TELEPRESENCE at Western Front


Telepresence | Virtual Reality Live Performance

Luxe Hall, Western Front, 303 East 8th Ave



The year-long sound installation series the-possible- impossible-thing-of-sound ends with Telepresence, a virtual reality piece created by sound and media artists Kiran Bhumber and Nancy Lee, and featuring Vancouver based trumpet player JP Carter. Telepresence seeks to redefine conventions of the concert setting, by reversing the hierarchy between visual and audio elements within a virtual performance environment. The virtual reality experience utilizes volumetric film making techniques, generative, animated visualizations, immersive and live sound.


December 14th & December 15th Schedule:

7pm | Live performance
7:30 |  Live performance
8pm Artist Talk ~ Free
9pm | Live performance
9:30 | Live performance 

 Tickets are SOLD OUT; Please join us for the free artist talks at 8pm both nigths.



Kiran Bhumber ~ Co-Creator

Nancy Lee ~ Co-Creator

JP Carter ~ Performer/Composer

Laine Butler ~ Animator & Visual Artist

Ian Lavery ~ Untiy App Developer

Olivier Leroux ~ 360 Video Technician

Emmalena Frederiksson ~ Choreographer

Eli Muro ~ Volumetric Video Research Assistant

Andie Lloyd ~ Production manager
Michael Fowler ~ Production assistant


The creation of Telepresence was supported by Creative BC Music Fund,  the Province of British Columbia and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.



Nancy Lee is an interdisciplinary media artist, filmmaker and electronic music curator. Her work stimulates and enlivens space, making a provocative statement about how inescapably interconnected we are with our surroundings. The notion of staging is a constant in Nancy’s work and underpins her projects from a more traditional filmmaker, through her conception and planning of music events, and into the realms of VR and new media performance and installation, where her art practices continue to coalesce and evolve. Nancy recently directed a VR 360 video dance film Tidal Traces” produced by the National Film Board of Canada which has been screened at Mutek, SXSW, and Cannes Film Festival. Nancy is a co-founder of electronic music and art collective Chapel Sound – a collective that has supporting emerging artists in Vancouver for the last 6 years. This year, Nancy co-produced CURRENT: Feminist Electronic Art Symposium, a 5-day multidisciplinary and intersectional music and electronic art symposium working with women and non-binary artists. Supported by BC Arts Council and Canada Council of the Arts, Nancy has performed and presented her work at Vancouver International Jazz Festival, New Forms Festival, International Symposium for Electronic Art (Vancouver & Durban), International Electroacoustic Music Festival, the conference New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Australia), and The International Conference on Live Coding. Nancy is a 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Nominee for Art, Cultural & Design and is named one of BC’s Most Influential Women in STEM for 2018.

Kiran Bhumber is a media artist, composer, musician and educator based in Vancouver, Canada. Kiran constructs interactive installations and performance systems that allow performers and audiences to engage with themes relating to cultural memory, embodiment and nostalgia. She has performed and presented her works throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Australia including conferences and festivals such as MUTEK, The International Symposium on Electronic (ISEA), The Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, International Conference on Live Coding, and New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). Kiran holds an MA in Media Arts, a Certificate in World Performance Studies at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia.

JP Carter is a Juno award-winning musician from Vancouver, Canada. Carter’s singular approach to the trumpet and versatility as an improvisor and composer make him a vital contributor to the Vancouver music community. JP incorporates a variety of techniques into his trumpet playing, utilizing and experimenting with acoustic (traditional, extended) and electronic (effected, amplified) methods to create a wide spectrum of sound. Currently a member of several Vancouver-based groups, including Destroyer, Dan Mangan, Fond of Tigers, the Tony Wilson 6tet, Handmade Blade (with Peggy Lee & Aram Bajakian), Gordon Grdina’s Haram, Michael Blake’s Variety Hour, and the various New Orchestra Workshop ensembles. JP’s main projects as a composer/performer continue to be Inhabitants, Aeroplane Trio, and Carsick. These three long-standing original projects have all released albums on Vancouver’s Drip Audio label. Most recently, JP has been working on a solo amplified trumpet project. He released a self-produced document of this solo work in May 2017 entitled “Toy & Tool”.