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Active Vision: Live Music for Silent Film

Presenter: Patrick Boyle, DMA, School of Music

Friday, Oct. 13: 12:30 to 1:45pm

In this engaging and interactive demonstration, Dr. Boyle will perform a live soundtrack to a short 10 minute silent film. He will then discuss his process of "comprovisation" in which composed and improvised elements unite to increase dramatic effect. Dr. Boyle will discuss the pervasive nature of improvisation as it relates to daily life. This lecture/demonstration is for anyone who loves music, spontaneity and fun. All ages welcome! Dr. Patrick Boyle is a fearless sonic explorer driven by discovery. Curiosity is his compass. His frontiers are in performance (trumpet and guitar), improvisation, composition and education. Patrick is Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Victoria.

Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, he appears on over 50 commercial releases and 3 acclaimed solo albums. CBC Radio has called him a “trumpet personality” and “one of Canada’s top jazz musicians.” He has cultivated the rare ability to synthesize a range of influence – including jazz, rock, trad, Balkan, and South Indian music – which all come together into a rhythmically compelling musical voice. In 2009, Patrick performed at Carnegie Hall with tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain.

A provocative and prolific composer, Patrick writes for theatre, film and the concert stage. Among his many commissions is the score for the theatrical adaptation of the Wayne Johnston novel Colony of Unrequited Dreams which premiered at the National Arts Centre in January 2017. Patrick’s music is central to two films for the National Film Board: 54 Hours (2014) and Song for Cuba (2014). The CBC commissioned Patrick to compose and record Well Enough Alone (2010), a multi-movement suite acknowledging the 60th anniversary of Newfoundland’s confederation with Canada.

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