NEWmatica – The Power of Percussion!

by admin on May 9, 2013

Astrolabe Newmatica at Britannia MineNew music, modern tap dance, and the building itself played as a musical instrument

Co-presented by Astrolabe Musik Theatre and the Britannia Mine Museum
Saturday, May 25, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Britannia Mine Museum
Highway 99 (Sea to Sky Highway); Britannia Beach, B.C.  (45 min. north of Vancouver)
Tickets:  $25 adults / $18 students / seniors
Or – NOW! In person at the Museum / and at the door

DRESS ADVISORY: As the Mill is unheated, please dress warmly, with footwear suitable for uneven terrain

FRINGE PERCUSSION (Jonathan Bernard, Martin Fisk, Brian Nesselroad and Daniel Tones), soprano HEATHER PAWSEY, and contemporary tap dancers DANNY NIELSEN and DAYNA SZYNDROWSKI join forces to showcase their musical expression through rhythm, melody, harmony and text in the towering 26-storey Mill Concentrator building at the Britannia Mine Museum (a National Historic site).

Music of iconic American composer John Cage (Third Constructionforever and sunsmell); British Columbia composer Jocelyn Morlock (Darwin’s Walken FishTrain) and internationally acclaimed Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer (Tantrika) in celebration of his 80th birthday year.

Furthering Astrolabe’s commitment to empowering audiences through active participation, members of the public (through a series of workshops) join the performers during the concert by, literally, playing the building as a musical instrument itself .  Soaring 26 storeys into the air, the Mill Concentrator (one of the last remaining gravity-fed concentrator mills in North America) boasts 14, 416 window-panes, and a cathedral-like acoustic.

Please join us for an unforgettable evening of new music, dance and the power of percussion — in an unforgettable venue!

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The Sex Lives of Vegetables

The Sex Lives of Vegetables ticket buyers enjoy free admission to the stunning VanDusen Botanical Garden from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. (concert night only)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

7:30 p.m.

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

(5251 Oak Street at West 37th Avenue, Vancouver, BC)

Tickets:  Adults:  $25 / Students & seniors:  $18

The Sex Lives of Vegetables Tickets Available through:

Or in person (cash only) at VanDusen Botanical Garden (Admissions Desk) or at the door



by admin on March 7, 2013


Newmatica - at Britannia Mine Museum

Have you ever wanted to perform in a concert?  Astrolabe wants to hear from you!

We are looking for enthusiastic participants to join us in our May 25th concert, NEWmatica, at the historic Britannia Mine Museum.  Explore basic percussion, vocal and improvisation techniques in a series of four afternoon workshops led by Jonathan Bernard (Fringe Percussion) and Astrolabe’s Heather Pawsey.
We’ll learn a series of musical motives you’ll play as “transitions” throughout the performance, and you’ll also take part in a controlled improvisation with Fringe Percussion, soprano Heather Pawsey,  and contemporary tap dancers Danny Nielsen and Dayna Szyndrowski during the concert’s finale.
Using found objects and the Mill Concentrator itself as instruments, you will literally “play the building”!
Previous music experience and/ or reading ability is an asset but not required.  You must be able to attend the workshops (2:00 – 4:30 p.m.) on April 27, May 5, May 11, and May 19.  Dress rehearsal is May 24, and the performance on May 25 (evenings).  Workshops will be held at the Canadian Music Centre (837 Davie Street, Vancouver).
Participation is FREE!
To register, or for further information, please e-mail:
Come and make some music with us!


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