Vancouver’s best art party returns on Friday, April 24, 2015 with a new ensemble of inspiring art, cutting-edge performance and experimental music at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Guest curated by David Pay, one of today’s leading classical and contemporary music programmers and Artistic Director of Music on Main in Vancouver, FUSE: The Noise of Silence is inspired by notions of listening, infusing the night with the ever eclectic and dynamic mix of performances that gives FUSE its name.

FUSE: The Noise of Silence features an extraordinary roster of artists and performers, including the following:

Florence Belmore plays the role of the unexpected and historically unwelcome guest in her sister Rebecca Belmore’s installation Wild, enacting a layered redressing of colonial history while finding a comfortable, even luxurious place to rest in a hostile world.

The Dream Bird is a series of informal encounters throughout the evening with experimental theatre performer Conor Wylie, who is a member of new performance collectives O, o, o, o. and Wake of Vultures.

Vancouver-based artist Michael Red (Souns) and pianist Rachel Iwaasa perform a live remix and reinterpretation of Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina, a beautiful and minimalist work that set the world on its ear with a new musical simplicity. They also present a version of Cosmophony, piano pieces that explore the cosmos while performer Conor Wylie tells the story of transcendence.

Created for FUSE, Chance to Dance provides three dance lessons with Claire French (Restless Productions), Kara Nolte (First Dance Vancouver), and Delphine Leroux. Each lesson is followed by a group performance by audience participants.

Performed by Camille Hesketh (soprano) and Guzmán Ramos (theorbo), Il Passaggio Segretofeatures the works of fascinating composers from 17th century Italy, illustrating a triad of unrequited love, obsession and resignation with melodies.

Immerse yourself in an ambient, projected environment as Michael Red and Jonny Ostremcollaborate to fill the Listening Lounge with their souns + Endtask project of sound and light. Slow down, enjoy the view of the city and recharge.

Have a private meeting with leading composers Jocelyn Morlock and James Maxwell and receive an instant composition written just for you.

In addition to performances, FUSE-goers can also see the following exhibitions:
Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Clair de Lune: 19th and Early 20th Century French Paintings
Andrew Dadson: Over the Sun

The Poetics of Space
Beyond the Trees: Wallpapers in Dialogue with Emily Carr

Tickets: $20 plus tax (free to the Gallery members)
Website: http://vanartgallery.bc.ca/events_and_programs/fuse.html