RETURNING CURRENT

Katy Payne's Spectogram reading of humpback whale songs from Bermuda in 1974 + 1975.

Katy Payne’s Spectogram reading of humpback whale songs from Bermuda in 1974 + 1975.

A collaboration with celebrated acoustic biologist Katy Payne that explores the songs and soundings of two of the largest broadcasting mammals

2.22.2014 eight pm at the music gallery in toronto, ontario . part of the new world series. 

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featuring Katy Payne, Daniela Gesundheit, Alex Samaras, Anne Bourne, Felicity Williams, Robin Dann, Ryan Brouwer, Leslie Feist, Alanna Stuart, Doug Tielli, Ivy Mairi, Isla Craig, Thom Gill, Dan Goldman, Steven Foster, and Alex Lukashevsky

5.9.2014 at the berkeley art museum in berkeley, california .

part of the possible. 

More info TBA.

 

Dear Friends,

I’m very excited to let you know about an upcoming project that has been in the works for a few years now. Set in motion by simultaneous invitations from two Davids (David Dacks, Artistic Director at the Music Gallery in Toronto and David Wilson – Bay Area artist, former Snowblink member, and curator of The Possible, currently on exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum), Returning Current is a look into the vocalizations of some of the largest living mammals (humpback whales and African elephants) to see what we might discover about group identity, distance, competition, innovation, and empathy.

Returning Current is the result of a few years of correspondence and collaboration with celebrated Bioacoustics researcher Katy Payne. Originally trained in both music and biology at Cornell University in the late 1950′s, Katy’s professional work and contributions have all stemmed from original discoveries at the intersection of these fields. Her most notable findings include the changing songs of Humpback Whales (an example of non-human cultural evolution) and infrasonic long-distance communication among African elephants.

Moved by her remarkable capacity for listening, her myriad accomplishments and discoveries, and feeling a long-time connection to both of the animals that she had devoted her life to studying and protecting, I apprenticed myself to her to see what we might find together. After weekends spent by her wood stove in Ithaca, NY, we arrived at the idea for an interactive performance that weaves her stirring lecture and storytelling about her findings with the voices of a choir of singers trained in the principles of whale “composition” and long distance elephant communication.

For the Toronto edition, the project expanded to include Alex Samaras and Anne Bourne, and then the voices of fifteen notable Toronto singers. The Returning Current choir features

Felicity Williams, Robin Dann, Ryan Brouwer, Leslie Feist, Alanna Stuart, Doug Tielli, Ivy Mairi, Isla Craig, Thom Gill, Dan Goldman, Steven Foster, and Alex Lukashevsky

The material emerged over the course of a few weeks in a spirit of experimentation and collaboration. We are eager to share what we have found with you.

I will send more information about the Berkeley Art Museum performance a little later down the line – if you are on the west coast, consider this a Save the Date, and in the meantime, get your hands/eyes/ears on The Possible and all of its attendant events and happenings over the next few months. We will see you in the main gallery in no time.

Looking forward to charting this new territory with you all.

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Daniela + Snowblink

 

 

SUMMER TOUR DATES

The weather is finally perfect. How do you say “hold still” in weather language?

We are about to head outside to mingle music with these summer breezes. Will you join us? We will be bringing new songs and new friends, including (at various times) Felicity Williams, Steven Foster (Doldrums, Donlands & Mortimer, Om House), Barbara Gruska (The Belle Brigade), and Samantha Sidley.

With sunhats and bronzy shoulders – xsnowblink

Full tour schedule and ticket info here.

7/28 HILLSIDE FESTIVAL GUELPH, ON

8/3 SAPPY FESTIVAL SACKVILLE, NB

8/7 BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS W/ FEIST BANFF, AB

8/14 SUMMERWORKS PRESENTS AT THE BLK BOX TORONTO, ON

8/17 ARBORETUM ARTS FESTIVAL OTTAWA, ON

SNOWBLINK + AROARA + FEIST = H Y D R A

 

Tabassum Siddiqui

Tabassum Siddiqui

There is a new seven headed man-eater in town, and we call it Hydra.
Hydra happens when we join with our friends and musical crushes AroarA and Feist and play each other’s tunes, like we did for the Courtyard Review at Toronto’s Luminato Festival in June. Here is how NOW described it. We will keep you posted on more happenings as they happen. 

SPRING TOUR WITH ZAMMUTO (NICK ZAMMUTO FROM THE BOOKS)

Our home studio is a disaster but our bags are packed. We are very much looking forward to joining our good friends Zammuto (Nick Zammuto from The Books’ new project) for a US / Canada tour starting this Thursday. They are one of our favorite bands and we are excited to share the stage with them for a couple of weeks. I especially have my eye on you, Toronto – let’s give Zammuto a proper howdy – even if it is Monday April Fool’s at the Garrison.

We are delighted that Dan Gaucher (Sandro Perri) and Felicity Williams (Bahamas) will be with us for this tour, and we will get to debut some new songs that we wrote this winter.

Until we see you in person, you can listen here to a remix of our song Safety Stories by Nick from Zammuto. His version finds new windows and new feelings within my personal teacher’s-pet-song on Inner Classics. 

So, send your friends, send yourself – we are ready for you!

SNOWBLINK SPRING TOUR
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03/28 – Northampton, MA @ The Iron Horse #

03/30 – Middletown, CT @ Wesleyan University #

03/31 – Montreal, PQ @ Il Motore #

04/01 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison #

04/03 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Ladies Literary Club #

04/04 – Evanston, IL @ SPACE #

04/05 – Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival #

04/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry #

04/07 – Northfield, MN @ Carleton College #

04/08 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College #

04/09 – Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter #

04/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom #

04/12 – Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center #

04/14 – Red Hook, NY @ Bard College #

04/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery

04/18 – Kittery, ME @ Buoy Gallery

04/19 – Portland, ME @ Space Gallery

04/21 – Guelph, ON @ E-Bar

04/23 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre

04/24 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange

04/25 – Calgary, AB @ The Palomino

04/28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Railway 

# w/Zammuto

 

GOODBYE EYES

After Brooklyn-based Carla Susanto’s short was featured in TIFF this year, she noticed it fit perfectly with Goodbye Eyes. Stills of medical text etchings stitched together : brains branchioles kidney nerves bladder spine heart eye leg skulls feet head.
I’ve got my goodbye eyes on. Everything here’s good as gone.