j o e s o r b a r a [ d o t ] c o m  .   p r o j e c t s   .   a u r e a l i t i e s

lina allemano . trumpet
christine duncan . voice
anil eraslan . cello
matthais mainz . piano
albrecht maurer . piano
joe sorbara . drums, percussion
samuel stoll . horn
chris tonelli . voice

lina allemano . trumpet    christine duncan . voice    anil eraslan . cello    matthias mainz . piano    albrecht maurer . violin    joe sorbara . drums, percussion    samuel stoll . horn    chris tonelli . voice

In tribute to Canadian poet and soundsinger, Paul Dutton, the Aurealities Ensemble brings together musicians from Canada and Germany with a rich collective experience spanning musical influences and improvisational cultures from early and new music through jazz and feely improvised music to extended voice and performance art. The instrumentation of violin and cello, trumpet and horn, piano and percussion, with two extraordinary voices affords an interplay of sonic contrasts and correspondences that makes the ensemble sound intimately small and expansive at once.

Matthias Mainz first worked with Dutton in the winter of 2012, when Mainz had the opportunity to invite him, along with French cellist Thomas Charmetant, to play a short improvised set in Cologne after a concert in Paris. In the summer of 2013, Dutton and Mainz met again in Toronto and spent about ten days with percussionist Joe Sorbara exploring as a trio, playing a number of concerts, and recording at Grant Avenue Studios in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2017, when Dutton decided that he would no longer tour abroad, Mainz and Sorbara put together an ensemble that would extend the story further through a series of concerts and recordings in Germany in 2021. They invited cellist Anil Eraslan, violinist Albrecht Maurer, and horn player Samuel Stoll to complete the German side of the ensemble as well as three more Canadian musicians: trumpeter Lina Allemano and soundsingers Christine Duncan and Chris Tonelli, both of whom share a deep connection with Dutton and his work as a vocalist and poet.

New works were commissioned with the help of The Canada Council for the Arts and, with additional help from NKW NRW and Musicfonds in Germany, the eight-piece ensemble was able to gather in Koeln and Berlin in September 2021 for a series of workshops, rehearsals, and concerts, much of which was documented by Mainz through Plattform für Transkulturelle Neue Musik.

More is coming...

by Christine Duncan
25ix2021 . Spreehalle, Berlin

Birdsong in Parentheses
by Joe Sorbara
25ix2021 . Spreehalle, Berlin

This and That
by Lina Allemano
25ix2021 . Spreehalle, Berlin

No. 5
24ix2021 . LOFT, Koeln

Quartet 1
25ix2021 . Spreehalle, Berlin

Quartet 2
25ix2021 . Spreehalle, Berlin

No. 7
24ix2021 . LOFT, Koeln

No. 2
24ix2021 . LOFT, Koeln

h o m e

[ i ] bio

[ ii ] events

[ iii ] projects

never was  

françois houle & joe sorbara

alien radio
(houle/ meger/ sorbara)

the imperative  


imaginary percussion ensemble  

reliable parts  

paul dutton & joe sorbara  


my misshapen ear  

other foot first  

remnants trio  

squash recipe  

[ iv ] discography

[ v ] gallery

[ vi ] contact

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