Winner of the 2023 Robert Fleming prize for composition from Canada Council of the Arts, Jami Reimer’s sound and performance work interweaves solo and choral singing, text, video, and field recording practices in an ongoing and shifting investigation around chorusing— specifically, into the overlapping vocal terrains between humans and amphibians. Beginning in 2022 with a bioacoustic field residency undertaken in collaboration with the Amphibian Natural History Lab at the University of Campinas, Brazil, her project Soft tongues: a bioacoustic opera, is back in development as Jami extends her shifting collaborations with biologists into her home province of so-called British Columbia. Playing with the science recording as a form of subjective listening, Jami works with sound catalogues of extinct frogs, creates recordings of remaining wetland choruses, and composes immersive listening experiences inflected by mythological songs, speculative soundscapes, and ‘eavesdropped’ science recordings. Soft tongues: a bioacoustic opera, interrogates the relational, adhesive, and compounding qualities of voice, and the listening that tethers it.

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We're grateful to collaborate and produce on the shared, stolen, unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of Penelakut, Lamalcha, Hwitslum and other Hul’qumi’num speaking peoples, as well as the ceded territories of Tsawwassen First Nation, on what is now known as Galiano Island, British Columbia. We recognize the complex impacts that hosting settlers and non-settlers has on the Indigenous land and peoples of this area, and we aim to be responsible and accountable for these impacts and our footprint—whether cultural, environmental or social.

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