Jan. 17, 2013 - Issue #900: The ongoing musical evolution of Hannah Georgas
'Art is our daily lives. It's everywhere: the papers we read, the music we listen to, even the cereal box that we're eating from," states Phil Jagger, curator for Art's Birthday.
The international event has been confirmed in 10 different countries, and the celebrations can be viewed live online in cities such as Prague, Antwerp, Vienna and Stockholm, as well as places a little closer to home like Vancouver and Calgary. Edmonton's chapter is spearheaded by the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS), and will follow in the now 50-year tradition first conceived in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou, who dedicated his own birthday—January 17—to commemorate all things art. Filliou suggested at the time that art didn't exist until one million years before the creation of the designated celebration, which makes Art 1 000 050 years young in 2013.
This year's birthday celebrations aim to bring together a group of artists and musicians who push the boundaries, as well as provide a chance for them to be acknowledged for their hard work and dedication. The lineup of outside-the-box thinkers includes SkruntSkrunt, Don Ross, Bill Damur, Serenity Cell, Babysugarbag, Pizzarrhea and Pigeon Breeders.
To add to the celebration, Jagger has dubbed this year's theme the Edmonton Non-Music Awards in response to what he sees as the lack of categorical variety at the annual Edmonton Music Awards, particularly when it comes to electroacoustic music.
"I'm not trying to diss the Edmonton Music Awards, but they didn't have categories for experimental artists and they didn't have categories for jazz artists or world-beat artists," he adds. "I'm just wanting to acknowledge those musicians in our community."
Sat, Jan 19 (8 pm)
Bohemia, $5 (BEAMS members),
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