The Ballast Collective

The Ballast Collective is an Immersive multimedia project in the form of a music concert, and features Ian Foster (keyboards, film), Nick Coultas-Clarke (drums, programming) and Andrya Duff (dance, music manipulation). 

The project was borne out of a mutual love of music and how technology can unlock possibilities never before seen or heard in a traditional concert. 

Through the use of samples, wearable sensors and triggers, and film footage synced to software, The Ballast Collective aims to highlight cutting edge technology over the course of an hour long experience that reframes the interaction between traditional and electronic instruments, film footage and the movement of the human body. 

This isn’t a science lecture, though: audiences can expect great grooves, emotional prepared piano flourishes, and expressive film and dance sequences that allow you to move, meditate, or get lost in a moment. 

The Collective is a coming together of experienced artistic minds. Ian Foster is a MusicNL and ECMA award winning songwriter, music producer and filmmaker who has toured internationally since 2007. Nick Coultas-Clarke has performed with his hybrid acoustic and electronic drum kit on the largest stages in Canada with bands like Repartee, Fortunate Ones and more. Andrya Duff is a multidisciplinary artist whose performance projects include The Baroness Von Sketch Show (Choreographer/Dancer), Pleasure Principle (Ryan McNamara - Harbourfront Centre), and many more. 

The Ballast Collective is proudly based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, with an eye on bringing subtle elements of Newfoundland culture to the world via music, film and dance.