Groundbreaking musician and conceptual artist, Paul D. Miller AKA DJ Spooky will perform at The Chan Centre at UBC on Saturday April 9 at 8 pm. The highly regarded musical innovator will be joined by pianist Corey Hamm and string trio Infinitus to present Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica; Miller's critically acclaimed multimedia meditation on global warming.
A renowned author and an abstract artist, Miller aka "DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid" has recorded a huge volume of music and collaborated with a variety of respected composers including Metallica, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono, Pierre Boulez, Kronos Quartet, Killah Priest, and Wu-Tang Clan. A recent press release describes his performances as "part nightclub, part art installation, and part concert hall, as he combines turntables, video projections, and live musicians to create a wholly unique and mesmerizing form of expression."
Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica is the composer’s latest large-scale media work, and features commentary upon global warming’s impact at the southernmost continent. To create the soundscape for the piece, DJ Spooky traveled to Antarctica with a portable recording studio and captured the sounds of its ice floes. These samplings were then combined with a live string trio, pianist, and visual projections creating a thought provoking multi-sensory portrait of the changing continent.
In celebration of this upcoming concert, there will be a ticketed screening of Rebirth of a Nation at Pacific Cinémathèque on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. An audio/video remix of D.W. Griffith’s controversial Birth of a Nation, the film features an original score by DJ Spooky performed by the Kronos Quartet.
Additionally, DJ Spooky will be giving a lecture on the role of sound and digital media in an information-age society as part of the Chan Centre’s Arts as Activism series. The free event takes place Friday, April 8 at 4pm at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
Tickets for DJ Spooky are $35-$42 for adults, $32-$39 for seniors and $25-32 for students. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster – by phone 1-855-985-ARTS (2787), or online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or in person at the Chan Centre ticket office.
Watch a video of DJ Spooky here: