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Magali Babin: Questions and Answers

I met Magali Babin when we were both serving on a Canada Council jury together, several years ago. (Jury service always yields new friendships and collaborations I find, (at least arts juries...I'm not sure about the other kinds...). I found Magali to be intelligent and valuable as a jury member, and when I visited her website later,  she hit the programming wish list immediately!

As we approach Les Mains du Son, I thought I'd ask Magali a few questions by email to give you a better idea of what you might expect from her visit to Halifax!

Here they are:

1. What instruments will you be playing in Halifax?

objects, analog effects, electronics, recorded sound, tape cassette, and maybe an instrument.

2. What do you like best about improvising with other musicians?

listening and presence, the presence of listening, and all meetings that this dynamic causes.

3. Do you consider yourself a sound artist or a musician? Is there a difference?

Is the nature of the project that determines the shape. The final content is still sound. I work with several artists in different collectifs and formations, it is very valuable and it allows me to be in the dimension of experience. When I speak of my sound installations, I mean the space of sound, when I talk about my sound performance, I mean presence, increasingly in my work I want to meet and share these two dimensions.

4. Do you know what the music will sound like in Halifax? What do you imagine?

I have no idea, and I hope to keep this sensitive curiosity with the mind of an adventure full of sincerity in every moment that I'll spend with the other musicians and the audience on the evening of December 3. I imagine that many wonderful stories will be created...

Lovely. I hope you'll join us, at 8pm, on Wednesday, December 3rd at The Bus Stop Theatre. Tickets are available at the door.

Nov 3, 2014 at 14:00

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