I have attended the last CNMN Forum and was truly impressed by the open inquisitive space the Forum created. CNMN creates a dynamic place for a new music scene that is constantly fluctuating, changing and redefining itself. Because of the sheer size of our country, an organization like CNMN brings people together in a unique way.
I am honored to serve on the board of the CNMN. I have spent most of my adult life in the USA. I have continued to be very active in Canada and have always felt profoundly connected to the culture. I believe that my experience as an ex-pat might bring a perspective that will contribute to the organization.
Born in Val d’Or, Québec in 1957, Linda Bouchard lives in San Francisco since 1997. Throughout her career she has been an active composer, orchestrator, conductor, teacher and producer. Her works have received awards in the US and in Canada, including a Prix Opus Composer of the Year in Quebec, Fromm Music Foundation Award, Princeton Composition Contest, SOCAN Composition awards and residencies from the Rockefeller Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, Camargo Foundation and others. Bouchard’s music is recorded on ECM in Germany, CRI in the USA and CBC, Analekta, Marquis Classics, RCI, Centredisks in Canada. Linda was composer-in-residence with the National Arts Center Orchestra (1992–1995). She is the founder of NEXMAP.org, (a non-profit arts and education organization based in San Francisco), and was the acting director from 2005 to 2015. In 2015, Bouchard was invited as a visiting artist at The Banff Centre, she also received a Fleck Fellowship at the Leighton artist Colony. During the spring 2016, she was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Music at UC Berkeley.
For the past ten years Linda has been creating multimedia work while continuing to compose music for the concert hall. Her works Murderous Little World, All Caps No Space and Identity Theft have been performed in North America to critical acclaim. In the fall 2017, Linda received a multiyear grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to “Explore and Create”. Her project titled “Live Structures” will unfold over the next two years.