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The month is March, and we are in a white, iridescent, timeless place. It could be the centre of an ice mass through which rays of sunlight run, gradually warming it up. Slowness, whiteness, the creaking sounds of thawing, the cracks. Givre came out of the Calendar project (www.calendarproject.ca), a collaboration with choreographer Tedi Tafel. This series of 12 site-specific performances spread across one year were inspired by the passing of seasons and the cycles of nature as they are experienced in the heart of the city. Each event was intimately related to the time of the year when it was presented.
The sound aspect of the whole project tries to bring forward different aspects of the act of listening. The intent was to create new contexts of perception through the transformation of what is familiar to us and to provide listeners with a new auditory experience, through actions that was at times minimal, at times immersive, and at times an unusual blend of concrete and abstract sounds — though always following an approach that focused on presence, length, and the act of listening. The artistic process consisted in stripping out and purifying, in order to get to what is essential.
[English translation: François Couture, vi-12]
Givre was realized in 2011 at the composer’s studio and premiered on November 17, 2011 during the Immerson 2 concert at Laboratoire des nouveaux médias of Oboro in Montréal (Québec). The piece was commissioned by France Jobin (i8u), curator of the concert.
- November 17, 2011, Immerson 2, Laboratoire nouveaux médias — Oboro, Montréal (Québec)