Changing Planet

Ecstatic Waves & Rotary Centre for the Arts presents

Changing Planet

What is happening?

Ecstatic Waves founder and director Chris Blaber will ride his bicycle over 2000km all over B.C playing shows in over 40 different cities. He will carry with him a drum set, stereo electronics, and everything else needed to survive the trip including food, tent, tools, sleeping bag, clothes, and more.

Chris will be presenting the Ecstatic Waves production called “Changing Planet” which is a one hour sonic exploration of climate issues affecting us here in British Columbia. including music by Ann Southam, Erica Regehr, Jaya Story, Nadia Schibli, and himself.

Chris hopes this show will raise awareness about climate issues affecting us here in BC today.

He is also going to be spreading the joy of music making by offering free masterclasses about drumming, composing, and performing where students can ask him questions and learn some effective practice tools for continuing their musical development.

Where and when will it happen?

In over 40 different cities around BC. Scroll down to find out where I will be on which days. Details of public events will be released by June!

Who the Heck is Chris Blaber and What is Ecstatic Waves?

Chris Blaber is a percussionist and composer dedicated to presenting collaborative, interdisciplinary, improvised, and contemporary works. In the past two years alone he has premiered over 100 new works in concert. He’s passionate about incorporating multiple elements of performance – including choreography, narration, singing, and acting – into unified, innovative productions. He joined Scrap Arts Music as an ensemble member in September 2017. As a member of Scrap Arts he tours their new production “Children of Metropolis” internationally and throughout BC tours their school show SAM2. Scrap Arts delivers complex webs of rhythms with athletic choreography and high energy performance.

Locally in Vancouver you can see Chris Drum with the Hitmen Drumline at Canucks home games (his friends tell him he has been on Hockey night in Canada for about 3 seconds!) and as a freelance percussionist in Vancouver with numerous groups including orchestras, musical theatre, chamber music groups, SFU Music Composition program ensemble in residence, and as the principal percussionist of the Postmodern Camerata Society.

Chris is the artistic director and founder of Ecstatic Waves. This collective creates experimental performances that are collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature. They have premiered over 50 new works by local Vancouver artists in 14 shows, self published a book of scores premiered in the concert series, and performed a 10 hour long concert for their book launch party.

Ecstatic Waves is dedicated to creating collaborative and interdisciplinary performances. Their focus is on grassroots community development, supporting young artists, and creating concert experiences that are intimate, impactful and thought provoking.

June 28 | 8PM | By Donation
In the Atrium, right after Open Mic!