“I fully support the mission behind the CNMN and believe in the strength in numbers found in collaborative and co-operative networks. I am excited and eager to contribute to the Canadian New Music Network.”
Heidi Ouellette is a Winnipeg-based composer, curator and enthusiastic instigator. She is the co-founder and Director of Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, an annual festival of contemporary sound and art in Winnipeg, MB that serves as a platform for artists to create, to experiment, and to collaborate. Heidi recently became the Executive Director of GroundSwell, Winnipeg’s premiere new music series. An active and passionate member of the local arts and culture scene, she is the Vice-President of the Central Canadian Centre for Performance (CCCP) and has recently contributed to núna (now), the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI Manitoba).
Interested in the concepts of organics, experience and alchemy, her compositional work often incorporates recycled or borrowed material, improvisation and collaboration with other musicians and disciplines. Recent projects include a collaborative presentation of her chamber opera, The Gashlycrumb Tinies with London-based PAZZIA Performance Collective, the premiere of In Glorious Technicolor/YELLOW commissioned by Emerado Quartet, and a new song cycle, I know where the summer goes, recorded for an upcoming album, Songs of the Red River Valley.
[Last update: September 10, 2012]