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2018 Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, September 26 – 2 pm (EST)

The CNMN AGM will take place at 1:15 pm EST on Monday, 4 December to consider the following agenda. All members are welcome. Attend in-person in Montreal, attend remotely, or send your proxy.

Will you be attending? We’d love to hear from you.

Attend in-person

  • Montreal
    • Le Vivier — 1200 de Bleury (metro Place des Arts, Bleury exit) — map

Attend Remotely (free)

  • Details will be emailed to all CNMN members a week before the meeting.
  • Will you attend remotely? Let us know so we can provide you with a copy of the meeting documents, if you’re an eligible member.*

Or vote by proxy

  • To Eligible* members who cannot attend, you can appoint a member to attend and act on your behalf. Directions.

*Eligible members: only members with voting rights in good standing can vote at the meeting. Don’t forget to settle your membership dues – it’s easy with this online form.

Agenda – subject to revision

  • Verification of Quorum and opening of meeting
  • Elect the chair and secretary of the meeting (nominate and vote)
  • Approve the Agenda (vote)
  • Approve minutes from last AGM, of December 4, 2017 (vote)
  • Receive the President’s Report — Jennifer Waring reviews the 2017-18 season as CNMN president
  • Receive the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2018
  • Appoint the auditor for the financial year 2018-19 (nomination and vote)
  • Receive the Committee reports of the 2017-18 season
  • Election of CNMN Board President
  • Present the new Board Members
  • Other business
  • Adjournment

2017 Annual General Meeting

Mark your calendar!

Monday, 4 December 2017 – 1:15 pm (EST)

The CNMN AGM will take place at 1:15 pm EST on Monday, 4 December to consider the business listed below. All members are welcome. Attend in-person in Montreal, attend remotely, or send your proxy.

Will you be attending? We’d love to hear from you: dir@newmusicnetwork.ca

Attend in-person

  • Montreal
    • Le Vivier — 1200 de Bleury (metro Place des Arts, Bleury exit) — map

Attend Remotely (free)

  • Details will be emailed to all CNMN members.
  • Will you attend remotely? Let us know so we can provide you with a copy of the meeting documents, if you’re an eligible member.*

Or vote by proxy

  • To Eligible* members who cannot attend, you can appoint a member to attend and act on your behalf. Directions – PDF or WORD.

*Eligible members: only members with voting rights in good standing can vote at the meeting. Don’t forget to settle your membership dues – it’s easy with this online form.

Agenda

  1. Verification of Quorum and opening of meeting
  2. Elect the chair and secretary of the meeting (nominate and vote)
  3. Approve the Agenda (vote)
  4. Approve minutes from last AGM, of October 27, 2016 (vote)
  5. Receive the President’s Report — Jennifer Waring reviews the 2016-17 season as CNMN president
  6. Receive the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2017
  7. Appoint the auditor for the financial year 2017-18 (nomination and vote)
  8. Receive the Committee reports of the 2016-17 season
  9. Introduce Terri Hron, CNMN’s first Executive Director
  10. Other business
  11. Adjournment

Following the AGM, CNMN board members and committee members will be available to talk about what’s in store this year and the future.

Endorsements

From Elisha Denburg (General Manager, CLC) & Matthew Fava (Director – Ontario Region, CMC):

Music and sound are increasingly boundless mediums in artistic practices across Canada, and the communities surrounding these artists are similarly transforming and interacting in exciting ways. We cannot operate on the assumption that a person identifying as a composer in 2017 will have the same training and aspirations as a composer in 1950—indeed, there are countless ways that self-directed or institutional mentorship and study can help to fashion a career in music today.

At the CLC and the CMC, we support and advocate for the careers and conditions of artists. If we are to remain responsive to the ongoing transformations within musical communities, we must understand the context, histories, and practices of artists.

Both the CLC and CMC are excited to participate in this joint effort that is spearheaded by the CNMN to understand the pathways that you and your peers have taken. We strongly encourage our membership, and the wider music community to take part!

Announcements

  • We are launching an interactive data visualization of the key survey results at the prestigious ISCM World New Music Days in Vancouver. We welcome everyone to come and interact with the project! [posted Nov. 6, 2017]

Where/when: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 1:30PM-2:30PM | The Startup Studio, The Post at 750, 110-750 Hamilton St. Vancouver (buzzer 110)

  • The Survey 2017 team is busy analyzing the responses and working on an interactive data visualization of the key survey results. [posted Sept. 14, 2017]
  • The survey participation period is now over. To everyone who took the time to fill out the survey, thank you! Your participation is essential to the project. [posted Sept. 9, 2017]
  • Last chance! Take the survey before it closes on Friday, Sept. 8 at midnight EST. You have until Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6PM EST to ask for an invitation. More information here. [posted Sept. 6, 2017]
  • Survey 2017 – Pathways to a life in new music has launches August 14, 2017!

Call for participation

The survey participation period is now over.

To everyone who took the time to fill out the survey, thank you! Your participation is essential to the project.


PATHWAYS TO A LIFE IN NEW MUSIC

Call for participation
Deadline Sept. 8, 2017 at midnight EST

The Canadian New Music Network
in collaboration with the CLC, the CMC and the ECM+ Génération project
launches a survey of the new music community

And we need YOU!

Whether you’re a composer or improviser, or you fill some other role in the complex of activity that makes up new music in Canada – and also whether you’re just beginning or are a venerable pillar of the profession…

It’s all about you.
Make sure your story forms part of the fabric.


Want an invitation to the survey?

  • Contact Emily Hall – admin@reseaumusiquesnouvelles.ca. You have until Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6PM EST to ask for an invitation.
  • Members of CNMN / CMC / CLC: check your inbox! Your personal direct link to the survey was sent to you on Monday, August 14.
  • Do you know others who should get a survey invitation? Share this hub page, where you can also keep tabs on the project.

About

The survey investigates the pathways that lead people to the practice of new music/sound creation in Canada, and how these pathways may have changed over the past decades. It tests for age, gender, diversity, regional variations, and changes in the importance of different musical knowledge. It identifies perceptions and experiences that propel some people into music/sound creation over other musical occupations.

Why a survey? Properly gathered, objective information lets us uncover realities, find solutions to relevant problems, make unbiased decisions, and makes us stronger representatives. The results will be presented at ISCM’s World New Music Days in Vancouver before being made available online to help further the work of the Canadian new music community and beyond.

More about the project in the June 2017 bulletin.

Endorsements

From Elisha Denburg (General Manager, CLC) & Matthew Fava (Director – Ontario Region, CMC):

Music and sound are increasingly boundless mediums in artistic practices across Canada, and the communities surrounding these artists are similarly transforming and interacting in exciting ways. We cannot operate on the assumption that a person identifying as a composer in 2017 will have the same training and aspirations as a composer in 1950—indeed, there are countless ways that self-directed or institutional mentorship and study can help to fashion a career in music today.

At the CLC and the CMC, we support and advocate for the careers and conditions of artists. If we are to remain responsive to the ongoing transformations within musical communities, we must understand the context, histories, and practices of artists.

Both the CLC and CMC are excited to participate in this joint effort that is spearheaded by the CNMN to understand the pathways that you and your peers have taken. We strongly encourage our membership, and the wider music community to take part!

 (last updated September 14, 2017)

Survey 2017

PATHWAYS TO A LIFE IN NEW MUSIC

The Canadian New Music Network
launches a survey of the new music community

The survey investigates the pathways that lead people to the practice of new music/sound creation in Canada, and how these pathways may have changed over the past decades. It tests for age, gender, diversity, regional variations, and changes in the importance of different musical knowledge. It identifies perceptions and experiences that propel some people into music/sound creation over other musical occupations.

Why a survey? Properly gathered, objective information lets us uncover realities, find solutions to relevant problems, make unbiased decisions, and makes us stronger representatives.


Visit the announcements page for the latest project news.

An interactive data visualization of the key survey results will be available right here on our web site! We welcome you to make use of this resource to help further the work of the Canadian new music community and beyond.

We are launching at the prestigious ISCM World New Music Days in Vancouver, November 2-8, 2017.
We welcome everyone to come and interact with the project!

  • Where/when: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 1:30PM-2:30PM | The Startup Studio, The Post at 750, 110-750 Hamilton St. Vancouver (buzzer 110)

2016 Annual General Meeting

Mark your calendar!

Thursday, 27 October 2016 – 11 am (EST)

The CNMN AGM will take place at 11 AM EST on Thursday, 27 October to consider the business listed below. All members are welcome. Attend in-person in Montreal, attend remotely, or send your proxy.

Will you be attending? We’d love to hear from you: admin@newmusicnetwork.ca

Attend in-person

  • Montreal
    • CIRMMT — Room A807, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West. — map & directions
    • To access rm. A807, take the elevators to the 8th floor of the New Music building (NOT of the Strathcona Music Building). The CIRMMT level requires card access. A CNMN representative will be there to let you in.

Attend Remotely (free)

  • Details will be emailed to all CNMN members.
  • Will you attend remotely? Let us know so we can provide you with a copy of the meeting documents, if you’re an eligible member.*

Or vote by proxy

  • To Eligible* members who cannot attend, you can appoint a member to attend and act on your behalf. Directions – PDF or WORD.

*Eligible members: only members with voting rights in good standing can vote at the meeting. Don’t forget to settle your membership dues – it’s easy with this online form.

Agenda

  1. Verification of Quorum and opening of meeting
  2. Elect the chair and secretary of the meeting (nominate and vote)
  3. Approve the Agenda (vote)
  4. Approve minutes from last AGM, of October 16, 2015 (vote)
  5. Receive the President’s Report — Kyle Brenders reviews the 2015-16 season as CNMN president
  6. Receive the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2016
  7. Appoint the auditor for the financial year 2016-17 (nomination and vote)
  8. Receive the Committee reports of the 2015-16 season
  9. Present the 2016-18 Board of Directors
  10. Elect the CNMN president (nominate and vote)
    1. THAT Jennifer Waring be elected president of CNMN
  11. Other business
  12. Adjournment

Following the AGM, CNMN board members and committee members will be available to talk about what’s in store this year and the future.

2015 Annual General Meeting

Mark your calendar!

Friday, 16 October 2015 – 2 pm (EST)

The CNMN AGM will take place at 2 PM EST on Friday, 16 October to consider the business listed below. All members are welcome.

Will you be attending? We’d love to hear from you: admin@newmusicnetwork.ca

Attend in-person

NEW THIS YEAR! Connect with your board representatives and fellow members in-person at one of four locations in simultaneous communication:

  • Toronto, with Kyle Brenders, Jim Montgomery and Emily Hall
    • CMC Toronto — 20 St. Joseph St. — Google map
  • Halifax, with Jérôme Blais
    • Script Library of the Dalhousie Arts Centre, 5th floor (no room #, there will be signs to guide you) — 6101 University Ave — map
  • Montreal, with Louise Campbell, Stacey Brown and Tim Brady
    • CIRMMT — Room A807, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West. — map & directions
    • To access rm. A807, take the elevators to the 8th floor of the New Music building (NOT of the Strathcona Music Building). The CIRMMT level requires card access. A CNMN representative will be there to let you in. No one there? Text Louise at [number deleted post-meeting] so we know to come let you in.
  • Vancouver, with David Pay

Attend Remotely (free)

  • Details will be emailed to all CNMN members.
  • Will you attend remotely? Let us know so we can provide you with a copy of the meeting documents, if you’re an eligible member.*

Or vote by proxy

  • To Eligible* members who cannot attend, you can appoint a member to attend and act on your behalf. Directions – PDF or WORD.

*Eligible members: only members with voting rights in good standing can vote at the meeting. Don’t forget to settle your membership dues – it’s easy with this online form.

Agenda

  1. Verification of Quorum and opening of meeting
  2. Elect the chair and secretary of the meeting (nominate and vote)
  3. Approve the Agenda (vote)
  4. Approve minutes from last AGM, of September 8, 2014 (vote)
  5. Receive the President’s Report — Kyle Brenders reviews the 2014-15 season as CNMN president
  6. Receive the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2015
  7. Appoint the auditor for the financial year 2015-16 (nomination and vote)
  8. Receive the Committee reports of the 2014-15 season
  9. Other business
  10. Adjournment

Following the AGM, CNMN board members will be available to talk about what’s in store this year and the future.

Intro

CAPACOA is Canada’s largest network of arts presenters, and represents over 250 major companies and theatres, presenting music and other arts to millions of Canadians each year.

CNMN and CAPACOA have joined together in 2015 to create a unique opportunity for the new music community to connect with this impressive array of presenters.

The New Music Initiative includes showcase performances and presentations designed to change how presenters view and present Canadian new music, to bring Canadian new music into the mainstream of concert presenting across the country. We are showing CAPACOA members the best new music from across the country at their national conference January 21 to the 24, 2015.

This is a very exciting development for our community. CAPACOA has made the New Music Initiative a priority for the conference, and like our collaboration with IAMA 2013, outreach and development are critical elements at this time. The goal is to raise awareness and present the true scope of Canadian new music. CAPACOA is building an entire stream of the conference around new music, with opportunities for the new music community: opportunities to learn from other contemporary communities (such as the dance community), and opportunities to talk with presenters about their thoughts.

2014 Annual General Meeting

Mark your calendar!

Monday, 8 September 2014 – 11 am (Montreal Time)

The CNMN AGM will take place at 11 am (Montreal time) on Monday, 8 September to consider the business listed below. All members are welcome.

Attend in-person or by teleconference

  • In-person: Canadian Music Centre – 1085 Côte du Beaver Hall, #200, Montréal (metro McGill or Square Victoria) — Google map
  • Teleconference (free): details will be emailed to all CNMN members. Let us know if you are attending by phone so that we can provide you with a copy of the meeting documents to approve, if you’re an eligible member.*
  • Will you be attending? We’d love to hear from you: admin@newmusicnetwork.ca

Or vote by proxy

To Eligible* members who cannot attend, you can appoint a member to attend and act on your behalf. Directions – PDF or WORD.

*Eligible members: only members with voting rights in good standing can vote at the meeting. Don’t forget to settle your 2013-2014 membership dues – it’s easy with this online form.

Agenda

  1. Verification of Quorum and opening of meeting
  2. Elect the secretary of the meeting (nominate and vote)
  3. Approve the Agenda (vote)
  4. Approve minutes from last AGM, of October 23, 2013 (vote)
  5. Receive the President’s Report — Tim Brady reviews the 2013-14 season as CNMN president
  6. Receive the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2014
  7. Appoint the auditor for the financial year 2014-15 (nomination and vote)
  8. Receive the Committee reports of the 2013-14 season
  9. Adopt By-Law Number 2 for the Corporation (vote)
  10. Present the Board of Directors
  11. Elect the CNMN president (nominate and vote)
    – THAT Kyle Brenders be elected president of CNMN
  12. Other business
  13. Adjournment

Following the AGM, the CNMN president, board and committee members will be available to talk about what’s in store this year and the future.

OPEN CALL for the New Music Initiative

CNMN Showcases & Presentations at CAPACOA 2015
January 21-24, 2015: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Submit your proposal for a showcase (performance) or conference presentation (discussion with/without musical intervention) for the New Music Initiative at the CAPACOA 2015 conference, January 21 to the 24, 2015.

We are looking for proposals from the entire new music community. Open to everyone who believes in the value of the new music experience and seeks to promote this value across Canada. Ensembles, performers, improvisers, artistic directors, composers, educators, researchers, presenters, arts administrators, artist managers, producers, music lovers….Everybody is welcome!

GOALS

The performances and presentations aim to raise awareness and to present the true scope of Canadian new music to the members of CAPACOA, Canada’s largest network of arts presenters. These events are designed to fundamentally change how presenters view and present Canadian new music. Participants will be chosen, in part, based on their willingness to engage in the opportunities of the CAPACOA conference, and their ability to help further the long-term goal of engaging in and changing the national presenting ecologyOutreach and development are critical elements at this time: we have to make real connections with the presenters before we can start selling them productions and start bringing new music into the mainstream of concert presenting across the country.

CAPACOA has made the New Music Initiative a priority for the conference, so we are assured the best possible collaboration.

SELECTION

A national jury will review the submissions.  The final selection will be based on a balance of 3 factors:

  • Quality
  • Production practicality
  • Outreach / market development potential

BUDGET

CNMN and CAPACOA are working to put budgets in place to help cover some of the production costs for the event.  We won’t know our budget until July.

If you are chosen, you will need to pay your own travel and accommodation (we will supply letters for travel grants). There is no fee for these showcase performances or conference presentations.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Proposals should focus on new music in Canada or new music by Canadians.
  • Proposals should be for a showcase (performance) or conference presentation (discussion with/without musical intervention).
  • Limit proposed showcase performances to a MAXIMUM of 30 minutes (20 minutes is perhaps better) and conference presentations to a MAXIMUM of 45 minutes.
  • Proposals should consider the goals of the initiative (see above).
  • Repertoire choice (if applicable) is open. But remember: these are mainstream presenters with very little knowledge of the field. Try to create programmes that build bridges to this audience.
  • Technical details – IMPORTANT!
    • Technical production should be kept as simple as possible.
    • We do not have defined concert spaces reserved at this point. This will happen in the fall. Show flexibility: it might be a concert hall, it might be a club, it might be a hotel meeting room, it might be…???
    • We are currently working with CAPACOA to find the best production spaces and the best times in the conference agenda, to present our work.

TO APPLY

  1. Download and complete the MS Word application form.
  2. Submit your application form and a 300 dpi colour promotional photo, to admin@reseaumusiquesnouvelles.ca. IMPORTANT:  We do not accept other attachments or downloads. We do not accept applications by mail. Please submit the application form in original format (MS Word).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 30, 2014

RESULTS: late August, 2014

New Music Initiative 2015

Canadian New Music at the CAPACOA Conference 2015
January 21-24: Halifax, Nova Scotia

A portion of this year’s conference has been designed with CNMN in mind, with three events on Thursday, January 22:

  • 9:30 AM : How to understand, buy and present new music in Canada. A national panel of new music presenters who will discuss innovation in presentation, with Véronique Lacroix, Lawrence Cherney, Tim Crofts, Gregory Oh and Kyle Brenders (moderator)
  • 1:30 PM : ‘Critical Response’ Workshop + Performance by Gabriel Dharmoo
  • 6:30 PM : Evening Showcase (including Eve Egoyan and David Rokeby, Saint Petersburg and Quatuor Bozzini)

And there are many more activities – check out the full schedule online!

A special CNMN conference rate is being offered to our members, so this would be a great opportunity to connect with fellow CNMN members as well as an impressive array of presenters from Canada and abroad.

CAPACOA is Canada’s largest network of arts presenters, and represents over 250 major companies and theatres, presenting music and other arts to millions of Canadians each year.

These events are designed to change how presenters view and present Canadian new music, to further the long-term goal of fundamentally engaging in and changing the national presenting ecology.

Visit the CAPACOA web site for detailed information and online registration.

We hope to see you there!

CNMN Atlantic Regional Meeting 2014 – Halifax

Saturday, January 18, 2014 – 11 am to 1 pm

MacAloney Room (406) – 2nd floor – Dalhousie Arts Centre – 6101 University Ave., Halifax, NS – map

We welcome your agenda ideas – please contact Jérôme Blais (jerome.blais@dal.ca)

Join moderator Jérôme Blais and special guest Tim Brady, Canadian New Music Network president, in an open regional meeting of the Canadian New Music Network. The meeting will be a great chance to hear about several exciting projects taking shape right now at the national level. It is also an opportunity to discuss important issues currently at stake on the new music scene across the country, and for us all to raise awareness of the issues important to us – so please bring your thoughts to the meeting and add your voice to the conversation.

EVERYONE WELCOME, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU

Calling all stakeholders in the new music scene here in the Atlantic Region: it would be great if you could participate and/or designate someone from your organization (if applicable) to represent you. We also warmly welcome your colleagues — feel free to speak with them or forward this information.

The event on Facebook – follow us here!

The CNMN gratefully acknowledges the support of Dalhousie University, for offering a space for the meeting.

Cocktail & Open House at the Canadian Music Centre in Quebec

        

Cellist Yegor Dyachkov – photo credit: Pierre-Yves Gagnon

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Espace Kendergi – 1085, Côte du Beaver Hall, suite 200 (Metro station Square Victoria or McGill)

Free

The CMC Quebec invites you to visit its promotion and documentation centre. The president of IAMA MONTRÉAL 2013, Barbara Scales, will introduce the services the CMC provides to musicians and composers. Come enjoy a cocktail and a musical performance by cellist Yegor Dyachkov.

Programme

J.S. Bach / Suite no. 3 in C Major BWV 1009 (excerpts)
A. Prévost / Improvisation
A. Sokolovic / Vez

Coming from Maison Symphonique?

Meet us at 2:30 pm at Place des Arts, and a guide will walk you to the CMC. More details provided when you reserve.

Reservations

quebec@centremusique.ca  or (514) 866-3477

Information

www.cmcquebec.ca

 

Canadian New Music Concert #2

  • Friday, November 8th, 2013, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Red Roof Church, 137 President Kennedy
  • Stay for light refreshments after the show, and for an informal meet & greet with artists and IAMA delegates.
  • Free and open to the public.

From the haunting beauty of delicate solo piano works to the high-energy structured improvisations of a little big band and the precision of a fine-tuned chamber ensemble, this concert focuses on the dramatic contrasts and impressive scope of new music that is being made in Canada in 2013. Event page on the IAMA Montréal 2013 site

Programme

ARTefact – Montréal, Québec
Simon Aldrich, clarinet; Louise Bessette, piano; Yegor Dyachkov, cello; Marie-Ève Poupart, violin.

Le temps des impossibles, Mvt I (2008) by Nicolas Gilbert – 8’
Lark’s-Heel (2012) by Michael Oesterle – 12’
           I- Prelude
           II- A gentle groove
           III- In motion
           IV- Uphill
           V- Conversation
           VI- Weightless waltzing
           VII- Parade
           VIII- Nostalgia
           IX- Pursuit
           X- Delicate clockwork
           XI- Hide and seek
           XII- Nocturnal

Eve Egoyan, piano – Toronto, Ontario

Simple Lines of Enquiry (2008) by Anne Southam  – excerpts (one movement from 12):
           Mvt. I – 4’40”

Nuevas monodias espanolos (1999) by José Evangelista – excerpts (9 movements from 21):
           1 La consagración de Moisés (SEPHARDIC) – 38″
           2 Una vieja tenía una pava (SALAMANCA) – 23″
           3 A la cruz se han juntado (SEGOVIA) – 34″
           4 Somos las mozas de Irún (LEÓN) – 16″
           5 La honra robada (SORIA) – 49″
           6 Saludo (TERUEL) – 23″
           7 No te cases con herrero (BURGOS) – 34″
           8 Ay, mi morena que ya se fue (LEÓN) – 54″
           9 Pastorcito (SALAMANCA) – 36″
Trail (2001) by Stephen Parkinson – excerpts (3 movements from 13):
           8. A Bigger Black Hat – 53″
           9. Saturday Night – 1’20”
           10. Pinkerton Man – 1’38”

Roger Admiral, piano – Edmonton, Alberta

Form Archimage (2001; revised 2010) by Howard Bashaw – 16’
              Prelude – I – Interlude – II – Interlude – III – Postlude

Orkestra futura – Vancouver, British Columbia
DB Boyko – voice; JP Carter  – trumpet;
Mike Dowler – bass clarinet; Chad MacQuerrie – guitar;
Lisa Cay Miller – piano; James Meger – bass; Skye Brooks – drums

Onomatopoeia by Gary Wildeman
hhhmmm 
by Coat Cooke
wise as serpents 
by Lisa Cay Miller

Programme notes & bios

ARTefact

ARTefact is comprised of four of Canada’s most exciting musicians who share a vision. Drawing from repertoire that crosses centuries, ARTefact’s performances are as riveting as they are engrossing, and are “of the highest intensity, absolutely searing … emotional force in live performance.” Dedicated to the music of today, devoted to the music of yesterday, ARTefact’s imaginative and innovative programming coupled with an unrivalled energy makes them the only group of its kind in Canada. At IAMA, they present two fascinating Montreal composers, Nicolas Gilbert et Michael Oesterlewww.latitude45arts.com/artists/view/artefact

Le temps des impossibles (homage to Olivier Messiaen) by Nicolas Gilbert was commissioned for Automne Messiaen, a Montreal project organized by pianist Louise Bessette in 2008 to celebrate the centenary of Messiaen’s birth. Commissioned by ARTefact with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Lark’s-Heel, by Michael Oesterle:  some words are direct, with direct clear meanings. Lark’s-Heel is not one of them. It is a word, a name, but more than anything, is a suggestion, a metaphor conjoined to a metaphor so rich it has become almost indecipherable. Lark’s-heel is a promise to myself to use the building blocks of well established metaphor, and perhaps it reflects my desire to find significance in every note, or perhaps notes are just notes, words are just words, and birds are… (Michael Oesterle). Commisioned by ARTefact with the financial support of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.

Roger Admiral

Solo Piano

Canadian pianist Roger Admiral performs solo and chamber music spanning the 18th through the 21st century. Upcoming performances include Gyorgy Ligeti’s Piano Concerto with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Recent performances include recitals with baritone Nathan Berg at Lincoln Center, violinist Guillaume Tardif at Carnegie Hall, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, violinist Ilya Kaler, Bradyworks, Toronto New Music, Ensemble 1534, and the piano works of Iannis Xenakis for Vancouver New Music. www.rogeradmiral.com/

The IAMA showcase features a multi-movement work by Alberta composer Howard BashawForm Archimage includes three contrasting sections (toccata; celestarium; virtuosic finale with Jacob’s Ladder) partitioned by recurring material in its Prelude, Interludes and Postlude. This work was written at the request of Marc Couroux.

Eve Egoyan

Solo Piano

Eve Egoyan has firmly established herself as an internationally recognized interpreter of contemporary piano concert music. She has won numerous awards and consistently receives amazing accolades for her performances and recordings. Renowned composers James Tenney (U.S./Canada), Alvin Curran (U.S.), Ann Southam (Canada), Maria de Alvear (Germany), Michael Finnissy (Britain) and Jo Kondo (Japan) have written for her amongst others. She continues to commission new works and is presently exploring writing for herself. www.eveegoyan.com | Promotional Flyer – PDF

All works on this showcase were written for Eve by composers Ann Southam, Stephen Parkinson and José Evangelista. They give a taste of three possible concert programmes: (1) Simple Lines of Enquiry, (2) New music inspired by folklore and (3) Experimental works by Canadian composers. Eve will describe these, as well as a programme for disklavier and real-time image. Eve will provide USB of excerpts of her audio work and work with image.

Eve’s recording of Ann Southam‘s transparent and contemplative Simple Lines of Enquiry was selected by Alex Ross of the New Yorker magazine as one of ten top classical discs of 2009. José Evangelista transposes regional Spanish songs to the piano, augmenting their filigree by dispersing notes across the piano’s range. Stephen Parkinson writes music that is audaciously creative, directly expressive and extreme.

Orkestra futura

The NOW Society introduces Orkestra Futura. NOW has been one of Canada’s premier improvising ensembles since its inception in 1977.

“…one of the finest large creative ensembles active in the last twenty years. The combinations of high levels of individual creativity and virtuosity with a strong sense of collectivity is a rare and treasured combination…” – George Lewis, Earshot Magazine, (Seattle, USA)

Under the direction of Coat Cooke and Lisa Cay Miller, Orkestra Futura continues to perform cutting edge programs of improvisation-based collaborative music featuring work that embraces technology, dance, spoken word, imagery and sound. www.nowsociety.org

Their IAMA program showcases exerpts from gaphic pieces by ensemble members Lisa Cay Miller and Coat Cooke, as well as music by graphic novelist Gary Wildeman.

Spotlight on Canadian Composers #2

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Janice Jackson

Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA

Soprano Janice Jackson has sung over 200 world premieres and has performed with contemporary music ensembles in modern music festivals and concert halls around the world. Since returning to Canada from Holland in 1999 she has commissioned and premiered many solo vocal works with or without theatrical elements including full-on operas.

http://www.janicejackson.ca

Han No. 3, the highly dramatic vocal solo by Marie Pelletier (Montreal) represents her fascination with vocal singing from non-western cultures like India and Tibet, yet also contains passages of classical bel canto. Angst, written for Jackson by Alice Ping Yee Ho (Toronto) in 2000, uses ritualistic movement, whispering, rapid vocal gestures, nonsense syllables and extremes of pitch to convey the unsettling essence of angst, clinically defined as “a state of perpetual, neurotic anxiety.”

Programme:

Han no. 3 (1992) by Marie Pelletier, Montreal – 5′

Angst (2000) by Alice Ping Yee Ho, Toronto – 10’30”

Canadian New Music Concert #1

  • Thursday, November 7th, 2013, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Red Roof Church, 137 President Kennedy
  • Stay for light refreshments after the show, and for an informal meet & greet with artists and IAMA delegates.
  • Free and open to the public.

Two extraordinary flute virtuosi and an exciting young string quartet perform compelling chamber works that span the work of creative Canadian artists across the generations, across the geography of the country, and across stylistic boundaries. A great introduction to what Canadian composers are doing from coast to coast. Event page on the IAMA Montréal 2013 site.

Programme

Fiolûtröniq – Montréal, Québec, Canada
Cléo Palacio-Quintin, flutes and Elin Söderström, viola da gamba,
with Katelyn Clark, harpsichord

Les Folles Alliées: Variations on La Folia  –
La Folia (Theme) – 45”
La Violia (excerpt) by Grégoire Jeay – 45”
song I by Eric km Clark – 3’30”
Folie à Deux by Emily Doolittle – 4’
Non Compos Mentis by Kimberly Shepherd – 4’
Five Stages of Insanity According to bzh April 10, 2008 by Stacey Brown – 6’
                 1. A funk I can’t shake 2. Sleep that won’t come no matter what I do.
                3. Exhausted. Weary. Whiny. 5. Stark-raving lunatic bitch.

Emily Carr String Quartet – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Commedia dell’Arte (2010) by Ana Sokolovic – 10’
                 1. Il Dottore  2. Colombina  3. Il Capitano
Stories from Klee Wyck,  Mvt. 6 “The Stare” (2011) by Tobin Stokes – 4’

Mark Takeshi McGregor, flute
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 Foundry (1991) by Paul Steenhuisen – 9’30”
Three Reflections on Pride, mvt 3 (2011) by Owen Underhill – 3’15”
Lachrymose by Derek Charke – 7’

Programme notes & bios

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Mark Takeshi McGregor

Solo Flute

Hailed in the press for his “huge physical energy” (Victoria Times Colonist), flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor has performed across North America, Europe, Australia, and Israel, including appearances at Festival Montréal-Nouvelles Musiques, Music Gallery (Toronto), Vancouver New Music Festival, New Works Calgary, Athelas New Music Festival (Copenhagen), and the Internationale A•DEvantgarde-Festival (Munich).

A dedicated performer of the music of our time and a particularly outspoken advocate of new Canadian music, McGregor’s IAMA program showcases his versatility on a number of flutes (concert flute, alto flute, piccolo), his fluency in both conventional and extended performance techniques, and his ability to communicate through a wide spectrum of contrasting musical styles. The program features composers from across the country, Paul SteenhuisenOwen Underhill and Derek Charkewww.marktakeshimcgregor.com

Paul Steenhuisen‘s Foundry is a virtuosic tour-de-force for solo flute, challenging the instrument’s bucolic stereotype by presenting it in its most basic state: a hollow metal tube full of rasping air.

Owen Underhill‘s Three Reflections on Pride is taken from a larger set of solo flute pieces entitled Seven Deadly Sins, in which McGregor asked various Canadian composers to each write a new work inspired by a deadly sin. The third movement of Underhill’s work exploits the darker, sensual colours of the alto flute. Three Reflections on Pride was written especially for McGregor in 2011.

Derek Charke‘s Lachrymose is arguably one of the most important solo piccolo pieces to have been written in recent years. Lachrymose explores the sensual and lyrical side of the solo piccolo, but its most striking aspect is the use of the performers voice.

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Fiolûtröniq

Cléo Palacio-Quintin, flutes
Elin Söderström, viola da gamba
with Katelyn Clark, harpsichord

Fiolûtröniq come together with harpsichordist Katelyn Clark to present selections from their programme Les Folles Alliées, featuring composers from across Canada such as Grégoire Jeay, Eric km Clark, Emily Doolittle, Kimberly Shepherd and Stacey Brown.

Active in early and contemporary music throughout North America and Europe, Fiolûtröniq attracts attention wherever they perform due to the originality and quality of their artistic projects. Flutist-composer Cléo Palacio-Quintin and violist Elin Söderström have worked together since 2006, exploring and developing their musical language and collaborating with guest performers and composers. The duo also explores the possibilities of combining a new interactive instrument, the hyper-flute, with a historic instrument, the viola da gamba, to create new music that integrates contemporary digital technologies with acoustic performance.  https://vimeo.com/31702640

Harpsichordist Katelyn Clark has premiered over 100 compositions by composers from Canada and abroad and has performed across Europe and Canada, appearing at such diverse festivals as the Vancouver New Music Festival, Musica Antigua de Barcelona, and Festival Medièval d’Elx. She has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre (Canada), NES (Iceland) and OMI (USA).  http://katelynclark.com

Les Folles Alliées: Variations on La Folia: Folles alliées is a play on words meaning “crazy allies,” but also “folles à lier” (raving mad). The programme brings together Canadian composers of various styles, origins, and ages who were asked to compose works inspired by the La Folia theme. The result: a dynamic collection of short works that exploit the different combinations and subsets of instruments available to the ensemble (including electronics), and a programme flexible to the needs of the venue. In its earliest form, La Folia (meaning ‘mad’ or ’empty-headed’) was a Portuguese folk dance named for its rapid and noisy character that led the dancers to appear out of their mind. For the composers, the repeated harmonic and melodic material of the dance became a popular source of variations, exploiting the extreme virtuosity of the instrumentalists, thereby demanding a certain amount of madness on the part of the performers, perhaps reminiscent of the Portuguese dancers…

Emily Carr String Quartet

Müge Büyükçelen-Badel, violin 1
Cory Balzer, violin 2
Mieka Michaux, viola
Alasdair Money, cello

Formed in 2006 by members of the Victoria Symphony, the Emily Carr String Quartet has performed in North America, Europe and Asia, collaborating with artists such as William Preucil, Jamie Parker, Arthur Rowe, the Alcan Quartet and the Tin Alley Quartet. The ECSQ has been featured on CBC radio’s North by Northwest and their CD “Hidden Treasure” was nominated for the 2012 classical recording of the year at the Western Canadian music awards. The IAMA program features music by Montréal’s Ana Sokolovic and Victoria B.C.’s Tobin Stokesemilycarrstringquartet.com

Commedia dell’arte by Ana Sokolovic was co-commissioned by the Banff Centre and CBC radio for the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2010. In this piece, each movement was inspired by one of the characters from the Commedia dell’arte.

Stories from Klee Wyck by Tobin Stokes was commissioned by the Victoria Symphony for its 2011/2012 season. The piece, inspired by the writings of the artist Emily Carr, was composed for symphony orchestra, string quartet, narrator and mezzo-soprano. It consists of ten movements three of which feature solo string quartet.