The Element Choir draws singers from a broad spectrum of styles, from concert sopranos to singer songwriters to sound poets to Japanese folk singers, composers and musicians. Thanks to a Canada Council Arts (study, research) Grant, Christine has had workshops/concerts with over 180 different singers in the past 2 years, further developing her technique for conduction and choir improvising. Christine Duncan and the Element choir have developed quite a language of sound to draw from for improvisation. This is a group that works with both structured and non-structured elements, based primarily on a system of conduction cues. As an ensemble they explore textural and timbral sound qualities, soundscapes, rhythmic patterns, sound poetry,  musical genre interplay and extended voice techniques. This cinematic approach to group vocalizing presents both tonal and non-tonal material in a constantly evolving and 'in the moment' sonic environment. Through various conduction cues and signals Christine has developed, she's able to convey great emotion and drama through sound and vocal energy.

The Element Choir has recorded a completely improvised CD of music for Barnyard Records. This is the first recording of Christine Duncan's conduction of the Element Choir. The recording features:

Christine Duncan - Voice and Conduction
The Element Choir - 51 voices
Jo Abrams,Colin Anthony, Nadine Bariteau, Wende Bartley, Lauren Best, DB Boyko, Rebecca Bruton, Rod Campbell, Lucy Carrick, Dwight Chalmers, Anna Chatterton, Lawrence Cotton, Isla Craig, John Creson, Sienna Dahlen, Evan Diamond, Lesley Dowey, Robin Elliott, Katt Emerald, Suzanne Farkas,, Colin Fisher, Nick Fraser, Jaron Freeman Fox, Thom Gill, Lesley Greco, Shannon Hoff, Michelangelo Iaffaldano,Tara Kannangara, Tova Kardonne,Richard Keelan, Shannon Kerr, Tyson Kerr, Samir Khan, Gabe Levine, Kym Maclaren, D. Alex Meeks, Simone Moir, Adriana Monti, Intan Murtadza, Juliet Palmer, Angela Rawlings, Adam Rosen, Willow Rutherford, Justin Schwab, Anna Silverstein, Lara Solnicki, Jessica Stuart, Alex Tait, Aki Takahashi, Erika Werry and Gayle Young.
Eric Robertson  - Casavant Pipe Organ
Jesse Zubot - Viola / Violin
Jim Lewis - Trumpet
Jean Martin - Drum set

The wondrous and beautiful Casavant Organ of Rosedale United was played by Mr. Eric Robertson. He has been  musical director and Organist at St Pauls United for many years now and has been improvising on this instrument for over 25 years.

The additional instruments/musicians for this recording are Jesse Zubot - violin, Jean Martin - percussion, and  Jim Lewis - trumpet. The addition of the percussion/Violin and Trumpet used with this group will enhance the orchestral and ghostly ambience. The combination of organ brass and the solo improvised trumpet in the church acoustic make for an eerie and wonderful sound. The combination of the various improvisers with the addition of the choir, Organ and the tremendous acoustics will create a truly unique and unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

The combination of all these elements explores a musical expression that is an amalgamation of all of our influences and musical history. We see this project as a path to crossing the boundaries between different genres, using all our resources to create something new from our collective experience and knowledge.

We all feel very privileged to be able to improvise with such a sound. The combination of 51 human voices with this organ in Rosedale United is a sound we will never forget.

Christine Duncan w/ The Element choir. Photos by Alisdair Jones @ Rosedale United / Recording session  Feb 17-18,2009

Aimtoronto Orchestra
Barnyard Drama
Blah Blah 666
Brenders, Kyle
Braxton, Anthony
Downing, Andrew
The Element Choir
Falaise, Bernard
Fisher, Colin
Fraser, Nick
Freedman, Lori
Freedman, Myk
Gill, Tania
Haynes, Justin
Hobson's Choice
Lewis, Jim
Lewis, Downing and Martin trio
Lozano, Frank
Malaby, Tony
Martin, Jean
Martin, Lozano at Canterbury
Not The Wind Not The Flag
Parker, William
Parker, Evan
Saint Dirt Elementary School
Shaw, Evan
Southworth, John
The Reveries
Thomson, Scott
Turcotte, Kevin
Valdivia, Brandon
Wiens, Rainer
Zubot, Jesse

Nick Fraser W/ Tony Malaby 
Town and Villages BR 0330
Martin Lozano Lewis Wiens Duncan
at Canterbury BR 0332
Barnyard Drama
xmas Singalong vol.9 BR 0331
The Reveries
Matchmakers vol 2 Sade BR 0327
Freedman (Martin Haynes and Driver)
at western Front BR 0317
Hobsons Choice
of the waves  BR 0329
Evan Parker  w/ Joe Sorbara and Wes Neal
at Somewhere there BR 0321
The Element Choir and William Parker
at Christ Church Deer Park  BR 0326