with FAWN New Opera for their premiere of Adam Scime’s L’Homme et le ciel, with both of these productions having second presentations at Kitchener-Waterloo’s bi-annual Open Ears Festival in 2014. Cheryl has attended the Casalmaggiore Music Festival in Italy, the Palazzo Ricci masterclass series, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and held two artistic residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2009, she was awarded a SSHRC grant for her pedagogical research on how to incorporate aspects of the Alexander Technique into lessons with beginner piano students. Besides performing, she maintains a full private piano studio and adjudicates piano competitions across Canada. Ms. Duvall completed an Honours Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano Performance and Theory and a Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto. Her main teachers and influences include Guy Few, Chris Foley, Midori Koga, Carmen Piazzinni, Nina Tichman, Henri-Paul Sicsic, and Anya Alexeyev.

*GARY BARWIN: Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and melted media artist, and the author of 18 books of poetry and fiction as well as books for kids. His most recent collections are Moon Baboon Canoe (poetry, Mansfield Press, 2014) and The Wild and Unfathomable Always (Xexoxial Editions, 2014). Forthcoming books include Yiddish for Pirates (novel, Random House Canada, 2016), I, Dr Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457 (fiction, Anvil 2015) and Sonosyntactics: Selected and New Poetry of Paul Dutton (WLUP, 2015).

He is 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residence at Western University and he received a PhD (music composition) from SUNY at Buffalo. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario and at garybarwin.com. Once, he was Governor of Louisiana, but it’s best that we don’t talk about it.

*RIK MACLEAN: Inspired by stars and chemistry and chocolate, Rik MacLean has been making music under various guises for almost twenty years now, and he is very excited to be performing at Undefined in his latest incarnation as RikM.

Visit http://rikm.bandcamp.com/ to find out more.

*JENNIFER CHIN: Jennifer Chin is a multi disciplinary visual artist based in Toronto, ON. Canada.

Her art practice is informed by the physical properties of materials and their potential metaphoric implications. Through these examinations, she explores ideas of excess, tension, containment, consumption, and luxury in human desire and relationships.


*HELEN MELBOURNE: Writing, reading, research and visual art are a compulsion, a necessity of life for me, like breathing, like eating.

Writing for most of my life, I have rarely tried to publish any of my work. My first rejection slip was from the Canadian Forum. The editor wrote me a brief note stating that I “wrote like a teenager”. In reading the note years later I realized that the note was meant to be caustic criticism of an adult writer. I was fifteen at the time.

My life has had so many twists and turns and unexpected zig-zags and rollercoasters I cannot yet name my journey beyond these: Poet, Painter, Planner, Person, Misfit. I survive by exploring new directions, and opening locked doors.

* ANDIE WOLF: Born in Toronto, Andie Wolf grew up with a freedom to explore the outdoors, and quickly became enchanted with the natural world and its inhabitants around her. She began photographing, drawing, and collecting anything and everything to do with animals. Like many creative children, Wolf was also drawn to the scary and exciting world of monsters and the magical. At a very early age she stumbled upon the work of Edward Gorey, and was immediately entranced by the depth of his ink work and macabre story lines. Wolf continued to seek out books and art works which depicted the darker sides of childhood.

Both of these themes are strong forces within the work Wolf creates. Her love of animals permeates through her illustrations and paintings, often being the central focus of a piece, and at times with an underlying darkness. At the same time, Wolf manages to capture her subject matter with a delightful mixture of realism and whimsy.

While her studies and degree were acquired in Still Photography Studies at Ryerson University, Wolf’s love for painting and illustration has always been her driving force, and one she has returned to after years in other fields. She’s experimented with all forms of visual art, including charcoal and ink, watercolour and acrylic, as well as mixed media and clothing design. Her experience and training as a photographer has honed her natural and keen eye for composition, beauty, and detail.


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**This was last year’s: https://www.facebook.com/events/669043146488107/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/lttlredcorvette/media_set?set=a.10154081541220343&type=1 ***

Curated and hosted by Jacqueline Valencia (for more information on other nights or to be part of more Undefined, email me at ravensee at gmail dot com)

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