An electroacoustic thesis statement in nonbinary performance, HARP+ redefines the modern chamber ensemble by deconstructing sonic and concert stereotypes. Through electronic augmentation, sampling, looping, and live projection, HARP+ explores the relationship between performer/instrument, gender/instrumental stereotypes, and acoustic/electric tone colors. Sampling ideas from alternative music genres, free improvisation, and contemporary harp repertoire, HARP+’s unique voice ranges from minimalistically smooth soundscapes to dissonant expressionism .
HARP+ is an award-winning electroacoustic improvisation ensemble comprised of Grace Scheele (Harp/Electronics), Arie van de Ven (Viola/Electronics), and Dave Klassen (Synthesizer). Winners of the Audience Choice Award during the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2019 Next Wave Film Festival and Numus Concerts’ 2017 Emerging Curator Competition, HARP+ successfully self-funded their first Ontario/Quebec tour in September 2018 and debuted to sold-out audiences in Toronto and Montreal. In May 2019, HARP+ presented it’s award-winning improvisational style at the International Society for Improvised Music’s 11th Annual Conference and Festival. As participants in the 2019 Montreal Creative Music Lab, HARP+ along with composer Kim Farris-Manning co-developed an interdisciplinary comprovisation which utilized live projection, text, electronics, and electroacoustic instruments to explore themes of queer identity and states of being.
Mural by En Masse Project
ARIE VERHEUL VAN DE VEN
// viola, electronics
Hailing from Toronto, Ontario - Arie Verheul van de Ven is a Violist and Composer currently based in The Hague. Arie's viola playing is informed by a fascination of the proprioceptive relationship musical instruments have with our bodies - as well as how changes in this relationship affect the sounds we make. Arie grew up as a suzuki violinist while also studying klezmer and Canadian fiddle styles - joining an improv ensemble led by Kathryn Ladano at Wilfrid Laurier University has led to a lifelong fascination with the scratches, squeaks, and other unpitched noises bowed strings can make. Arie is currently pursuing a masters degree in composition at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague.
// harp, electronics
American-Canadian Grace Scheele is an award-winning contemporary harpist, composer, and free improviser known for exploring the intersections of electronics, diagetic sampling, and contemporary composition. As a soloist she has performed in The Music Gallery's 2018 EMERGENTS Series, Soundstreams 2019 Ear Candy Series, the Aga Khan Museum's 2019 Moon Landing Festival, and won the 2017 Emerging Curator competition with Numus Concerts. An avid supporter of new music, she has premiered over 30 solo and chamber compositions for the pedal harp and has improvised with Casey Sokol, Nilan Pereira, David Woodhead, Matt Brubeck, Douglas Ewert, Stephen Nachmanovitch, and Kathryn Ladano.
// synthesizer, percussion, electronics
Canadian Multi-Instrumentalist Dave Klassen holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Percussion Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Klassen performs extensively in a multitude of independent bands, contemporary/improvisation-based groups, professional orchestral settings, and solo repertoire in Ontario and Quebec. In addition to winning NUMUS’ 2016 Emerging Improviser competition, he has enjoyed participating in various festivals including Open Ears (Between the Ears, 2016-19), Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions (2018), Montreal Contemporary Music Lab (2019), and the International Society for Improvised Music annual conferences (2016, 2019).