featuring Orchid Ensemble
Music of the Heavens is a community-based creation of a live musical and multimedia visual animated performance told through images of ancient astrological stories exploring myths and belief systems that make up our rich multicultural fabric of Canadian society.
Inspired by ancient legends of the stars in Chinese, Greek, and First Nations cultures, this project features original interdisciplinary compositions of cross-cultural animated visuals and music. The team of visual artist, animators, music composers, instrumentalists, and software developers has come together to create an immersive audio-visual inter-arts performance. This is an exploration of the cultural heritages of the participating artists, and the meeting of cultures in our Canadian multi-cultural environment.
Music of the Heavens is a multimedia presentation performed by projecting in real-time animated images of mythological stories set to world-class musical accompaniment – not unlike a DJ creating their own unique live music set. The animated stories are told through ancient astrological characters representing the four seasons, and highlight different cultural beliefs of many Canadian citizens.
This project marries ancient myths and philosophies with our contemporary multicultural reality, new forms of visual and musical expression and digital technology. It encourages the public to look at old traditions from a fresh angle. At the same time, it promotes the awareness of both Indigenous, Asian, and Greek influences in contemporary Canadian arts and the shared heritages as well as connections between different cultures.
Music of the Heavens multimedia performance will take place at the the Rotary Centre for the Arts Mary Irwin Theatre in Kelowna on November 30, 2017.
The Music of Heavens music is preformed by the Orchid Ensemble, featuring a unique instrumentation: Lan Tung erhu/Chinese violin & vocals, Dailin Hsieh zheng/Chinese zither, Jonathan Bernard marimba and percussion. The music is written by John Oliver, Lan Tung, and Stefan Smulovitz.
The Music of Heavens animation is directed and performed by Aleksandra Dulic and conceptualized with Kenneth Newby, who designed animation performance software and animations. The project draws from significant creative contributions by artists Jessica Dennis, as lead animator and Amberley John as creator of the Haudenosaunee story of the Big Dipper. The animation and illustration team include artists Ardanna Semeschuk, illustrating the Greek heroes; Dianne Schnieders, illustrating the Weaver Woman story; Sarah Polak and Charles Landa as animators; with additional drawings by Taiwanese artist Li Tung.
Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Student, $50 Family Rate (2 Adults & 2 Students)
Purchase below, or call the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office at 250-717-5304.