“Some of the best experiences of listening to music that I’ve had have happened not at a concert – although I’ve had some fantastic moments there as well – but alone, in my bedroom, with a pair of good headphones and a free afternoon. There’s something so relaxing about being perfectly physically comfortable and not on display, as many people I’ve spoken to have told me they feel in a formal concert hall.
But then again, as a performer, I love and value live music as well – so there’s a tension there. When I started developing the music for Suspended Reverie, this tension was one of the ideas that I wanted to explore. How could I create music that matched the immersive physical experience of being enveloped in a hammock? How could we recreate the total freedom of listening alone in a live environment?
The end result has been more of a soundscape than anything formal or even melodic. I start with a basic structure (pictured here – my creative process is pretty untidy!) and ideas, but each section of the performance develops organically depending on my mood and what my fingers want to do that day. Every event is individually tuned to the mood of the room.” -Genevieve MacKay
Viola + Mindfulness + Hammocks
Suspended Reverie is a contemplative dream event involving a viola, a little mindfulness and a whole lot of relaxation. The participants get to enjoy this experience, from hammocks! It is a nap class, no less, where sleeping is an option.
Unplug, enjoy, daydream.
The improvisatory dreamscape guiding the participants is designed and performed live by violist Genevieve MacKay.
Using only a viola and a loop pedal, she’ll create rich, evocative soundscapes designed to lull participants into a state of relaxed awareness. Your Dream Catcher’s guide: Emmanuelle Rousseau
Next concert is this coming December 1st, 8pm-9pm. Sign up from at www.stretchvancouver.com/events