to hear an excerpt of Witness: Round Journey by sylvi macCormac

CDs are available with proceeds to Uts’am / Witness via

for John Clarke Xwexwsélkn 1945-2003

xálek’ sekyu siyám / chief ian campbell – sxwi7shenalkwlh (3:o2)
sandy scofield – all my relations (2:14)
veda hille – plants (2:56)
bruce cockburn – child of the wind (4:o8)
barry truax – island (3:o3 xrpt)
sylvi macCormac – carving canoes (3:55)
sandy scofield – broken land (3:35)
hildegard westerkamp – beneath the forest floor (3:20 xcrpt)
buffy sainte-marie – starwalker (3:o3)
kinnie starr – red%x (4:oo)
shel neufeld – midnight forest run (3:55)
sylvi macCormac – horizon (5:oo)
anthony mcnab favel – northern loon (1:55)
sylvi macCormac – witness : round journey (18:oo)
with Squamish Spirit, Journey & Honour Songs
jeremy williams – wind in the cedars (2:oo)
spakwus slúlem / eagle song dancers – takaya / wolf song (8:1o) telélsemkin siyám / chief bill williams,
song & narration by s7áplék / Bob baker

co-produced by sylvi macCormac, T’Uy’Tanat Cease Wyss,
artistic director Slanay Spakwus Nancy Bleck http://www.nancybleck.com
executive producer Telélsemkin Siyám Chief Bill Williams – http://www.squamish.net
designers Slanay Spakwus Nancy Bleck & Terry
photos by Slanay Spakwus, Shel Neufeld, John Clarke
Huy Chewx A / Thank You to Artists, Volunteers, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, EMI Canada, True North Records, Lisa Baile, Round House Community Centre & Squamish Nation.
(p) 2004 UTS’AM/WITNESS (c) Composers/Writers (socan / ascap)

Witness: Round Journey (20:00) 2000
Huy chewx a / Thank you for the honour and for listening. This is my attempt at an expression of the essence of Uts’am / Witness through sound. “We have never stopped being nature” (Slhalnãy Sp’ãkwus Nancy Bleck ). We will never stop being nature unless nature itself ceases to exist. We are voices of the city, country, forest and wilderness.
Soundscape composed with Squamish Spirit Song, Journey Song and Honour Song as sung by Telálsemkin Siyám Chief Bill Williams, Kwalucton, William Nahanee, Aaron Nelson-Moody et al. Wilderness Soundscapes and Voices were recorded around the Elaho River, the Carnegie & Roundhouse Commmunity Centres Coast Salish Territory Vancouver BC Canada 97-99. Voices: Telálsemkin Siyám, Nancy Bleck Slhalnãy Sp’ãkwus, John Clarke Xwexwsélkn , Amir Ali Alibhai, Paul Hundal, Joan, Drew Leetham, William Nahanee, Aaron Nelson-Moody, Shel Neufeld, a young english boy, Marie Preissl, Bob Turner, Ceise Wyss and a young squamish girl.

Thanks also to http://www.SFU.ca/~Truax for guidance and Charlie Richmond et al to be able to compose in Surround Sound with the Audio Box. http://www.richmondsounddesign.com This is a stereo mix of an octophonic work composed w th Audio Box @ Simon Fraser University 2000.
Uts’am & Cedar WomanSoundscape w Fabric Installation by Andrea Zimmer, RoundHouse 2001
Audio Engineering Society ,Vancouver Chapter, Landmark 2001 – Witness: Round Journey & Talk “Field o Sound: is Stochastic a Dirty Word ? Soundscape Composition w the Audio Box”

Performed at LEAPS (Live Electronic Arts Performance Series)
Van Pro Musica w photos in slow dissolve by John Clarke Xwexwsélkn 2000
Emily Carr University of Arts & Design, Faculty presentation of
Witness: Round Journey with the photography of Nancy Bleck Slhalnãy Sp’ãkwus 2000

Deep Wireless I CD 2004
Witness: Round Journey (7:10 xcrpt)

with Railway Lines: Trains of Thought – http://www.deepwireless.ca

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Soundscapes

Hear VFMF Soundscapes Here

Soundscapes of the Festival



Longtime Festival devotee sylvi macCormac is an artist who works with sound. She has created, and gifted to the Festival, an extraordinary work entitled VFMF Soundscapes 1999-2002: Festival Quartet for Solitude. You really need to hear these amazing compositions, a tapestry of ambient sound, spoken word, song and music, to really know what we’re talking about.

To learn more about sylvi and her work, visit www.sylvi.ca.


Dugg Simpson: “Years ago I went to hear John Cage perform, and afterwards he answered questions from the audience. Someone asked him to define music. He paused, then smiled and said, ‘I believe it has something to do with the ears.’ Takeo Yamashiro was the next artist I heard express a similar sentiment. He was about to play a concert here in the park. Before he began, he pointed out all the sounds one could hear from that spot – children laughing, the wind in the trees, people talking and a generator in the distance. He asked us to listen to, and not be upset by, all those sounds while we listened to the sound of his shakuhachi”. – VFMF 1999 program notes

Throughout the 1999 weekend, I realized that one of the sweetest spots was between stages where musicians seemed to be playing together in harmony and time. When the birds joined in perfect syncopation my ears and heart opened wider. While composing the audio portrait of the festival i came across one of the recordings made between stage 2 of the Total Gospel Choir & and stage 7 of Takeo Yamashiro. On careful listening i realized that Takeo had intentionally followed the Choirs lead and repeated melodically what he had heard from far far away varying it in an improv with the wind. There are many moments so beautiful.

These compositions inform my ongoing work with Audio-Portraits and Soundscape(s). To work with so many wonderful voices is an honour and treasure. They give me great joy. They are also part of my commitment to a larger community. The compositions are given to the care of and for the benefit of the VFMF. They were never mine to keep or call my own since “the sum of all these parts are we”. (Martyn Joseph)

sylvi macCormac




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 – www.newmusic.org/

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 – www.richmondsounddesign.com/


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 – http://www.soundcrawlnashville.com/index.html – 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 http://www.s4dac.org

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 – www.kokoro.ca
AD & Papiér Sculpture by Nicole Dextras – www.nicoledextras.com

Phoenix CD (1996) Co-Produced with Colin Nairne