Original works by SBOT N WO (Helen Pridmore, voice; WL Altman electronics)
Sbot N Wo is a voice/electronics duo based in eastern Canada. At a residency at the Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies in 2006, Sbot N Wo worked intensively to develop its unique musical language, which was presented to audiences on a tour of Britain and Europe in spring 2007 (performances in London, Amsterdam, Berlin). Recent Sbot N Wo performances have included the Re:Flux festival de musique actuelle in Moncton, New Brunswick; the OK.Quoi?! Arts Festival in Sackville, NB; the eVOCative Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and school workshops and concerts sponsored by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in PEI. The installation “DisLocate DisBody” was presented by PAVED Arts in Saskatoon in 2008. In 2009, Sbot N Wo toured in Japan with four performances in Kyoto and Osaka. Sbot N Wo has also performed at the festival Rencontres de musiques spontanées in Rimouski, Québec, Halifax Experimental Music Festival, and Art’s Birthday international radio event. The duo has been broadcast on Radio-Canada and performs the soundtrack to the Vincent Trasov film “Flammable”. They have toured across Canada, with performances in Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Montréal, in addition to their numerous Maritime performances. Most recently they have collaborated with Sackville’s Struts Gallery artists-in-residence Solomon Nagler and Alexandre Larose to perform a live film soundtrack. Sbot N Wo is Helen Pridmore and WL Altman. A specialist in new music and extended vocal techniques, Helen Pridmore is celebrated for her performances of standards from Webern and Messiaen to Cage and Berio, but her greatest devotion is to new composers, new music and new sounds. She has a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, and in addition to her performing career she teaches voice at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. WL Altman is a composer and laptop performer. His written works are performed and commissioned by musicians across North America, and confound conventional models of notated music by sharing real-time creative processes with the performers, through improvisation and reactive listening. The duo’s name can be credited to former US presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, who in 2002 described Canadians as “spoilt brats of the new world order”.