We are pleased to announce that we have re-scheduled Arborienteering, our site-specific event-piece for the University of Guelph Arboretum, to take place on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 July, 1pm. This postponement is in response to the ongoing stay-at-home order in Ontario, and we are optimistic that, by the end of July, we will be able to welcome in-person audiences for this unconventional live-music experience.
Arborienteering will feature fifteen musicians in the Arboretum. Each one plays two ten-minute solos under a specific tree at times scheduled so that new solos begin every five minutes. There will almost always be multiple musicians playing and, with the trees at some distance, the piece will sound differently depending on how one moves through the space. Overall, it comprises two identical 1.25 km loops and a total of 155 minutes of music, to be enjoyed in whole or in part; attendees can wander through the space to experience the music as they please.
The musicians to be featured are Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet), John Oswald (alto saxophone), Nick Fraser (drums), Naomi McCarroll-Butler (clarinet), Doug Tielli (trombone), Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet), Araz Salek (tar), Paul Newman (tenor saxophone), Rob Clutton (double bass), Ben Finley (double bass), Kayla Milmine (soprano saxophone), Mark Zurawinski (drums and electronics), Germaine Liu (vibraphone), Isaiah Farahbakhsh (cello), and Jim Lewis (trumpet).
The events will be free to attend, but will require advance registration through a form on this website that will be available as of the beginning of July. This registration will allow us to limit attendance to conform to Public Health and University policies around outdoor gatherings, and to engage effective contact tracing procedures.
All attendees will receive a complimentary book that we are producing in partnership with Publication Studio Guelph. This book contains map and time-index information, as well as ‘field guide’ type information about both the tree species and musicians involved.