March 24, 2009

Banff - Day 24

Started the day with Lesley and my neighborhood book club coming to Banff from Calgary (~one hour down the road) for a discussion of the book, tour of our facilities, and lunch. Here is the one photo I got of the group in the dye studio - check Lesley's blog for the front shot!

In the afternoon I was back in the dye studio. Here are the shibori pieces I tied yesterday, along with the white devore silk scarves I will be dyeing over the next couple of days (they are white, it is just the bright yellow table they are laying on!)

I also prepared a screen for another round of playing with the deconstructed screen printing method. Here it is, painted with thickened yellow dye with stencils and stamps embedded into it. It needs to dry overnight, then I can start applying layers of colours to gradually remove this outer coating.

One thing I haven't mentioned yet is the musical event of the month that is generating great excitement here at the Banff Centre.

CBC Radio 2 is sponsoring a young composer competition called Evolution. Five Canadian composers under 35 years of age won the first round and were selected to come to Banff to spend less than one month coming up with a 10 - 15 minute composition to be played by the Montreal group Ensemble contemporain de Montréal+ (ECM+). The date of the concert where we get to hear the 5 new compositions is Thursday, March 26 at 6pm MST - this concert will be broadcast live on CBC Radio 2.

Over the past month we have seen the tension rise in all of the composers as they hang out with residency musicians here at the Centre, been followed around by CBC videographers, write their blogs, and this weekend the ensemble arrived from Montreal to start playing their new pieces and the pace has accelerated. We are all looking forward to the concert on Thursday.

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