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Silence is dedicated to presenting sounds and musical practices that are diverse, challenging, sustainable and accessible through concerts, workshops and improvisation sessions. Silence serves as an incubator for practitioners and listeners alike.

 


Upcoming Music Highlights  

Silence Presents: New Hermitage

Saturday May 18, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

New Hermitage imagines a future in which pollution has decimated the population of the Earth, and dangerously high levels of toxicity have rendered the cities of the world uninhabitable. The surviving humans are forced to live in nomadic clans that wander the sparse wilderness, struggling to claim what little natural resources remain. However, a few solitary people have returned to the cities. With patience and tenderness, these new hermits balance technology with ancient wisdom to work with nature and restore the planet. The music of New Hermitage imagines the soundtrack to their survival, incorporating what these lone individuals might hear among the crumbling cities they call home.

As an ensemble, New Hermitage embodies the work of these hermits by listening to, and improvising with, their immediate environment, like the hermits of their speculative imaginings, their work is shaped by the environment as they in turn give shape to it. Recently split between Halifax and Montreal, New Hermitage is a collection of musicians who individually have been nominated for multiple ECMA and Juno awards and can list Jerry Granelli, the Upstream Orchestra, Gypsophilia, and Symphony Nova Scotia, among others, on their resumes. The group is led by Andrew MacKelvie (woodwinds), and features Ellen Gibling (harp), Ross Burns (guitar), and India Gailey (cello).

Their first release, one, is a collection of compositions by Andrew MacKelvie that came out in September, 2017. Of one, Andrew Patterson, creative director of the OBEY Convention said; “…. one of the best records I’ve heard come out of Halifax in a good while. Very sumptuous, contemplative chamber jazz”. In 2018 they performed a concert with internationally renowned improviser and bass clarinet virtuoso, Jeff Reilly, which they documented on their Bandcamp page.

They also performed and recorded at the 11th OBEY Convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia. OBEY Convention XI is their second recording and it was released in February of 2019. Their third record is due out later this year on Tombed Visions Records (UK) and features predominantly spontaneously composed pieces and two offerings by Gailey and Gibling. Currently, Andrew is working on a series of new pieces built on climate change data from the IPCC’s 2014 Synthesis Report.


Current Art Exhibition

Adele D’Arcy – Deeply Superficial

Exhibition running from May 1st to 27th
“I am a deeply superficial person.”

-Andy Warhol

A plaque with the quote above has hung in my studio for years. It resonates with my own art practice, which is inspired by decorative art in its many forms. To me, decorative art is more than just surface decoration. It is historically important as an expression of a time, a place or a culture.

My work is inspired by European folk art and the ornate decorative elements of early 20th century architecture. The converted 1920s office building I live in is a rich source of inspiration, as is the Financial District in my hometown, Toronto. In both cases the familiar decorative motifs have strong personal associations with home and roots.

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