TOM RICHARDS PRESENTS “SHORELINE”
FRIDAY, 22 MARCH 2024 | DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00
Tom Richards is a musician with a kaleidoscopic range of work. He brings his latest creation, Shoreline 3, to Notional Space. This third instalment of his Shoreline series involves a fully interactive performance experience, immersing the audience within a tightly crafted dronescape, bathing the room in sound, and inviting audience participation both digital and organic.
Tom is joined for this performance by violinist Georgia Hathaway, whose bright, nimble voice bridges the worlds of folk, classical, and improvised music, , visual artist David Ballantine, whose projections and light-work will augment the piece, and poet Kimberly Ivany, who will read.
Tom Richards’s musicianship is broad and variegated. A low-brass specialist, pianist, composer, conductor, and producer, Tom performs in dozens of active projects, including The Heavyweights Brass Band, The Human Rights, Queen Kong, Avi Granite 6, and King Cardiac. Tom is the composer and producer behind Unfolding River, an 81-piece series of avant-classical music based on the Tao te Ching.
In 2022, Tom arranged and orchestrated a key segment of the film score for The Colour of Ink, a documentary film produced by the National Film Board of Canada and directed by Brian D. Johnson. He performs on piano and trombone throughout the film. The Colour of Ink premiered at TIFF in September 2022.
In 2021, Tom was commissioned to compose a 60-minute piece for Don’t Wake the Lions, a modern dance show produced by Votive Dance in Halifax. In addition to performing on trombone and piano, Tom worked closely with choreographer Catherine Hayward to incorporate movement into the musical elements and to orchestrate rhythmic elements of the dance.
Tom recorded trombone for the award-winning Cuphead video game soundtrack, released in 2017. The soundtrack charted at #1 on Billboard’s international jazz chart in September 2019, making Cuphead the first ever video game to achieve that honour.
2019 also saw the release of a groundbreaking new software synthesizer called Bassynth, created by Wave Alchemy. To create the engine for this instrument, Tom was called in to record an extensive sample library on trombone, euphonium, tuba, and sousaphone. The resulting instrument has been widely hailed as a breakthrough in the world of soft-synths. Music Radar called it “The last word in sound design”.
In his 20 year career, Tom has recorded and performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Ron Sexmith, Gregory Stafford, Kevin Breit, Ben Caplan, Bruno Capinan, Friendly Rich, David Braid, The Wooden Sky, The Hidden Cameras, Rheostatics, Spoon, The Massey Hall Band, The Australian Art Orchestra, Theatre Columbus, Soulpepper Theatre, and many others. Tom has a discography of well over 100 albums, and has a busy performance schedule, approaching 300 live dates per year.
David Ballantine is a sculpture and installation artist whose practice seeks to expand the sensing body through mediating instruments. His sculptures extend toward, recreate or exploit natural phenomena within living environments, architecture and body sites. David playfully explores ephemeral and activated materials like water and moving air through a contemplative process steeped in reverence. His work aims to engage participants in sensuous and reciprocal relationships, beckoning them to the murky edge – the ‘felt sense’ of experience.
Kimberly Ivany is a deep-feeling multipotentialite with a special interest in creative non-fiction. A CBC journalist by day, and a playful poet by all-other-hours, her insatiable draw to both intra and interpersonal relationships shows up in her work in a way that at once soothes and surprises.