Another great Cor Flammae season has come to an end. This year we were joined by conductor and composer Leslie Uyeda, who’s work inspired the formation of our choir, so it was an amazing dream come true to work with her. She brought her years of choral and opera expertise to the project, and we were privileged to have her directing the ensemble.
Our 2017 etAMOR concert was another return, to the beginning of the queer story, to love. Queer liberation begins with love – our struggle to love openly and without persecution, and to love ourselves when the world tells us we are unlovable for being different. To think about love from a queer perspective is to accept heartache, loss and danger alongside joy, hidden treasures, self-discovery, community and survival. In seeking to love openly, we have found others like us, and created this imperfect and beautiful community in which we care for one another.
One of my favourite parts of my Cor Flammae work is writing and designing the programme, which the paragraph above is a sample from. Check out the full publication on issuu.com:
It was lots of fun to do all the usual collateral for the season too! From audition posters, to fundraising graphics and the event poster, it’s so great to do a whole campaign from start to finish. I even got to film and edit this year’s YouTube videos! It was an amazing season – our best yet – and I’m so proud to have had a part in it!
For their 2016 fall and winter concerts, I created a unified theme for the Pacific Spirit Choir posters. Using different kinds of stock images, I kept a consistent look with the large rectangular panels, and bold colour gradients. Each poster had to be re-interpreted as a bookmark as well, adapting the elements of the larger image to a smaller, narrower area while retaining the legibility and feel of the original. I’m looking forward to taking this same style into their spring concert poster for a fully cohesive 2016/17 season!
The dust has finally settled after the July Cor Flammae concerts, and we are so pleased to have another successful summer concert series under our belts, and grateful for the artistic experience that came together.
When we chose REFUGE as a theme, it was months before the terrible events at Pulse Nightclub in Florida occurred, but rehearsing in the aftermath we were reminded of why we do what we do. Providing a space for queer singers to make art about survival, and providing a space of meditation on this experience for audiences, is not just an academic exercise but something necessary and artistically relevant to our lives. The point of art is to reflect, parse, transform and bear witness to the realities of the human experience. When people question “why queer art,” this year’s concert allowed us to answer that the queer experience needs to be heard and seen – queer art is a shelter; one that both saves us from the world and allows us to remake it with more room for difference. In making art about the queer experience we do as we always aspire to – connect the abstract beauty of music to that vital heartbeat of human life.
On that note, this year’s programme was a special undertaking. Learning about music history brings the pieces and composers to life for me, not only letting me geek out and expand my own knowledge, but also explore my favourite challenge: how to then translate that experience to the reader. My hope is that it works in concert with the performances to allow listeners to fully engage with this music.
OMG! I’m so stoked to the 2016 graphic design campaign for Cor Flammae! Preparations for this Summer’s concerts are heating up, and now that repertoire selection and auditions are done it’s fundraiser time! The initial web graphics for our annual shindig are out in the world, along with the revamped and sexy sponsorship packages.
[You may noticed we’ve bid Dandycat a fond adieu, and welcomed this suave and sophisticated unicorn as our ambassador of FUNdraising. Join us on Tuesday, April 19th at XYYVR (1216 Bute St) to party like a unicorn! Tickets available here! Get them for cheaper if you buy them in advance! Find out more on Facebook.]
That got me thinking that I’m not sure if I’ve made a comprehensive list of my Cor Flammae design projects anywhere. Here’s what I’m doing this year:
Conductor interview filming
Thank you cards & Donor download cards
Sponsorship package dandification
Dandy Operandi web graphics, flyers and posters
Concert web graphics, flyers and posters
Concert programme (one of my favourite parts, as you know from previous posts)
The fun additions this year, include the initial conductor interview (which I filmed on my DSLR) and more graphics for the online campaigns – making images specifically for Instagram and Universe, in addition to the pieces for Facebook, YouTube and Bandcamp that we did last year. It’s wonderful to be able to broaden my skills by rounding out the campaign. I think this year’s campaign is forming into something clean, articulate and visually lush while still being fun – thanks in a large part to the great photos we have of previous years (which is another kind of satisfying). I can’t wait to get my hands on this year’s choir photo – styled by the amazing Missy Clarkson and Adam Dickson – and take off with this year’s concert materials!
I had a lot of fun with this one – I did a sketch of a Rossini portrait to use as my background and then scanned it in to my computer, where I changed it into a vector image in Illustrator. I had recently got my hands on some new fonts, and I enjoyed playing with the contrast between the script font of the composer name, and the bold modernity of the title text. I hope it references the traditional aesthetic associated with classical music, and the joyous, expressive energy that comes to mind when I think of Rossini, but with a clean, contemporary feel.
The Vancouver Hairstylist Community is putting on a fundraiser to benefit refugees coming to BC! On January 18th get your hair cut by donation (minimum $35, but sky’s the limit) at one of 8 fabulous salons, and all the proceeds will go to the Immigrant Services Society of BC to help with their amazing work helping refugees settle here.
Look fabulous and feel even better! Do your part by getting a new ‘do! Find out more on Facebook or call up one of the participating salons:
I was stoked to do my part by designing the poster! Creating the heart shears dreamed up by Vancouver Hairstylist Community founder, Missy Clarkson, was loads of fun, and exploring a different look and feel from my usual work was a great chance to stretch creatively.
Whether sacred or festive music, ’tis the season to enjoy a smorgasbord of aural delights. There’s nothing that better embodies the spirit of gathering together to celebrate joy in the bleak midwinter than choral music!
I’m happy to have done the posters for two holiday concerts this year. If you’re on the North Shore and in need of seasonal song the weekend of December 5th and 6th, check them out! If you want something to get you in the holiday mood on Saturday night, The North Shore Chorus and the Carousel Chorus are teaming up to perform a selection of festive jazz music. For some seriously jubilant classical repertoire, check out the Pacific Spirit Choir on Sunday afternoon, with their performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Bach’s Magnificat.
I’m pleased as punch and super proud of my pal, Kristopher Fulton, who has just released his first album of choral works, The Twilight Cities. It’s a beautiful and evocative collection of pieces – the kind that make you feel like you’re actually inside a movie. The music is performed by the Vancouver Cantata Singers, under the direction of Paula Kremer.
Kris asked me to be a second set of hands on the liner notes, so I had the great privilege of doing the layout, as well as the text-setting on the cover. The brilliant cover image, “One City, One Spark” is by photographer Brandon Kidwell. While I merely added a light touch to this project, it is still a total thrill to see something I had a small part in staring up at me from my iTunes.
To check out the album, visit music.kristopherfulton.com, where you can preview all the songs (and then buy them)! The album is available on iTunes and Bandcamp!