FORUM 2008

Expanding the Boundaries: Programming New Music in an Age of Diversity

May 24-25, 2008 — Toronto. In collaboration with the Cool Drummings Festival, produced by Soundstreams.

The field of “new music” has undergone enormous artistic expansion in the past 25 years — new ideas coming from technology, world music, improvisation, jazz and other media, as well as combining with traditional chamber and orchestral music. This conference will try to understand these new directions, put them into an historical and artistic context, and help presenters, programmers and artists find a common language to understand the diversity of current “new music” practices, and to develop programmes which address this artistic expansion and how it can reach a broader public.

Join 3 noted international new music presenters, and many Canadian new music creators and producers, in this exciting 2-day event of panel discussions, workshops, performances and networking in Toronto, and hear amazing concerts at the Cool Drummings and SoundaXis Festivals while you are there!

Keynote speaker

  • Graham McKenzie — artistic director, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK

Invited International participants

  • Jarko Aiken — assistant director, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam
  • David Lang — co-founder and co-director, Bang on a Can Festival, New York

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

  • Schedule

    Saturday, May 24

    8:15am — 9:00am Registration 3rd floor lobby
    9:00am — 9:15am Musical Intervention #1: Joust
    Scott Thomson (trombone) & John Oswald (alto sax)
    3rd floor lobby
    9:15am — 9:30am Opening remarks — Tim Brady, pres. CNMN 330
    9:30am — 10:00am CNMN Keynote Address — Graham McKenzie, Huddersfield Festival (UK) 330
    10:00am — 10:15am Coffee break 3rd floor lobby
    10:15am — 11:45am Panel #1: Exploring Diversity
    Ellen Waterman, Moderator
    DB Boyko — Western Front (Vancouver)
    John Gzowski — Composer (Toronto)
    Clemens Merkel — Quatuor Bozzini (Montreal)
    Alex Pauk — Esprit Orchestra (Toronto)
    Graham McKenzie — Huddersfield Festival (UK)
    330
    11:45pm — 12:00pm Musical Intervention #2:
    Christine Duncan (voice) & Nilan Perera (guitars, preparations, electronics)
    3rd floor lobby
    12:00pm — 1:00pm Lunch — included in registration fee 3rd floor lobby
    1:00pm — 2:45pm Panel #2: Touring New Music — Canadian and International Realities
    *Joint session with Cool Drummings conference*
    Tim Brady, Moderator
    Jarko Aikens — Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam)
    Véronique Lacroix — Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal
    Ana Lara, Musica Y Escena (Mexico)
    Peter Hatch — Open Ears Festival (Kitchener)
    Alan Pierson, Alarm Will Sound (USA)
    Eve Egoyan, Pianist (Toronto)
    Frank Druschel, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra
    330
    3:00pm — 5:00pm Concert — Toca Loca & McGill Percussion Ensemble (15$ for Forum registrants) Walter Hall
    8:00pm — 10:00pm World Beats Concert (not included in Forum registration) MacMillan Theatre

    Sunday, May 25

    9:00am — 10:30am Panel #3: Dissemination
    Lawrence Cherney, Moderator
    Darren Copeland — NAISA (Toronto)
    David Lang — Bang On A Can (New York)
    David Pay — Music On Main (Vancouver)
    Jean Piché — Videomusic (Montreal)
    Andy Sheppard — CBC (Producer of the Signal)
    330
    10:30am — 10:45am Coffee break 3rd floor lobby
    10:45am — 11:45am Workshop #1: Selling to a Festival Presenter
    David Lang — Bang On A Can Festival (New York)
    Vincent Ho — WSO New Music Festival (Winnipeg)
    Graham McKenzie — Huddersfield Festival (UK)
    Ellen Waterman — Guelph Jazz Festival
    330
    11:45am — 12:00pm Musical Intervention #3: James Bailey 3rd floor lobby
    12:00pm — 1:30pm Lunch — included in registration fee 3rd floor lobby
    1:30pm — 1:45pm Musical Intervention #4: Odradek Ensemble
    James Bailey (radio broadcasting, found and homemade instruments), Michelangelo Iaffaldano (found and homemade instruments) & Andy Yue (synth, found and homemade instruments)
    3rd floor lobby
    1:45pm — 2:45pm Workshop #2: Selling to a Season Presenter
    Jarko Aikens — Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam)
    Michel Frigon — Innovations En Concert (Montreal)
    330
    2:45pm — 4:30pm Plenary Session 330
    Forum 2008 Summary, Forum 2009 + other CNMN topics

    *Subject to change without prior notification*

  • Guest Speakers

    Graham McKenzie

    Graham McKenzie, keynote speaker

    Artistic director of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK

    Born 1958 Glasgow, Scotland. Artistic Director & Chief Executive for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival since January 2006. Director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (CCA) from 1997 — 2006, where he raised £10.2 million pounds (£7.5 million from Scottish Arts Council Lottery Fund remains the highest arts lottery award in Scotland to date). Project Managed and oversaw the major capital re-development of the CCA, re-opening the Centre in 2001. Principal Arts Officer for the South East Area Glasgow City Council 1990 — 1997. Former Social Worker and Welfare Rights Officer.

    Graham McKenzie is a curator and writer in the field of experimental music, and in particular free improvisation. Programme Advisor to the Glasgow International Jazz Festival. Co-Founder and Director of the International Centre for Improvisational Studies (ICIS) and ISIS MUSIC, a Glasgow-based record label for experimental music. Founder and Co-Curator of Free RadiCCAl’s with saxophonist/improviser Evan Parker. Founder of Subcurrent Festival.

    Founding member and Non Executive Director of the Cultural Enterprise Office (CEO) Glasgow — part of the Business Gateway network offering one-to-one business advice and training to artists. This programme has recently gone national across Scotland with four offices across the major cities.

    Graham McKenzie has written for stage, radio and television.

    Jarko Aikens

    Jarko Aikens

    Artistic Coordinator of the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ

    Jarko Aikens (1949) was educated as a graphic designer and photographer, and has worked in the classical music industry since 1976 — in the early years in the field of marketing for two major symphony orchestras, and later as an orchestra manager. In 2000 he became head of production of Muziekcentrum de IJsbreker, Holland’s leading platform for contemporary music located on the borders of the river Amstel in Amsterdam. In 2005 the IJsbreker organization moved into its splendid new, and now internationally widely praised home, the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, where he became artistic coordinator. Since June 2008 the position of general manager of the Muziekgebouw has been given to Tino Haenen, who succeeded initiator Jan Wolff.

    David Lang

    David Lang

    Composer and co-founder/co-director of the Bang on a Can Festival, New York

    David Lang is the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music for the little match girl passion, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the vocal ensemble Theater of Voices, directed by Paul Hillier. One of America’s most performed and honored composers, his recent works include writing on water for the London Sinfonietta, with libretto and visuals by English filmmaker Peter Greenaway; the difficulty of crossing a field — a fully staged opera for the Kronos Quartet, staged by Carey Perloff and the American Conservatory Theater; loud love songs, a concerto for the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and the oratorio Shelter, with co-composers Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, at the Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, staged by Ridge Theater and featuring the Norwegian vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval. His most recent CD is Elevated (on Cantaloupe), three atmospheric and meditative pieces plus a DVD of the same three pieces interpreted by noted visual artists William Wegman, Bill Morrison and Matt Mullican. Lang is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music festival, Bang on a Can.

  • Panels & Workshops

    Expanding the Boundaries: Programming New Music in an Age of Diversity

    May 24-25, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queens Park, Toronto

    Workshops

    How do presenters build their programming? How can artists begin a dialogue with them — what do presenters respond to?

    Both one-hour workshops deal with this same issue, but catered to their unique situations (Workshop #1 — festival presenters, Workshop #2 — season presenters).

    Workshop #1 — Selling to a Festival Presenter

    • David Lang — Bang On A Can Festival (New York)
    • Vincent Ho — Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival
    • Ellen Waterman — Guelph Jazz Festival
    • Graham McKenzie — Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK)

    Workshop #2 — Selling to a Season Presenter

    • Jarko Aikens — Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam) — 20 minutes
    • Michel Frigon — Innovations En Concert (Montreal) — 10 minutes

    Panels

    Panels total about 1h45m and include initial statements, a moderated discussion between the panelists, followed by an opportunity for the audience to discuss and/or ask questions. Questions provided under each panel description (“to stimulate panelists”) are not necessarily what the panelists will cover.

    Panel #1 — Exploring Diversity

    What is this thing called “New Music”? What is the scope of the activities that constitute “New Music”? What do all of these activities have in common?

    • Ellen Waterman — Moderator
      w/
    • DB Boyko — Western Front (Vancouver)
    • John Gzowski — Composer (Toronto)
    • Clemens Merkel — Quatuor Bozzini (Montreal)
    • Alex Pauk — Esprit Orchestra (Toronto)
    • Graham McKenzie — Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK)

    To stimulate panelists: Does it really matter if we define new music? Is a definition important to you, to the audience, or to the media? Is your definition of new music aesthetically, technically, culturally or process oriented?

    Panel #2 — Touring New Music: Canadian versus International Realities

    *Joint Session with Cool Drummings conference*

    The differences and similarities between Canadian and international new music events.

    • Tim Brady — Moderator
      w/
    • Jarko Aikens — Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam)
    • Veronique Lacroix — Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal
    • Ana Lara, Musica Y Escena (Mexico)
    • Peter Hatch — Open Ears Festival (Kitchener)
    • Alan Pierson, Alarm Will Sound (USA)
    • Eve Egoyan, Pianist (Toronto), Frank Druschel, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra

    To stimulate panelists: How do Canadian events relate to one another? How do international events relate to Canadian ones (and vice versa)? Is there a difference in approach, vision, format, etc.? How does content differ? How does process differ? Are the goals in terms of public interaction different? Is there a difference in how Canadian versus International presenters decide what they program?

    Panel #3 — Dissemination

    Getting New Music heard and seen… live music, recorded music, the digital environment. Finding the right dissemination for your genre of work.

    • Lawrence Cherney — Moderator
      w/
    • David Lang — Bang On A Can Festival (New York)
    • Darren Copeland — NAISA (Toronto)
    • David Pay — Music On Main (Vancouver)
    • Jean Piché — Videomusic (Montreal)
    • Andy Sheppard — CBC — (Producer of the Signal)

    To stimulate panelists: What medium is your priority and why? Compare and contrast the different methods of dissemination you make use of. In what way does each method benefit or deter you? What reasons/goals best suit each method of dissemination? Does each method have the same kind of value to different kinds of new music artists?

    *Subject to change without prior notification*