We invite you to Canadian New Music Network’s series of knowledge-sharing online events for the creative music and sound community around decolonization. These six conversations address inequalities and oppression in our practice, to support a more generous and inclusive culture that is deeply understood within our communities.
New music is undergoing a fundamental reexamination of its practices, history and community. Until recently, “new music” was understood among its practitioners as a non-commercial art form whose roots were anchored in the Western European tradition —which likewise shaped most music education and production. Within a colonial, and white supremacist model of cultural policy and funding, “new music” was valorized and thereby profited from the same systems which restricted and/or criminalized other traditions of creating and listening.
As a community, we need to divest from the exclusion, suppression and underestimation of difference and establish respectful practices, frameworks and relations. Decolonization and the essential structural upheaval it requires on a personal, community and institutional level present enormous challenges, but guide us towards more equitable, representative, and meaningful sound making. Join us!
April 22 @ 7 pm EST – Decoloniality & Diversity: New music creators’ perspectives
Curator: Gabriel Dharmoo
Guests: Daniel Añez, An-Laurence Higgins, Corie Rose Soumah, Rouzbeh Shapdey
Five artists share their critical perspective on various issues related to decoloniality and diversity, encouraging a process of self-reflection and transformation of the new music scene in Quebec. Discussion will focus on the distinct cultural context in Quebec, addressing several topics such as language, identity, difference (cultural, racial and/or generational), as well as the artistic strategies they use to have their practice relate with their political and social convictions.
October 22 @ 7 pm EST — Decolonial Imaginings
An event in support of of-the-now’s Decolonial Imaginings project around Dylan Robinson’s new book Hungry Listening.
Curators: Dylan Robinson & Mitch Renaud
Settler composers: jake moore, Jocelyn Morlock, Juliet Palmer, Luke Nickel, Kelly Ryan
Respondents: Tina Pearson, Tamara Levitz
CNMN presents this series in collaboration with the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre.