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Cricket Music at Emery Barnes Park


I'll be performing this work by Mungo Thompson and composer Michael Webster at Emery Barnes Park (Richards and Davie Street). This is a FREE event. I love crickets, although we feed them to my son's pet gecko every other day. These cricket sounds we're going to play are imitation of filed recordings of crickets from all over the world. Pretty cool stuff. Come and join us, if you're tired of Netflix, HBO, or Apple Music. It'll be a much nicer experience. Guaranteed!

Mungo Thomson – Cricket Solos for Clarinet, Piccolo, Percussion, and Violin (2012-13)
Presented in partnership with the Contemporary Art Gallery
Friday, July 10, 2015; from 8:30PM

Emery Barnes Park (Richards and Davie Street) [map]

To create Cricket Solos for Clarinet, Piccolo, Percussion, and ViolinMungo Thomson collaborated with composer Michael Webster to transcribe field recordings of crickets from around the world (France, Cameroon, Senegal, Martinique, Borneo, Thailand and Venezuela) into a musical score. The initial result was a dynamic composition for a 17-person classical ensemble, the score containing 25 chapters, or ‘movements,’ such as “12. Reunion Island, the Cirque de Cilaos at 1300 m. altitude, February 1998, nightfall in a banana plantation.” Thomson and Webster have subsequently developed Crickets for solo performers—individual musicians scattered around a park, each simulating the sound of a single cricket with a different instrument.

In partnership with Vancouver New Music, the Contemporary Art Gallery presents a new performance comprising these solo performances with Mark McGregor (Piccolo), Françoise Houle (Clarinet), Llowyn Ball (Violin) and Martin Fisk (Percussion).

Join us for this evening performance, which is concurrent with the opening of the exhibition: Mungo Thomson, Time, People, Money, Crickets at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Friday July 10, 7-10PM. The exhibition continues until August 30. Read more about the exhibition at



Photo credit:
Mungo Thomson, Cricket Solo for Flute, 2013
Live performance, duration variable
Performance view, Social Animals, Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach
Performer: Jessica Schmitz
Photo: Art Basel. Courtesy the artist.