ConnecTra Abilities Expo

ABILITIES EXPO! Celebrates the Art of the Possible – ConnecTra’s multi-agency resource fair connected hundreds of individuals with disabillities and Metro Vancouver’s most useful service providers … “I really liked the focus on abilities at the Expo. There were people from all over who were working, and involved in the arts, and really participating and doing amazing things in the community”, said Paul Gauthier, Network Coordinator for the BC Personal Supports Network … The event was also noteworthy for being the launch of musician sylvi macCormac’s ambitious multimedia project, Th Rose & Th Railway. This combines the written word, with music and environmental recordings to delve back into the life and times of Irish poet WB Yeats. May 2010 ConnecTra Newsletter
Creating Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Vancouver Adapted Music Society

Th Rose & Th Railway: of Yeats & Nõ Being & Blooming on Line

For Immediate Release / Pour Diffusion immédiate
to be released
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 12:30pm
End Time: Nõ End Time


Th Rose & Th Railway: of Yeats & Nõ Being & Blooming on Line
about WB Yeats, the Japanese Nõ Theatre, Maud Gonne and Being in Relation to Language

with Hyper*Text*Music*L’image*Sound

Audio Tracks include
Aural Shadows, 8 Directions, Railway Lines: Trains o Thought

presented originally @ *e-lounge* 2001, Vancouver New Music Festival –

Nõ Book (eBook) © 2010 online, 1999 off line
sylvi & see through publishing (socan) *except as noted*

while Nõ Book is released online @ 12:30
sylvi macCormac will perform and read
from th Rose & th Railway at

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
12:30 to 4:30 pm
Roundhouse Community Centre
EXHIBITION HALL – 181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory, B.C.

“Sylvi is an inspiration to the world. A superb composer and sound artist who easily rises above every conceivable obstacle to create memorable and demanding projects with extremely positive social values” Charlie Richmond –


Aural Shadows: o th Rose & th Railway

like ships that should never pass
lines that would never cross
cousins that could never kiss
from opposite sides of the tracks
with theremin on the radio
you are beautiful and gone
with breezes off the water
and the train slowing down
i was going to bring you a book of yeats
from the bookstore down the street
no realizing our hearts might never meet

we are our mothers daughters
and our fathers child
down by the water side
forever wild
like ships that should never pass
lines that would never cross
cousins that could never kiss
from opposite sides of the tracks
then why is our baby girl
more than ten years old
forever greater
than any gold

and do you still read that book of yeats
from the tower down the street
the one i gave you long ago
so our hearts might meet
were we just some aural shadows
through the sky
as upwords
shooting stars go by

like ships that should never pass
lines that would never cross
cousins that could never kiss
from opposite sides of the tracks
with dripsody on the radio
we are here and then gone
with breezes off the water
and the train slowing down

Theremin – electronic musical instrument which responds to movements of hands, inventor Leon Termen (1920’s Russia)

Dripsody – composition with sounds of water drops by Hugh LeCaine, electronic synthesis pioneer (1955 Canada)

Aural Shadows: of th Rose & th Railway (5:30)
appears on Raven Shadows CD (2006)

flussorum project

manifesto prinidefinitivovuoto.cdrA rotation of sound projects by artists and musicians and a documentation of wordly music, curated by Riccardo Giagni (2002) including

Sylvi MacCormac Co-Op Radio: Changing Times 2001 (42:35)

Glenn Gould The Idea of North 1976 (58:53)

BrianEno RobertSheckley PeterSinfield In a Land of Clear Colours 1979 (50:26)

Jean-Luc Godard Histoire(s) du cinéma – Part 2 1999 (41:36)

Gavin Bryars Juan Moñoz A man in a room, gambling 1992 (51:22)

International Day of Persons with Disabilities




International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Thursday, December 3, 2009 1pm-6:30pm at the Roundhouse

3:35pm in centre of Hall : sylvi macCormac will present WHEELS Soundscapes: Voices of People with Disabilities and play very bad Harmonica with Aural Shadows from Raven Shadows CD (2006)



COASTAL CHANTS CD & Digital Release (2008)

re-release of Tape (1992) with 5 xtr unreleased trks from Too Young Too Old (1994) and spoken word, Who is She ? Fragile as SuperMan (1:00) (1998)    see through publishing 04 CD / 01 Tape

Tom Harrison, The Province, Published: Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Last night, Sylvi MacCormac oversaw the CD release of her Coastal Chants at Iron Works. This might be her most accomplished and focused collection, with its pronounced sense of atmosphere and MacCormac’s dusky folk voice. She’s been immersed in spoken word, sound collages and other projects, but she first was recognized as a folk-influenced singer and is impressive in that role.



SoundCrawl:Nashville – – 2009

does this SOUND like me ? (5:42) xrpt w th voices of 21 artists w dis abilities 2001

composed for KickstART! Society for Disability Arts & Culture

For the first time ever, Nashville will introduce a sound art festival in conjunction with the city’s monthly Art Crawl. On October 3, Nashvillians will be among the first in the nation to experience a festival of this type, an international festival bringing new compositions from all over the world.

Where better to introduce this than Music City.

SoundCrawl:Nashville Sound Art Festival Oct. 3 – By Steve Haruch in Cream Calendar

Colour Compassion

COLOUR COMPASSION from Phoenix CD (1996)
with Barbara Bourget from Kokoro Dance –
AD & Papiér Sculpture by Nicole Dextras –

Phoenix CD (1996) Co-Produced with Colin Nairne

Small Boy

Small Boy (1:02) is printed on Deep Wireless 6 CD (2009)

Cree Nation, Rex Smallboy, speaks about Nepi / Water and tells us that Aski means Earth; Yoten means Wind. Paddle in Lake (recorded by David Murphy – Small Boy, Stringed Instrument & Melismatic Male Vocalist – recorded with permission at Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2006 –

Rex Smallboy Hip Hops wit War Party from Winnepeg, Canada – –

composed for 60×60

Small Boy (:60) will be part of VFMF Soundscapes 1999-2009

WHEELS Soundscapes & eContact 11.2



WHEELS Soundscapes: Voices of People with Dis Abilities –

Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS) — Music studio for people with disabilities; Mini-Interview with sylvi macCormac

In 2008 VAMS launched an accessible space designed to meet the needs of people with a wide range of disabilities and musical capabilities. Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS) was founded in the late 1980s to support and promote musicians with physical disabilities in the Metro Vancouver area.

Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) Communauté Électroacoustique Canadienne

eContact! 11.2 – Canadian Figures is the second issue focussing on Canadian electroacousticians and presents an overview of the broad range of practices that have formed the Canadian electroacoustic landscape, one which is as vast and diverse as the geography of Canada itself.


sylvi macCormac


by Kalvos & Damian

Kalvos & Damian’s New Music Bazaar, Show #522, 4 June 2005. Interview recorded in two separate studios. Listen to the interview (RealAudio) from the original broadcast [0:11:17–1:55:36].