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Seeking Vocal Alignment


Seeking Vocal Alignment

Turgeon-Dharmoo, Gabriel (2023) Seeking Vocal Alignment. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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Analyzing his own research-creation over the years, the author uses a framework around a heuristic notion of alignment to analyze the quest for coherence between his sense of self and his artistic practice. Although this quest has characterized his personal and artistic trajectory, the model offers a distinct potential to help other research-creation artists locate and address areas of misalignment (friction points between their art and their self), prompting or framing their own processes of seeking alignment. Seeking alignment is both a process of self-reflection and a research-creation method that leads to discernible shifts in an artist’s life and practice.

The author has evolved this notion of alignment from the more specific term vocal alignment, commonly used in vocal technique and pedagogy. His conception of vocal alignment includes and goes beyond the physiological alignment of different body systems designed to optimize the production of vocal sound, giving equal importance to both semantic interpretations of the word voice. It asks: how can an artist align the vocal sounds their body produces with their artistic, personal, social, and political voice?

This thesis investigates the author’s process of seeking vocal alignment through his voice-based artistic work. Each of the three core chapters is preceded and followed by sections called “Alignments,” in which self-reflexive and auto-ethnographic writing provides insight into his research-creation process. The reader is invited to engage with these artistic works through sections called “Exhibits” (Lip Service, Anthropologies imaginaires, and Bijuriya).

Chapter 1 investigates the author’s critical stance on musical, social, theoretical, and practical aspects of musical life in the Canadian new music scene, highlighting the colonialist assumptions, cultural prejudices, and power imbalances that impact it.

Chapter 2 is an analysis of the author’s project Anthropologies imaginaires (2014). He analyzes how his use of voice, body, satire, deception, humour, and laughter formulates a critique of coloniality.

Chapter 3 focuses on the author’s solo interdisciplinary drag performance Bijuriya (2021-22). He analyzes the different musical, vocal, and performative strategies that coexist in the piece, and his exploration of different relations to the body and the voice, in line with the concept of vocal alignment.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies > Individualized Program
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Turgeon-Dharmoo, Gabriel
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Individualized Program
Date:12 July 2023
Thesis Supervisor(s):Bhagwati, Sandeep and Howes, David and Drew, Noah
Keywords:alignment, vocal alignment, research-creation, voice, music, theatre, interdisciplinarity, anthropology
ID Code:992834
Deposited On:16 Nov 2023 17:52
Last Modified:16 Nov 2023 17:52
Additional Information:Additional credits for research-creation works and video documentation Exhibit A: Lip Service *Artistic credits Concept, text, music, and performance: Gabriel Dharmoo Technical direction, sound engineering, and mixing: Nataq Huault *Video documentation credits Footage of the premiere at Paradise Theatre (Toronto), April 30th 2023. Presented by New Music Concerts Videographer for video documentation: Kyle Poole Audio engineer for video documentation: Dennis Patterson Many thanks to the New Music Concerts team Exhibit B: Anthropologies imaginaires *Artistic credits Script and Musical Composition: Gabriel Dharmoo Voice and Performance: Gabriel Dharmoo Video/Sound Collaborators: Ménad Kesraoui, Paul Neudorf, James O'Callaghan Actors: Alexandrine Agostini, Daniel Anez, Florence Blain Mbaye, Luc-Martial Dagenais and Catherine Lefrançois. *Video documentation credits Editing: Paul Neudorf Footage from Zone Homa Festival in Montréal August 2nd, 2014 - Maison de la culture Maisonneuve Exhibit C: Bijuriya *Artistic credits Concept and performance: Gabriel Dharmoo (Bijuriya) Technical Direction: Jon Cleveland Light Design: Jon Cleveland Assistant to Light Design and to Tech Direction: Michael Tonus Sound Design: Gabriel Dharmoo (Bijuriya) Original songs: Gabriel Dharmoo (Bijuriya) and Gabriel Ledoux Voice, cello, steel pan and harmonium: Gabriel Dharmoo (Bijuriya) Electric guitar: Gabriel Ledoux Additional vocals: Vidita Kanniks Costumes: Gabriel Dharmoo (Bijuriya), Julie Pichette, Angela Rassenti Wigs: Heaven Genderfck, Keith Fernandez Sets accessories: Gabriel Dharmoo (Bijuriya) Stage Assistants (Depending on the venue): Elizabeth Lima (Montreal), Keith Fernandez (Montreal), Julie Pichette (Vancouver), Brittney Sawyer (Calgary) Additional thanks to: Conseil des arts du Canada, Paul Neudorf, Sarah Albu, Sandeep Bhagwati, Claudia Chan Tak, Noah Drew, Marta Gaspar Carpinteiro, Carlin Holmes, Kama La Mackerel, Françoise Major, James O’Callaghan, Julia Martinez Turgeon *Video documentation creditsVideo documentation credits: Editing: Paul Neudorf Main source of footage: October 28, 2022 at Springboard Performance's Fluid Fest The GRAND Studio Theatre, Calgary Videography: Matt McKinney Many thanks to Nicole Mion Other sources of footage: October 14, 2022 at Music Gallery (Toronto) Videography: Justin Moy Many thanks to Sanjeet Thakar and David Dacks March 16, 2022 at Montréal, arts interculturels (Montreal) Videography: Jonathan Goulet Many thanks to Michael Toppings and the MAI team March 19, 2022, at Montréal, arts interculturels (Montreal) Personal phone footage


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