Featured Guests

Paul Spong and Helena Symonds (The Orca Lab and Orca-Live, Hanson Island BC)

Co-directors for over 30 years of OrcaLab, which demonstrates, through a network of remote hydrophone stations, a focus on sonic environments as a non-interfering research tool for studying marine life. They are also involved in numerous quality-of-life issues that affect orcas and other marine wildlife, including commercial whaling, captivity, whale watching and Critical Habitat.

Hildegard Westerkamp (World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, Vancouver)

Composer, performer, writer, radio artist and sound ecologist, Westerkamp presents soundscape workshops and lectures internationally. Her compositions are concerned with aspects of the acoustic environment: with urban, rural or wilderness soundscapes, with the voices of children, men and women, with noise or silence, music and media sounds, or with the sounds of different cultures.

Kim Cascone (Hydrophonia Festival, San Francisco)

Sound designer, producer and composer of electronic music, best known for his ambient, industrial and electro-acoustic compositions. Lately, Cascone has focused on anthropogenic noise in ocean environments and has developed Hydrophonia, a sound art festival that has taken place in Genoa, Italy, San Sebastian and Barcelona.

Joel Chadabe (Electronic Music FoundationEar to the Earth, New York)

Composer, author, pioneer in interactive musical instruments, Director of the Computer Music Studio at Manhattan School of Music, and Founder of the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF). In 2006, Chadabe founded Ear to the Earth, which produces an annual festival in New York City and hosts the Ear to the Earth Network, known as Musicians (and their Friends) for the Environment.

Barry Truax (SFU School of Communication, World Soundscape Project, Vancouver)

Award-winning professor of acoustic communication and electroacoustic composition, specializing in soundscape composition. As a composer, Truax is best known for his work with the PODX computer music system, used for solo tape and tape with live performers or computer graphics. He is a core spokesperson for the World Soundscape Project, editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology. His book Acoustic Communication is used worldwide in studies of sound and technology.

photo credit: Deen van Meer

Rodney Sharman (Vancouver)

One of Canada’s most distinguished and recognized composers, Sharman’s work has been performed widely by soloists, ensembles and orchestras in Canada and internationally. He has written music for dance and opera, and is active as a mentor and teacher of young composers.

Owen Underhill (Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver)

Composer, conductor, artistic director and professor at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. Underhill’s compositions have been performed by many of Canada’s leading ensembles, and presented widely internationally and on disc. A tireless promoter and producer of contemporary music, Underhill is also director of the SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit and of its School for the Contemporary Arts.

photo credit: Chris Randle

DB Boyko (Arts and Health Seniors Project, Vancouver)

Composer, performer (specialist in experimental voice), co-founder of several improvising ensembles, recording artist and curator/director (Western Front). Her studies and practice of Javanese gamelan court music, dance, puppet theatre, and butoh have informed her involvement in a wide spectrum of projects, including her intriguing voice performances and workshops.

Marie Lopes (Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver)

An arts educator and administrator whose focus for the past twenty years has been to facilitate engagement and public discourse in the arts. Lopes has held curator and public programs coordination positions at the Edmonton, Windsor, Burnaby and Vancouver Art Galleries. She is currently developing artists-in-residence projects and community partnerships with arts organizations across diverse disciplines with Vancouver’s Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

Arne Eigenfeldt (SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, Vancouver)

A Composer and software designer, currently associate professor of electroacoustic music at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts whose music and research has been presented throughout the world. Eigenfeldt’s research involves live interactive computer systems, with a current focus on Metacreation — endowing machines with creative behaviour.

Giorgio Magnanensi (Vancouver New Music, Vancouver)

His diverse artistic practice includes composition, conducting, improvisation, circuit-bending and video art. From the early 80’s to date he has been working as a composer, conductor, teacher, and performer on contemporary and experimental music in Europe, Japan and Canada. He is artistic director of Vancouver New Music and lecturer at the School of Music of The Vancouver Community College.

Jerry Pergolesi (Contact Contemporary Music, Toronto)

Founder and Artistic Director of Contact Contemporary Music, one of Canada’s most adventurous and respected new music ensembles and producers, Pergolesi is also a contemporary percussionist who has studied Middle Eastern music, African drumming and dance, and Javanese Gamelan.

Dylan Robinson (Indigeneity in the Contemporary World, University of London, UK)

A multidisciplinary artist, scholar and researcher, Robinson’s work explores models for dialogue between cultures, scholars, artists and the public. His research focuses on representations of First Peoples in art music and opera, and the lesser-known history of art music and opera by Indigenous composers and musicians.

Raven Chacon (New Mexico)

Raven Chacon (Dine’) is a Navajo experimental composer, performer, artist and active educator. His works range from music for chamber instruments to sounds made from homemade electronics to acoustic phenomena. He is also a member of the interdisciplinary Postcommodity collective.

David Pay (Music on Main, Vancouver)

Founder and Artistic Director of Music on Main, a concert series dedicated to building community by producing great music in a casual but stimulating environment, with top-flight musicians, an ear for contemporary music, and refreshing concert formats.

Sandeep Baghwati (matralab, Concordia University, Montreal)

Internationally renowned composer, theatre director and media artist. Born in Mumbai, having lived in Europe for over 30 years, he moved to Canada in 2006 as a Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Arts in the departments of Music and Theatre at Concordia University Montréal.

Brady Cranfield, Vancouver

A sound and visual artist, musician and instructor (Emily Carr), founder and co-organizer of the ongoing public art projectThe Music Appreciation Society. Cranfield frequently collaborates on projects exploring the politics and culture of global capitalism.

Anju Singh, Vancouver

Audio artist interested in noise, sound art, and experimental music. Singh has been described as an “omnivorous musician,” using violin, cello, guitar, pedals, drums, found objects-turned noise-machines, and cannibalized instruments, as the context dictates.

Coat Cooke (Orkestra Futura, Vancouver)

Founder and leader of the renowned NOW Orchestra, Cooke is one of Canada’s most lyrical and inventive saxophonists, composers and improvisers. His projects include collaboration with multi-media, dance, electronics, video and film, and community-based improvisation workshops.

photo credit: Femke van Delft

Stefan Smulovitz (Vancouver)

Musician (viola & laptop), composer and software developer. Internationally renowned as the creator and virtuoso of the real-time music software known as Kenaxis, he regularly performs with the world’s leading improvisers and composes for ensembles ranging from orchestras to string quartets to solo instruments with electronics.

Photo credit: Max D. Well

Avatar Orchestra Metaverse (Global)

A global collaboration of composers, media artists and musicians exploring the telematic and creative possibilities of three-dimensional networked platforms. AOM performs in hybrid and virtual reality events internationally, using its evolving collection of experimental audio-visual instruments. Members include Bjorn Eriksson, Norman Lowrey, Leif Inge, Pauline Oliveros, Pomodoro Bolzano collective, Viv Corringham, Tim Risher, Brenda Hutchinson, Jeremy Owen Turner, Tina Pearson, Sachiko Hayashi, Liz Solo and others.

Tina Pearson (Victoria, BC)

Composer, improviser and curator whose interest in process and intention has led to facilitated composition and listening projects in diverse venues and realities with community groups and professional artists in Toronto, Victoria and globally. She composes and performs with LaSaM, the Avatar Orchestra and independently.

Pauline Oliveros (via Skype, Deep Listening Institute, New York)

Internationally acclaimed composer, performer, humanitarian, and pioneer, Oliveros has forged new ground, written books, formulated new music theories and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of “Deep Listening” and “sonic awareness.” She has been vocal about representing the needs of individual artists, the need for diversity and experimentation in the arts, and promoting cooperation and good will among people.

Photo credit: Geoff Howe

George Tzanetakis (University of Victoria, Victoria)

A researcher, composer, musician, software developer and educator currently teaching in the computer science and music departments at University of Victoria. Tzanetakis’ research interests include audio signal processing, computer music, machine learning, human computer interaction, ethnomusicology and the history of music notation, among other things.

Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Hyperflute (Montreal)

Flutist-improviser-composer Cléo Palacio-Quintin’s compositions and performances have been presented throughout North America and Europe. She has extended her musical explorations to the development of hyperflutes, which enable her to compose new and unique electroacoustic soundscapes.

Michael Tenzer (University of British Columbia, Gamelan Gita Asmara, Vancouver)

Scholar, composer and performer, Tenzer’s interests span the globe and his achievements include: performance, composition, research, teaching and mentoring, analyzing, thinking and writing about music, promoting interest in the world’s finest musics, and envisioning what can be done to best shape our future world of music. He is recognized as a leading ethnomusicologist in Balinese Gamelan.

Joel Bons (Nieuw EnsembleAtlas Ensemble, Netherlands)

Composer, Artistic Director, and coordinator of the composition department of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Bons’ research focuses on the Near East and Central Asia, leading to the founding of the Atlas Ensemble, a unique chamber orchestra that unites musicians from different cultural backgrounds.

I Wayan Sudirana, Gamelan Gita Asmara, Vancouver

A graduate of the ISI Balinese Arts Institute and a member of Gamelan Çudamani, he is one of Bali’s most gifted young musicians, has composed and taught actively all over the island of Bali and toured abroad frequently. He has been co-director of Gita Asmara since 2004.

Mei Han (Chinese / new music specialist, Vancouver)

Contemporary and Traditional music for the Chinese Zheng, virtuoso, innovator, improviser and scholar. Han’s stunning presentations of contemporary music constantly challenge the conservatism of Chinese music, and redefine the zheng as a powerful vehicle of innovation and expression.

Michael O’Neill (Vancouver)

A composer and performer known for his landmark contemporary scores for highland bagpipe, bagpipe ensemble, bagpipe and gamelan and for his collaborations with the taiko group Uzume Taiko.

Jon Siddall (Vancouver)

Producer, composer and guitarist, Jon Siddall studied with Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, James Tenney and John Cage. Founder of the Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble, his works show a strong influence with Indonesian music.

Moshe Denburg (Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO), Vancouver)

Founder of VICO and a driving force behind its many activities since its inception in 2000, Denburg’s musical career has spanned almost 4 decades and his accomplishments encompass a wide range of musical activities, including composition, performance, music education, and artistic direction.

Michel Levasseur (Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV), Victoriaville, Quebec)

CEO and Artistic Director of FIMAV, one of the most important Contemporary music festivals in North America which features groundbreaking contemporary, jazz, rock, electroacoustic and improvised music. “Michel Levasseur has demonstrated an ability to cut across musical boundaries” — Stuart Broomer (Musicworks #111).

Ken Pickering (Coastal Jazz Society, Vancouver)

Ken Pickering is the Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and a driving force for jazz, free improvisation and creative improv in Canada. His extensive knowledge and understanding of the Jazz community has earned him an international reputation.

Gordon Monahan (Electric Eclectics, Meaford Ontario)

Gordon Monahan creates music, sound sculpture, sound installation, and computer-controlled sound environments that span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art. He has exhibited and performed internationally for over 30 years and is the founder of Electric Eclectics.

Peter Hatch (Open Ears Festival, Kitchener Ontario)

Composer, concert organizer and educator, Peter Hatch’s works are in a large number of genres, from orchestral and chamber music to instrumental theatre, electroacoustics and installations. He is the founding director of both NUMUS Concerts and Open Ears Festival and teaches at the music faculty of Wilfred Laurier University.