Somewhere There Creative Music Festival: Main

W.A. Davison, Nilan Perera, and Rick Sacks
   W.A. Davison (objects) Nilan Perera (guitar, preparations) Rick Sacks (percussion)

William Davison

Nilan Perera

Rick Sacks

show: Sunday 22 February, 3pm

W.A. Davison is a multi-disciplinary artist who has been producing various forms of experimental art and music for over 30 years. He studied fine art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and experimental/electronic music composition with Prof. Steve Tittle at Dalhousie University. As a composer, improvisor, and instrument-builder Davison has performed solo (as Songs of the New Erotics, Th W rbl r, M.Stactor, etc.), in his own ensembles (Urban Refuse Group, Six Heads), and in various collaborations (with members of CCMC, Nihilist Spasm Band, AMM, MSBR,, Nurse With Wound, and many others). His work has been presented at festivals such as Colour Out Of Space (Brighton, UK), Suoni Per Il Popolo (Montreal, Canada), TodaysArt (Den Hague, NL), Art Basel (Basel, Switzerland), Electric Eclectics (Meaford, Canada), Dictaphonia Fest (Gainesville, USA), and The Whitney Biennial (New York City, USA), as well as at various events in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Quebec City, London (Can.), London (UK), New York, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, and Sydney. Davison was awarded a Toronto Arts Council composers grant in 1995, project grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council in 2000, 2003, and 2005, and a Canada Council professional musicians grant in 2013. He has created commissioned works for radio and live performances; live, ambient soundscapes for numerous visual art, dance, and performance art events; film soundtracks; and creative mixing/live sound engineering for performances by Linda Montano, Diane Landry, Istvan Kantor, and others. Davison's recorded work has been distributed on small labels, through informal networks around the world.

Guitarist/composer Nilan Perera has been active for 30+ years in some of the most forward looking, influential and radical Canadian ensembles. He has performed and recorded many national and international artists. His decade+, award winning association with multidisciplinary artist Susanna Hood has placed him in the vanguard of experimental sound artists with Ms. Hood's company hum as well as many other independent dancer/choreographers and theatre companies. Currently, Nilan leads many projects including improvising drum/bass/acoustic guitar American Primitive ensemble 'faint praise', electric conducted freefunk octet 'rEDwIREaRCHaNGEL', electroacoustic duo 'Smash and Teeny', and text/dance improv trio 'drift'. He also performs frequently as a soloist and collaborator. Nilan is also a music critic with the national music paper 'exclaim!', Executive Director of the grassroots national touring collective of presenters, 'circuit', and is on the board of directors of the Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto.

Rick Sacks is a tectonic multi-timbral impact architect.

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