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voice+electronics+visuals performance duo

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Patch·work ˈpaCHˌwərk/
noun • a thing composed of many different elements so as to appear variegated

Patchwork is a collaborative voice+electronics+visuals performance project featuring first cousins Mary Jane Lamond and Laurel MacDonald, who have been singing together since they were very small. Their project is based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

By integrating traditional songs from the Anglo-Celtic tradition with digital audio and video technology, Patchwork explores points of convergence between traditional and contemporary culture.

Mary Jane Lamond released her first album Bho Thir Nan Craobh in 1994, and soon after recorded the hit song Sleepy Maggie, a duet with fiddler Ashley Maclsaac that enjoyed major commercial success in Canada and internationally. She has dedicated her musical career to the preservation of the Scottish Gaelic language, has garnered numerous awards, widespread critical acclaim and a worldwide audience for her efforts. Her most recent project is a collaboration with Cape Breton fiddler Wendy MacIsaac. In 2012 they released the CD Seinn, to rave reviews. Mary Jane’s five solo recordings create a contemporary framework for ancient Gaelic songs, and her spellbinding performances make this music truly come alive.

“Lamond’s voice is an instrument of crystalline perfection that infuses fresh life into this old, old music… a latter-day Gaelic diva.”

Laurel MacDonald is a singer, composer and video artist who has released four solo albums and has performed at venues including Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Central Park Summerstage in New York, the Monterey World Music Festival in California, MUTEK in Montreal, and Sound Symposium in St. John’s Newfoundland. Her dance and music videos have screened at art and film festivals in six countries. Her award-winning video/audio installation XXIX, featuring 21 singers and 21 channels of sound, was exhibited at Nuit Blanche in Toronto, at BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), and at AngelicA Festival Internazionale di Musica, in Bologna, Italy.

“MacDonald plums the spiritual depths with her mystical voice, turning a kaleidoscope that revolves around the listener in sultry polyrhythms and ghostly vocal gymnastics.”
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