New Music Networking FORUM
January 7–9, 2010 — Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The environment for creative concert music has changed radically in the past 25 years. New practices, new cultures, new partners — the scope of musical activity in Canada is truly astonishing. But how have these new practices, cultures and partners integrated into existing structures, into existing musical traditions? What are the benefits? What are the challenges? How can we create a strong, open and positive climate for real musical dialogue among the many cultural partners that make up the Canadian new music landscape?
Thursday, January 7
7:30pm Opening Concert: New Music For A New Year — Symphony Nova Scotia — included in registration fee
Friday, January 8
8:15am — 9:00am Registration 9:00am — 9:30am Opening remarks Janice Jackson — Chair, Forum 2010 Steering Committee • Artistic Director, Vocalypse Productions • Soprano (Halifax)
Tim Brady — President, CNMN • Composer • Electric Guitarist • Artistic Director, Bradyworks (Montréal)
Forum 2010 Host, Jeff Reilly — Bass Clarinetist • Composer • CBC Producer (Halifax)
9:30am — 10:00am Keynote Address: Partnering Diversity George Lewis — Edwin H Case Professor of American Music, Columbia University (NYC) 10:00am — 10:15am Break 10:15am — 12:00pm Panel 3: Finding Unity in Diversity: the Structural Issues Moderator: Bob Bauer — Composer • Guitarist • Producer (Bedford NS)
Joël Bons — Composer • Artistic Director, Nieuw Ensemble & Atlas • Conservatory of Amsterdam
Matthew Greenall — Executive Director, Sound and Music (London UK)
Jim Hiscott — Composer • Musician • Producer • Co-Artistic Director of Groundswell (Winnipeg)
Marie-Chantal Leclair — Vice President, groupe Le Vivier • Artistic Director, Quasar, saxophone quartet (Montréal)
Tina Pearson — Director, LaSaM • Member, Sonic Presence (Victoria)
12:00pm — 1:00pm Lunch — Room 401 — included in registration fee 1:00pm — 1:45pm Duo 1: Urban versus Regional Perspective — How They Work Erick Bickerdike — General Manager, Chester Playhouse (Chester NS)
Jonathan Bunce — Artistic Director, Music Gallery (Toronto)
1:45pm — 2:30pm Duo 2: The Improv Research Project Ajay Heble — Project Director ICASP, School of English and Theatre Studies, U of Guelph • Artistic Director, The Guelph Jazz Festival
Ellen Waterman — School of Fine Art and Music, University of Guelph
2:30pm — 3:30pm Trio: Presenters and Diversity: How do Mainstream Presenters View this Issue — Philosophy & Practice Moderator: Lukas Pearse — Bassist (contrabass/electric bass/electronics) • Improviser • Composer (Halifax)
Erika Beatty — CEO, Symphony Nova Scotia (Halifax)
Paul Caskey — Artistic Director, Live Art Dance Productions (Halifax)
Jennifer Taylor — Artistic Producer & General Manager, Music Toronto
7:30pm Concert: Halifax Calling — included in registration fee
Saturday, January 9
8:30am — 9:00am Registration 9:00am — 9:45am Duo 3: Intercultural Orchestras — How They Work, History, Practice, etc. Moshe Denburg — Co-Artistic Director, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) (Vancouver)
Joël Bons — Composer • Artistic Director, Nieuw Ensemble & Atlas • Conservatory of Amsterdam
9:45am — 10:30am Duo 4: Electroacoustics and Diversity — Approaches and Perspectives Darren Copeland — Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) (Toronto)
George Lewis — Edwin H Case Professor of American Music, Columbia University (New York City)
10:30am — 10:45am Break 10:45am — 12:15pm Panel 2: New Music Programming and Diversity Moderator: Jérôme Blais — Composer • Professor, Department of Music, Dalhousie University (Halifax)
Paul Bendzsa — Clarinettist • Artistic consultant & founding member of the Sound Symposium (St. John’s NL)
Shawn Bostick — Atlantic Regional Director, CMC • Percussionist • Teacher (Sackville NB)
Joane Hétu — Co-Artistic Director, Productions SuperMusique • Composer • Performer • President & General Director, DAME (Montréal)
Blair Mackay — Percussionist • Director, Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan (Toronto)
Jerry Pergolesi — Co-Artistic Director, Contact Contemporary Music • Percussionist (Toronto)
12:15pm — 1:00pm Lunch — Room 401 — included in registration fee 1:00pm — 1:45pm Duo 5: Building National and Diverse Support for New Concert Music Russell Kelley — Head, Music Section, The Canada Council for the Arts (Ottawa)
Matthew Greenall — Executive Director, Sound and Music (London UK)
1:45pm — 3:15pm Panel 3: New music, New Canadians — Culture and Music Moderator: Peter Togni — Composer • Organist • Pianist • Radio Host (Halifax)
Parmela Attariwala — Attar Project • PhD candidate (ethnomusicology), University of Toronto (Toronto)
Sandeep Bhagwati — Composer • Canada Research Chair in Inter‑X Art • Director, matralab, Concordia University (Montréal)
Kiya Tabassian — Artistic Director, Constantinople (Montréal)
Lan Tung — Erhu (Chinese Violin) • Artistic Director, Orchid Ensemble • VP, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (Vancouver)
3:15pm — 3:30pm Break 3:30pm — 5:00pm Plenary Session: Forum 2010 Summary 7:30pm Concert: Away all Boats!! — included in registration fee
Location: The Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University, Halifax, NS
* Schedule subject to change without prior notification (December 17, 2009).
WordPress from the Committee Chair
Forum 2010 Preview
CNMN’s fourth national new music Forum entitled Partnering Diversity will be held on Friday and Saturday, January 8th and 9th, 2010 in the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Special opening concert — Thursday, Jan. 7 — 8 pm — Symphony Nova Scotia.
This truly extraordinary Forum centers on the theme of creative music diversity and how the various streams of contemporary / creative music meet and diverge. From through composed music, to electroacoustics, to free jazz, to world music, this Forum seeks to bring together as many creative music specialists as possible (including musicians, producers, educators, composers, journalists, fans and more!) in order to begin a dialogue concerning the challenges and triumphs of performance and dissemination.
International speakers/panelists include composer/improviser George Lewis (USA), composer/conductor Joël Bons (The Netherlands) and conductor/producer Matthew Greenall (UK), each specializing in diverse musical backgrounds from Jazz / Experimental music to the Intercultural Orchestra to New Music Promotion and Production.
New this year is a discussion format called Duos. We are putting 2 new music specialists together to discuss a range of topics such as “Approaches and perspectives on Electro acoustic music and diversity” or “Building national and diverse support for new concert music” or “Intercultural Orchestras — how they work: history and practice”. The duos are given free reign to openly discuss their experiences and challenges with each topic followed by questions and debates (hopefully heated!) through audience participation.
Round tables are also part of the mix with plenty of time for questions and fleshing out of the themes. At this Forum we are concerned that everyone’s voice and opinion is heard. Plenty of time for public discourse will be allotted! You will also meet fellow creative musician enthusiasts from across Canada as well as an array of international creative music specialists. This, of course, promotes musical discourse along with plenty of opportunities to network.
The Forum also offers 2 nights of creative music performance co-produced by the CNMN and Upstream Music Association. Thursday evening, January 7th, Symphony Nova Scotia starts off the conference with a performance of contemporary creative music. On January 8th, Upstream Music Association presents the best of East Coast creative new music talent.
Forum 2010 seeks to ensure that as many diverse forms of creative music are recognized and given a voice. We are interested in bringing together musicians, composers, producers, presenters, recording engineers and all others who seek to expand the boundaries of creative musical expression and give them a voice in our ever-changing world. Come be part of our search to better understand and promote the many musical forms our members create and perform across Canada.
— Janice Jackson, Steering Committee Chair, CNMN Forum 2010
Registration Form, Brochure
If you haven’t already mailed in your registration form and fee… we recommend that you pay in-person. However let us know by email so that we can prepare for your registration in advance: email@example.com
- Download and print the PDF brochure and registration form.
- Send completed registration form and cheque to:
CNMN / RCMN
416, rue McGill
Montréal, QC H2Y 2G1
Note: membership ($20) plus Forum registration is cheaper than paying the non-member Forum fee — save money andjoin now!
- $55 — before January 5
- $65 — after January 5
- $95 — before or after January 5
Registration includes an onsite buffet lunch and tickets to the Winter Summit Concerts.
Location, Hotel, Group Rate, Map
The Sir James Dunn Theatre
Dalhousie Arts Centre
Halifax, NS, Canada
Hotel (and Group Rate)
Atlantica Hotel Halifax
1980 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3G5, Canada
Toll Free: 1–888-810‑7288
Group rate: $90 per night (up to quad occupancy), Jan 7–9. Book your room using the code CNM. Block of rooms is held for bookings until December 8, upon which group rate remains but is subject to available vacancy. Simplest method to book is by phone.
For your convenience, refer to these locations on the Google map. You will find both the Forum (A) and hotel (B) locations.
FORUM 2010 Steering Committee
Chair: Janice Jackson
Soprano, Teacher, Vocalypse Productions
Composer, Associate professor, Department of Music, Dalhousie University
Artistic Producer, Upstream Music Association
Edwin H Case Professor of American Music, Columbia University — (New York)
Invited International guests
Executive Director, Sound and Music — (London, UK)
Bass Clarinetist • Composer • CBC Producer — (Halifax, NS)
Composer • Guitarist • Producer — (Bedford, NS)
CEO, Symphony Nova Scotia — (Halifax, NS)
Clarinettist • Artistic consultant & founding member of the Sound Symposium — (St. John’s, NF)
General Manager, Chester Playhouse — (Chester, NS)
Composer • Professor, Department of Music, Dalhousie University — (Halifax, NS)
Artistic Director, Music Gallery — (Toronto, ON)
Artistic Director, Live Art Dance Productions — (Halifax, NS)
Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) — (Toronto, ON)
Co-Artistic Director, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) — (Vancouver, BC)
Project Director ICASP, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph • Artistic Director, The Guelph Jazz Festival — (Guelph, Ontario) —www.improvcommunity.ca — www.criticalimprov.com
Co-Artistic Director, Productions SuperMusique • Composer • Performer • President & General Director of DAME (Distribution Ambiances Magnétiques Etcetera Inc.) — (Montreal, QC)
Composer • Musician • Producer • Co-Artistic Director of Groundswell — (Winnipeg, MB)
Head, Music Section, The Canada Council for the Arts — (Ottawa, ON)
Bassist (contrabass/electric bass/electronics) • Improviser • Composer — (Halifax, NS)
Director, LaSaM • Member, Sonic Presence — (Victoria, BC)
Co-Artistic Director, Contact Contemporary Music • Percussionist — (Toronto, ON)
Artistic Director, Constantinople — (Montreal, QC)
Artistic Producer & General Manager, Music TORONTO — (Toronto, ON)
Composer • Organist • Pianist • Radio Host — (Halifax, NS)
Erhu (Chinese Violin) musician • Artistic Director of Orchid Ensemble •Vice President of Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra — (Vancouver, British Columbia) —www.tandava.com — myspace.com/samworthtungdhillon —myspace.com/triaspora — myspace.com/ghostprojectorchid —myspace.com/lantung — youtube.com/LanTungErhu
Presentations: Duos & Trio
Duo 1: Urban versus Regional Perspective — how they work — Jonathan Bunce (Music Gallery) and Erick Bickerdike (Chester Playhouse)
Duo 2: The Improv Research Project — Ajay Heble and Ellen Waterman (Guelph Jazz Festival and University of Guelph)
Duo 3: Intercultural Orchestras — how they work: history, practice, etc. — Moshe Denburg (VICO) and Joël Bons (Atlas, Netherlands)
Duo 4: Electroacoustics and Diversity — approaches and perspectives — Darren Copeland (NAISA) and George Lewis (Columbia University, USA)
Duo 5: Building national and diverse support for new concert music — Russell Kelley (Canada Council for the Arts) and Matthew Greenall (Sound and Music, UK)
Trio: Presenters and Diversity: How do mainstream presenters view this issue — philosophy and practice —Moderator Lukas Pearse (Bassiste), Paul Caskey (Live Art Dance), Erika Beatty (CEO, Symphony Nova Scotia), Jennifer Taylor (Music Toronto).
*Programming subject to change without prior notification*
Panel 1: Finding unity in diversity: the structural issues
Creative music is a complex art form, but it also involves a complex series of social and economic actions in order to thrive and prosper. Increasingly, artists and music advocates are working to create collaborative artistic, social and economic structures in order to help creative music move forward in society. How can we combine the need for effective, collaborative artistic structures with the need for artistic freedom? What role do independent artists play in this process? What role does the government play? Do we need social structures (associations, lobby groups, production companies), or physical structures (concerts halls, rehearsal and workshop spaces)? What role do associations and lobby groups play? How does one deal with the competing needs of different artists within a single “structure”: absolute equality, relative democracy, a formalized competitive model, unfettered chaos? What creates the best art? What creates the best structure? Does a good structure create good art, or…?
Moderator — Bob Bauer
Composer • Guitarist • Producer
Executive Director, Sound and Music
Director, LaSaM • Member, Sonic Presence
Panel 2: NEW MUSIC PROGRAMMING AND DIVERSITY
Diversity — is it an issue? How is it an issue? Is it good for new music? Bad? Irrelevant? Essential? What does an artistic director do to deal with diversity — what factors do they have to weigh to create a “balanced” season: style, technique, aesthetics, age, nationality, regionalism, economic, language, gendre, sexual orientation, personality? Does the public care (should the public care?), or do they just want a great concert? How does one balance our obligations to represent the full scope of musical creativity with the desire to present a single, coherent, unified artistic vision? Is this possible, is it desirable?
Moderator — Jérôme Blais
Composer • Professor, Department of Music, Dalhousie University
(Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Co-Artistic Director, Productions SuperMusique • Composer • Performer • President & General Director of DAME (Distribution Ambiances Magnétiques Etcetera Inc.)
Co-Artistic Director, Contact Contemporary Music • Percussionist
Percussionist • Director, Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
Panel 3: NEW MUSIC, NEW CANADIANS: CULTURE AND MUSIC
What is “Canadian” new music? Does it exist? Can it exist? Should it exist? How do we reconcile cultures with long, deep musical traditions with the almost pristine, virgin territory that is the Canadian musical landscape? We are (almost) all immigrants — how do we build a creative music tradition with so much diversity in our culture? How can we, how should we, create a positive environment for the expanding range of musical traditions that are becoming part of the Canadian new music world?
Moderator — Peter Togni
Composer • Organist • Pianist • Radio Host
Attar Project • PhD candidate (ethnomusicology), University of Toronto
*Programming subject to change without prior notification* (December 16, 2009)
Upstream’s 4th Annual Winter Summit 21st Century Music Concerts
New Music For A New Year
- Thursday 7 January 2010 at 7:30pm
- Symphony Nova Scotia — Bernhard Gueller, Music Director
- Music of Armanini, Charke, Cram, Brady, Blais, Bhagwati
- A presentation of SNS, Upstream Music, Dalhousie Music, Vocalypse, and the CNMN
- Friday 8 January 2010 at 7:30pm
- Upstream 6.0 — suddenlyLISTEN Trio — Temporal Follies (an Electropera)
- A presentation of Upstream Music, suddenlyLISTEN, Vocalypse, and Dalhousie Music
Away all Boats!!
- Saturday 9 January 2010 at 7:30pm
- Motion Ensemble (NB) — Geordie Haley, guitar solo — Forum improvisational ensemble
- A presentation of Upstream Music, CNMN, Dalhousie Music and Motion
Location & Tickets
All three concerts are at:
The Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University, Halifax, NS
1–800-874‑1669 (toll free)
- Each concert: $20 / $15 / $10
- All 3 concerts: $45 / $33 / $21
Note: Registering at the Forum includes tickets to all 3 concerts!
*Programming subject to change without prior notification* (December 16, 2009).