Each season suddenlyLISTEN devises special projects that fall outside our regular concerts, but still celebrate suddenlyLISTEN’s mandate: to stretch the boundaries of music and music creation; and to encourage both musicians and non-musicians to listen to, explore, and participate in the making of new and experimental music.

Special projects in 2019/20 will include The continuation of our monthly Last Sabbath series. We will also continue our popular series of poetry/music Salons at Lexicon Books in Lunenburg. Also, we will be offering a sound making workshop for youth at the Halifax North End Library starting in September. Finally, sL will be offering an Artist in Residence program for the first time. Scroll down for more details on all of these special Projects

The Last Sabbath – A session of Spontaneous Music on the last sabbath of every month.
suddenlyLISTEN will present monthly sessions of improvised music on the last Sunday of each month, at 1313 Hollis Street.  These sessions will bring together improvisers from across the wide spectrum of improvised musics in Halifax, in an environment conducive to playing, playing, and playing.  The sessions will be open to the public to listen with a “pay what you can” admission.  The Sabbaths will be led by Geordie Haley, with the goal of generating challenging free music and building connections across the community.  Each session will take place at 1313 Hollis Street from 7:30-10:00pm.

The dates: The Sabbaths will begin September 29 2019 and continue on the last Sunday of each month excluding December.

For the Sabbaths, we ask that you contact us to let us know you’d like to attend, please email: suddenlylisten@suddenlylisten.com

suddenlyLISTEN and Lexicon Books of Lunenburg NS  suddenlyLISTEN are co-presenting a series of interactions between poets and musicians. We call them the Lexicon Salons! For these events the two artists find ways to pair their words and music, illuminating both. The evenings are intimate and fun with lively discussions following.

There are three Salons this season with dates and artists TBA.

All Salons are free admission, and begin at 7pm.

suddenlyLISTEN and the Halifax North End Public Library present Listening/Processinga new, weekly music and sound creation  program for youth. Starting in September Halifax sound artist and music therapist Danielle Jakubiak will lead participants in sessions that dig into listening, improvisation, field recording, and music production. This program will give young people tools to express themselves sonically and listen to the world in a deeper way!

More information on start date and time will follow soon!

suddenlyLISTEN is inviting an artist to come to Halifax, (or stay in Halifax, if they already live here!) to research and create new work. sL is seeking proposals for the 2019/20 season from artists of any discipline working with sound and improvisation. Applications from both emerging and established artists will be considered and we welcome creators from all walks of life who maintain forward-looking art practices driven by sound and improvisation to apply.

The goal for this residency is very open: What do you want to immerse yourself in for 10 days? A new piece? New technique? Recording? Composition? Book? Installation? Do you just want to practice? Collaborate? It’s up to you. Tell us what you are up to and we’ll help it to happen!

This 10-day residency will provide: Artist Fee ($1000), rehearsal space, accommodations, a small travel stipend ($500), equipment and an option for a recording or public showing at the end of the residency. The successful artist or project leader will work with sL to create a work plan that fits the needs of the artist, and sL’s capacity to assist the work.

Deadline for Application is due: August 15th, 2019 (Result Notification: September 1st, 2019)

Only applications submitted in full and on time will be considered.

Additional Funding for travel costs is the responsibility of the artist, any documentation or letters needed for funding assistance can be provided by suddenlyLISTEN.

Please Fill out this Application Form below:

Please contact: norm@suddenlylisten.com with any questions