by John Brennan with Adrian Avendaño, César Chew, Mili Hong, Jamie Lee and Jennifer Yakamovich
Rudiments for Hexadrome is a sound performance and installation that considers the sonic qualities and compositional possibilities of the snare drum using graphic scores.
Six percussionists perform on six snare drums to explore their resonant materials, rhythms and lineages. By experimenting with graphic notation, instructional scores, extended techniques, snare drum modifications and improvisation, Adrian Avendaño, John Brennan, César Chew, Mili Hong, Jamie Lee and Jennifer Yakamovich, propose new sonic configurations while making space for past, present and future sounds to emerge.
Running from Monday, June 21nd - Tuesday, June 29th at VIVO Media Arts Centre. Appointments are 30 minutes in length and are available from 11am until 5pm. Rudiments for Hexadrome is a co-presentation between VIVO Media Arts Centre and Vancouver InternationalJazz Festival.
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VIVO is located in the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in a warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street south of East Broadway at the end of E 10th. Transit line 9 stops at Kaslo Street on Broadway. From the bus stop, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight decline. The closest skytrain station is Renfrew Station, which is three blocks south-east of VIVO and has an elevator. From there, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight incline. There is parking available at VIVO, including wheelchair access parking. There is a bike rack at the entrance. The front entrance leads indoors to a set of 7 stairs to the lobby.
A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. The ramp has two runs: the first run is 20 feet long, and the second run is 26 feet. The ramp is 60 inches wide. The slope is 1:12. The ramp itself is concrete and has handrails on both sides. There is an outward swinging door (34 inch width) at the top of the ramp leading to a vestibule. A second outward swinging door (33 inch width) opens into the exhibition space. Buzzers and intercoms are located at both doors to notify staff during regular office hours or events to unlock the doors. Once unlocked, visitors can use automatic operators to open the doors.
There are two all-gender washrooms. One has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The other is a single room with a urinal and is wheelchair accessible: the door is 33 inches wide and inward swinging, without automation. The toilet has 11 inch clearance on the left side and a handrail.
To reach the bathrooms from the studio, exit through the double doors and proceed straight through the lobby and down the hall . Turn left, and the two bathrooms will be on your right side. The closest one has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The far bathroom is accessible.
John Brennan is a sound artist and drummer living and practicing on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Parallel to his practice as a musician, he produces sound installations that consider the relationship between the sonic memory of musical instruments, performance and improvisation. His band Kamikaze Nurse is currently recording their second full-length album, Stimuloso (2021)Mint Records. Other recent sound projects include: MO-DALE (a duo with Justin Patterson) and Last Lost Time with Gabi Dao and Elisa Ferrari. He curated Destroy Vancouver (2012-2016), a quarterly improvised music and sound art series produced by VIVO Media Arts Centre. He has presented work through Vancouver New Music, Vancouver Coastal Jazz, Western Front (Vancouver), Nanaimo Art Gallery, BEK (Bergen), Landmark (Bergen), No IDea Festival (Austin), Suoni per il Popolo (Montreal) and MUTEK (Montreal).
Other collaborators include Chris Corsano, Raven Chacon, John Dieterich, Katerina Ernst, Jacob Audrey Taves, William Hooker, DJ Olive, Greg Saunier, Marshall Trammell, Nate Wooley, and many more.