FORUM 2018 Steering Committee Report – June 2017


Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­bers: Jen­nifer War­ing (chair), Tim Brady, Po Yeh and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the local part­ners (to be finalized).

CNMN is gear­ing up for the next edi­tion of the bien­ni­al FORUM. Usu­al­ly held in the dark­est months of the year (dark in the astro­nom­i­cal sense, but also in the den­si­ty of grant dead­lines), this time it’s in May. Not so dark, not so cold, not so stressed (one hopes) – phew!

Though details can­not be pub­li­cized yet, we can con­firm that it will be in Mon­tre­al, with a pos­si­ble sor­tie into a neigh­bour­ing musi­cal hotspot; in addi­tion to our talks with Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­si­ty and Le Vivi­er, we are speak­ing seri­ous­ly with Fes­ti­val Inter­na­tion­al musiques actuelle Vic­to­ri­av­ille (FIMAV). Prospects are exciting!

The theme of this eighth CNMN FORUM is inter­dis­ci­pli­nary prac­tice. There’s rea­son to claim that inter­dis­ci­pli­nar­i­ty is the new (or rel­a­tive­ly new) thing: increas­ing­ly, ensem­bles pro­duce con­certs com­bin­ing music with all man­ner of oth­er expres­sion; com­posers cre­ate in media where their train­ing can­not be con­sid­ered expert (just as artists from oth­er dis­ci­plines cre­ate with sound); music is paired with non-artis­tic dis­ci­plines (sci­ence, phi­los­o­phy, his­to­ry, etc); and impro­vis­ing musi­cians col­lab­o­rate with impro­vis­ers work­ing in oth­er art forms. Con­cern for con­trol through spe­cial­iza­tion and lone­ly cre­ative process has giv­en way to enthu­si­asm for the pos­si­bil­i­ties that come from mix­ing it up. Who knows, maybe the attrac­tion is the very idea of relin­quish­ing control.

FORUM 2018 is the place to go to find out what’s hap­pen­ing in this vibrant and var­ied prac­tice – where these and oth­er inter­est­ing, illu­mi­nat­ing, and prac­ti­cal ques­tions will be dis­cussed by the fab­u­lous array of local, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al new music and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary prac­ti­tion­ers that we have all come to expect at CNMN’s FORUMs.

Your part in FORUM 2018 

  • Become a vot­ing mem­ber of CNMN. Mem­ber­ship brings advan­tages, includ­ing a low, low FORUM reg­is­tra­tion fee.
  • Watch for the Call for Sub­mis­sions, your chance to bring your story/ideas/projects to the atten­tion of the community.
  • Plan to attend FORUM 2018

See you next year in Montreal.

Want to help, got ideas, have ques­tions? Con­tact Jen­nifer Waring:


Direct link: FORUM 2018 Steer­ing Com­mit­tee Report – June 2017
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