Adams’s compositions are an elegant, ethereal sound world that is at once surreal and familiar.
Using extended technique and subtle electronics to push the acoustic foundation of piano, harp, drums, and double bass to new and unexpected places, Hildegard’s Ghost collects and reshapes curious sounds at a moment’s notice.
The band takes a cinematic approach to group improvisation, toying with narrative structure and bending the imagination—and the limits of their instruments—while never losing connection with the song’s beating heart.
Music: Our latest album – Stories
Photo Credit: John Mutter
Adams channels Hildegard’s ethereal approach to music, while adding a unique flavour to her compositions…
Mirror Compositions pushes beyond convention to extract astonishing sounds from the acoustic fringes of the piano. Interacting live with a sonically rich library of short prepared piano improvisation units she recorded during a residency at Banff Centre for Creativity and Arts, Adams explores alternative harmonic fields in a conversation between herself and the vast possibilities of extended technique.
An ever-shifting investigation into sound and space, Adams’ compelling electroacoustic environments invite listeners to experience the familiar instrument in an entirely new way.
Graphic Score for Mixed Improvising Ensembles
In•Determinacy explores notions of fate, autonomy and fortune through chance operations determined by the members of the improvising ensemble. Inspired by tarotology—the practice of using tarot cards to gain insight by posing a question to the cards—the ensemble musically interprets questions and their tarot answers using graphic notation.
Engaging in collaborative, innovative activities in the musical community is at the heart of Róisín Adams’ artistic practice. She regularly collaborates with visual artists, poets, puppeteers, filmmakers and dancers.
As an improviser, Róisín has performed with Ron Samworth, Clyde Reed, Sina Ettehad, Erika Angel, and Lyle Hopkins.
In 2016, her composition Chimera (written in collaboration with poet Jude Neale) had its world debut performed by pianist Rachel Iwaasa and mezzosoprano Catherine Laub at the Queer Arts Festival’s Art Song Lab.
As a curator Róisín, created and facilitated Here and NOW, an experimental music series that presented cutting edge Vancouver improvisers of diverse disciplines and instrumentation. Running from 2014-2016, each performance featured a member of one of the NOW Society ensembles with emerging artists from the community and from local postsecondary institutions such as UBC, CAPU, SFU, VCC and more.