September 27, 2016
For the September radio play on Fuses with the Muses, we aired a radio play version of the Angela Carter short story, Wolf Alice. Narrated by Mary Bernier and compositions by Jenna Turner and Sarah C Louise. For the picture associated with the post, photography was done by Karen Green, Make up by Jenna Clarahan, and the model was Janine Muster.
Vue Weekly/August 3, 2017
Edmonton’s experimental scene is arguably the best of its kind in the country. It isn’t a niche genre, but rather an important part of the citiy’s musical identity. Experimental music is so established in Edmonton that you actually get “supergroups”. Enter Soft Ions, the duo of Parker Thiessen (Kaunsel, Zebra Pulse) and Jenna Turner (The Olm) have come together to create an achievement in their genre. Synth and violin drones build luscious layers that move effortlessly from beautiful to terrifying. As with most instrumental music, every listener will get a different interpretation and different imagery. I hear a robotic forest in a dystopian future where machines have taken over and built an electronic world. What would that version of a rain forest sound like? Its the individual interpretations such as mine that make experimental music a loved genre and Soft Ions is a perfect starting point for the uninitiated.
A provocative and playful mix of image, movement, storytelling, and improvisation.
Using original projected photographs of neighbourhoods and natural environments affected by the Fort McMurray wildfires of 2016 this multimedia, dance-theatre performance investigates the questions:
How did the fire change the land? And whose story is that to tell?
Developed December 2016 in Fort McMurray and January 2017 in Edmonton with the generous support of the Edmonton Arts Council.
Created by Ben Gorodetsky and Mat Simpson
Stage Managed by Julie Ferguson and Kiidra Duhault
With support from collaborators: Gerry Morita, Heather Inglis, Matt Schuurman, Erin Birkenbergs, Caitlin Richards and Jenna Turner (The Olm)
Soundtrack to Charred to be released digitally July 2017.