Charmaine Lee is a New York-based vocalist. Her music is predominantly improvised, favoring a uniquely personal approach to vocal expression concerned with spontaneity, playfulness, and risk-taking. Beyond extended vocal technique, Charmaine uses amplification, feedback, and microphones to augment and distort the voice. She has performed with leading improvisers Nate Wooley, id m theft able, and Joe Morris, and maintains ongoing collaborations with Conrad Tao, Victoria Shen, Zach Rowden, and Eric Wubbels. She has performed at ISSUE Project Room, the Kitchen, Roulette, the Stone, and MoMA PS1, and participated in festivals including Resonant Bodies, Huddersfield Contemporary, New York Festival of Song, and Ende Tymes. As a composer, Charmaine has been commissioned by the Wet Ink Ensemble (2018) and Spektral Quartet (2018). In 2019, she was an Artist-in-Residence at ISSUE Project Room.
BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN, STEFFANIE LING, STEVE HUBERT, CHARMAINE LEE, DASHES, BARBARA LAZARA, CHRISTINA BATTLE, RAVEN CHACON, SYDNEY HERMANT, SAMANTHA NOCK, LINDSAY MCKINNAN, MELISSA ANDREWS, DAVIDE BALULA, KAITLYN PURCELL
June 23–August 11, 2020
Vancouver Co-op Radio, CFRO 100.5FM
While staff have been working remotely, we wanted to find ways to remain connected to the neighbourhood and communities surrounding Artspeak. With the temporary closure of the gallery, we’ve decided to renew a feature of Artspeak’s programming of the past years: radio broadcasting. We’re excited to continue to work with Vancouver Co-Op Radio, for another edition of Artspeak Radio Digest. Located a couple of blocks from Artspeak, Vancouver Co-op Radio is a community radio station that has been based in the Downtown Eastside since 1973. In Fall 2018 Artspeak Radio Digest was collectively run by Brady Cranfield, Gabi Dao, Emma Metcalfe-Hurst, Autumn Schnell, with support from myself and Erik Hood.
As an audio journal, Artspeak Radio Digest is an expanded approach to our publishing program. In the true form of a digest, over the next several weeks of the PROXIMITIES EDITION, we will be hosting many exceptional artists, writers, arts workers and musicians. All of who maintain an interdisciplinary practice and work with sound, voice, publishing, and writing.
For the duration of PROXIMITIES – we’re very excited to be introducing – Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed of Big Rock Candy Mountain who will be our resident guests on the show presenting Bubble Broadcast. Each week they will be sharing their research as part of their Sleepy Soda project, which will develop a special edition of soda with grade 6 students in Edmonton, Alberta.
As the goal posts keep shifting, and it’s difficult to know when we can gather in ways that feel familiar, we hope to share with you via Artspeak Radio Digest a series that will allow us to share space together in auditory proximity.
Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed of Big Rock Candy Mountain introducing their Sleepy Soda project
Steffanie Ling reading her contribution Spam Couch from the recently released artist book Other Colours, published by 221a.
Part three of Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed of Big Rock Candy Mountain Sleepy Soda project
An interview with Ryan Smith of Brick Press
Musical tracks by Steel Pulse, Ennio Morricone, Laurie Anderson and Ruth Anderson
Part four of Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed of Big Rock Candy Mountain Sleepy Soda project, an interview with and track with Charmaine Lee.
Improvised collaboration with Barbara Lazara and dashes that took place on Sep. 10, 2018 at xʷəyeyət (Iona Island) unceded Musqueam territory.
Part one and part two of Christina Battle’s sound collage I’ve always had a strange relationship with birds (Or, why I never wanted to be a scientist)
An interview and reading with Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross, publisher of titles under the name Blank Cheque Press.
Music by Eddie Gale.
Sydney Hermant shares some of her collaborative works and some musical track
Bubble Drawing, Big Rock Candy Mountain collaborate with Edmonton based Melissa Andrews to interpret the above drawing of bubbles, made by Thea, a Grade 6 student in Edmonton at John A. McDougall School.
Samatha Nock and Lindsay McKinnan talk kindship
Big Rock Candy Mountain introduces Davide Balula’s Interrupting Words with Burp Sounds, garlic fed brass players, recorded 2014
Kaitlyn Purcell reading their poem Metamorphic black rabbits unravel, 2020