Brenda Cleniuk (SK) (2017–2019)

My first intro­duc­tion to the CNMN com­mu­ni­ty was as a pan­elist at the Cal­gary FORUM 2014 where a full house of new music prac­ti­tion­ers gath­ered to rep­re­sent new music in all of its emerg­ing and estab­lished direc­tions. 

As a board mem­ber, my goal will be to sup­port CNMN mem­bers, to help grow the com­mu­ni­ty of artists and audi­ences across the coun­try and across bound­aries, and to engage in con­ver­sa­tions around son­ic art in an edu­ca­tion­al capac­i­ty. 

Bren­da Cle­niuk is a researcher, the­o­rist, strate­gist and cura­tor work­ing at the inter­sec­tion of per­for­mance, visu­al art and new media. She has ini­ti­at­ed and orga­nized exhi­bi­tions, sym­posia, per­for­mances, inter­ven­tions, con­certs and res­i­den­cies. She holds Bach­e­lors degrees in Lit­er­a­ture, Psy­chol­o­gy and Fine Arts from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na and has interned at the Nation­al Gallery of Cana­da and the MacKen­zie Art Gallery. She was a stu­dent of clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary music for sev­er­al years and let go of her Fend­er Stra­to­cast­er too soon!

Bren­da has pub­lished mod­est­ly and her pub­lish­ing projects are includ­ed in the Nation­al Library of Cana­da, FORMATS, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Muse­um of Art Con­tem­po­rary Archives and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. She has been active on boards and com­mit­tees for region­al, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al juries, con­fer­ences and has been a speak­er at ISEA, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na and for the Gov­er­nor Gen­er­al’s Cana­di­an Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence. She has toured or trav­eled in Cana­da, Europe and the USA and pro­duced and/or curat­ed incom­ing projects from each.

Her recent projects in new music have been ongo­ing since 2007 and com­menc­ing with a sem­i­nal pro­duc­tion of Phil Niblock and Kather­ine Liberovskaya at Neu­tral Ground fol­lowed by a solo con­cert with Kim Cas­cone and most recent­ly includ­ed pre­sen­ta­tion of a live, impro­vi­sa­tion­al iter­a­tion of “EPIC_Tom” with Julie Andreyev and Simon Lysander Over­stall and mem­bers of the Regi­na Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra – Simon Fry­er, Marie-Noelle Berthelet and Simon Mac­Don­ald – in Regi­na in 2016.