Soviet Canada

by Soressa Gardner

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    In 1935 Elspeth Gardner was a Communist Party Young Pioneer and an active public speaker. Soviet Canada 1935 explores her childhood world through the musical interpretation of her daughter, Soressa Gardner.
    Voice – Elspeth Gardner, Soressa Gardner, Graham Meisner; Piano: Sue Wood, Roya Ravanbaksh. Piano scores from The Rebel Song Book: Samuel H. Friedman, ed. and Dorothy Bachman, music ed., Rebel Song Book: Eighty-Seven Socialist and Labour Songs for Voice and Piano (New York: Rand School Press, 1935).
    Background: Soviet Canada 1935 was conceived during Soressa’s residency at Vancouver Coop Radio (sponsored by the Media Arts Committee with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts) in the fall of 2006 and completed in 2007.
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In 1935 Elspeth Gardner was a Communist Party Young Pioneer and an active public speaker. Soviet Canada 1935 explores her childhood world through the musical interpretation of her daughter, Soressa Gardner.

Soviet Canada 1935 was conceived during Soressa’s residency at Vancouver Coop Radio (sponsored by the Media Arts Committee with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts) in the fall of 2006 and completed in 2007. It was first released in 2008 on Audio Art Volume 6, presented by CRES Media Arts Committee (MAC) and CFRO Vancouver Co-op Radio.

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released January 1, 2008

Voice – Elspeth Gardner, Soressa Gardner, Graham Meisner; Piano: Sue Wood, Roya Ravanbaksh. Piano scores from The Rebel Song Book: Samuel H. Friedman, ed. and Dorothy Bachman, music ed., Rebel Song Book: Eighty-Seven Socialist and Labour Songs for Voice and Piano (New York: Rand School Press, 1935).

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Soressa Gardner Vancouver, British Columbia

Soressa Gardner is vocalist, laptop composer/improvisor, and sometimes songwriter. She currently resides in Qualicum Beach. Her keen sense of mood, colour, humour and gravitas are expressed through extended vocals enhanced by electronic manipulations and sound-worlds carefully crafted from a variety of audio processing techniques. She performs regularly with VEE (Vancouver Electronic Ensemble). ... more

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