Concert by Cat Toren, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, and Pneuma

Nov 8, 2019

Concert, Performance


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


7:00 p.m.


Vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb was joined by clarinetists Michael Winograd, James Falzone, and François Houle—who together, form the quartet Pneuma—to perform work from their 2019 album Who Has Seen the Wind. Composed through a series of improvisations and rehearsals, the album took inspiration from Gottlieb’s grandfather, who was himself a clarinetist, and Christina Rossetti’s 1947 poem, “Who Has Seen the Wind?” Flowing between texted songs and Gottlieb’s wordless compositions where the voice acted as another wind instrument, the quartet performed a blend of turbulent contemporary electro-acoustic compositions with gentler klezmer-inspired gestures and jazz-infused improvisations.

For the second half of the concert, pianist Cat Toren was accompanied by violinist Joshua Zubot and percussionist Katie Reif to perform work inspired by Toren’s experience hiking the Howe Sound Crest Trail between Cypress Bowl and Porteau Cove Provincial Park. The pieces were performed in front of projected video Toren recorded along the trail, transporting listeners to the site while evoking a deep reverence for the landscape. 

Presented with support from the Government of Canada and SOCAN Foundation.  

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.