It gives me great pleasure to get involved on the board of directors of the Canadian New Music Network as the representative of Quebec. I am very happy to be able to contribute to the functioning of an organization that works to bring together new music artists across the country despite the immense distance that separates us. I admire the work CNMN does toprovide a platform for artists, especially during the Forums, to encourage the emergence of the next generation (ConneXions) and to address important issues that have been ignored for too long in our community with the series Conversations on Decolonization.
An-Laurence Higgins is a Montreal-based new music performer as well as a multimedia artist addressing topics such as transnational identity and relationships.
As a musician, An-Laurence has performed as a guitar soloist, chamber musician and improviser across Quebec and Ontario since 2016. In 2019, she independently produced and directed the project “Émergences (f.pl.)”, commissioning 5 news works by emerging women composers and culminating in performances in Montreal and Toronto. As a multimedia artist, An-Laurence has explored her transnational identity as an adoptee of Chinese origin through the multimedia installation “Confidences en trois temps” and the interactive performance “Come Closer, I’ll tell you what I forgot”.
An-Laurence is an avid collaborator and believes the act of creation is one of sharing and caring. A daring performer, she has collaborated with artists from various disciplines (visual arts, cinema, dance) and thrives in settings that stretch the limits of traditional music performance. Committed to her community, An-Laurence has been a co-organizer of the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab peer-mentorship program since 2017, and recently joined the Board of directors of the new music concert series Codes d’accès.
Photo: Carlos Riobo