Ecstatic Waves Presents
“Changing Planet”

What is happening?

Ecstatic Waves founder and director Chris Blaber will ride his bicycle over 2000km all over B.C playing shows in over 40 different cities. He will carry with him a drum set, stereo electronics, and everything else needed to survive the trip including food, tent, tools, sleeping bag, clothes, and more.

Chris will be presenting the Ecstatic Waves production called “Changing Planet” which is a one hour sonic exploration of climate issues affecting us here in British Columbia. including music by Ann Southam, Erica Regehr, Jaya Story, Nadia Schibli, and himself.

Chris hopes this show will raise awareness about climate issues affecting us here in BC today.

He is also going to be spreading the joy of music making by offering free masterclasses about drumming, composing, and performing where students can ask him questions and learn some effective practice tools for continuing their musical development.

Where and when will it happen?

In over 40 different cities around BC. Scroll down to find out where I will be on which days. Details of public events will be released by June!

Who the Heck is Chris Blaber and What is Ecstatic Waves?

Chris Blaber is a percussionist and composer dedicated to presenting collaborative, interdisciplinary, improvised, and contemporary works. In the past two years alone he has premiered over 100 new works in concert. He’s passionate about incorporating multiple elements of performance – including choreography, narration, singing, and acting – into unified, innovative productions. He joined Scrap Arts Music as an ensemble member in September 2017. As a member of Scrap Arts he tours their new production “Children of Metropolis” internationally and throughout BC tours their school show SAM2. Scrap Arts delivers complex webs of rhythms with athletic choreography and high energy performance.

Locally in Vancouver you can see Chris Drum with the Hitmen Drumline at Canucks home games (his friends tell him he has been on Hockey night in Canada for about 3 seconds!) and as a freelance percussionist in Vancouver with numerous groups including orchestras, musical theatre, chamber music groups, SFU Music Composition program ensemble in residence, and as the principal percussionist of the Postmodern Camerata Society.

Chris is the artistic director and founder of Ecstatic Waves. This collective creates experimental performances that are collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature. They have premiered over 50 new works by local Vancouver artists in 14 shows, self published a book of scores premiered in the concert series, and performed a 10 hour long concert for their book launch party.

Ecstatic Waves is dedicated to creating collaborative and interdisciplinary performances. Their focus is on grassroots community development, supporting young artists, and creating concert experiences that are intimate, impactful and thought provoking.

Presenting the Composers

Erica Regehr is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from North Vancouver, BC, who has played a large role in the establishment of Ecstatic Waves. Erica uses music as an emotional medium often focusing on melody, texture and form to build a narrative, as well as having an interest in incorporating text and self built instruments into her music.

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Image courtesy of Erica Regehr

Jaya Story – Microtonal enthusiast and musical theatre lover, emerging composer Jaya Story strives to be the oxymoron of conventionalism. Her music challenges the audience by stretching perceptions of consonance and metric onsets. Her works have been performed by numerous ensembles, including Standing Wave, the Mighty Wings Jazz Ensemble, and the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.

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Image courtesy of Jaya Story

Nadia Schibli – Nadia Schibli is a genderqueer composer, musician, sound and performance artist, inspired by noise, soundscapes, social issues, raw emotion, and imagination. Since moving from the unceded Witsuwet’en, and Gitxsan lands on which they were raised, south to the unceded Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh lands, commonly known as Vancouver, Nadia has received their Bachelor of Contemporary Arts with distinction from Simon Fraser University, recorded and performed with progressive metal bands Opus Arise and Kymatica, and has premiered and conducted a number of compositions for chamber ensembles. Nadia’s recent works include the release of _scape, debut album of electroacoustic noise and ambient music, a series of 31 mixed-medium collaborations with multimedia artist and partner Teddy Lake, and upcoming debut by experimental death metal band, Vulturis.
insta: @nschibli

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Image courtesy of Nadia schibli

ANN SOUTHAM was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1937 but lived most of her life in Toronto. After completing musical studies at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music in the early 1960’s, Ann Southam began a teaching and composing career which included a long and productive association with modern dance. As well as creating music for some of Canada’s major modern dance companies and choreographers including The Toronto Dance Theatre, Danny Grossman, Dancemakers, Patricia Beatty, Christopher House and Rachel Browne, she was an instructor in electronic music at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and has also participated in many “composer-in-the-classroom” programs in elementary and high schools. While a great deal of her work was electroacoustic music on tape, in her later years she became increasingly interested in music for acoustic instruments. She composed concert music for a variety of acoustic instruments and instrumental ensembles, working with such artists and ensembles as Eve Egoyan, Christina Petrowska Quilico and Arraymusic. Ann Southam’s work was commissioned through the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the CBC, and has been performed in Canada, Europe and the U.S. She is a member of the Canadian Music Centre, the Canadian League of Composers and a founding member of the Association of Canadian Women Composers. (Sourced from the Canadian Music Centre website)

She was the recipient of the Friends of Canadian Music Award in 2001

Ann Southam passed away November 25, 2010.

Here is an amazing rendition of her Glass Houses No.5!

Tour Routes

BC Interior
June 9 – North/west van
June 10 – Squamish
June 11 – Whistler
June 12 – Whistler
June 13 – Pemberton
June 16 – Lillooet
June 18 – Cache creek
June 22 – Kamloops
June 23 – Kamloops
June 26 – Vernon
June 27 – Kelowna
June 28 – Kelowna
June 29 – Penticton
June 30 – Osoyoos
July 1 – Keremeos
July 2 – Princeton
July 9 – Hope
July 10 – Harrison Hot Springs
July 11 – Chilliwack

Vancouver and Lower Mainland
July 18-Aug 2nd – Vancouver – Burnaby – New Westminster – Richmond – Surrey – Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam – Port Moody – North Vancouver – West Vancouver – Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge – Delta – Langley – Abbotsford – Mission

Vancouver Island + Sunshine Coast
Aug 6 – Victoria
Aug 7 – Victoria
Aug 8 – Sooke
Aug 10 – Port Renfrew
Aug 12 – Lake cowichan
Aug 13 – Duncan
Aug 14-17 – Saltspring, Pender, Mayne, Galiano islands
Aug 18 – Nanaimo
Aug 19 – Gabriola Island
Aug 20 – Qualicum Beach
Aug 21 – Cumberland/Courtenay/Comox
Aug 22 – Campbell river
Aug 23 – Black creek
Aug 24 – Powell river
Aug 25 – Kleindale
Aug 26 – Sechelt
Aug 27 – Gibsons
Aug 28 – Bowen Island
Aug 29 – Home at last
Aug 30th – Final wrap up show in Vancouver