international festival
of digital creativity
and electronic music
Édition 19

Jann Tomaro & Mikael Tobias CA/QC

Red Bull Music presents Hors Circuit
August 26, 2018, 15:00 - 23:00
Live: 15:00 - 16:00
Montréal-based mental health practitioner Jann Tomaro and Copenhagen-based Canadian musician, composer, producer and sound artist Mikael Tobias
Immersive organic, altered-state inducing psychoacoustics, improvised noise and drone
Unit Shifter Records
Practice #29: Jesse Perlstein (2018), Practice #28: Processing the Now by T. Gowdy (2018), Mikael Tobias : ABSENTIA (2018)
Co-founded the Practice series of sound and noise guided meditations at Montréal gallery Never Apart
Mikael Tobias

The transcendental and therapeutic properties of sound surge through the meditative music curated and created by Jann Tomaro and Mikael Tobias, inviting listeners to question the vibrational impact of sound on our minds, bodies and lives.

Tomaro and Tobias co-founded community event series Practice as an investigation of elemental sound in the context of group meditation. While researching resources of the trans community in Montréal, Tomaro pitched the idea to Never Apart—it’s since become a monthly series, welcoming guest artists and listeners to explore the experiential application of psychoacoustic theories such as cymatics, music therapy, sound healing, brain entrainment and binaural-beat perception. As a mental health practitioner and published researcher in the midst of a PhD at McGill University in Counselling Psychology, Tomaro works with individuals to overcome hardships, recognize strengths and build resilience, while also researching diversity, social justice and the psychotherapy process. Mikael Tobias explores the intersection of ambient and industrial music, blending organic instrumentation, digital manipulation and deconstructed elemental sound. His latest release weaves layers of lap steel guitar, swells of filtered noise and acoustic and electronic percussion into a sonic tapestry of undulating texture and rhythm. He's composed music for films, television shows, art installations, web projects, the stage and advertising campaigns including recent projects with Six Bit Deep.

Outside at the Virage on Sunday afternoon, Tomaro and Tobias lead listeners through an improvised set of immersive electronic sounds and guided mediation, accessing the transcendental properties of frequency, rhythm and sonic space.


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