Dot Com Series from The Chan Centre

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The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC welcomed back its main stage concert programming digitally this season, with a handful of 100 per cent online performances called the Dot Com Series.

Dot Com Series from The Chan Centre Jeremy Dutcher Photo by Matt Barnes
Jeremy Dutcher Photo by Matt Barnes

Dot Com Series from The Chan Centre

Recorded around the globe—from a Montreal studio, to Galicia, Spain, to our very own Chan Centre stage—these artists harness the power of ancestral knowledge and history passed down through stories and song, reinterpreting and reinventing them with a bold contemporary perspective.

Watch online from September 25, 2020

The “brilliant and ambitious” (NPR) music of composer, pianist, and classically trained operatic tenor Jeremy Dutcher is like nothing you’ve ever heard. A member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, his bold compositions and affecting performances celebrate the resurgence of the Wolastoqey language. Filmed in Montreal, QC.

Watch online from October 16, 2020

PIQSIQ is an acclaimed Inuit throat-singing duo featuring the “wonderfully rhythmic and atmospheric” (Vancouver Sun) sound of sisters Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Ayalik. Performing both ancient songs and new compositions, their sound is an ethereal, mesmerizing blend of traditional vocal technique, improvisation and new technology. Filmed at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Watch online from October 23, 2020

Cristina Pato is a vibrant and virtuosic force of nature who has spent her musical career thwarting expectations and winning over the hearts of audiences around the world with her unequivocal mastery of the Galician bagpipe. The Vancouver Sun hailed her last Chan Centre concert as “nothing short of a revelation.” Filmed in Galicia, Spain.

World premiere screenings at The Cinematheque November 7, 2020

Watch online from November 11, 2020

Through direct storytelling, verbatim theatre, and music, slam poet and musician Brendan McLeod takes us back to the historic WWI Vimy Ridge battle in a visceral work that honours the memory of Canadian soldiers while taking a searing look at the futility of war. Filmed at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Watch online from November 20, 2020

Brilliantly inventive and unabashedly experimental, the music of Raven Chacon invites a living dialogue between composer, performer and listener. At the intersection of visual art, installation and contemporary classical music, this award-winning artist from the Navajo Nation’s Fort Defiance draws from the full spectrum of sound. The Chan Centre will present digital recordings of three of Chacon’s compositions, performed by a collection of instrumentalists. Filmed at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Watch online from November 27, 2020

UK-based South African cellist and vocalist Abel Selaocoe’s “communicative and dynamic playing” (Songlines) combines sublime technique with fiery improvisation, body percussion, and lively vocals. His program Songs of Liberation links Western and African traditions, honouring those that came to the aid of Black South Africans during the apartheid era. Filmed abroad.

All six performances will be available online from designated launch dates throughout the fall in an on-demand format. A variety of complementary ancillary events will also become available to watch or attend through the Chan Centre Connects series, including an exclusive virtual meet and greet with Galician bagpiper, educator, and Silkroad member Cristina Pato for digital subscribers.

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