The Noiseborder Ensemble creates and performs multimedia works featuring a combination of acoustic and electronic instruments as well as live processing and mixing of sound and video. Based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the group has presented more than twenty original multimedia pieces since its inception in 2008. Members include Brent Lee (saxophones, composition, sound design), Sigi Torinus (video, visual design), Trevor Pittman (clarinets, composition), Nicholas Papador (percussion, composition), Chris McNamara (video, sound design), Megumi Masaki (keyboards). The Noiseborder Ensemble also works on an ongoing basis with collaborating artists nationally and internationally.
The Noiseborder Ensemble @ Festival des Musiques de Création du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
May 14 & 15, 2015, Jonquière, Québec: Subatomic Time is presented as part of the Festival de Musiques de Création
(Nicholas Papador, Brent Lee, Sigi Torinus).
February 28, 2015: The Noiseborder Ensemble at the VibraFusionLab/LOMAA in London, ON. The performance features several recent multimedia works developed by the Noiseborder Ensemble, including Outer Drive, Prana, I hear your voice in the circling night, Carolina, and What Do People Do All Day? as well as an interactive installation based on Pitch-a-sketch, where musical sound controls the generation of graphic images in real time. Featured with the Noiseborder Ensemble are Brent Lee (audio, video, saxophone), Sigi Torinus (video), Chris McNamara (audio, video), Megumi Masaki (keyboard), Nick Papador (percussion), Trevor Pittman (clarinet), Martin Schiller (audiovisual installation), and Yiru Chen (video).
February 27, 2015: LOMAA hosts The Noiseborder Ensemble as the sixth participant in its Visiting Artist Program. During their stay The Noiseborder Ensemble members Brent Lee and Sigi Torinus host a workshop focusing on the creation and presentation of new and multi-media works.
February 23 & 24, 2015: the Noiseborder Ensemble present a performance and a series of workshops and masterclasses at Bangor University in Wales (Megumi Masaki, Brent Lee, Trevor Pittman, Sigi Torinus). On the program: Prana, This is an important message for Julie Wade, Carolina, I hear your voice in the circling night, and Ferrovia. Thanks to Xenia Pestova and Andy Lewis for hosting us.
February 16, 2015: Megumi Masaki, Brent Lee, Sigi Torinus perform at Beyond the Keys Colab Festival – Laban Theatre – in London, England.
February 16 – 20, 2015: Megumi Masaki, Brent Lee, Sigi Torinus offer CoLAB workshop – ZODIAC: Interactive Multimedia Storytelling at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire London/Greenwich
January 16, 2015: Sigi Torinus and Andrea Sunder-Plassmann present browsing beauty at Kunstmuseet KUBE in Ålesund, Norway, featuring sound design for their installation Nabor by Brent Lee, as well as sound for bb by the Noiseborder Ensemble. Curated by Tove Lande. Performance at the opening on January 16 by Brent Lee and Sigi Torinus. Show runs until March 1, 2015.
November 23rd, 2014: 4th Wall Music presents the Noiseborder Ensemble at the Joy Theatre (Brent Lee, Sigi Torinus, Trevor Pittman, Chris McNamara, Nicholas Papador, Martin Schiller, Anthony Giglio, Yiru Chen, Xiaoxiao Zhang)
October 11, 2014: Sigi Torinus and Andrea Sunder-Plassmann are participating in Berlin’s Festival of Lights with a new Browsing Beauty video mapping project at Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin Germany (facades at Mariannenplatz 2, from 8-10pm).
September 27, 2014: w.a.v.e.s. Festival; Windsor, ON – with Brent Lee, Sigi Torinus, Anna Atkinson, Yiru Chen, Anthony Giglio, Megumi Masaki, Nicholas Papador, Trevor Pittman, Martin Schiller, Mike Stone, Keith Wilkinson.
September 18, 2014: Sigi Torinus shows ANYWHERE & HERE at SANS SERIF, Kulturwerk Berlin, Germany; Sound by Brent Lee; Percussion Nicholas Papador
April 25 – June 15, 2014: Sigi Torinus presents INTO THE LIGHT at the Art Gallery of Windsor. The exhibition is named after the 3-channel audio-visual installation INTO THE LIGHT which features sound design by Brent Lee with Nicholas Papador, percussion. see Art Gallery of Windsor
March 28-April 2, 2014: the Noiseborder Ensemble welcomes Sandeep Bhagwati and his colleagues from Matralab at Concordia University in Montreal for a series of presentations and performances, culminating in a collaborative multimedia events on March 31 and April 1.
February 27, 2014: the Noiseborder Ensemble presents cycle~, an experiment in live audio-visual coding and improvisation. Ensemble members will develop computer algorithms in real time using Max and Quartz Composer software as the algorithms are used to process live audio and video feeds.
January 22, 2014: Sigi Torinus and Andrea Sunder-Plassmann inaugurate browsing beauty at the Centro de Desarollo de las Artes Visuales, Plaza Vieja in Havana, Cuba, held from January 22 to 31.
November 14-15, 2013: the Noiseborder Ensemble hosts a workshop focusing on parameter mapping possibilities for multimedia performance.
October 11, 2013: Opening reception for Chris McNamara’s exhibition Falling in Place at the Thames Gallery in Chatham, Ontario. The show runs until November 24.
October 7-13, 2013: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson’s Xenograft, an audio-reactive, projection-mapped video sculpture, exhibits at Artspeak in Windsor, Ontario.
September 12, 2013: Owen Eric Wood’s video “Return” screens as part of Identite at Espace Cercle Carre in Montreal, Quebec.
September 6, 2013: The Silver Birch Quartet perform Brent Lee’s Hardangersøm at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.
August 20-24, 2013: The Noiseborder Ensemble (Sigi Torinus, Brent Lee, Trevor Pittman, Megumi Masaki, Chris McNamara, Nic de Cosson, Owen Eric Wood, Martin Schiller, Anthony Giglio) workshop and present the Master Control program in collaboration with blackhole-factory (Elke Utermöhlen, Martin Slawig). The performance was part of the Club Instabil series of performance events at the Kunstmühle in Braunschweig, Germany.
August 20, 2013: The Silver Birch Quartet perform Brent Lee’s Hardangersøm on Manitoulin Island near Sudbury, Ontario.
August 5, 2013: Megumi Masaki, Brent Lee, and Sigi Torinus present Ferrovia at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.
June 7, 2013: Opening reception for Chris McNamara’s exhibition Falling in Place at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario. The show runs until August 18.
May 16-18, 2013: Owen Eric Wood’s video “Return” screens as part of the Cologne Art and Moving Image Awards – Georgia at the Contemporary Art Center in Tbilisi, Georgia.
May 11-12, 2013: Brent Lee’s composition Stone and Star for string orchestra is performed by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
May 6-10, 2013: Noiseborder development workshop takes place in Studio A at the University of Windsor.
April 28, 2013: The Silver Birch Quartet premiere Brent Lee’s string quartet Hardangersøm in Sudbury, Ontario.
April 24-28, 2013: Owen Eric Wood’s video “Return” screens at the Festival Internacional de Videoart de Camaguey in Cuba.
April 24-28, 2013: I Hear Your Voice in the Circling Night (Brent Lee: music, Sigi Torinus: video) screens at the Festival Internacional de Videoart de Camaguey in Cuba.
April 22-28, 2013: Sigi Torinus, Megumi Masaki, and Brent Lee present Ferrovia (for piano and interactive audio and video) at the CIT Cork School of Music and at the Sonorities Festival in Belfast.
April 15-19, 2013: Owen Eric Wood’s thesis exhibition “I Am Not Present” takes place at SoVA Projects Gallery, University of Windsor.
April 6, 2013: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform Brent Lee’s Iron Horses in Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, ON.
March 20-23, 2013: Owen Eric Wood’s video “Return” screens at Videoformes in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
March 19, 2013: David Litke presents a program of interactive compositions and improvisations featuring Krista Vincent (St. John’s, NL), Aaron Hodgson (London, ON), and members of the Noiseborder Ensemble in Studio A at the University of Windsor.
March 1-2, 2013: Brent Lee’s composition Ruck and Rill for electric viola and orchestra is performed by Alexander Mishnaevski with the International Symphony Orchestra in Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.
Feb. 23 to March 30, 2013: Owen Eric Wood’s video “Return” exhibits at the Aferro Gallery in Newark, NJ, U.S.A. as part of Cologne OFF U.S.A.
February 22-24, 2013: Owen Eric Wood video “Return” and his collaboration with Fatima Fakih titled “Scarves” screens as part of CeC Carnival of eCreativity in Sattal, India.
February 19, 2013: Owen Eric Wood’s video Return exhibits as part of the “Video-Stories” program of the Black Box screening series held from Feb. 19, to April 14, 2013 at Kulturhuset Borgen Gislaved, Sweden.
February 14, 2013: Megumi Masaki presents her Music for Eyes and Ears program at the Hochschule für Musik in Mainz, Germany. Included on the program is Ferrovia (Lee/Torinus).
February 13, 2013: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson participates in the performance Artists for Hire at Artspeak with his piece Measuring/Replicating, in which he replicated the ACWR gallery space. Curated by Alana Bartol.
February 2013: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson is accepted into the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) Interactive Art Fellowship for 2013-2015.
February 9, 2013: The Noiseborder Ensemble perform the Master Control program in Studio A, Lambton Tower, University of Windsor. The interactive media performance features Germany’s blackhole-factory (Martin Slawig, Elke Utermöhlen) and Canada’s Noiseborder Ensemble (Brent Lee, Nick Papador, Trevor Pittman, Sigi Torinus) with Silvia Avramut, Nic deCosson, Anthony Giglio, David Litke, Riaz Mehmood, Jessica Pistor, Martin Schiller, and Owen Eric Wood.
February 6-8, 2013: Megumi Masaki presents Ferrovia (Lee/Torinus) at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, England.
February 4, 2013: Anthony Giglio, Riaz Mehmood, Owen Eric Wood and Sylvia Avramut present projects using interactive computer software at the School for Arts and Creative Innovation, University of Windsor.
February 2-3, 2013: Megumi Masaki performs Ferrovia (Lee/Torinus) at the Dark Music Days festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. Included in the festival are Brent Lee’s Maquette XI and Howe Sound, as well as Discrete Strains (Torinus/Lee) performed by BUNME led by Megumi Masaki.
February 1-4, 2013: Members of the Noiseborder Ensemble attend the four-day Interactivity Max/MSP/Jitter Workshop with Blackhole Factory, held at the School for Arts and Creative Innovation, University of Windsor.
Jan. 25 to May 5, 2013: Owen Eric Wood’s “Sit Still,” a video projection on sculpture, exhibits as part of Portrait, held at the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, Ontario.
January 23, 2013: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson and Owen Eric Wood speak about membranes as a site of action and collaborations between image and sound at Take4, School for Arts and Creative Innovation, Unviersity of Windsor.
December 4-6, 2012: The Noiseborder Ensemble performs several works as part of the Brandon University New Music Festival, including Braga, I hear your voice in the circling night, Ferrovia, (follow your) Dream (home), Parvis, and Superstars of Wrestling.
November 22, 2012: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson presents an integrated media performance utilizing projection mapping, Kinect sensors and djembe as part of the group exhibition Here/Now at the SoVA Projects Gallery.
November 16-21, 2012: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson exhibits Not The Only One, an audio-reactive, projection-mapped video sculpture, at SoVA Projects Gallery, Windsor, Ontario.
November 24-25, 2012: The Windsor Symphony Orchestra performs Brent Lee’s General Brock in Detroit at the Capitol Theatre in Windsor, ON.
November 13-18, 2012: Owen Eric Wood’s video This Man screens at the Kassel Documentary and Film Festival in Kassel, Germany.
Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, 2012: Brent Lee, Sigi Torinus, Nicholas Papador and Nicolas de Cosson travel to Austin, Texas to perform Subatomic Time at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference.
October 25, 2012: The Noiseborder Ensemble performs a program of media works in Windsor, Ontario, including Discrete Strains (Sigi Torinus/Brent Lee), Ooooh Dear! (Chris McNamara), Fenestration (David Litke), Empty Suit (Brent Lee/Owen Eric Wood), Step Without Feet (Chris Ledroit), Green Terra and Balancing Act (Nicolas Alexander de Cosson),and Adventure and the Innocuous Pastiche (Martin Schiller/Owen Eric Wood). The performances also included Trevor Pittman, Nicolas Papador, Megumi Masaki, Jaimie Wagner and Anthony Giglio.
October 17-21, 2012: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson attends the Banff Centre Projection Prototyping Boot Camp for the Idea Summit in Banff, Alberta.
October 9, 2012: Owen Eric Wood’s video Made Up exhibits as part of the “Identity” program of the Black Box screening series held from Oct. 9 to Nov, 18, 2012 at Kulturhuset Borgen Gislaved, Sweden.
October 5-27, 2012: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson’s audio-reactive projection installation titled Gathered Voices is presented at the exhibition Engage: Detroit Interactive Art Exhibition at Whitdel Arts in Detroit, Michigan.
October 5-7, 2012: Owen Eric Wood’s video Return screens at art:screen Fest in Orebro, Sweden.
September 29, 2012: Megumi Masaki presents Ferrovia (Lee/Torinus) at the EPTA conference in Stockholm, Sweden.
September 21-23, 2012: Owen Eric Wood’s video Return exhibits as part of the conference Alone Together at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, B.C.
September 7-17, 2012: The silent, one-minute versions of Owen Eric Wood’s videos This Man and Scarves (which is a collaboration with Fatima Fakih) compete at the Toronto Underground Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
September 4-9, 2012: Return, a video by Owen Eric Wood, screens as part of CologneOFF at the BuSho Budapest International Shortfilm Festival in Budapest, Hungary
August 25, 2012: Brent Lee’s work General Brock in Detroit for brass ensemble is premiered by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra as part of an 1812 commemoration concert.
Aug 1-3, 2012: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson exhibits his audio-reactive projection installation Actualized Spaces at 129 Ossington Gallery at Toronto, Canada.
July 30 to Aug. 3, 2012: The video Assemble I and II by Owen Eric Wood screens as part of Videoholica International Video Art Festival at the Archeological Museum in Varna, Bulgaria.
July 19-22, 2012: Megumi Masaki, Sigi Torinus, and Brent Lee present the premiere of Ferrovia (for piano, live audio processing and live video mix) at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy. The presentation is part of a four-day Contemporary International Music Exchange that also features a performance of Brent Lee’s Stone and Star by the Mainzer Virtuosi under the direction of Megumi Masaki and a performance of a new interactive work entitled Parvis by Brent Lee and Sigi Torinus.
July 20 to Aug. 4, 2012: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson presents two video projection works, titled Window Licker and Actualied Spaces, at the Windsor Summer Art Fest (Windsor, Ontario).
July 2-27, 2012: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson exhibits his projection-mapped video installation titled Vessel at the SoVA Projects Gallery in Windsor, Ontario.
May 31, 2012: Owen Eric Wood’s video Holobomo screens as part of the Kaunas mene Kalbejimasis Festival, held in Kaunas, Lithuania from May 31 to June 10.
May 26, 2012: The Noiseborder Ensemble’s recording of Brent Lee’s Braga is broadcast on CBC Radio 2’s The Signal.
May 25, 2012: Sigi Torinus participates in a panel discussion with Iain Baxter& and York University Research Chair Adam Lauder as part of the Media City Film Festival in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The talk includes a screening of Sigi’s video IB& which looks at complexity, entropy and pattern as creative forces in Baxter&’s work. Also, Riaz Mehmood’s video Shisha (Mirror) screens as part of the regional artists program of the festival.
May 19, 2012: A Windsor Symphony Orchestra recording of Brent Lee’s Knob and Tube for chamber orchestra with live electronics is broacast on CBC Radio 2’s The Signal.
May 18, 2012: Nicholas Papador performs with Il Divo at the coliseum at Caesar’s Windsor.
May 12, 2012: Nicholas Papador performs Night Chill for solo marimba and electronics sharing the stage with TorQ Percussion Quartet, Aiyun Huang, and Morris Palter for the closing concert at the Open Ears Festival’s Environmental Rhythms event in Kitchener/Waterloo, ON.
May 12, 2012: Nicholas Papador, along with members of the Windsor Percussion Ensemble perform John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit featuring 67 percussionists at the Open Ears Festival event, Environmental Rhythms in Kitchener/Waterloo, ON.
May 11, 2012: Sigi Torinus and Andrea Sunder-Plassmann present browsing beauty at the 11th Biennial of Havana: Artistic Practice and Social Imaginary, Taller de Investigación, Experimentación y Residencia in Havana, Cuba, held from May 11 to June 11.
May 11, 2012: Nicholas Papador presents his clinic masterclass topic, “Singles, Doubles, Triples, and More: Rudimental Drumming Concepts Applied to Developing Four Mallet Marimba Technique” at the Open Ears Festival event, Environmental Rhythms.
May 7-12, 2012: Nicolas Alexander de Cosson exhibits his projection-mapped video sculpture “SoVA/Armouries” in the group show Property Rights at Atelier VirginiaAnne Gallery in Windsor, Ontario.
May 5, 2012: Owen Eric Wood’s video Made Up shows in a program of video art curated by art:screen for the Vetlanda Museum in Vetlanda, Sweden, held from May 5 to June 3.
May 3 to June 3, 2012: Owen Eric Wood’s video Holobomo exhibits as part of the Videoholica Special Selection at SAMCA Sofia Arsenal – Museum For Contemporary Art in Sofia, Bulgaria.
April 26, 2012: The Noiseborder Ensemble perform Subatomic Time in Studio A at the University of Windsor.
April 16, 2012: Owen Eric Wood’s experimental video Assemble I and II screens at the VII Monographic Show of Media Art of the XI Int’l Festival of the Image at the Teatro Fundadores Cultural and Convention Centre in Manizales, Colombia, held from April 16-20.
April 07, 2012: Nicholas Papador performs with Frank Sinatra, Jr. and band at the coliseum at Caesar’s Windsor.
April 26, 2012: Sigi Torinus presents her video IB& (Iain Baxter&) at Interplay – Between Creativity & Information at York University in Toronto, Canada.
April 25: 2012: Vox Musica performs Brent Lee’s and Chris McNamara’s Hildegard Remix in Sacramento, CA on April 25 and 26
March 23, 2012: Colleen Athparia performs Brent Lee’s Anteriorities for piano and fixed audio in Calgary, AB on March 23 and 25.
March 20, 2012: Made Up, a video by Owen Eric Wood, screens at the ANEMIC Independent Film and New Media Art Festival hosted by the French Institute of Prague in Czech Republic.
March 17, 2012: The art works of Nicolas Alexander de Cosson and Owen Eric Wood are shown as part of the University of Windsor M.F.A. exhibition titled “PEEK” held at SB Contemporary in Windsor, Canada, held from March 17 to April 28.
March 12, 2012: Owen Eric Wood’s video Return exhibits at Art Gallery Oi Futuro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Rio edition of the International Festival of Electronic Language (FILE), held from March 12 to April 8.
March 7, 2012: Owen Eric Wood’s videos Holobomo and Return screen among a program of videos distributed by Videographe selected for Traverse Video, Toulouse, France, held from March 7-24.
February 27, 2012: “Beyond the Mask: Women, Men and Masculinities,” the Women’s and Gender Studies Biennial Juried Art Exhibition, is held. The exhibition includes Owen Eric Wood’s Made Up (video) and The Clothes Make the Man (both the performance and video versions). The exhibition is held in two locations: the Loranger Gallery in Detroit, U.S.A. from February 27 to March 2, and at the SoVA Projects Gallery in Windsor, Canada from March 5-9.
February 18, 2012: Sigi Torinus’ video Olofi screens at the St. John Arts Festival in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
February 9-11, 2012: The Noiseborder Ensemble make a number of contributions to the Windsor Canadian Music Festival. On Feb. 9, the Ensemble facilitates LEAP, an evening of interdisciplinary, collaborative performances with live music and video mixing that incorporates students from the schools of music and visual arts at the University of Windsor. On Feb. 10, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra give the premiere performance of Brent Lee’s Knob and Tube for chamber orchestra with live electronics. The concert is recorded for future broadcast on CBC Radio 2. On Feb. 11, the Noiseborder Ensemble with guest vocalist Jessica Pistor perform Brent Lee’s Braga, which is also recorded for future broadcast on CBC Radio 2.
January 21, 2012: Owen Eric Wood’s experimental video Assemble I and II is part of the group exhibition Paocalypse : Apocalypse at The Detroit Contemporary in Detroit, U.S.A, held from January 21 to February 12.
November 25, 2011: Owen Eric Wood’s videos Parallel and Holobomo screen at the Camaguey International Festival of Video Art in Camaguey City, Cuba, held from November 25-29.
November 24, 2011: Owen Eric Wood’s video Parallel screens at the event “Cultura y Media” at the San Martin Arts Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, held from November 24-26.
November 12, 2011: The Noiseborder Ensemble presents I hear your voice in the circling night at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
November 11, 2011: Kim Nelson’s film Berliner (with a musical score by Brent Lee) screens as part of the Windsor International Film Festival. Also, Owen Eric Wood’s video Return screens as part of the student program of the festival.
November 4, 2011: Owen Eric Wood’s video Holobomo screens at the Festival Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques in Marseille, France, held from November 4-13.
November 3, 2011: Owen Eric Wood’s video The Clothes Make the Man screens at Videocracy in Pecs, Hungary, held from November 3-6.
November 2011: browsing beauty by Sigi Torinus and Andrea Sunder-Plassmann exhibits at HILMARfestivalen in Steinkjer, Norway.
October 23, 2011: The Ensemble Resonance perform Brent Lee’s Braga at the Western Canadian Music Awards in Whitehorse, YK. Their CD Electrospectives (which includes Braga) was nominated in the best classical recording category.
October 15, 2011: Kim Nelson’s film Metazombie (with soundtrack by Brent Lee) screens at the Moving Image Film Festival in Toronto. ON. The premiere screening of the film took place at Docufest Atlanta in September, 2011.
October 16, 2011: Owen Eric Wood’s video Parallel wins Third Prize at the International Festival of Video Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina, held from October 13-16.