Demonstration 1

FACE Chamber Orchestra

  • Theodo­ra Stathopou­los, Con­duc­tor (Mon­tréal)

The pro­gramme con­sists of “Suite du promeneur” (1992) for string orches­tra, by Que­bec com­pos­er Louis Babin, as well as short works com­posed and per­formed by sec­ondary lev­el stu­dents from FACE.

Demonstration 2

Concerto Della Donna

  • Iwan Edwards, Con­duc­tor (Mon­tréal)

Join Con­cer­to Del­la Don­na, under the direc­tion of Mae­stro Iwan Edwards, for a per­for­mance of Mag­ni­fi­cat, a work for soloist and ten singers by Cana­di­an com­pos­er Chris­tine Donkin.

Demonstration 3

Ear Cleaning and improvisation pedagogy in the high school classroom

  • Dou­glas Friesen, Music Instruc­tor, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts (Toron­to)

With the help of sev­er­al of his stu­dents, Dou­glas Friesen pro­vides us with a glimpse into the cre­ative and impro­vi­sa­tion­al teach­ing meth­ods hap­pen­ing at a pub­lic arts school in Toron­to, includ­ing ele­ments of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary exper­i­men­ta­tion. Mr. Friesen and his stu­dents have par­tic­i­pat­ed in work­shops with Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, Iva Bit­to­va, among oth­ers, and have gone on to present their own work­shops to fel­low stu­dents and immi­nent teach­ers. The infor­ma­tion they present has proven suc­cess­ful and valu­able to edu­ca­tors and stu­dents of all lev­els, from ear­ly years to post sec­ondary, and can often act as a cat­a­lyst to the dis­cov­ery of the best-suit­ed exer­cis­es and games for each class­room situation.

Demonstration 4

Creative Music Technology

  • Blue Yeti: Mag­nolya Roy & Jean-Michel Cou­turi­er (France)

Blue Yeti is a hybrid struc­ture that bridges research activ­i­ties and work­shops in sound, visu­al and ges­tur­al exper­i­ments. It is par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in dig­i­tal music instru­ments design and their use for cre­ative and edu­ca­tion­al pur­pos­es. The heart of this “dig­i­tal lutherie” (or one could call it dig­i­tal instru­ment design) cen­tres on the search for new sounds and the most appro­pri­ate instru­men­tal ges­tures with which to con­trol these sounds. Grapho­line is an exam­ple of an audio­vi­su­al instru­ment that enables the trans­for­ma­tion of draw­ing ges­tures into sounds. Grapho­line has been used to com­pose and play sev­er­al elec­troa­coustic pieces of music, and is also used in an edu­ca­tion­al project with chil­dren and teenagers. The aim of this project is to offer a cre­ative tool that can deal with sub­jects as dif­fer­ent as music and sound art, visu­al art, the rela­tion­ship of the body and the envi­ron­ment, the inter­sec­tions between art and science…

Demonstration 5


  • Félix Boisvert, Com­pos­er (Mon­tréal)

Félix Boisvert presents the Musi­co­la­teur, an instru­ment for music cre­ation designed specif­i­cal­ly for chil­dren rang­ing in age from kinder­garten to high school. On the cut­ting edge of dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy, this instru­ment was designed to be usable by all, regard­less of the lev­el of for­mal musi­cal train­ing. The Musi­co­la­teur is the result of Yves Daoust’s forty years of work with chil­dren; this work led to the desire to cre­ate an instru­ment design with a dis­tinct­ly mod­ern con­cep­tion, which allows a play­ful approach to ini­ti­at­ing young ears to the world of con­tem­po­rary music creation.