This year's $60,000 Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award is going to Western Front New Music.
The money will go to its new work Music from the New Wilderness, which will have its premiere at The Cultch in February 2014. The announcement was made last night at the opening performance of the play Extraction, last year's winner.
Music from the New Wilderness is to express themes of culture, remoteness, and British Columbia’s vanishing wilderness experience. It will include archival wax cylinder recordings from the Okanagan's Upper Nicola Band and field recordings of the disappearing sounds of the “settler experience” from the Broughton Archipelago.
The piece will be a collaborative work by composers, acoustic ecologists, and artists Jesse Zubot , Krista Belle Stewart,
Christian Calon, Jennifer Schine, Adam Basanta, and Alicia Hansen.
Western Front New Music operates out of the artist-run centre it's named for, and focuses on promoting contemporary music through residencies, concerts, recordings, and more.
The Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award is administered by The Cultch, and the competition for it rotates annually among the
disciplines of dance, theatre , and music/opera. An independent panel of artistic professionals adjudicates the award.
Previous winners have included The Holy Body Tattoo's Circa, Kidd Pivot's Lost Action, Wen Wei Dance's Cock-Pit, and Electric Company Theatre's Dona Flor and her Two Husbands.