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Susan­na Hood is a com­pelling per­former, mak­er and teacher in dance and music and was the artis­tic direc­tor of hum dan­soundart from 2000 – 2013. Begin­ning her career in 1991 with the Toron­to Dance The­atre, inde­pen­dent­ly has per­formed the works of many Cana­di­an chore­o­g­ra­phers, com­posers, and film­mak­ers. She per­forms wide­ly as an impro­vis­er in dance and music, and has col­lab­o­rat­ed exten­sive­ly in the­atre as a move­ment direc­tor. Her chore­og­ra­phy, com­po­si­tions, and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tions have been pre­sent­ed local­ly, nation­al­ly, and inter­na­tion­al­ly on stage and film since 1991. Her work is marked by a dynam­ic syn­the­sis of voice and move­ment, cre­at­ing inti­mate, raw and sen­su­al per­for­mance work. Awards include the 1998 K.M. Hunter Emerg­ing Artists Award in Dance, 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Out­stand­ing Per­for­mance in Dance, and the 2008 Cana­da Coun­cil Vic­tor Mar­tin Lynch-Staunton Award for Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in the field of Dance. Susan­na recent­ly par­tic­i­pat­ed in Pilot #2 of the Research Stu­dios at P.A.R.T.S. in Brus­sels, Bel­gium, with empha­sis on the syn­er­gis­tic rela­tions between dance and music. http://​susan​na​hood​.ca

Mar­tin Tétreault made his debut as a pro­fes­sion­al artist in 1985, cre­at­ing the score for the Opéra-Fête the­atre company’s pro­duc­tion La ten­ta­tion de Saint-Antoine. This sound col­lage was well received, and he con­tin­ued his exper­i­men­ta­tion with and on vinyl discs and mag­net­ic tape. In 1988, he emerged from his stu­dio to give his first solo per­for­mance, Des dis­ques et un couteau. On the advice of com­pos­er André Duch­esne, he was soon draft­ed into the col­lec­tive Ambiances Mag­né­tiques, where he con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed — and was con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed by — the likes of Michel F. Côté, René Lussier, Jean Derome, Diane Labrosse and oth­er bril­liant Mon­tréal- based impro­vis­ers. Dur­ing the 1990s, his con­cert and stu­dio per­for­mances were record­ed by Hélène Prévost and Mario Gau­thi­er, pro­duc­ers with Radio-Canada’s late, lament­ed Chaîne cul­turelle net­work. Dur­ing the same peri­od, Tétreault encoun­tered dis­trib­u­tors and musi­cians both at home and on his trav­els, devel­op­ing fruit­ful col­lab­o­ra­tions with the Fes­ti­val inter­na­tion­al de musique actuelle de Vic­to­ri­av­ille (FIMAV), the Lon­don Musi­cal Col­lec­tive (LMC) (Eng­land), the Den­sités fes­ti­val (France), Angel­i­ca (Italy), Club Trans­me­di­ale (Ger­many), Oto­mo Yoshi­hide, Xavier Charles, Haco, Kevin Drumm, Ignaz Schick, Michel Away” Langevin and numer­ous oth­er stim­u­lat­ing pro­duc­ers and musi­cal bricoleurs. 

In the first decade of the 21st cen­tu­ry, along­side his fre­quent trav­els, he dis­creet­ly pur­sued projects as a visu­al artist, sand­ing, scrap­ing, cut­ting out and eras­ing print­ed mate­r­i­al. Tétreault refus­es to believe in a hier­ar­chy of objects, tak­ing the same plea­sure and employ­ing the same rig­or­ous meth­ods whether alter­ing an adver­tise­ment for bath tow­els or a trea­tise on the his­to­ry of the visu­al arts. Between 1998 and 2012, he cre­at­ed the exhi­bi­tions 1998, R _ _ G O, Pris­es de son : couleurs et ani­mées, and Phono­graphes vinylisés. In 2004, at the request of chore­o­g­ra­ph­er Lyn­da Gau­dreau, he devel­oped a sys­tem of musi­cal nota­tion and playable sur­faces; this then led him to form the Quatuor de tourne-dis­ques (turntable quar­tet), which has per­formed con­certs and record­ed Points, lignes avec haut-par­leurs on the ORAL label. His affini­ties for dance have con­tin­ued of late, with works cre­at­ed for Ce n’est pas la fin du monde (Syl­vain Émard Danse) and Sym­phonie dra­ma­tique (Hélène Black­burn for Cas public).

Slow Stone Motion

Live stu­dio record­ing, mix­ing by Susan­na Hood & Mar­tin Tétreault, Sep­tem­ber 2020

Mas­ter­ing by Maxime Corbeil-Perron

Solo trum­pet on vinyl by Craig Ped­er­sen, Mys­tery & Won­der (2017) cat­a­log # .MW002

Do not judge me light­ly” song by Judith Mali­na, music by Steve Lacy

The Art of Fugue, I” poem by Jan Zwicky

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Tortues vapeur C Slow Stone Motion