Musician in Residence: Leslie Ross

Canadian bassoonist, instrument builder, and sound artist Leslie Ross, whose work combines historical organology with contemporary compositional techniques, will be our musician in residence for a series of concerts, workshops and presentations, culminating in Western Front’s 40th Anniversary Open House on June 16.


Acoustics and Instrument Building Workshop
Thurs May 23 @ 7-10pm
Suggested Donation of $15 / FREE for WF Members

*Registration required. Register by email:

Leslie Ross will offer hands-on explorations of conventional and invented instruments – from conical and cylindrical bores of wind instruments, to resonators for string and percussive instruments. Participants will learn how to broaden the range of tonal possibilities of any given acoustic instrument and to build and use basic pick-ups and interfaces. Open to all.


Leslie Ross Solo Concert
Wed May 29 @ 8pm
Door Tickets: General $15 / Students $5 / FREE for WF Members

Ross will perform an evening of solo work for bassoon, using multiple speakers and microphones, sound processing and spatial play, to create a thickly textured listening environment of nuanced pitches and phrases, frequencies and timbres.

Leslie Ross with Square One
Thurs June 13 @ 8pm / Fri June 14 @ 8pm

Roundhouse Community Center
Door Tickets: $10

As part of Sonic Playground, Leslie Ross will work with Square One, a diverse group of youth from the Burnaby School District that explores a fusion of musical genres.  In collaboration they will construct several bicycle driven pump organs for the creation of a unique installation performance.