The March 06 2015


Nancy Tobin (Montréal)

Performance Friday March 6, 7pm/8pm/9pm/10pm
In collaboration with MARTIN TÉTREAULT

SUPERHEART is a conceptual music project about an absurd esoteric super heroine. Through SUPERHEART, mixing vintage and contemporary technologies, sound artists Nancy Tobin and Martin Tétreault investigate the pop song genre. They appropriate it. They tear it open and stretch it. The outcome is a 39-minute recording of an ambient, minimalist, repetitive song. The live performance of SUPERHEART will investigate ways to revisit our experience of the in-gallery audio presentation attempting to break with usual expectations.

Nancy Tobin is a sound artist and designer for theatre productions. In 2004, she was nominated for the Masque de la conception sonore (sound design prize) by the Académie québécoise du théâtre for her work in the production of Le Procès directed by François Girard. Her composition and design for the piece Concerto grosso pour corps et instruments choreographed by Danièle Desnoyers was presented at the MBZ 2003 (Music Biennale Zagreb).

Over the past twenty years, Nancy Tobin has developed an approach using unusual audio speakers to transform the sound qualities of her creations. As a solo audio artist she has performed at several international festivals and sound events: MUTEK (Montreal), immerson (Montreal), NAISA (Toronto), Tone Deaf (Kingston), B-312 Art Gallery (Montreal), DHC/ART Foundation (Montreal), Avatar (Québec) and, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montreal), among others.

Martin Tétreault is an internationally-renowned sound artist based in Montreal. He is a leading figure in improvisation using turntables, unusual vinyl surfaces and objects. Tétreault is a turntablist, improvisor, sound artist and visual artist. He is recognized locally and abroad for his research and improvisation with, and fabrication of, turntables of every sort. He has created sound performances, solo or in collaboration with other artists in music, dance, poetry and installation.

Tétreault’s trajectory includes various productions on compact disc and live performances with a range of collaborators, including the duo Této with Nancy Tobin and the trio Xyz with Pierre-Yves Martel and Philippe Lauzier. Martin Tétreault is also composer and director of the turntable quartet Quatuor de tourne-disques with Nancy Tobin, Alexander MacSween, David Lafrance et Magali Babin, founded in 2006. They released the disc Points, lignes avec haut-parleurs with Oral in 2011.