Tina Pearson (BC) (Vice President, 2008-12)

“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”.

Tina Pear­son has worked with sound since her child­hood expe­ri­ences with intense lis­ten­ing in the wilder­ness envi­ron­ment of the Cana­di­an Shield. As a com­pos­er-per­former and impro­vi­sor, she has col­lab­o­rat­ed with chore­o­g­ra­phers, dancers, media artists and oth­er com­posers and musi­cians to cre­ate mul­ti-dis­c­pli­nary works that play with bound­aries between cre­ator, per­former, and audi­ence and that explore the con­texts of art prac­tice in phys­i­cal and vir­tu­al com­mu­ni­ties. Her musi­cal com­po­si­tions and per­for­mances have been per­formed and/or broad­cast in major cen­tres in Cana­da, Unit­ed States, Europe, India and East Asia. As a new music cura­tor, Tina enjoys work­ing with the jux­ta­po­si­tion of diver­gent strands of form and prac­tice, and the pro­gram­ming of con­certs, instal­la­tions and oth­er events in non-tra­di­tion­al venues. She has been pub­lished in Ear, Music­works and oth­er mag­a­zines, taught at the Ontario Col­lege of Art and Design and was the edi­tor of Music­works mag­a­zine. Tina cur­rent­ly lives in Vic­to­ria, Cana­da, where she is New Music Cura­tor for Open Space Arts Soci­ety, direc­tor of the elec­troa­coustic ensem­ble LaSaM and sound men­tor for Medi­aNet. She is also a mem­ber of the inter­na­tion­al mixed real­i­ty col­lab­o­ra­tion Avatar Orches­tra Metaverse.