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Talk and Performance: Omnipresence through the Instrumental with Gurpreet Chana

Tuesday, July 9, 6 - 7:30pm
Audain Gallery

In dialogue with the material conditions and conceptual concerns of Nep Sidhu's exhibition Medicine for a Nightmare (they called, we responded), this talk and performance with musician Gurpreet Chana will take place within the Audain Gallery.

Utilizing instinct and skill, sound technologists have helped to propel the transformative study of being through feeling instrumental materiality. Chana will explore these inheritances through a performance with a variety of instruments. The Hang (a metal sound sculpture) connects the sounds of the Japanese classical Ake Bono scale with steel drum acoustics alongside the hollow bass of the South Indian Ghatham and African Udu drum. The TABLIX (Chana's digitally integrated tabla), invokes sounds of time-honoured traditions for infinite possibilities of the ancient and the now.

Gurpreet Chana is a Toronto based musician, engineer, composer, and performer. Informed by the language of the tabla while drawing from ancient and contemporary technologies, he integrates the ergonomics of the traditional with the possibilities of the digital to create new modes of artistic expression. His multi-instrumental practice seeks to engage melody and rhythm as a way of supporting cross-cultural and interpersonal communion. In addition to a solo career, Chana has collaborated and performed with musicians around the world, including Kiran Ahluwalia, Bombay Dub Orchestra, DJ Starting from Scratch, Jorane, Robert Mason (kLoX), Niyaz, Abida Parveen, UK DJ/Producer Bally Sagoo and Tanya Tagaq.

The event is co-presented by Indian Summer Festival.