( ( (cocktail party effect) ) )

Audible hors d’oeuvres for large social functions

(   (  ( cocktail party effect )  )   ) is a performance installation series intended for large social functions, a series of fun, surprising and entertaining interventions appear from, and disappear quickly into the crowd.

Antique black and white photo of waiters in formal attire

Audio Waiters premiered as a ‘guerilla performance’ in 1999 during the intermission of a NUMUS concert in Waterloo. The central themes explored in this work included the use of music in restaurants, fine dining as a theatrical experience, the mass consumption of music (disguised as hors d’oeuvres) by pre-occupied listeners engaged in the larger social context of music concerts, and a consideration of the ‘service staff’ role which working musicians have typically found themselves playing in Western societies throughout history.

Inter Arts Matrix has presented (   (  ( cocktail party effect )  )   ) in many unusual venues, including the National Ballet of Canada Galas (2008-2009) and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Fundraisers (2008-2009).

Performed by:
Pam Patel, soprano
Margaret Báardos, mezzo soprano
Michael Donovan, baritone
Jamie Hofman, baritone
Donovan Locke, tuba, multi-instrumentalist

Author: Richard Windeyer

digital music / design / performance

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