Randy Raine-Reusch (BC) (2010-12)

“I first joined the CNMN when I received an invitation to attend the first conference in Winnipeg in 2007. It was heartening to find so many involved in the many faces of new music meet together in one place at the same time. In this rapidly changing environment, it is both important and inspiring to connect through an organization like CNMN, and to create and support a framework for networking, collaboration and resource sharing in how this music we make is developed, presented and shared. I am hopeful that the brilliant and courageous minds that come together to make and spread this music will find truly innovative ways to make it more relevant to the broader populace and to the many smaller communities — geographic, cultural and other. We have the opportunity now to do this. As the BC representative on the CNMN board, I am aware of the uniqueness of each region and community. From the east coast, through Quebec and Ontario to the Prairies, the North and BC, there are both differences and commonalities in how new music is made and produced. This is a great strength, and CNMN affords us a way to learn from one another while advocating for a dynamic, many-faceted and open Canadian new music presence.” [2010]

Randy Raine-Reusch explores sound and cultures around the world from concert stages to jungles, and with everyone from National Treasures to rice farmers. He has studied music in fourteen countries; performed on 5 continents; worked with children and the disabled; been the subject of five documentary films; been the subject of numerous articles; designed inter-active theatres; written articles and books on music and musicians; met princes, presidents, and empresses; founded festivals; worked for the circus; amassed a large collection of non-western instruments; been published as a poet; worked to preserve rare traditional musical cultures; lectured on the relationship of sound, psychology, and spirituality; been a consultant for a number of music museums on organology; and been an active committee member of numerous international organizations. While at heart, he is a Zen and Taoist-inspired musical philosopher whose soundworks and graphic scores attempt to redefine perception; he currently is the Artistic Director/Consultant for the Rainforest World Music Festival and the Miri International Jazz Festival, both in Malaysian Borneo.