Like many, my first experience with the CNMN was at a Forum (2014 in Calgary, AB), which was such a wonderful experience of community and knowledge-sharing. I am thrilled to be part of the board, amongst amazing colleagues, contributing to the work of fostering connection, diversity, and activism.
Flutist Chenoa Anderson is a settler artist living and practicing in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan/Edmonton. She has commissioned and premiered dozens of solo and ensemble pieces, and is an active improviser who has worked with musicians, dancers, and spoken word artists. Current projects include UltraViolet — a mixed quartet specializing in new repertoire; Garden – multidisciplinary works set in her permaculture garden; Mixtur with composer Ian Crutchley, performing experimental repertoire for flute(s) and found objects/instruments/electronics; and damn magpies, a free improvisation sextet. She holds performance degrees from the University of Toronto (B.Mus.) and the University of British Columbia (M.Mus.).
Chenoa Anderson’s debut solo recording, Big Flutes: Canadian Music for Alto and Bass Flutes was nominated for a 2006 Western Canadian Music Award. Krishna’s Flute (earsay music, 2013) features music for flute and interactive electronics. Current releases include The Bellow Project, a collaboration between spoken word artist Dwennimmen (Shima Aisha Robinson) and damn magpies (2021, Bandcamp), and field studies – chamber music of Emilie Cecilia LeBel (2023, Redshift Records), featuring UltraViolet.
In addition to an active performing and teaching career, Chenoa has been the General Manager for New Music Edmonton since 2012, and in 2014 was nominated for Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management at the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts. When not playing flute, Chenoa can often be found gardening, knitting, cycling, cross-country skiing, or reading with a cat on her lap.