FRIENDS OF GRASSLANDS

Shaw Street Collective in Performance

SHAW-STREET_PosterOn Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. the Shaw Street Collective performs in concert at the Val Marie School. This will be the world premiere of the ensemble’s new musical work written in Val Marie and the Grasslands, with contributions from the students of Val Marie School. The Collective will also perform pieces from their repertoire of original compositions, improvisations and classics. Admission to the concert is free; donations towards the work of Prairie Wind &Silver Sage will be appreciated. All ages are welcome. For a poster, click here.

The Shaw Street Collective is Mikolaj Debowski on trombone and vocals, Alyssa Ramsay on cello, Anthony Savidge on percussion and vocals, and Emma Rowlandson-O’Hara on trumpet and vocals. Individually its members teach as well as perform and have won multiple awards. The Collective is a flexible classical music ensemble who record and perform everything from classics to experimental and new pieces. Their music is diverse, exploratory, and always filled with passion and excitement. The Collective’s unique combination of trombone, trumpet, cello, voice, and percussion provides a fresh sound that invigorates both their experimental music and the classics of the western world.

The Shaw Street Collective’s artist residency is located in Grasslands National Park and Val Marie. It is a two week project aimed at encouraging a rich experience of the particular nature of the Prairies. The project begins with the hypothesis that it is possible to go beyond simply saying, “That is beautiful,” to asking, “What does the fact of beauty have to do with my everyday life?” The project culminates in this concert, in which the Collective will perform music based on images and sounds of the park collected from visitors and residents. The goal of the concert is to show how music can transform what is “just there” into something that we truly see and want to understand. The Collective’s residency is part of the 2015 Prairie Wind & Silver Sage artist residency program, co-sponsored with Grasslands National Park and funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries. During the Collective’s residency its members will offer sound walks, natural improv, concerts, and sound and image clinics for schools. Further performances of their Val Marie concert will be heard on tour from Saskatchewan to Ontario after the residency.

The Shaw Street Collective are PWSS artists in residence September 13–27. Watch for the Collective in and around Val Marie during their residency as its members offer sound walks, natural improv, concerts, and sound and image clinics for schools.