FORUM 2007

New Music and Media: Getting the Message Out

Feb­ru­ary 10 and 11, 2007
The Fair­mont Hotel, Win­nipeg, Manitoba

Two days of dis­cus­sions, work­shops and net­work­ing designed to demys­ti­fy and pro­mote new music to the media and a wider public

Pre­sent­ed by Cana­di­an New Music Network

Host­ed and Co-pre­sent­ed by Groundswell

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Win­nipeg Sym­pho­ny Orchestra


Patrimoine canadien Conseil des Arts du Canada (CAC) Fondation SOCAN


  • Schedule

    Saturday, February 10
    Defining New Music

    8:30am Reg­is­tra­tion
    9:00am — 9:15am Wel­come
    9:15am — 10:15am Guest Speak­er — Kyle Gann: “From Hits to Niches”
    10:15am — 10:30am Break
    10:30am — 12:30pm Pan­el Dis­cus­sion — “The Impor­tance of New Music — Our View Ver­sus the Media View”
    Mod­er­a­tor — Tim Brady, Mor­ley Walk­er (Win­nipeg Free Press), Gayle Young (Music­works, edi­tor), John Oliv­er (Earsay Pro­duc­tions), Mark Stein­metz (CBC), Tama­ra Bern­stein (The Globe and Mail)
    12:30pm — 2:00pm Net­work­ing Lunch 1
    2:00pm — 4:00pm Pan­el Dis­cus­sion — “Re-Pre­sent­ing New Music”
    T Patrick Carrabré (WSO Com­pos­er-in-Res­i­dence), Michel Lev­asseur (Vic­to­ri­av­ille Inter­na­tion­al New Music Fes­ti­val), Réjean Beaucage (La Sce­na Musi­cale, new music edi­tor), Jonathan Bunce (The Music Gallery), Paul McNal­ly (McNal­ly Robin­son Booksellers)
    8:00pm WSO New Music Fes­ti­val Con­cert: Do Orches­tras Dream of Egypt­ian Sheep?
    Tick­ets for this event, or pass­es for the fes­ti­val can be pur­chased from the WSO

    Sunday, February 11
    New Music Touring

    9:30am — 11:30am Pan­el Dis­cus­sion — “Inte­grat­ing Media into a Suc­cess­ful Cana­di­an Tour”
    Roger Admi­ral, Shirley Elias (Man­i­to­ba Con­ser­va­to­ry, for­mer­ly Debut Atlantic), DB Boyko (The West­ern Front), Paul Cram (Hal­i­fax), Wal­ter Boudreau (SMCQ)
    11:30am — noon CALQ Pre­sen­ta­tion
    Stéphane Roy (offi­cer)
    noon — 1:15pm Net­work­ing Lunch 2
    1:15pm — 2:30pm Work­shop 1: New Music and Dig­i­tal Dis­tri­b­u­tion Technologies
    Pre­sen­ter: Jean-François Denis (empreintes DIG­I­TALes, La Liste,
    2:45pm — 4:15pm Work­shop 2: How to Max­i­mize Media Impact With a Lim­it­ed Budget
    Pre­sen­ter: Jack­ie Schrey­er (forme­ly WO Media Relations
    4:30pm — 5:00pm Clos­ing Plenary
    8:00pm WSO New Music Fes­ti­val Con­cert: Voic­es of the Land
    Tick­ets for this event, or pass­es for the fes­ti­val can be pur­chased from the WSO

    All pan­el dis­cus­sions and work­shops will be in English.

  • Guest Speaker

    Kyle Gann

    Kyle Gann, born 1955 in Dal­las, Texas, is a com­pos­er and has been new music crit­ic for the Vil­lage Voice (1986–2005). Since 1997 he has taught music his­to­ry and the­o­ry at Bard Col­lege. He is the author of The Music of Con­lon Nan­car­row (Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1995) and Amer­i­can Music in the 20th Cen­tu­ry (Schirmer Books, 1997). A col­lec­tion of his Vil­lage Voice columns titled Music Down­town is forth­com­ing (Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia Press).

    Gann stud­ied com­po­si­tion with Ben John­ston, Mor­ton Feld­man, and Peter Gena, and his music is often micro­ton­al, using up to 37 pitch­es per octave. His rhyth­mic lan­guage, based on dif­fer­ing suc­ces­sive and simul­ta­ne­ous tem­pos, was devel­oped from his study of Hopi, Zuni, and Pueblo Indi­an musics. His music has been per­formed on the New Music Amer­i­ca, Bang on a Can, and Spo­le­to fes­ti­vals. He received a 1994 com­mis­sion from Music in Motion for his Astro­log­i­cal Stud­ies, and in 1996–97 a Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts Indi­vid­ual Artists’ Fel­low­ship. A 2001 com­mis­sion from the Indi­anapo­lis Sym­phon­ic Choir result­ed in Tran­scen­den­tal Son­nets, a 35-minute work for choir and orches­tra, and he is cur­rent­ly writ­ing a tril­o­gy of micro­ton­al cham­ber operas with libret­tist Jef­frey Sichel, called The Hud­son Riv­er Tril­o­gy. The first opera,Cinderella’s Bad Mag­ic, was pre­miered in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

    In addi­tion to Bard, Gann has taught at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, Brook­lyn Col­lege, the School of the Art Instu­tute of Chica­go, and Buck­nell Uni­ver­si­ty. His writ­ings include more than 2000 arti­cles for over 35 pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing schol­ar­ly arti­cles on La Monte Young (in Per­spec­tives of New Music), Hen­ry Cow­ell, Mikel Rouse, and oth­er Amer­i­can com­posers. He writes fre­quent­ly for Cham­ber Music mag­a­zine and the New York Times, and he was award­ed the Stage­bill Award (1999) and Deems-Tay­lor Award (2003) for music crit­i­cism. Also in 1999, his com­pact disc Custer’s Ghost was released on the Mon­roe Street label. In 2003, the Amer­i­can Music Cen­ter award­ed Gann its Let­ter of Dis­tinc­tion, along with Steve Reich, Wayne Short­er, and George Crumb.

    his blog Post­Clas­sic is online since August 2004.

  • Presenter

    The Canadian New Music Network

    The Cana­di­an New Music Net­work (CNMN) was formed in 2005 in order to pro­mote the val­ue of all forms of cre­ative con­cert music in Cana­da. One of the CNM­N’s major goals is to increase net­work­ing amongst com­posers, per­form­ers, ensem­bles, pre­sen­ters, pro­mot­ers, edu­ca­tors, jour­nal­ists and oth­ers inter­est­ed in a vital new music community.


    GroundSwell is Man­i­to­ba’s only cham­ber music series devot­ed exclu­sive­ly to the pre­sen­ta­tion of new music. Since its debut 16 years ago, GroundSwell has cul­ti­vat­ed and sup­port­ed Cana­di­an and Inter­na­tion­al new music in sea­son after sea­son of diverse and strik­ing­ly var­ied pro­gram­ming. Under the artis­tic direc­tion of Therese Costes, Jim His­cott, Michael Matthews, Diana McIn­tosh and David R. Scott, GroundSwell show­cas­es a wide range of styles and gen­res of con­tem­po­rary music.

    Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra / New Music Festival

    Join Mae­stro Alexan­der Mick­elth­wate and the WSO for the 16th Annu­al Inter­na­tion­al New Music Fes­ti­val in Win­nipeg this Feb­ru­ary 10th — 16th! The fes­ti­val will fea­ture Dis­tin­guished Guest Com­posers Chris­tos Hatzis and Jen­nifer Hig­don, along with artists and com­posers from around the world.

    This sev­en-day event will explore con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal music from the thought-pro­vok­ing and reflec­tive to the fringes and “in your face”. Along with the fes­ti­val expe­ri­ences audi­ences have come to know and love, such as the Fes­ti­val Café (the night­ly par­ty) and the Lec­ture Series, the 2007 fes­ti­val will fea­ture many new expe­ri­ences you won’t want to miss!

    • Fes­ti­val Pass­es and indi­vid­ual tick­ets avail­able at WSO Patron Ser­vices, Cen­ten­ni­al Con­cert Hall, 555 Main Street, (204) 949‑3999, or online at