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The Minden DUO is the creative partnership of Carla Hallett and Robert Minden. Working together, since 1986, in recording and performance projects, they formed the Duo in 1996 to explore an allusive world of found sound and song. A relentless pursuit of the sonic possibilities of invented instruments and children's toys inspires their creations. Recordings and live performance mix experimental songs with uncommon acoustic instruments (musical saws, waterphones, toy piano, theremin, tuned glass bottles, children's toys and found sounds) creating a dramatic mix.
Their compelling sound, once described as "the house band at the restaurant at the end of the universe."(Gary Norris, Canadian Press), is both lyrical and quirky. Listening to their CD, are you now, "...superb sonic treat...", one feels like they have entered a curious acoustic soundscape like a folk music from an invented world, sometimes melodic, sometimes microtonal, percussive, experimental, brimming with enthusiasm for acoustic sounds. With invented acoustic instruments, the listener is invited to explore sounds as sounds and the ideas that sounds embody. Like Light Off Water, released as a CD in 2008, includes the words of celebrated Canadian poet Daphne Marlatt within a shimmering music scored for vintage waterphones and Hallett's fluid vocals. In the fall of 2009, with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Duo with Daphne Marlatt premiered the concert Like Light Off Water to Canadian universities.
Inquire about The Minden Duo's concerts ongoing tours to select venues, universities and festivals.
The Minden DUO, recognizing the vital role of the arts in education, continue to produce work for young audience. Lost Sound, Found Sound, a live school performance and hands on workshops, is recognized internationally by educators for inspiring children to focus their creative abilities. Educational projects, with tours supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, have included collaboration with:
The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, 1991
The National Arts Center, Ottawa, English Theatre, Youth & Family Series, 1991, 1995
The Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, NYC 1993, 1994
The Faculty of Education, The University of British Columbia, 1994
The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles, Institute for Educators and "ArtSource", the Center's Study Guide to the Performing Arts, 1998
Carl Orff Canada National Convention, Vancouver, 2000
Prologue To The Performing Arts, Toronto, 1999
Inner City Angels, Toronto, 1995, 2001, 2002
Multicultural Arts in the School Curriculum (MASC), Ottawa, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2009
The Victoria School Of Performing and Visual Arts, Edmonton, 2003, 2007
The Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004
C.W. Post Institute for Arts & Culture, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island University, 2004, 2005
SoundaXis New Music Festival, Educational Outreach, Toronto, 2008
photo: nancy walker