books come to life in this collaboration between brothers Haydon and
Justin Mariner. This event combines projections of illustrations with
live music and a voice-over by acclaimed Montreal actor Brett Watson.
The result: a new hybrid art form, live comic books. True to the style of Haydon
Mariner’s previous work Confessions of a Crack Zombie, expect tales of
weird science and genetic mutation. The original score for saxophones, percussion,
keyboard and cello fuses rock and experimental music and is performed by Ensemble
KORE, one of Canada’s most innovative young contemporary music
A composer for more than 15 years, Justin Mariner has written music
for many of Montreal’s prominent chamber music groups as well as pieces
for orchestras and music for film. He has been commissioned to compose works
for the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, the
Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Quatuor Bozzini, Brigitte Poulin,
Trio Chanteclair, Trio Contrastes, and l’Association des orchestres de
jeunes du Québec, and his works have also been performed by Continuum
Contemporary Music and the Orchestre métropolitain du Grand Montréal.
His music has been included in festivals such as the International Gaudeamus
Music Week, Montréal/Nouvelle Musique and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
New Music Festival. Mariner’s music integrates traditional and popular
idioms into the context of contemporary concert music.
studied violin and guitar, and obtained the degree of Doctor of Music in composition
from McGill University in 2003. In 2001, he joined the direction of Ensemble
KORE, a group dedicated to the pursuit of original ways of presenting new and
unusual concert music.
Operating on the margins of the art scene, Haydon Mariner’s work includes
paintings, graffiti, public interventions and self-published comic book The
Vessel (2002). As an illustrator he has also created CD covers and artwork for
independent rock bands including Mr. Grimes and Corvette Summer. His works have
been published in Vinyl Magazine, Slingshot Magazine, and have been featured
in the exhibits Allô Police (Galerie Solidarité, Montreal, 2002)
and The Sleeper Effect (Café Griffintown, Montreal, 2001). Mariner’s
public art challenges the role of visual media in a corporatized world, using
sabotage and shock value in an attempt to bring about awareness. His paintings
and illustrations feature ironic treatments of themes from comic-book mythology
such as superhuman powers and phantasmagoria.
was born in Halifax in 1974 and studied fine arts at the Nova Scotia College
of Art and Design and Concordia University.