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New interdisciplinary series kicks off September 10th at Mile Zero Dance’s Spazio Performativo

SubArctic Improv and Experimental Arts is a new series of shows featuring improvising artists, held at Mile Zero Dance’s Spazio Performativo in Little Italy. The original idea came from MZD’s Artistic Director and UAlberta Drama grad, Gerry Morita (‘12 MFA), who asked Jen Mesch and me to co-curate a series that offers an audience a chance to witness the process of artistic creation.

Dancers Jen Mesch and Jodie Vandekerkhove. Photo by Ernest Augustus.

Dancers Jen Mesch and Jodie Vandekerkhove. Photo by Ernest Augustus.

We are all used to experiencing art as a finished piece: a painting, symphony, movie, song, or play. Jen and I wanted to offer something different. Improvisation is vulnerable, ephemeral and electric, certainly when improvising with others. For an audience, the communication and sensitivity in an improvisation show is almost palpable.

SubArctic’s first show will be September 10 and we are thrilled to feature a musician from New York, trumpeter Nate Wooley. As a soloist, Nate performed an improvisation in Edmonton two years ago and changed the way I think of the trumpet as well as how I approach improvisation.  Do not miss your chance to hear him!

Nate Wooley, America's trumpet sweetheart. Photo by Peter Gannushkin.

Nate Wooley, America’s trumpet sweetheart. Photo by Peter Gannushkin.

Also on this program:

Jodie Vandekerkhove, dance
Thom Golub, bass
Yoav Engelberg, spoken word
Jen Mesch, dance
David Janzen, visual art
and me, Allison Balcetis, saxophone

Allison Balcetis. Photo by André Mestre.

Allison Balcetis. Photo by André Mestre.

Presenter: Mile Zero Dance
Event Title: SubArctic Improv and Experimental Arts Series
Venue: Spazio Performativo (10816-95 Street)
Date: Thursday, September 10
Time: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15 available at the door (or best offer!)

Feature image collage clockwise: Nate Wooley by Ziga Koritnik, Jen Mesch by Marc J Chalifoux, Thom Golub, Yoav Engelberg by Tracy Kolenchuk, Allison Balcetis by Yuri Pires Tavares, and Jodie Vandekerkhove by Tracy Kolenchuk.

Allison Balcetis
Internationally recognized as an ambitious new-generation saxophonist, Allison Balcetis has studied and collaborated with artists from around the world. While earning her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Alberta under the direction of Dr. William Street, Allison produced her first solo recording, Zeniths and Nadirs. She also holds degrees from Bowling Green State University where she studied with Dr. John Sampen and is the first – and only – saxophonist to earn a joint degree from the Université de Bordeaux and the Conservatoire National de Région de Bordeaux where she studied with Marie-Bernadette Charrier. Since 2003 Allison has maintained an international performance career with concerts in Italy, France, Thailand, Slovenia, Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Since 2007 she has performed as a founding member of Anubis Quartet, a Chicago-based ensemble with more than 30 commissions and premieres of provocative new music. During her undergraduate degree, Allison won first place in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2005 and also won the University of Alberta Concerto Competition and the Edmonton Composers' Concert Society Concerto Competition, both in 2008. Amongst notable collaborations are composers Georges Aperghis, Marcos Balter, André Mestre, Colin Labadie, Thierry Alla, and Henri Pousseur. In Edmonton, Alberta Allison helps develop the new music community as past Executive Member and current Production Manager of New Music Edmonton, and board member of the Borealis Electro Acoustic Music Society. As a faculty member of the University of Alberta since 2009, Allison trains the next generation of thoughtful, artistic musicians.

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