Gemmiform featuring the Banjo Consortium (CA)
Initiated by Stephen Beaupré, Gemmiform is a coalescence of his electronic music, the acoustic improvisations of The Banjo Consortium (guitar, flute, accordion, mandolin), and the work of visual artists Nancy Belzile (experimental animation film), Patrick Bernatchez (drawing), and David Fafard (digital imaging, video, VJ live performances). The muted and underlying dimensions of the lived experience is the main theme of this presentation drawing from subjects of timeless relevancy—genesis, growth, metamorphosis and decay, desire, joy and loss, mythos and the natural world, of which the image of a bud, the gemmiform, is a perfect synthesis. The basis for the visuals is an alluring imagery that stems from low tech production re-articulated and supplemented with digital effects. The music uses organic elements of acoustic instruments, field and vocal recordings, before combining them with synthesized methods in order to emphazise the life within the final work. Exploring the relation of the electronic devices with the figurative, the organic, and the narrative, this presentation is organic and fragile, contemplative and emotional, yet still critical—a sensuality, a marrow, a gritty merging.