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River Crossing Soundscape Project: FAQs about the process

What is this?

The River Crossing Soundscape Project is a series of community workshops. In  these workshops we will explore the sounds of the river valley and the sounds created by the people that have inhabited it over the centuries up to the present day.

  • Sounds can be natural (wind, water, birds and animals, etc.) or created by human activity (music, spoken words, traffic, industry, etc.)
  • We will ask for contributions from the workshop participants. These can be music (a traditional lullaby your grandmother sang, a traditional children’s song, a traditional dance, etc.) or concepts (traffic noise combined with nature sounds, spoken words about the urban or natural environments, etc.)
  • Ideas generated in these workshops will then be combined to create a larger work, which will be presented to the public at the end of the project.

Who can participate?

We invite both current Rossdale residents and those who do not live in the area but have a connection to it through their personal or cultural background to participate.

  • Participants do not have to have specific musical skills – no experience is necessary to participate. If you do play an instrument, you are welcome to bring it.
  • Both children and adults are welcome, but we recommend that children are accompanied by an adult. The Schoen Duo have years of experience creating meaningful multi-level musical experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • If you have something you would like to contribute to this project, but are unable to attend a workshop, please contact Thomas or Kathleen Schoen at schoenduo@gmail.com  We would love to include your ideas!
  • Workshop participants are invited to participate in the final presentation of the finished piece, if they are comfortable doing so. This is not mandatory.

 

 

 

Salterello (excerpt)

Salterello (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Salterello-preview.mp3

Siciliana (excerpt)

Siciliana (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Siciliana-preview.mp3

Three Reel Studies (excerpt)

Three Reel Studies (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/3-reel-studies-preview.mp3

Red River Dances (excerpt)

Red River Dances (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Red-River-Dances-Preview.mp3

Variations on an Old Swedish Folksong (excerpt)

Variations on an Old Swedish Folksong (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Kuhlau-Variations-Preview.mp3

Profile (excerpts)

In this EP we demonstrate the wide variety of styles we can cover. Medieval and Baroque music on period instruments, modern compositions that recall folk traditions, Native American and Metis melodies, and, of course, a little bit of classical music too.   About the Music: Salterello: This anonymous Italian dance from c.1400 is played on […]