Sound Symposium Concert Review: “Patchwork” – Mary Jane Lamond, Laurel Macdonald & Philip Strong | August 15th 2016

By Jing Xia, Sound Symposium

I knew,

from the very beginning,

from the first syllable resonating in the air,

from the first image coming into view,

that I fell in love with it.

I have watched many voice performances, I buy music videos often and I am quite familiar with digital audio. However, I thought I knew nothing about these four things when I sat in the audience that night: voice, video, electronics, and imagery. Mary Jane Lamond, Laurel Macdonald (voice) as well as Philip Strong (sound mixing) converge them in such a beautiful way, and I can’t find a suitable word to describe how beautiful it was.

Lamond and Macdonald reimagined and reset some traditional Canadian folk songs collected by Helen Creighton. By using electronic sounds and effects, they made songs rich, continuous and intuitive. There were three elements to the performance: the video with electronic sound and the voice with live recording and looping. Lamond’s and Macdonald’s voices were realistic sounds in that room and I could feel it through the vibrating air, parting lips, and even the emotional eyes. The electronic sound track and the video were like something beyond the real. Rigid video often influences the way audiences think, especially during a feeling process of musical performance – in this case the video images gave me a way of exploring and enjoying the music. [READ MORE]

Patchwork at Sound Symposium | July 18th 2016

I’m so excited to have finally performed Patchwork for the first time last week as a part of Sound Symposium in St. John’s with Laurel MacDonald and Philip Strong. Here is an image from the show –

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See you at Celtic Colours! | June 23rd 2016

Very happy to be performing at the 20th Anniversary celebration of Celtic Colours this October.
Very much looking forward to seeing everyone and playing some music in front of the wonderful audiences Celtic Colours draws!

Big congrats to everyone at Celtic Colours for 20 years of your amazing festival!
See you there!

Mary Jane & Wendy celebrate International Women’s Day with The Ann Terry Society | February 18th 2016

ATP March 9

“Following our passion & finding our voices.”

Join Mary Jane & Wendy March 9th at United Heritage Church to celebrate International Women’s Day with The Ann Terry Society!

Subcribe to the Gaelic Nova Scotian Litir-Naidheachd | January 13th 2016

Below is a link to a newsletter (or Litir-Naidheachd) that Shay MacMullin, a member of the Gaels’ community in Nova Scotia, puts together. Scroll to the bottom to subscribe and keep up to date with news and current events celebrating and sharing Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia.

Click here to read and subscribe to the Litir-Naidheachd.

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac – Piping Live with Cathy Porter (BBC) | January 12th 2016

In August, Mary Jane and Wendy went to Glasgow, Scotland for Piping Live with Cathy Porter.

They were lucky to have Ross Martin join them for the week on guitar and Finlay MacDonald on pipes and whistle join them for this BBC recording. Super fun playing with these guys!!