When we think of the vocal arts, we tend to think of singing – it is sonically pleasing, broadly accessible, and widely popular. But what about other vocal arts and practices, to which some dedicate themselves with all of the passion and hard work of the most celebrated singers. Are bird calls, auctioneering, ventriloquism, and sound healing somehow the products of a lesser commitment to craft?
Kingston Frontenac Public Library, King Con, and the Tone Deaf Festival are pleased to announce a special Kingston-edition of comics author and artist, Georgia Webber’s immersive concert series, “MAW,” which celebrates the human voice in all its permutations. Often blurring the roles of audience and performer, “MAW: A Community Celebration of the Vocal Arts” brings together an array of vocalists who might otherwise never identify as a community so that they may perform and reflect on their vocal arts.
of the event, Graeme Langdon, Teen and New Adult Services Librarian for KFPL stated, “KFPL is thrilled to collaborate with eminent partners to present a local edition of an established concert series celebrating artists who work outside our immediate conceptions of the vocal arts."
At this Kingston edition of MAW audiences will hear from locals Nikolas Yuen, a voiceover artist, actor and host of CFRC's Monday evening program, Shed Progressions, and Time Victim, a musician who builds soundscapes with vocal loops. Further, MAW features two unique vocalists who have previously performed in Kingston at past Tone Deaf Festivals: liturgical singer Cormac Culkeen of hymnal drone duo Joyful Joyful; and composer and interdisciplinary artist Anne Bourne. Each performer will demonstrate their vocal art and then speak with Webber about their craft.
MAW takes place Saturday, December 12, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm through KFPL's Zoom account. For more information and to register, please visit https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/4721053.