Gerd Aurell is a visual artist who lives and works in northern Sweden. Her sister, Karin Aurell, is a professional flutist who lives in Sackville, N.B. For the past few years, the two sisters have been developing a collaboration where Karin plays flute while Gerd “plays” the overhead projector with a combination of prepared images and live interventions. Think live comics set to music. Sometimes, as in the piece Good Breathing, a story of the two sisters growing up together in eastern Canada, Gerd's images follow a story line, while Karin's flute comments and explores moods.
Other times, the music is the main focus and Gerd's visuals provide commentary.
The program includes new work by young Canadian composers, Kevin Morse who teaches composition at Mount Allison University, Jérôme Blais who teaches at Dalhousie University, and by Farshid Samadari, a young Vancouver composer with roots in Iran.
A short DVD by Gerd, Rosa, is part of the program. For this piece, a group of Mount A music students will be improvising on the theme of the colour pink.
The concert is taking place on Wednesday, March 20, at 8 p.m., in the faculty lounge in the Marjorie Bell conservatory of music. Admission is free but seating is limited.