News: May 25, 2023

Paul Walde is presenting Glacial, his latest sound and video installation at the Sound Genres: Exploring Sound as a Foundational Practice symposium at the University of Victoria. The symposium runs from May 26th until May 28th and the work is on view in the Visual Arts Building. On Saturday May 27th Walde is chairing the first session entitled Sound Practices.

On May 31st Walde will be in conversation with Dr. James Fox at the Company of Ideas Forum at The Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park on Hornby Island, BC in a session entitled: Notating Nature: Reflections on Scoring Techniques in which they will discuss various approached to music and sound notation as part of Walde’s artistic practice.

News: May 15, 2023

This week Paul Walde is in Chicago alongside fellow Awi’nakola: Tree of Life art clan members, which includes Rande Cook (Ma’amtagila), Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde (Kanienke’haka), Kelly Richardson, and Chicago-based curator Stephanie Smith, to make a series of presentations as part of Awi’nakola Chicago 2023– a week-long visit in which the artists will connect with colleagues here, share ideas, and plant seeds toward future collaborations. The schedule includes: SIDEBAR at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago on May 16th, a lunch time discussion at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society on May 17th, and Dialogues at Watershed Art & Ecology in association with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on May 19th. Awi’nakola” means “we are one with the land and the sea.” It is also the name for a foundation started by a group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, scientists, and artists working together to find effective responses to the climate crisis and educate others through the process.

News: May 1, 2023

Experimental Music Unit‘s (Paul Walde, George Tzanetakis and Tina Pearson) new album is released today and is available here.  LAND SEA SKY is the realization of a text score by Tina Pearson composed during the winter of 2020 – 2021. This was a time during the pandemic when the Experimental Music Unit was playing together remotely through networked platforms, but longing to mingle our sounds together outdoors. The score was imagined for playing at so-named Finnerty Cove, a rocky outcropping on the East shore of lək̓ʷəŋən territory on the Salish Sea, and reflects our shifting practices in consideration of isolation and connection; our relations with the place where we live and play; and a reframing of how our sounds are brought into an audio production. During the composition of LAND SEA SKY, our friend and colleague Raj Sen, director of Victoria’s Open Space, passed away. The beautiful openness and generosity of Raj’s spirit inspired the final version of the piece, which is dedicated to him. 

News: April 1, 2023

Paul Walde’s artist project Kulshan is now available in the latest issue (39.3) of BlackFlash Magazine. The project is a storyboard for a forthcoming 12hr two channel video installation that simultaneously documents the view of Koma Kulshan (Mt Baker) from Victoria in Lekwungen Territory from dawn until dusk on the same day as a climbing expedition on the mountain in Nooksack Territory.

News: March 1, 2023

The Kamloops Art Gallery in collaboration with the Kamloops Symphony presents a concert of compositions from Paul Walde’s video installation Alaska Variations performed by members of the Symphony and conducted by Daniela O’Fee at the Gallery as part of the ongoing exhibition there Glacial Resonance. The concert features 6 works from Alaska Variations, 5 of which have never been performed live before, with the addition of Walde’s first string quartet Northern Symphony. The concert is at 2:30 on Saturday March 11th and the exhibition continues until April 1st.

News: January 20, 2023

Three of Paul Walde’s largest sound and video installations: Requiem for a Glacier, Alaska Variations, and Glacial will be presented together in the solo exhibition Glacial Resonance at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Glacial, which is shown for the first time, is a five hour work that uses musical instruments as speakers and signal processors to transform field recordings of the Coleman Glacier at Mt. Baker (Kushan), Washington to create a long form sound composition. Glacial’s video is based on a single panoramic photograph of the glacier which is animated through a continuous virtual camera path with occasional composited elements. In addition to the video installations, the large-scale photographic work Treescape Revolution No.1 will also be on view along with the studies for Requiem for a Glacier, and a selection of scores for Alaska Variations.

The opening is on Saturday January 21st at 6:30 with an artist talk/ interview at 5:30. The exhibition runs until April 1, 2023.