Randy Raine-Reusch (BC) (2010–12)

“I first joined the CNMN when I received an invi­ta­tion to attend the first con­fer­ence in Win­nipeg in 2007. It was heart­en­ing to find so many involved in the many faces of new music meet togeth­er in one place at the same time. In this rapid­ly chang­ing envi­ron­ment, it is both impor­tant and inspir­ing to con­nect through an orga­ni­za­tion like CNMN, and to cre­ate and sup­port a frame­work for net­work­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tion and resource shar­ing in how this music we make is devel­oped, pre­sent­ed and shared. I am hope­ful that the bril­liant and coura­geous minds that come togeth­er to make and spread this music will find tru­ly inno­v­a­tive ways to make it more rel­e­vant to the broad­er pop­u­lace and to the many small­er com­mu­ni­ties — geo­graph­ic, cul­tur­al and oth­er. We have the oppor­tu­ni­ty now to do this. As the BC rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the CNMN board, I am aware of the unique­ness of each region and com­mu­ni­ty. From the east coast, through Que­bec and Ontario to the Prairies, the North and BC, there are both dif­fer­ences and com­mon­al­i­ties in how new music is made and pro­duced. This is a great strength, and CNMN affords us a way to learn from one anoth­er while advo­cat­ing for a dynam­ic, many-faceted and open Cana­di­an new music pres­ence.” [2010]

Randy Raine-Reusch explores sound and cul­tures around the world from con­cert stages to jun­gles, and with every­one from Nation­al Trea­sures to rice farm­ers. He has stud­ied music in four­teen coun­tries; per­formed on 5 con­ti­nents; worked with chil­dren and the dis­abled; been the sub­ject of five doc­u­men­tary films; been the sub­ject of numer­ous arti­cles; designed inter-active the­atres; writ­ten arti­cles and books on music and musi­cians; met princes, pres­i­dents, and empress­es; found­ed fes­ti­vals; worked for the cir­cus; amassed a large col­lec­tion of non-west­ern instru­ments; been pub­lished as a poet; worked to pre­serve rare tra­di­tion­al musi­cal cul­tures; lec­tured on the rela­tion­ship of sound, psy­chol­o­gy, and spir­i­tu­al­i­ty; been a con­sul­tant for a num­ber of music muse­ums on organol­o­gy; and been an active com­mit­tee mem­ber of numer­ous inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tions. While at heart, he is a Zen and Taoist-inspired musi­cal philoso­pher whose sound­works and graph­ic scores attempt to rede­fine per­cep­tion; he cur­rent­ly is the Artis­tic Director/Consultant for the Rain­for­est World Music Fes­ti­val and the Miri Inter­na­tion­al Jazz Fes­ti­val, both in Malaysian Borneo.