FORUM 2008

Expanding the Boundaries: Programming New Music in an Age of Diversity

May 24-25, 2008 — Toronto. In collaboration with the Cool Drummings Festival, produced by Soundstreams.

The field of “new music” has undergone enormous artistic expansion in the past 25 years — new ideas coming from technology, world music, improvisation, jazz and other media, as well as combining with traditional chamber and orchestral music. This conference will try to understand these new directions, put them into an historical and artistic context, and help presenters, programmers and artists find a common language to understand the diversity of current “new music” practices, and to develop programmes which address this artistic expansion and how it can reach a broader public.

Join 3 noted international new music presenters, and many Canadian new music creators and producers, in this exciting 2-day event of panel discussions, workshops, performances and networking in Toronto, and hear amazing concerts at the Cool Drummings and SoundaXis Festivals while you are there!

Keynote speaker

  • Graham McKenzie — artistic director, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK

Invited International participants

  • Jarko Aiken — assistant director, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam
  • David Lang — co-founder and co-director, Bang on a Can Festival, New York

Conseil des Arts du Canada (CAC)  Fondation SOCAN   Patrimoine canadien