Let the music guide your senses

Skye Wallace
— image credit: CITY OF PORT COQUITLAM

Care to be blindfolded during a live music show? What about listening to the sounds in a sea of beautiful aromas?

Next week, the city of Port Coquitlam launches a new, experimental series called the Sensory Sound Lounge that aims to lead participants on an emotional and physiological journey.

Craig Aalders, a guitarist who will perform with his band Pacific Sound Collective on March 21 — the last date of the program — said his group was pleased to be invited though he doesn’t quite know what to expect. “When the city approached us, it sounded like an interesting idea so we’re eager to try it out.”

For the set, new arrangements for their jazz, classical, hip-hop and soul fusion are being composed and, because of the size of the room at the Gathering Place at Leigh Square Community Arts Village, they’ve also scaled down their ensemble by three.

They’ll have a saxophone, flute, trumpet, flugelhorn, guitar, bass, drum and keyboard to create a wash of images. Aalders said the band will pop in a few solo interludes and natural reverberations to add to the texture.

Starting the series on Friday, Feb. 7 will be Skye Wallace, who is due to release her new album.

Next up on Feb. 21 are the rock, folk and gypsy tunes by The Sons of Granville, and on March 7 is classical guitarist Les Finnigan.

• Register for Sensory Sound Lounge in advance at 604-927-7529 or online at experienceit.ca, or drop in on the night of the performances. The cost is $5; there is no charge for kids under 12. Artists are also encouraged to bring sketch books, easels and art supplies to use these events as an open art studio.



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