Video Premiere: Merganzer – Cloud Cover
It’s been almost two years since violinist-extraordinaire Mika Posen released her debut solo record under the new moniker Merganzer. Before that, she had studied violin with the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s David Thies-Thompson and gone on to tour with renowned acts such as Timber Timbre, as well as contribute her violin skills to the works of Forest City Lovers, Feist, Basia Bulat and Evening Hymns. Having grown up in Ottawa, Posen left the capital at 18 and lived in cities such as Toronto and Berlin until her return to her hometown after more than a decade.
These experiences, along with a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology from York, have provided Posen with disparate experiences from which to draw influences for her solo project. Merganzer is undoubtedly an extension of Posen, and the music we’ve heard so far—particularly off of the 2015 debut LP Mirror Maze—is eccentric, contemplative, and exploratory. The soundscapes are varied, as the listener is pulled between layers of mesmerizing beats, beautiful vocal melodies, enchanting string arrangements—like soaring gracefully through cavernous depths and over towering mountain peaks.
Merganzer has put out a new video of an unreleased track called “Cloud Cover,” which is exciting for those of us who have been chomping at the bit for more. It comes just in time for her upcoming performance December 1st at Mirror Mountain Film Festival (co-presented by Ottawa Showbox) along with Montreal media artist Sonya Stefan. The event is called Passé Composé, and will be a collaborative live performance based on the theme of transformation.
“The video was directed by Nick Dolinski (who lived in Ottawa up until a year or two ago) and shot by Ottawa media artist Tim Smith,” explains Posen. “We made it this past July on the roof of our Toronto apartment building right before we moved back to Ottawa. For Tim and I, it represents a final farewell to that big crazy city.”
Be sure to have an exclusive look at the video below, and don’t miss Merganzer’s incredible live performance at Mirror Mountain Film Festival on Friday, December 1st starting at 9:30 p.m. . Event tickets and full festival passes can be found on the Mirror Mountain website here.
Contest: Win passes to Mirror Mountain Film Festival, Dec. 1-3
*Note—this contest is now closed.
Mirror Mountain Film Festival is taking place December 1-3 at Arts Court and brings the best in independent and alternative cinema to Canada’s capital. Mirror Mountain is an inclusive festival that welcomes all types of films and all types of people to share in the collective cinema experience. In addition to film screenings, the festival features live performances, parties, panel discussions, Q&A sessions and more.
Showbox will be co-presenting two events throughout the festival, which you can read more about below. Tickets $5 / Passes $20 are available for pre-order here. Check out the full festival schedule on the Mirror Mountain website. Find out more below.
We’re giving you the chance to experience something new and exciting at Mirror Mountain, and one lucky winner will get two passes. Simply fill out the contest form below. The draw will happen on Wednesday, November 29th at noon. The winner will be contacted via the email address provided. Good luck!
Friday December 1st 2017
Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa musicians Merganzer and Montreal media artist Sonya Stefan present Passé Composé, a collaborative live performance based on the theme of transformation.
Stefan creates dynamic live images from a combination of damaged film footage and video feedback. Performing with disintegrating equipment of all kinds, from broken video mixers, to scratched and worn celluloid film strips, to glitched television screens, Stefan transforms, manipulates and overlaps projections in real time, creating a truly unforgettable experience. She will be joined for part of the performance by fellow Montreal media artist Emma Roufs.
Merganzer is the project of violinist Mika Posen, combining instrumental soundscapes, ambient textures and melodic interludes. Posen’s expressive compositions take the listener on a dream-like sonic journey. She will be accompanied on stage by percussionist Pascal Delaquis (Little Scream, Claude Munson). They will be using electronic effects to transform the violin and drums into a unique palette of polyphonic sounds inspired by Stefan’s images.
Saturday December 2nd 2017
Arts Court Studio, 2 Daly Avenue
Join for a party in our festival lounge featuring a special set by Ottawa dream-pop quartet Sparklesaurus. Their sound pairs the emotional rawness of garage rock with the lush glitter-infused tonalities of glam, set in a landscape of scaling synths, swirling guitar tones, colourful harmonies, and a stoney rhythm section. Its members are Felicity DeCarle, Colleen Jones, Shamisa Schroeder and Brad Lapensee.
Delicious free snacks will be provided by Wilf & Ada’s Scratch Diner.
Live Film + Music submissions open for Mirror Mountain FF
Scary Bear Soundtrack performs at Mirror Mountain Film Festival 2016. Photo by Petr Maur Photography.
Mirror Mountain Film Festival is accepting proposals from musicians and media artists for the live music and visual portion of the event. As the presentation partner in this year’s festival, Ottawa Showbox is helping to pair the city’s best and brightest musicians with the independent film festival which takes place December 1st–3rd at Arts Court Theatre.
The live portion will combine two key aspects – a live music performance and a film/media art performance that will run concurrently. Bands and filmmakers/media artists are encouraged to submit their proposals before the May 15, 2017 deadline. The festival will pair successful applicants together for the performance, but bands that have a firm idea of a filmmaker or media artist that they’d like to work with are also able to submit their application together as a combo. Only one band and one filmmaker/media artist will be selected to participate in this year’s festival.
To submit a proposal, follow the link to the official call here.
Check out CHUO‘s promo spot and some past performances by Scattered Clouds and Scary Bear Soundtrack below.