In an effort to present live music in novel and engaging ways and always with public safety in mind, the Guelph Jazz Festival is convening two versions of Arborienteering in the University of Guelph Arboretum.
As part of this event-piece, fifteen musicians will play two ten-minute solos, each under ‘their own’ tree in the beautiful Arboretum grounds. New solos will begin every five minutes during the 2½ hour event and, with the trees at a distance for each other, the piece will sound differently depending on how one moves through the space. Listeners are invited to stroll through some or all of two identical 1¼ km loops to hear the music as they please, an optimal context for live music in a period of physical distancing.
Arborienteering will feature music played by Rob Clutton, Isaiah Farahbakhsh, Ben Finley, Nick Fraser, Rebecca Hennessy, Kathryn Ladano, Jim Lewis, Germaine Liu, Naomi McCarroll-Butler, Kayla Milmine, Paul Newman, John Oswald, Araz Salek, Doug Tielli & Mark Zurawinski.
The event is free of admission charge, and additionally all attendees will receive a free book –– at once an event program, a musical score, and a fanciful field guide of the Arboretum grounds –– produced in partnership with Publication Studio Guelph.
Attendees are required to register in advance so that the event complies with capacity limits, and, once on site, next to the Arboretum Centre, attendees must submit to a simple COVID-19 screening process before receiving their copies of the book and access to the grounds.
Though the event is free, we encourage you to donate to the Guelph Jazz Festival. Donations are charitable and tax deductible. Thank you for supporting live music in Guelph.