Be part of the metamorphosis of music in the next KPU-Science World Speaker Series

Wed, Mar 15, 2017

What kind of music comes from magnets, fishing wire and slap tonguing?

Find out in the upcoming Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Science World Speaker Series. Accomplished musicians and KPU instructors Jane Hayes and François Houle explore how composers have stretched the limits of traditional instruments using an assortment of untraditional tools and digital technology in search of new means of musical expression.

“In one demonstration, François performs a technique called slap tonguing where he uses his tongue so forcefully to create a unique sound, he’s actually bled in practice,” exclaims Hayes, “We’re asking people to think outside of the box when it comes to music.”

Together known as Sea and Sky—Hayes, a pianist and director of keyboard studies at KPU, and Houle, a Juno-nominated clarinetist—will demonstrate how new sounds are created in a live improvisation using technology and everyday items to metamorphosize music from their album Sassicaia.

This unusual concert-going experience will involve audience participation listening to sound before seeing and understanding the instrument and technique used to create it.

Sea to Sky: A Sensory Music Experience takes place Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m. at Science World Vancouver. Doors open early at 6:30. The event is free but registration is requested. To register and learn more, visit

This speaker series is a partnership between KPU and Science World that supports the expansion of science in our communities. This free public series works to engage, entertain and educate guests with fascinating insights into the world of science.

Photos of Hayes and Houle are available on Flickr.

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