Wired On Words

23h – 1h00 / 11pm – 1am

m.c. Ian Ferrier son/sound TBA

Avec// Featuring

Pharmakon MTL, Moe Clark, Ian Ferrier …et des invités surprise!! // …and special surprise guests!!]

Ian Ferrier – Words and Vocals

Ian Ferrier is one of the core voices in the North American spoken word scene. A poet, musician and performer, he tours regularly, presenting his one-of-a-kind mix of poetry, music and pop culture. Musically rooted in blues-driven inquiries into love, sex and death, and poetically rooted in the cosmology of the Beats, Ferrier is also a founder of the spoken word label Wired on Words, and co-founder of two words & music festivals, Tusarniq and the Mile End Poets’ Festival. He performs both as a solo artist and with Pharmakon MTL, where his whispered and spoken vocals mix with sung vocals, multiple guitars and drums. To Call Out in the Night is his third CD, and was preceded by a CD/book Exploding Head Man (Planète rebelle 2004) and the voice & music CD What Is This Place (BongoBeat 2007). His poems and performances have also appeared in anthologies from Montreal presses, such as Conundrum’s Impure-Reinventing the Word and Vehicule’s Poetry Nation, as well as on film, video, television and radio.

Pharmakon MTL: With influences from spoken word, post rock and trance, Pharmakon MTL is a voice music improv project. It’s music that takes you on a journey, and its closest analogue might be magic mushrooms or mescal buttons—substances humans use for exploration and cathartic release.

The ingredients used are endlessly melodic arpeggios by electric guitarist Kris Mah, percussion and kinetic tension by long-time collaborator and drummer Doug Stein; whispered and spoken narrative and verse vocals by poet/musician Ian Ferrier; sung improv vocals by Metis poet and singer Moe Clark— Add bass, soundscape and mix by Jon Stein and the vocals of Valerie Khayat and you have the collective..

Each of these is thrown into the mix, and the result is a free exploration of a musical landscape bound to an intensely cinematic whispered and spoken voice. The percussion and guitar define the range and speed of the exploration, and give us the landscape and the feel. The voice says what will happen and is happening, and sung vocals tell us in detail how human it is to react and to feel.

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