The Symbiosis of Musical Art and Environmental Consciousness

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 4:10:00 PM - Wednesday, March 8, 2017 5:30:00 PM
Rm.149(basement), Earth Sciences Building, 5 Bancroft Ave.
Environment Seminar

CAROL GIMBEL, Founding Artistic Director, Music in the Barns

ABSTRACT:The concert hall is a place of great reverence and beauty, yet for audiences and performers it can hold limiting, unspoken restrictions and formalities. When classical music is taken out of the concert halls and in to rural settings, in particular local farm settings, there is a powerful influence on the performers, audiences, and one's experience of place. Applying the core aspects of concerts in rural settings to urban settings is a socio-cultural experiment that aims to produce a lasting effect for our communities and cultural establishments. Conversely, environmental messaging is enhanced through musical arts, providing an experiential and elegiac medium and inspiring new thought and interest in important environmental issues. 

BRIEF BIO: Director Carol Gimbel is an experimental traditionalist passionately breaking down the walls of preconceived ideas around classical music. She has curated concerts for the Canadian Music Center, Toronto Summer Music Festival's Shuffle Series, and created the acclaimed Music in the Barns Production House, including "installation performances" for the Luminato Festival, Yonge-Dundas Square, Drake Hotel, Jam Factory and Artscape Wychwood Barns. A violist, Ms. Gimbel has performed around the world with ensembles including the Canadian Opera Company, Symphony Nova Scotia, Daniel Taylor's Theatre of Early Music, and most recently at the Northern Lights Festival de Febrero (Ajijic, Mexico) and Piccolo Spoleto Festival (South Carolina).