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Quartet for the Year 4698 or 5760

Improvisation for 4 Film Projectors

23 June—30 June 2000

Vancouver interdisciplinary artist Laiwan collaborates with virtuoso bass clarinetist Lori Freedman from Winnipeg to premiere this multimedia artwork. Playing on the idea of millennial year (4698 and 5760 are the Chinese and Jewish years respectively for 2000) Quartet uses 16mm film, music improvisation, live performance, sculptural installation, computer media and the internet. It is a celebration of our improvisational musical body, spontaneous time and space, and the presences/absences of cultural histories within a critique of the limitations of machines.

Performances: Scheduled to coincide with the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Quartet will open on June 22 at 8pm and includes a special live performance by Freedman on clarinets. The installation and performances will run until June 30th.

Lori Freedman will perform daily from 12:30-1:30pm accompanied by four film projectors. Bring an instrument if you’d like to play along with the computer print out of the Quartet score during the course of the week.

We gratefully thank the support of the BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Residency Programme & Aragon Development, Freelori Productions, the School for the Contemporary Arts Simon Fraser University, and the Vancouver Foundation.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689