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Concrete Poetry Mix

Concrete Poetry Mix

An Interactive Installation

Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
At Commons Studio Culture Days Hub
Fresh Ground, 256 King Street East Kitchener ON N2G 2L1

A PLAY DATE FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES, this interactive installation allows you to create your own concrete poetry mix by recording a poem or a fragment of a poem which will become a sample that can be manipulated in the making of a drawing or re-writing of the poem -a visual and aural mix tape of the original poem. Any poem goes - from nursery rhymes, to the classics, or poems that you have created. We can watch and listen to your concrete poem as it is being created.

Concrete Mix Poem

CONCRETE, PATTERN, OR SHAPE POETRY is poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme, and so on. 

MUSIQUE CONCRÈTE (meaning "concrete music") is a genre of electroacoustic music that is made in part from acousmatic sound, or sound without an apparent originating cause. It can feature sounds derived from recordings of musical instruments, the human voice, and the natural environment as well as those created using synthesizers and computer-based digital signal processing.

CONCRETE POETRY MIX has been created by Klaus Engel and Isabella Stefanescu for Words Festival during a week-long visiting artists’ residency at Vibrafusion Lab, London, Ontario.

Recent Events

Grant-writing Workshop


A Workshop presented by Isabella Stefanescu


Finding sources of grants and writing good applications are skills you can learn. This workshop is for artists of all disciplines and organizations of all kinds.

Grant Co-Writing Workshop


Stop procrastinating: bring your computer and write THAT application!


Bring your computer and work on your grant alongside other applicants for an arts grant. If you need to, you can ask for assistance from the on-site instructor, Isabella Stefanescu, Artistic Director at Inter Arts Matrix. Come for the day, the afternoon, the evening, or just drop in for a couple of hours.

 Inter Arts Matrix - Celebrating the First Decade

Inter Arts Matrix - Celebrating the First Decade

10 years, 2 artistic directors, 18 projects, 69 events, 101 artists

Grant Writing for Artist Led Projects

Grant Writing for Artist Led Projects

A Workshop presented by Isabella Stefanescu

FEBRUARY 14, 2018

This workshop, for artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, is an overview about: how to plan a top quality application, how to find suitable funders, assembling funding for a specific art project.

This is a collaboration between Inter Arts Matrix and The Commons Studio at the Working Centre.

Grant Writing Co-Working Day

Grant Writing Co-Working Day

Got a grant to write?

FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Bring your computer and work on your grant alongside other artists. If you need to, you can ask for assistance from the on-site instructor, Isabella Stefanescu, Artistic Director at Inter Arts Matrix. Come for the day, the morning or afternoon, or just drop in for a couple of hours.

This is a collaboration between Inter Arts Matrix and The Commons Studio at the Working Centre.

Phaedra Echoes

Phaedra Echoes

A staged reading


Performed by: Jennifer Cornish
Katharine Mills
France Rolland
Darlene Spencer

Grantwriting for Artist Led Projects

Grant writing workshop for Artist Led Projects

August 29, 2017

“Writing a grant application makes you a better artist.”

This workshop, for artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, is an overview about assembling funding for an art project. The session will outline various sources of funding, public and private, how to find suitable funders for your project, and how to plan and submit a top quality application.

Grantwriting for Artist Led Projects

Grant Writing Co-Working Day

August 31, 2017

Come and work alongside your fellow artists. If you have project you are trying to fund, our on site instructor, Isabella Stefanescu, will talk it over with you and get you started. We might be able to help you find a suitable grant for your project. Or we can give you a hand getting an on line profile with a granting body. If you need help drawing up budget or a time-line, articulating your project, its viability or impact, we can give each other a hand. And we can proofread your application.

Phaedra Echoes

Phaedra Echoes: A staged reading

June 15, 2017

Performed by:
Margaret Bárdos
Jennifer Cornish
Nada Humsi
Katharine Mills
Sibylle Marquardt, flute

Research and Creation:
Anne-Marie Donovan, Kim Jernigan, Isabella Stefanescu

Years, Months, and Days

Years, Months, and Days

World Premiere

Composed by Colin Labadie, Lyrics by Amanda Jernigan

Commissioned by Inter Arts Matrix as part of A Sense of Place residency at Felt Lab in St. Jacobs, and funded by a music commissioning grant from the Ontario Arts Council

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:30pm
St Peter's Lutheran Church
49 Queen Street North,
Kitchener, ON, N2H 2G9

Performed by Menno Singers
Conducted by Peter Nikiforuk



Saturday, May 13, 2017
The Artesian, Regina, SK

Compact at Improvisation and Mobility Festival

A hybrid performance for voice and Euphonopen. Created by Isabella Stefanescu, Klaus Engel, Helen Pridmore, Julia Aplin, Ian Crutchely. Directed by Anne-Marie Donovan.

Lord Sword

Lord Sword

November 17 – 20, 2016
Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts

An Epic for Two Actors
In the era of post-truth politics, live theatre shines a light on our willing suspension of disbelief.

A grieving storyteller takes on a young apprentice, and together they are drawn into telling an epic beyond their power to control. Two actors play a total of eleven roles in what turns out to be an ode to the art of acting.

Blue Bird 2016

Blue Bird at the Registry Theatre

Presented by Blue Bird Theatre Collective with Inter Arts Matrix
September 29 - October 1, 2016

Created by Tawiah Ben M'Carthy and Brad Cook with Anne-Marie Donovan. Two young men, childhood friends from Ghana, come together to reconcile with the deaths of their fathers and the events that tore apart their families 25 years earlier.

Lord Sword

Lord Sword: A Workshop Performance

An Epic for Two Actors by Douglas W. Campbell.
March 26 & 27, 2016

A man contemplates the abyss. A storyteller takes on an apprentice. A grieving storyteller takes on a young monk as apprentice who draws him into telling an epic beyond his power to control. Lord Sword is a minimalist epic, a highly original meditation on storytelling and orality - about fathers and sons, about war and legacy.

Objects on a Table

Objects On A Table
at the Perimeter Institute

Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 8pm
Perimeter Institute
Mike Lazaradis Theatre of Ideas

Objects on a Table has been conceived as a homage to Italian minimalist painter Giorgio Morandi, and draws on the humble attention he paid to everyday objects. In his drawings and etchings Morandi used a restricted set of drawing gestures, and these gestures, interpreted by a bass clarinet and percussion, constitute the “voice” of the Euphonopen, an instrument created for the live performance of drawing.


Lord Sword Auditions

Audition Notice:
Lord Sword

Production Name: Lord Sword
Audition Day: October 7, 2015
City: Kitchener

Lord Sword is an epic play for two actors, who play multiple parts. We are casting for the roles of the middle aged storyteller and his apprentice, a young monk.

Blue Bird at Impact 15 Festival

Blue Bird at IMPACT 15 Festival

Friday, September 25 & 26, 2015
Blair Hall at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts

A father is riddled with guilt over the accidental death of his best friend. Twenty-five years later, upon his death, he sends his only son to Ghana to right his wrong and find the son of his late best friend. Through the collective effort of the characters both living (the sons) and spiritual (the fathers), a fable is formulated, destined to be passed on to other generations to incite change: the fable of the Blue Bird.

Grant Writing for Artists' Projects

Grant Writing for Artists' Projects

Most art projects are made on more love than money, but funding is still necessary.

This workshop will introduce the various regional, provincial, federal, and private sources of funding available for individual artists and art projects in all disciplines. The workshop will consider each type of application in detail and address topics including eligibility, budgeting, support materials. The workshop will cover the selection process for successful grants, and how to follow up with a funder if you don't receive a grant.

Euphonopen 3 Premieres

Summer 2014: A Euphonopen Season

Three world premieres of works for Euphonopen, a digital drawing instrument that manipulates sound created by Isabella Stefanescu and Klaus Engel

MIRROR - June 11 & 12, The Registry Theatre, Kitchener, Open Ears Festival
OBJECTS ON A TABLE - July 17, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo
SIGNATURE - August 15, Civic Square, Kitchener City Hall

Signature Premiere

AUGUST 2014: SIGNATURE World Premiere

The world premiere of SIGNATURE, for improvisational choir and Euphonopen

An interactive performance environment with live video, electroacoustics, improvisational choir and Euphonopen. Audience members sign in with the Euphonopen and their signatures become part of a stunning visual and sonic fabric projected onto the walls and spaces of City Hall.

Premiere Performance: 8:30pm, Friday, August 15, 2014 @ Arts Market, Kitchener City Hall

Mirror Premiere

JULY 2014: OBJECTS ON A TABLE World Premiere

The world premiere of for bass clarinet and Euphonopen

On a table, a dozen objects to be drawn repeatedly, obsessively, as contours, masses, and voids. Inspired by the work of Giorgio Morandi and the humble attention he paid to everyday objects, his drawing gestures memorialized into sound.

Installation exhibition @ The Clay & Glass: July 5 – August 31

Blue Bird Development Workshop

JULY 2014: BLUE BIRD Development Workshop

By Tawiah M'Carthy and Brad Cook

A new theatre creation from two gifted and accomplished young artists, Blue Bird is a fable about two young men who discover the secrets of their fathers and uncover the hopes and dreams their fathers were forced to leave behind.

July 5 & 6, 2014 @ lemonTree creations

Mirror Premiere

June 2014: MIRROR World Premiere

The world premiere of Mirror, for soprano and visual artist.

A meditation on the risk each one of us takes when presenting a face to the public: singer and painter explore complex, interwoven reflections of themselves and their art.

June 11, 6pm and June 12, 7:30pm @ The Registry Theatre.

The Record Player Workshop

January 2014: The Record Player Development Workshop

January 10 – 12, 2014, Workshop performance and feedback session

A historical fantasy from the future about recorded sound and the people who invented it, mastered it, scratched it, stole it, remixed it and were transformed by it over a century and a half, cutting together threads and characters as diverse as the explosion of the island of Krakatau.

Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday.... Introducing GivingTuesday!

GivingTuesday, spearheaded by, is a new Canada-wide movement to help start a public dialogue around charitable giving at the start of the annual holiday season. Help us celebrate our 7th year of fostering integrated art and bringing together artists, scientists, technicians and communities from a variety of disciplines to create new and impactful artwork.

Les Moutons and Flock of Flyers

Les Moutons and Flock of Flyers

Inter Arts Matrix co-presents Bouchard Danse at IMPACT Festival

Objects on a Table and Mirror Development Workshop

December 2013: Objects on a Table and Mirror
Development workshop

December 10 – 16, 2013
Studio, Courtyard @ Bonnie Stuart
141 Whitney Place, Kitchener

Mirror Workshop

August 2013: Mirror Creative Development Workshop

The artist draws the soprano, while the Euphonopen she uses to draw generates sound. The soprano's sampled voice is manipulated as the drawing emerges. The soprano confronts various reflections of herself: a visual, mirror-image projection of unfolding drawings of her, aural reflections of her performance generated by the Euphonopen, and electronically manipulated fragments of her own voice, some pre-recorded, some live. She responds to, and grapples with, the sound image of her own manipulated voice and an emerging visual image of herself.

Guerilla Appearances

May 2013: Guerrilla Appearances

IAM will be making Guerilla Sound Event appearances at the Art Awards Waterloo Region at Centre-in-the-Square on May 26th and at the Between the Ears Festival in Kitchener at the end of the month. The Between the Ears Festival features a mix of local, national and international artists celebrating the art of listening. IAM artistic director, Anne-Marie Donovan will also be performing in the micro-performances at the Walper Hotel on the Saturday. Come out and show your support!!

My Neruda: A Movement and Voice Workshop

April 2013: The Voices of Drawing / Les Voix du Dessin

Art of Invention Lecture Series Inaugural Lecture

IAM has launched the Art of Invention Lecture Series to share the research and development taking place within the belly of our artistic creation projects. The inaugural lecture features visual artist Isabella Stefanescu with her close collaborator, scientist Klaus Engel, sharing with us the genesis of the Euphonopen and its development so far.

My Neruda: A Movement and Voice Workshop

April 2013: My Neruda

a movement & voice workshop inspired by Pablo Neruda's Poetry, APRIL 22–24, 2013

My Neruda is an intensive voice / movement workshop for dancers, actors, performers and artists who wish to inspire their creations in the work of this great poet. Workshop participants will be guided in the creation of their own solo piece, based on a Pablo Neruda poem and using the methodology created by De Guevara and Mena.
Facilitated director/actor/writer Lina de Guevara and choreographer Sebastian Mena.

CD launch: history is what it is

March 2013: "history is what it is"

Music of Peter Hatch performed by the Blue Rider Ensemble & Pamela Reimer, piano

Music of Peter Hatch performed by the Blue Rider Ensemble & Pamela Reimer, pianoJoin us as we celebrate the official CD launch of "history is what it is", a new Centrediscs recording of music by Peter Hatch performed by the cross-Canadian Blue Rider Ensemble, featuring Waterloo's Paul Pulford and Anne-Marie Donovan. "They make history. They are in the place of it." - Gertrude Stein.

Kazim Kamaledin

November 2012: Hazim Kamaledin

Professional Development Workshop for Professional Theatre/Movement Artists. Presented by MT Space + Inter Arts Matrix.

Hazim Kamaledin is an Iraqi-Belgian playwright, director, actor, percussionist and movement theatre expert based in Antwerp. This workshop focuses on transforming imagination into physical movement. Participants learn to play with impulses of the body without falling into figurative expression, illustration or explanation.

Objects on a Table

October 2012: Objects on a Table

Workshop performance and audience feedback session

After many months of regular rehearsals, individual work and creative meetings, the Objects on a Table team gathers for an intensive three-day workshop to bring all of the elements together in a first draft performance of the complete work.


September 2012: Signature

Workshop performance and audience feedback session

The focus of this secondary workshop of Signature is developing the choral component of the piece. Conductor Christine Duncan and 12 singers rehearse and perform the first draft of the choral score, which includes a complex set of instructions for structured improvisations using names as the raw material.


June 2012: Mirror

Workshop performance and audience feedback session

This second workshop on Mirror focuses on possible structures for the work. We also continue to explore the relationship between the soprano and the drawings taking shape before her.

The Notebook Project

June 2012: The Notebook Project

Common Pulse Media Art Festival, Durham Art Gallery

Opening Friday, June 10th, 2012
Exhibition runs until July 15, 2012

See the first collaboration between visual artist Isabella Stefanescu and composer Nick Storring, who are now developing Signature together.


May 2012: Signature

Workshop performance and audience feedback session

Preliminary development workshop: Two very different improvising choir conductors, André Pappathomas (Mtl) and Christine Duncan (TO) join us for a week-long exploration of the basic idea for Signature: the elemental power of your name. We also test the interactivity of the audience signing in with the Euphonopen as they arrive, and the choir and Euphonopen then capturing those names as visual and sound material in the performance.


May 2012: Natsu Nakajima

Professional development Butoh Workshop with Natsu Nakajima
Presented by Inter Arts Matrix & MT Space

For the performing artist to have complete trust in his body is a must. Concentrate and sensitize the body through the medium  of words and images, particularly those forgotten in the process of modernization. Butoh workshops provide a progression toward the acquisition of artistic expression through the body by exploring memories and consciousness of each person's internal organs.

David Smith workshop

December 2011: David Smith

Professional development clown and physical theatre workshop with David Smith
Presented by Inter Arts Matrix & MT Space

Participants will be introduced to the foundational principles of physical training and be given strategies for their continued development. David Smith is an independent educator with over 35 years of experience in the areas of Theatre, Ballet, Opera, Mime, and Clown. He is a Movement Specialist whose special interest is in how memory moves and patterns itself in our bodies.

Frankenstein's Ghosts Workshop Performanace

June 2011: Frankenstein's Ghosts

Workshop Performances, DB Clarke Theatre, Montreal

This month-long advanced workshop culminates in three 80-minute fully staged performances of the first draft of Frankenstein's Ghosts. The large-scale multi-media work was developed by a 20+ member team of artists from many disciplines in collaboration with thinkers from the fields of psychology, ethics and computer science.

MyAudia Premiere

August 2010: MyAudia

Premiere, Stratford Summer Music

Commissioned by Stratford Summer Music and developed over a two-year period at IAM, this work of urban sound theatre unfolds over three days as a series of sound interventions. It culminates in a mini-opera on the morning of the third day, as the city wakes. Following three premiere performances in downtown Stratford, MyAudia toured to Festival Escales Improbables where it played at Montreal's Old Port.