January, 2019: Project Title “Voices Found: Celebrating 65 Years of Extranormal Singing
Gabriel Dharmoo is a composer, vocalist, improviser and researcher. He was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Jules Léger (2017) and Robert Fleming Prize (2011), the MusCan Student Composer Competition (2017), the SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Award (2016), the Fernand-Lindsay Prix d’Europe composition prize (2011) as well as 6 prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. His works have been performed in Canada, the U.S.A, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. His work as a singer and interdisciplinary artist led to his performative solo Anthropologies imaginaires, awarded at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival (2015) and the SummerWorks Performance Festival (2016). As a vocalist, Gabriel has sung across Canada (Montréal, Québec, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Vancouver, Victoria, Banff, Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John’s), in Sydney (Australia), Cardiff (Wales), Berlin and Köln (Germany), Oslo (Norway), St-Louis (USA) as well as Amsterdam and Utrecht (Netherlands). He is an associate composer at the Canadian Music Centre as well as a member of SOCAN and the Canadian League of Composers. He is currently enrolled in Concordia University’s PhD “Individualized Program” with Sandeep Bhagwati (Music), Noah Drew (Theatre) and David Howes (Anthropology).
Dr. Chris Tonelli
Dr. Chris Tonelli is a soundsinger and researcher working on histories of vocal practice and reception. His forthcoming book Voices Found: Free Jazz and Singing will appear in Routledge’s series Transnational Studies in Jazz in 2019 and will trace histories of vocal and choral improvisation that emerged from sound poetry, free jazz, and contemporary art music practices from the 1950s to the present. He is also the founder and leader of several improvisatory choirs he refers to as “Vocal Exploration” choirs. These choirs attempt to include anyone who wants to participate and any sounds those participants want to explore, to create a voicescape that frames all sounds and all people as valuable.