Notional Space, the name we give to our living room when it is transformed into a gathering place, is a gift economy project. Our aim is to provide a place where the people who are building community – artists, activists, nonprofits – can come together with those who are hungry for community and eager to support those working toward a more beautiful, meaningful, just world.
Frequently, this takes the form of “house concerts”, where you have a chance to see and hear outstanding performers representing a wide variety of musical genres. So I’ll discuss the gift economy dynamics in that context; but this analysis applies to any of the give as you wish events we host.
What’s the diff?
Many people wonder: what’s so “gift economy” about these events, when they are giving money to be in the audience? How is this any different than any other commercial performance, where one buys a ticket to hear the music? It is easy to overlook the distinctions and it’s easy to see this as just another exchange of money for service; but this is to miss an important dynamic in these evenings.
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Published 3 October 2014
Art & Culture
Tags: Ben Brown, dance, drummer Evelyn Glennie, drumming, drums, free jazz, Han Bennink, improvisation, interdisciplinary, Music and Movement Mondays, VANDOCUMENT
Photo by Harley Spade
Ben Brown is a Vancouver treasure. He is the brilliant drummer of JUNO award winning Pugs and Crows. He is an in-demand session player who has played with fabulous emerging artists as well as illustrious established musicians. He is Composer-in-Residence at the Western Front. He is the mastermind and instigator of Music and Movement Mondays, a boundary-crossing improvisational exploration of music and dance. He’s also a lovely guy.
And one more thing: he’s the subject of my recent interview on VANDOCUMENT. Check it out.
Published 14 August 2014
Art & Culture
Tags: Anjela Magpantay, Annie Therrien-Boulos, Apartment(PLAY), Babes in Arms, Carmine Santavenere, Clinton James Ackerman, Daniel O'Shea, Jamie and Sarah Experience Project, Jamie Taylor, Nancy Tam, Sarah Faye Bernstein
Anjela Magpantay, Carmine Santavenere & Jamie Taylor in Sarah Faye Bernstein’s Apartment(PLAY) – Photo by Harley Spade
Director Sarah Faye Bernstein produced a one-week run of a terrific play (the title of which was all-but-undisclosed) in her apartment, with superb performances from Anjela Magpantay, Carmine Santavenere, and Jamie Taylor, and excellent technical work by Daniel O’Shea, Annie Therrien-Boulos, Nancy Tam, and Clinton Ackerman. Bernstein’s energy, discipline, and willingness to work outside-the-lines seem to represent an important and promising trend in the city’s emerging art scene. With access to proper venues limited, more-and-more young artists are availing themselves of unconventional spaces and producing their own shows.
My review is up on VANDOCUMENT. Check it out.
photo by Noriko Nasu-Tidball
The thirteenth annual edition of Spatial Poetics, a series of curated performances pairing artists from different disciplines in collaboration, was just presented at The Western Front. My review is up on VANDOCUMENT. Check it out.
My review of a recent, largely inaudible concert by Jenny Ritter’s two great rock & roll choral ensembles, Mount Pleasant Regional Institute of Sound (MPRIS) and The Kingsgate Chorus is up on VANDOCUMENT. Check it out.
I have a new review up on VANDOCUMENT, covering a a show by Vancouver artist Ben Skinner at the Back Gallery Project on East Hastings in Strathcona.
Check it out.
Published 14 June 2014
Art & Culture
Tags: (), 51342... Enter, Bozzini, Bozzini Quartet, Brian Garbet, Canadian composers, Chamber Music, Christopher Butterfield, Clemens Merkel, Course Grain, Dave Riedstra, Feather Swarms, Four Penny Pocket, Isabelle Bozzini, Janet Sit, Jeff Ens, Let it Burn, Maren Lisac, Matt Kaufhold, Maxime Daigneault, Mnemonic, Murmuration, Nadia Francavilla, New Music, Nicola Tesla, Owen Underhill, Quatour Bozzini, Sébastien Lachaume, SFU, Stéphanie Bozzini, Trichinella Spirals, Woodwards, Young Composers in Concert, Zulfikar Nathoo
I have a new review up on VANDOCUMENT, covering a performance by the fabulous Bozzini Quartet of experimental works by emerging Canadian composers. An astonishingly great concert!
Check it out.