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Alexandra Schaffhauser, The Link, October 31, 2000

Expositions of women’s music are few and far between. From Oct 25 to Nov. 12, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal will be hosting SuperMicMac, an event honouring groundbreaking female artists who go above and beyond the traditional study of sound.

Contemporary music, music “actuelle” and new music are oiten labeled as unconventional and innovative musical forms. They are rarely heard on the radio, and rarely performed.

“They are still too often absent from our memories, from too many concert programs, and although many of them play a role of great importance, they often remain in the shadows. The SuperMicMac is a coming together of women musicians and new music that is itself in the shadows. Shadows thrown by better-known forms of music but which themselves were once new” said Danielle Palardy Roger, musician and Artistic Director of Les Productions SuperMémé-Supermusique, the company in charge of the event.

Along with Roger, PSM, created in 1979, is directed by two other musicians, Joane Hétu and Diane Labrosse. PSM’s objective is to promote the involvement of women in contemporary music and provide them with as much exposure as possible. SuperMicMac is a celeUration of the millennium, paying tribute to the art of the 20th century and the artistic exploration about to come in the 21 st century.

Along with Roger, PSM, created in 1979, is directed by two other musicians, Joane Hétu and Diane Labrosse. PSM’s objective is . to promote the involvement of women in contemporary music and provide them with as much exposure as possible. SuperMicMac is a celeUration of the millennium, paying tribute to the art of the 20th century and the artistic exploration about to come in the 21 st century.

SuperMicMac consists of a series of events including 13 concerts, two lectures, one round table discussion, one musical, one exhibition and four cocktail performances. The event showcases the works of more than 100 women musicians, composers, conductors and musicologists.

Music “actuelle,’ contemporary music and new music are difficult terms to coin because they cover a wide range of sounds and styles. Often, the vocalist chooses a specific sound or word and repest it in different pitches, forming a melody and rhythm. When two or more singers are on stage, the effect is offen a comprehensive study of vocal range with intentionally chaotic harmony, operatic wails and conflicting melody and rhythm—creating a fused wall of sonorous contusion and tension.According to Roger, it is «music constantly transformed by bow strokes and drumbeats.-by eraption from synthesizers, samplers and computers, twelvetone micro tonal and serial music…improvised, orchestrated, arranged…constructed, deconstructod and reconstructed music Music in constant metamorphosis”.