FORUM 2014

Canadian Music, Canadian Audiences

January 23-26, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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In collaboration with the Music Division of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary, at the spectacular Rozsa Centre.

Canada’s premiere new music networking event. Whether you’re a composer, performer, improviser, ensemble, presenter, producer, educator or artist manager, don’t miss these important three days at FORUM 2014.

Meet an extraordinary range of new music professionals from Canada and around the world in an ideal setting for making the connections you need. Learn what artists are doing, how to connect with diverse audiences, how to engage your community, and how to develop and extend your public in Canada and beyond.

A rare opportunity to meet a dream team of internationally acclaimed new music presenters who will share their artistic visions, insights and experiences.

Five Keynote Presenters

Berlin Philharmonic (Berlin), London Sinfonietta (London UK), Miller Theatre (New York), Why Note (Dijon), Soundstreams Canada (Toronto), and the list keeps growing.

Theme: Canadian Music, Canadian Audiences

The hundreds of members of the CNMN all believe in the importance and value of creative new music making in Canadian society, and we want to increase its reach so that more people are listening, and benefiting from the experience.

How? This means more Canadians being able to create their own work, more students learning about creativity and music, more musicians involved with the new music experience, and more presenters programming Canadian new music artists.

We know all this because we’ve worked on this in past FORUMs. But how to move this effort to a much larger scale? FORUM 2014 confronts this very core theme of concern to everyone in the new music community: getting much more new music to much more people.

Should you be there? Yes!

This will be CNMN’s sixth national FORUM, and each one is a valuable opportunity to connect face to face with people from across this great big land who believe in the value of the new music experience and seek to promote this value across Canada: artistic directors, music educators, improvisers, presenters, composers, arts administrators, performers, producers, music lovers and more….Everybody is welcome!

Don’t miss this fascinating, important event. Join us in this exciting 3-day event at the University of Calgary. While you’re there, join the late-night jam session and hear amazing concerts by Land’s End, New Works Calgary, and the Discovery Series hosted by the Music area of the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

If you would like to help, please do not hesitate to communicate with us – admin@newmusicnetwork.ca

Call For Proposals

Thank you to everyone who responded to our inaugural open call for proposals. The jury has now reviewed the 40+ submissions, and the invites are out! More information here, including the list of invitees.

Subject to change without prior notification.

Sponsors and partners

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

     

          

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  • Announcements Page

    FORUM 2014 streaming live on Friday, January 24th – stay tuned!

    Did you know about the project rooms? Come ready to pitch your ideas!

    After Hours Improvising – Sign up to play with us

    WIFI Instructions now available on practical information page.

    Please pick up in-person your nametag (aka pass) at the FORUM registration desk at the Rozsa Centre – 2016 University Ct NW, University of Calgary. The pass gets you in to all FORUM activities as well as a substantial discount on tickets to the evening concerts.

    Full Timetable now online.

    Book your one-on-one meeting with FACTOR at the FORUM 2014

    Looking for coffee or a place to eat during the morning, afternoon and dinner networking breaks? Consult the list on the practical information page.

    Need a map? Directions? The number for airport shuttle service to share with a group of people? We’ve got that! Check out the practical information page.

    Promotional offer for delegates of the CNMN FORUM – Musicworks Magazine

  • Poster

    Want to help promote our event? Contact us for a high-res PDF version of this poster – également disponible en version française.

     

  • FORUM Registration

    FORUM Registration Fees

    Rates for CNMN Members

    • $60 – Individuals* before January 3   now passed
    • $70 – Individuals* after January 3

    *Must be a CNMN individual member with voting rights, with 2013-2014 dues settled – join now.

    • $90 – Organizations** before January 3   now passed
    • $120 – Organizations** after January 3

    **Must be an organizational member with 2013-2014 dues settled.

    Rates for NON-members

    • $95 – Individuals
      Note: An individual voting membership ($25) plus Forum registration fee ($60/$70) costs less than or the same as the non-member Forum fee – join now.
    • $195 – Organizations
      Note: Become a CNMN organizational member ($65 / $125) and save money on Forum registration – join now.

    Registration includes two onsite buffet lunches, and a substantial discount to the 3 evening concerts ($10 special ticket rate).

    REGISTER NOW

    Please choose from the following list:

    Registration for individuals

    Registration for representatives of organizations

    Subject to change without prior notification (6 december 2013).

  • Practical Information

    FORUM 2014 Location
    The Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary
    206 University Ct NW
    Registration Desk located in the foyer.
    Coat check and box office
    located at the entrance to the centre.

    Please pick up in-person your nametag (aka pass) at the registration desk. The pass gets you in to all FORUM activities as well as a substantial discount on tickets to the evening concerts.

    WIFI at the FORUM:

    airUC” Network (this will NOT work for the “aidUC Secure” network). Open Browser (and you should be re-directed to the U of C page). Login: rcguest | Conference password: cnmn#14 (case sensitive).

    Hotel
    Hotel Alma – More info
    169 University Gate NW

    Map

    Find all the places mentioned below on this Google map.

    Download a printable FORUM 2014 Map (PDF).

    Warning: do not rely on regular Google Maps for locations on campus – you will most likely get the wrong information.

    Getting Around

    From the airport (YYC) to Hotel Alma

    The FORUM is not responsible for airport pickups. However, for delegates who have sent us their flight itinerary to forum@reseaumusiquesnouvelles.ca by Jan. 14, we are keeping tabs on arrivals. By Saturday, Jan. 18, we will play matchmaker for delegates arriving on the same flights or around the same time, so they may arrange to share travel amongst themselves.

    Taxi: In good traffic, total trip time is approximately 20 minutes and will cost, on average, $35. Find the taxi stands outside Arrivals level. All taxis should accept major credit cards.

    BP Shuttle to hotel – Rates: $30/2 people, $40/3 people, $50/4 people. Call 403-259-5959 to book in advance.

    Calgary Transit: Total trip time is approximately 90 minutes and will cost $3. Bring exact change or see more info how to pay. Directions: go to bay #20 on the arrivals level. Take the express bus #300, direction south and get off at 7 Avenue S. Catch a Dalhousie C-Train and get off at University station. Turn left at the top of the stairs and continue straight, across campus – the Rozsa Centre and Hotel Alma will be on your left past two large glass buildings.

    Driving:

    From Hotel Alma to the FORUM

    The Rozsa Centre is a two-minute walk east of Hotel Alma (a left turn as you come out of the main front doors).

    From the FORUM to the MacEwan Student Centre

    Turn left out of the door and walk across the courtyard to the big glass building.

    From the FORUM to the TFDL

    Turn left out of the door, then immediately right and walk across the courtyard to the other big glass building.

    From Hotel Alma to Stadium Shopping Centre (Restaurants)

    Walking straight out the main doors of the hotel, follow the road to the edge of campus (24 Ave). Cross 24 Ave and continue on Udell Road. At the T-intersection jog to the right and continue along the footpath until you reach Uxbridge Drive. You will see Stadium Centre on your left. 1941 Uxbridge Dr NW.

    From Hotel Alma to Kensington (Restaurants etc.)

    From Hotel Alma, walk to University Station (turn left out the main doors of the hotel and walk straight, following the signs). Catch a southbound train to Sunnyside station. The “main drag” is along both Kensington Road and 10 Street W. 10 St W is on the other side of the Safeway at Sunnyside station. Turn left along 10 St W to reach Kensington Road.

    Coffee & Eating

    See specific walking or transit directions above

    • Café Alma – at Hotel Alma
    • Good Earth – walk to the TFDL. Good Earth is on your left once you are inside.
    • MacEwan Student Centre has a food court as well as a Grad Lounge (3rd floor, closed weekends).
    • Stadium Shopping Centre is a 15 minute walk and has: The Keg (403-282-0020), Redwater Grill (403-220-0222), and a pub, Moose Maguires.
    • The neighbourhood of Kensington is 10 minutes away by public transit, and has many different restaurants and pubs for all tastes as well as a grocery store and many other shops.

    Parking

    For all-day parking the Art Parkade (accessed from University Drive or 24th Avenue) is the most cost-effective ($8 per day, no in/out privileges). There are many short term lots all across campus.

    Alternative Accommodations

    Apart from the FORUM hotel (Hotel Alma), the Banff Trail is a 10-15 minute walk from the university campus and has a number of hotels. Both the Best Western Village Park Inn and the Travelodge are good options.

    More Resources

    Things to do on campus 

    • MacEwan Student Centre has a pharmacy and a bookstore, as well as the food court and grad lounge.
    • Attached to MacEwan Student Centre is the Olympic Oval, which offers public skating (rentals available) and the campus fitness centre and swimming pool, which offers day-passes to the public.
    • The Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region (on the 3rd floor of the TFDL) offers a small lounge, as well as a collection of more than 20,000 Canadian music scores and hundreds of commercial and archival recordings available for reference. The CMC also carries Centrediscs CDs and manuscript paper for sale, as well as copying and binding services.
  • Timetable – new!

    All rooms are at the Rozsa Centre,  located at the University of Calgary – 206 University Ct NW, Calgary, AB, Canada

    Room Map Key

    GH Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre
    EV Evans Room, Rozsa Centre
    SM Scotiabank Milling Area, Rozsa Centre
    HR CIBC Hub Room, Rozsa Centre
    F FOYER, Rozsa Centre
    EG Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre
    TBA To be announced

    Note: Room locations and schedule are subject to change without prior notification (January 17, 2014).

    For more detailed programme information, visit:

    For the morning and afternoon networking breaks and the dinner breaks – consult the list of Cafés and restaurants on our Practical Information page.

    Thursday, January 23

    start end
    6:00 PM 7:15 PM Registration (F) + Icebreaker (GH)
    7:15 PM 8:00 PM Pre-concert talk (GH)
    8:00 PM New Works Calgary Concert (EG)
    $10 tickets available with your FORUM pass. Reception to follow.

    Friday, January 24

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    8:00 AM 9:00 AM Registration (F)
    9:00 AM 9:15 AM Welcome (GH)
    9:15 AM 10:15 AM Panel 1 – How to define and develop the “Canadian” in “Canadian” new music? (GH)
    10:15 AM 11:00 AM Digital Music instruments:  3 parallel interactive workshops
    *
    Bruno de Chénerilles: Programmable multi-touch interfaces (EV)
    * Joseph Malloch: Prosthetic digital instruments for music and dance (SM)
    * D. Andrew Stewart: Synthetic Means in the 21st Century: Composition & Performance (HR)
    11:00 AM 11:30 AM Morning Networking Break 1
    11:30 AM 12:00 PM Mini Portrait 1 – Le Vivier + Why Note (HR) Panel 2 – Orchestral Programming: new music and the big machine (GH)
    12:00 PM 12:30 PM Mini Portrait 2 – LeHum + Berlin Phil Media GmbH (HR)
    12:30 PM 2:00 PM Networking Lunch 1 (included with registration) (GH)
    2:00 PM 2:30 PM Mini Portrait 3 – Soundstreams (GH)
    2:30 PM 3:30 PM Panel 3 – Music and 21st Century Media: the broader connection (GH)
    3:30 PM 3:45 PM Mini talk – Monica Pearce: Good Housekeeping – Some thoughts on Personal Administration (GH)
    3:45 PM 4:15 PM Afternoon Break 1
    4:15 PM 5:15 PM Open Session 1 – Unsilencing: Women and their Place in New Music and Sound Art (GH)
    5:15 PM 7:15 PM Dinner Break 1 (not included)
    7:15 PM 8:00 PM Pre-concert talk 1 (GH)
    8:00 PM Land’s End Ensemble Concert (EG)
    $10 tickets available with your FORUM pass. Reception to follow.
    10:00 PM approx. After Hours Improvisation 1 (GH)
    Want to play? Contact bugincision@gmail.com
    Free – Public welcome

    Saturday, January 25

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    8:00 AM 9:00 AM Registration (F)
    9:00 AM 9:45 AM Open Session 2  – Earning a living in new music
    *Project Room (EV)    *General Discussion Room (SM)
    9:55 AM 10:05 AM Mini demo-discussion – Carmen Braden: Sound-telling: Storytelling through sound, speech, and music (GH)
    10:05 AM 10:20 AM Mini talk – Simon Martin: Project-Based vs. Seasonal Programming (GH)
    10:25 AM 10:45 AM Mini performance & discussion – Scott Godin, Lael Johnston & the Chestermere Highschool Drumline: oh my golly! (EG)
    10:45 AM 11:00 AM Morning Networking Break
    11:00 AM 11:15 AM Mini demo-workshop – Shawn Mativetsky: New Music for the Tabla of North India: Issues of Composition and Performance Practice (GH)
    11:15 AM 11:30 AM Mini talk & discussion – Jen Blackwell & Mike Romaniak: Crossing Borders: The Composers Project and Canadian Music (GH)
    11:30 AM 12:30 PM Panel 5 – Public interaction: engaging in dialogue, opening the doors (GH) Panel 4 – Festivals: go deep or go long? (EV)
    12:30 PM 2:00 PM Networking Lunch 2 (included with registration) (GH)
    2:00 PM 3:45 PM KEYNOTE PANEL (GH)
    3:45 PM 4:15 PM Afternoon Networking Break 2
    4:15 PM 4:45 PM Mini Portrait 4 – Cluster + London Sinfonietta (HR) Open Session 3 – Network development & music dissemination
    *Project Room (EV)
    *Gen. Disc. Room (SM)
    4:45 PM 5:15 PM Mini Portrait 5 – Music Gallery + Miller Theatre (HR)
    5:15 PM 7:15 PM Dinner Break 2 (not included)
    8:00 PM U of C Discovery Series Concert (EG)
    $10 tickets available at the door with your FORUM pass.
    10:00 PM approx. After Hours Improvisation 2 (GH)
    Want to play? Contact bugincision@gmail.com
    Free – Public welcome

    Sunday, January 26

    start end
    10:30 AM 12:00 PM Open Session 4 – Music education
    *Project Room (EV)        *General Discussion Room (SM)

     

  • Featured Guests

    5 KEYNOTE PRESENTERS

    • Andrew Burke – Chief Executive, London Sinfonietta – London, UK
    • Lawrence Cherney, Artistic Director, Soundstreams – Toronto, Canada
    • Patricia Rosner – Director of Cooperations and Social Media, Berlin Phil Media GmbH, Digital Concert Hall, Berliner Philharmoniker – Berlin, Germany
    • Melissa Smey, Executive Director of the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University – New York, USA
    • Nicolas Thirion – Artistic Director, Why Note Association & Ici l’Onde (Department of Music of the Contemporary Art Centre Le Consortium) – Dijon, France

     

    Andrew Burke has been the Chief Executive of the London Sinfonietta since 2007.  He is responsible for the overall running of the ensemble, curating a wide range of artistic projects and developing the ensemble’s work with partners at home and abroad.

    In 2009 he launched the London Sinfonietta’s Academy programme and in 2013 its Emerging Artists Programme, to give training and professional experience to brilliant players of the next generation.  In 2010 he started the next phase of the ensemble’s Blue Touch Paper programme to nurture new cross art-form work from emerging composers.

    From 2003-2007, he was Head of LSO Discovery and from 1998-2003 he was Education Officer at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

     

    photo credit: Trevor Haldenby

    Lawrence Cherney’s first professional engagement was under the baton of Igor Stravinsky. A recognized national leader at the forefront of Canadian music for over 40 years, he is often referred to as Canada’s “Ambassador of New Music”. His paramount role in the commissioning, developing, producing, performing, touring and recording of new music by Canadian and international composers has been widely recognized: Member of the Order of Canada, Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement, two Lieutenant Governor’s Awards and the Chalmers National Music Award. Lawrence founded Soundstreams in 1982, which under his leadership, has become an international centre for new directions in music and one of the most dynamic organizations of its kind in the world.

     

    Patricia Rosner, cultural manager, social media specialist and musician, is Director of Cooperations and Social Media at Berlin Phil Media GmbH, the company behind the Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Prior to her work with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Patricia studied composition, vocal performance, literature and musicology in Berlin and London and served as a music marketing specialist with several companies. She initiated and now runs the orchestra’s Facebook page (460k fans) and an online outreach project, EXPLORE CLASSICAL MUSIC!. She is also responsible for the orchestra’s cinematic distribution and manages cooperations with other organisations.

     

    photo credit: Brannon Chase

    Melissa Smey is Executive Director of the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University, where she leads the campus’s pioneering venture to make the arts a vital part of every Columbian’s experience and the most acclaimed venue for new music in New York City.  She has commissioned new works from composers Georges Aperghis, Julio Estrada, Hilda Paredes, and John Zorn; produced the United States premiere productions of Kaija Saariaho’s ballet Maa and James Dillon’s epic new music cycle Nine Rivers; and produced the urban outdoor premiere of John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit, featuring 99 musicians and 1,000 percussion instruments for an audience of over 2,500 in Harlem’s Morningside Park.

     

    Born in 1973, Nicolas Thirion is a musician, guitar player and electronics artist, notably with Death in Death Valley (noise improv) and Toro Piscine (experimental song). In 2010, he created La Générale d’Expérimentation, a collective of adventurous musicians in Burgundy, with whom he develops projects focussed around experimental and contemporary music and sound art performances. He completed studies in electroacoustic composition at the Conservatoire de Chalon-sur-Saône (teacher: Jean-Marc Weber). Since 2003, he is the Artistic Director of Why Note in Dijon, an association dedicated to the creation, diffusion and promotion of contemporary and experimental music. He is also Artistic Co-Director of Ici l’Onde, a festival at the Department of Music of the Contemporary Art Centre Le Consortium.

    Additional National & International Guests

    Check out who was invited in response to the inaugural Open Call for Proposals

  • Sessions & Activities

    The theme of the FORUM is connecting with audiences, and we have developed a remarkably varied programming to meet this challenge.  Our panel discussions look at very focused subjects such as orchestral programming, festivals, and public engagement, while our open networking and community development sessions take a broader, more holistic approach to subjects such as music education, the economics of new music and public dissemination.  There is a range of topics and approaches that are guaranteed to give you new ideas, new contacts, and new perspectives on creating new music in Canada, and abroad.

    KEYNOTE PANEL

    With five of the world’s best and most prestigious new music presenters on stage, FORUM 2014 participants will have unique access to learn what it takes to get Canadian new music on the world stage. Question period follows.

    Andrew Burke, London Sinfonietta – London, UK
    Lawrence Cherney, Soundstreams – Toronto ON
    Patricia Rosner, Berlin Phil Media GmbH – Berlin, Germany
    Melissa Smey, Miller Theatre – New York, USA
    Nicolas Thirion, Why Note Festival – Dijon, France
    MODERATOR: Tim Brady, Canadian New Music Network – Montréal QC

    PANELS

    Panel 1 – How to define and develop the “Canadian” in “Canadian” new music?

    What do programmers look for when they want “Canadian” music – a sound, an approach, a postal code? How do we define Canadian music, and what message does our definition send to international presenters?  What do the Canadian public and the Canadian media think of when they think of “Canadian new music”?  More questions than answers, perhaps, but it’s an essential discussion.

    DB Boyko, Western Front New Music – Vancouver BC
    Patrick Giguère, Erreur de type 27 – Québec QC
    Clemens Merkel, Quatuor Bozzini – Montréal QC
    Jerry Pergolesi, Contact Contemporary Music – Toronto ON*
    John Reid, Canadian Music Centre – Prairie Region – Calgary AB
    MODERATOR: Jennifer Waring, Continuum – Toronto ON

    *Travel funding for Jerry Pergolesi provided in part by the Research Committee at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music.

    Panel 2 – Orchestral programming: new music and the big machine

    Orchestras have unique challenges when programming new music – performance traditions, production costs, major marketing expenses, and an increasingly fragmented public. Yet a major orchestral performance still has a unique power to reach a large number of people, and Canadian new music artists need to understand this market in order to succeed.

    Norman Adams, Symphony Nova Scotia – Halifax NS
    Éric Champagne, Orchestre Métropolitain – Montréal QC
    Robert Rival, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra – Edmonton AB
    Heather Slater, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra – Calgary AB
    MODERATOR: John Korsrud, Hard Rubber Orchestra – Vancouver BC

    Panel 3 – Music and 21st Century Media: the broader connection

    The Internet – love it, hate it, it’s here! We all have a Web site, Facebook pages, YouTube channels, but how does one pull all these elements together to create a strong, coherent digital presence that will have a real impact on presenters and the public?

    Marie LeBlanc Flanagan, Weird Canada – Perth ON
    Brenda Cleniuk, Neutral Ground  – Regina SK
    Jean-François Denis, empreintes DIGITALeswww.electrocd.com – Montréal QC
    Frank Oteri, New Music Box – New York USA (via SKYPE)
    Jennie Punter, Musicworks Magazine – Toronto ON
    MODERATOR: Fabrice Marandola, Sixtrum – Montréal QC

    Panel 4 – Festivals: go deep or go long?

    Festivals are a key market for new music. But every festival has its own character and its own process.  A panel of festival directors discuss how they approach programming, and how they see their relationship with artists and the public.

    Aïda Aoun, SMCQ – Montréal QC
    Louis Dufort, Akousma – Montréal QC
    David Eagle, University of Calgary – Calgary AB
    Michel Levasseur, FIMAV – Victoriaville QC
    Heidi Ouellette and Luke Nickel, Cluster Festival – Winnipeg MB
    MODERATOR: Normand Forget, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne – Montréal QC

    Panel 5 – Public interaction: engaging in dialogue, opening the doors

    The heart of the matter: how to engage the public, how to get them into the seats and keep them coming back?  A panel of varied new music presenters with different approaches share their essential knowledge.

    Luce Couture, Centennial Theatre – Lennoxville QC
    David Dacks, Music Gallery – Toronto ON
    Glenn Hodgins, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival – Ottawa ON
    Charlotte Levitt, Miller Theatre – New York, USA
    David Pay, Music on Main – Vancouver BC
    MODERATOR: Lisa Cay Miller, NOW Society – Vancouver BC

    MINI PORTRAITS

    The mini portraits provide new music presenters a chance to focus on their organization. Most of the mini portraits pair 1 Canadian presenter with 1 International presenter to stimulate dialogue across geographies and cultures.

    Mini Portrait 1
    Pierrette Gingras (Le Vivier – Montréal) + Nicolas Thirion (Why Note Festival – France)

    Mini Portrait 2
    André Cormier (LeHum, Moncton) +  Patricia Rosner (Berlin Phil Media GmbH – Germany)

    Mini Portrait 3
    Lawrence Cherney (Soundstreams – Toronto)

    Mini Portrait 4
    Heidi Ouellette and Luke Nickel (Cluster Festival – Winnipeg) + Andrew Burke (London Sinfonietta – UK)

    Mini Portrait 5
    David Dacks (Music Gallery – Toronto) + Melissa Smey (Miller Theatre – New York)

    OPEN NETWORKING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS

    Each session has a theme. A facilitator is there to help, and the sessions aim to move attendees from observers to active engagers. During each session, 1 room will be devoted to general discussion, and another room will be devoted to project-oriented discussion.

    General Discussion Room
    Participants are encouraged to bring their personal experiences, knowledge, questions and concerns surrounding the session theme, with the intention of creating deeper awareness, stronger relationships, and sustainable solutions within local, regional and national communities. The meeting could place everyone in a circle, into smaller breakout groups, or something else – the group decides for itself.

    Project Room
    Do you have a specific proposal or initiative surrounding the session theme that you want to network with others? Are you looking to support or be part of one? This is a great opportunity to introduce your project, build relationships, and invest in future opportunities with members of the local, regional and national communities. The meeting format could be a “pitch to the room”, a “speed-dating one-on-one”, or something else – the group decides for itself.

    Session 1 – Unsilencing: Women and their Place in New Music and Sound Art

    Does gender equality exist in the new music community? How do assumptions about the roles of women and men determine the kinds of music we hear, where we hear it, and how we hear about it? Jennifer Butler and Tina Pearson co-facilitate an Open Forum that invites stories and ideas for beginning a revelatory discussion.

    This session is co-sponsored by:

    Session 2 – Earning a living in new music

    How can the Canadian new music community develop as a network in order to help its members meet the economic challenges that they face as artists?

    Moderators:
    Project Room: David Pay, Canadian New Music Network – Vancouver BC
    General Discussion Room: Kyle Brenders, Canadian New Music Network – Toronto ON

    Session 3 – Network development and music dissemination

    How can the Canadian new music community develop as a network in order to get more Canadian new music on the Web, in high-quality digital recordings, and with proper promotional support, in order to improve the connection between Canadian new music artists and the national and international  public?

    Moderators:
    Project Room: Tim Brady, Canadian New Music Network – Montréal QC
    General Discussion Room: David Pay, Canadian New Music Network – Vancouver BC

    Session 4 – Music education

    How can the Canadian new music community develop as a network in order to help make creative music education more accessible to all Canadians?

    Moderators:
    Project Room: Jerry Pergolesi, Contact Contemporary Music – Toronto ON
    General Discussion Room: Brent Lee, Canadian New Music Network – Windsor ON

    DIGITAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: THREE PARALLEL INTERACTIVE SESSIONS

    Synthetic Means in the Twenty-first Century: Composition and Performance Workshop
    Composer D. Andrew Stewart (Lethbridge) illustrates options for new music composition and performance with digital musical instruments, including highlighting significant milestones in the development of the “t-stick” (e.g., composition workshop, commissioning composers, international performances and collaborations). Participants will be treated to a hands-on experience with the t-stick in an effort to bring them “closer to sound” (Hugh Le Caine, 1960). 

    Prosthetic digital instruments for music and dance performance: presentation and hands-on workshop
    Joseph Malloch, IDMIL, McGill University – Montréal QC

    These prosthetic instruments – including articulated spines, curved visors and ribs – create sound as the wearer moves, and were developed in collaboration with dancers, musicians, composers and a choreographer. Learn about the conception and design, the trials and triumphs of the workshop process, and how performer gesture is sensed and mapped to sound in real-time. Then, take part in hands-on experimentation with the instruments themselves.

    Programmable multi-touch interfaces for spatialization and live electronics: presentation and interactive workshop
    Bruno de Chénerilles (Strasbourg, France) shares his experiences developing multi-touch interfaces, and shows us how combining software with low-cost and small devices, the musician and composer can focus on intuition and musical gesture, breaking free from the limitations demanded by hardware interfaces such as audio consoles and conventional midi control surfaces. In this interactive workshop, participants get to try out these new techniques in different configurations.

    OTHER ACTIVITIES

    You won’t want to miss this selection of mini-demos, mini-talks and mini-workshops!

    Mini Talk – Good Housekeeping for Composers: Some thoughts on Personal Administration
    Composer Monica Pearce (Toronto ON) explores the dizzying compendium of administrative elements that composers juggle while trying to personally manage their careers, a “DIY” approach to which many artists in the new music community can relate. She will highlight some key points from her article, and offer some observations in an anecdotal format.

    Mini Demo-Discussion – Sound-telling: Storytelling through sound, speech, and music
    Carmen Braden (Yellowknife NT) comes from a place where storytelling and oral traditions are engrained in society. “When I combined my passion for music connected to sounds in the environment with storytelling, it became sound-telling.” This demo-discussion touches on the ways storytelling through sound can be achieved, and engages participants with ideas for how to build their own sound-telling piece.

    Mini Performance & Discussion: oh my golly! for drumline and narrator
    Composer Scott Godin (Castlegar BC) and educator Lael Johnston (Calgary AB) talk about incorporating contemporary music in high school, through their long-term collaborative projects. The big treat: a performance by the Chestermere High School Drumline!

    Mini Demo-Workshop – New Music for the Tabla of North India: Issues of Composition and Performance Practice
    Percussionist Shawn Mativetsky (Montréal QC) wants to inspire more percussionists and composers to embrace the tabla into their own contemporary practice. Mativetsky will help navigate through some of the challenges that arise when mixing Western and Indian traditions, offer solutions, and ultimately show us the strength of this incredible, versatile musical instrument.

    Mini Talk & Discussion – Crossing Borders: The Composers Project and Canadian Music
    Jen Blackwell & Mike Romaniak talk about their Composers Project with the Central Michigan New Music Ensemble. As Canadians living and studying in the USA, they will talk about the practical challenges and solutions to navigating projects that cross borders, and show how a passion for new music has turned into a way to promote Canadian new music abroad.

    Mini Talk – Project-based programming and seasonal programming; what is at stake?
    For concert music in Canada, seasonal programming is by far the most widespread production model, while the ad hoc approach of developing projects is rarely used. Producer and composer Simon Martin (Montréal QC) explores the implications of this situation by addressing topics such as the creator-producer-distributor chain, the presentation of a composer’s work, positioning one’s creative output vis-a-vis the media and the public, grant programs and public funding freezes.

  • Language Facilitation

    CNMN is a bilingual organization made up of members who communicate in both official languages of English and French. As such, our events and communications aim to be bilingual in nature.

    The language facilitation programme is a flexible way for speakers of varying levels of French and English to communicate more deeply with one another.

    We are looking for people to act as Language Facilitators at the Forum to facilitate comprehension for certain attendees.

    Language Facilitators will be expected to attend an orientation session (date to be confirmed).

    In exchange for their services, the first five people to volunteer as language facilitators will receive complementary registration to the FORUM.

    To volunteer, please contact Stacey Brown, Language Facilitation Coordinator:
    cnmn-rcmn_conversation2014@staceybrown.ca

  • Concerts

    While you’re in Calgary — new music concerts scheduled during evenings of FORUM 2014

    Note: Registering at the Forum gives you a substantial discount to these concerts! Please pick up in-person your nametag (aka FORUM pass) at the FORUM registration desk. The pass gets you in to all FORUM activities as well as a substantial discount on tickets to the evening concerts.

    Location & Tickets

    • 8 pm Evening Concerts: Purchase your tickets through the Campus Ticket Centre (403-220-7202) or at the door.  $10 tickets upon presentation of your FORUM pass. 
    • After Hours Improvising 1 and 2: Free entry 

    All concerts take place at:
    Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall or Husky Oil Great Hall
    The Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary
    206 University Ct NW

    Concerts 

    Thursday, January 23, 2014 – 8pm
    Something that…oscillates!
    New Works Calgary
    Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

    • Rosabel Choi (piano), Stacie Dunlop (soprano) and Andrea Neumann (violin)
    • Music by Current, Lee, Steenhuisen and Kurtag.
    • Pre-concert talk 7:15 pm
    • Reception to follow
    • More info: http://neworkscalgary.com/oscillates/
    • Tickets
      $25 adults / $18 students & seniors
      $10 special ticket rate for FORUM 2014 registrants

    Friday, January 24, 2014 – 8pm
    A Mad King
    Land’s End Ensemble
    Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

    • Land’s End Ensemble with Laura Jayne Bowler, Conductor
    • Music by Tongur, Di Castri, Gieshoff, Mayo and Davies.
    • Pre-concert talk 7:15 pm
    • Reception to follow
    • More info: http://www.landsendensemble.ca/upcoming-concerts/
    • Tickets
      $20 adults / $15 seniors / $10 students
      $10 special ticket rate for FORUM 2014 registrants

    Friday, January 24, 2014 – approx.  10 pm – follows 15 minutes after earlier evening concert
    After Hours Improvising 1
    Bug Incision
    Husky Oil Great Hall

    • Members of Calgary’s free improvising community join improvisers from across the country and beyond, who are in town for CNMN’s FORUM 2014.
    • Featuring Rebecca Bruton (violin), Chris Dadge (percussion), Eric Hamelin (percussion), Cody Oliver (guitar) and Whitney Ota (guitar, synth).
    • More info: Bug Incision
    • Want to play with us? More information.
    • Free entry – public welcome – come enjoy the music.

    Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 8pm
    F-fragments
    Part of the Discovery Series, hosted by the Music area of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary
    Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

    • Stefan Hussong (accordion) and Yumiko Miguri (piano)
    • Music by Harada, Bach-Kurtag, Lee and Eagle.
    • More info: http://music.ucalgary.ca/event/f-fragments
    • Tickets:
      $25 adults / $18 students & seniors
      $10 special ticket rate for FORUM 2014 registrants

    Saturday, January 25, 2014 – approx.  10 pm – follows 15 minutes after earlier evening concert
    After Hours Improvising 2
    Bug Incision
    Husky Oil Great Hall

    • Members of Calgary’s free improvising community join improvisers from across the country and beyond, who are in town for CNMN’s FORUM 2014.
    • Featuring Rebecca Bruton (violin), Chris Dadge (percussion), Eric Hamelin (percussion), Cody Oliver (guitar) and Whitney Ota (guitar, synth).
    • More info: Bug Incision
    • Want to play with us? More information.
    • Free entry – public welcome – come enjoy the music.

    *Programming subject to change without prior notification* (November 25, 2013).

     

            

     

  • Hotel

    Hotel Alma
    University of Calgary
    169 University Gate NW
    Calgary, Alberta Canada, T2N 1N4

    Toll free 1-877-498-3203
    Local 403-220-2588
    Fax 403-284-4184
    stay@hotelalma.ca

    http://www.hotelalma.ca

    How To Book

    • Book with group name Canadian New Music Network Forum 2014
    • Book by phone, fax or email (no online option)
    • Book by January 3, 2014, upon which delegates will be able to book at The Best Available Rate, and reservations will be taken based on availability.

    Group Room Rate – $114

    • Eurostyle Standard Room
    • Single or double occupancy
    • Rate is per room, per night
    • One queen bed
    • Complimentary Continental Breakfast in Bistro Alma
    • Complimentary local phone calls
    • Complimentary long distance phone calls, within Canada and US, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii
    • Complimentary internet access (wired and wireless)
    • Complimentary access to the University of Calgary Fitness Facilities
    • 32-inch flat-screen TV
    • Mini-fridge, microwave and coffee maker
    • Desk with ergonomic chair
    • Wi-Fi, MP3 clock radio
    • Rate does not include taxes — current taxes are: 5% GST, 4% Alberta Tourism Levy and 3% Room Fee (Taxes, levies and fees subject to change)
    • All rooms must be guaranteed at time of reservation to the individual’s credit card. Cancellation policy is 48 hours notification to avoid a penalty of one night’s room and tax.

    Hotel Parking

    Hotel Alma has designated parking available for guests in the Arts Parkade at the University of Calgary. Current charge is $8.00 per day. In and out privileges are available for those who bill their parking charges to their guest room. Please have your license plate number ready at check-in time. Parking rates are subject to change without notice.

     

     

  • Team

    Steering Committee

    • Chair: John Reid, Prairie Regional Director, Canadian Music Centre; Alberta representative to CNMN Board – more info.
    • William Jordan, Associate Composer, Canadian Music Centre; Professor of Composition, Music Division, School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary – more info.
    • Laurie Radford, Associate Composer, Canadian Music Centre; Associate Professor of Composition and Sonic Arts, Music Division, School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary; Artistic Director, New Works Calgary – more info.
    • Robert Oxoby, Associate Dean, Research, University of Calgary – more info.
    • David Eagle, Associate Composer, Canadian Music Centre; Professor of Composition and Sonic Arts, Music Division, School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary; Artistic Director of the Happening Festival – more info.
    • Tim Brady, president of CNMN – more info.

    Producer

    • Emily Hall, CNMN Administrative Director – contact.

    Production and Administration Assistance

    • Lindsey Wallis – administrative and technical assistant
    • Po Yeh – registration assistant
    • Ananda Suddath – administrative assistant
    • Ian Kelly – Event Coordinator for the Rozsa Centre
    • Luke Dahlgren – Stage Manager, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall
    • Com Media Conference and Event Support, University of Calgary – Webcasting

    Documentation and Support Team

    Volunteers – Language Facilitation, Time Keepers, etc.

  • Support Letter & Getting to Calgary

    Getting to Calgary

    You’re making the trip to Calgary, Alberta, Canada this january to attend FORUM 2014? Now that’s a great idea!

    Our past 5 national Forums were very exciting and successful, and the project has proven to be a great way to strengthen ties with people in the new music field from coast to coast, to make connections, to hear new ideas and to get new projects off the ground.

    Here are a few hints and tips so you don’t break the piggy bank:

    1. There are good airfare rates for the end of January. You’d be surprised what is out there! Get them before they go up in price.
    2. For those who have resources to apply to their organization, institution or university for travel or professional development support, we hope you choose Forum 2014 for one of these applications. We can provide the necessary letter of support for your application – see below.
    3. You may be eligible for travel funding from your regional or provincial arts council. Don’t be afraid to call them up and ask! Act quickly to be sure you will meet deadlines.
    4. You may be eligible for a travel grant from the Equity Office at the Canada Council. It is for Canadian professional artists or arts professionals with disabilities or who are from culturally diverse groups (African, Asian, LatinAmerican, Middle Eastern or mixed racial descent). More information: http://www.canadacouncil.ca/equity/

    Support Letter

    We would like as many people as possible attending Forum 2014.

    We are asking as many people as possible, from all areas of music: musicology, performance, music education, music theory, composition, music technology, media arts, interdisciplinary arts, etc.

    We can provide the necessary letter of support for your application.

    Our Administrative Director, Emily Hall, has a letter prepared. Contact her at any time if you need this letter, personalized with your details — admin@newmusicnetwork.ca

    We also warmly welcome your fellow colleagues — feel free to speak with them or forward this information. If they are new to CNMN, they can get oriented with our bilingual PDF brochure for general information about CNMN.

    Thanks for your time and consideration. I look forward to seeing you in Calgary this coming January.

    Yours truly,

    Tim Brady
    President — CNMN / RCMN

  • Call For Proposals – FORUM 2014

    Subject to change without prior notification. Last update: October 21, 2013.

    NOTE: DEADLINE IS NOW PASSED

    Thank you to everyone who responded to our inaugural open call for proposals. 

    We received 40+ applications from all around the country, and the competition was very strong.  An independent jury of 3 new music professionals from across Canada reviewed every application, and they remarked on the consistently high, professional quality of the submissions. After the jury made their short list of top recommendations, the steering committee took this list and tried to integrate as many of them as possible into the schedule. Faced with only so many time slots available, and so many wonderful proposals, it was a difficult task indeed.

    The following people were invited:

    • Jen Blackwell and Mike Romaniak – Central Michigan University New Music Ensemble (Michigan USA)
    • Carmen Braden – Performer & Composer, Black Ice Sound (Yellowknife NWT)
    • André Cormier – Artistic Director, LeHum  • Composer (Moncton NB)
    • David Dacks – Artistic Director, Music Gallery  (Toronto ON)
    • Chris Dadge – Improviser  • Artistic Director, Bug Incision (Calgary AB)
    • Bruno de Chénerilles – AUDIORAMA (Strasbourg, France)
    • Jean-François Denis – Director, empreintes DIGITALes • www.electrocd.com (Montréal QC)
    • Scott Godin – Composer (Castlegar BC) and Lael Johnston – Educator (Calgary AB), with the Chestermere High School Drumline (Calgary AB)
    • Joseph Malloch – Input Devices and Music Interaction, McGill University (Montréal QC)
    • Simon Martin – General & Artistic Director, Projections libérantes  • Composer (Montréal QC)
    • Shawn Mativetsky – Tabla & Percussion (Montréal QC)
    • Heidi Ouellette and Luke Nickel – Co-Artistic Directors, Cluster Festival (Winnipeg MB)
    • Monica Pearce – Composer (Toronto ON)
    • Tina Pearson – Composer (Victoria BC) and Jennifer Butler – President – Canadian League of Composers • Composer (Vancouver BC)
    • D. Andrew Stewart – University of Lethbridge, Music, Digital Audio Arts (Lethbridge AB)

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    The Canadian New Music Network has launched a CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the 6th national FORUM being held January 23 to 26, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta.

    CONTEXT

    We are looking for proposals from the entire new music community. The goal of our FORUMs is to create greater networking and development opportunities for the entire new music community – composers, performers, improvisers, educators, presenters, ensembles, administrators, producers – everyone!

    Our FORUMs are neither academic conferences nor arts markets/showcases; it’s a hybrid that seeks to create connections for everyone working in the new music field.

    Ideally, proposals should build around the understanding of this context. Consult our web site for information on previous FORUMS.

    FORMAT

    We’re very open. It could be a technical paper, a hands-on workshop, a performance-demonstration (but not a concert), a panel discussion, a group activity, or something quite different and outside the box. It could last from 5 to 60+ minutes.

    TOPIC

    It should be about new music, but the scope is very open. It could range anywhere from something very specific to something much broader. Go ahead – surprise us!

    HOW TO SUBMIT

    Submission deadline August 15, 2013

    Email your submission as ONE PDF FILE to Emily Hall – admin@reseaumusiquesnouvelles.ca

    Please include: your contact information; a short outline of what the proposal is about; duration; and a technical rider (equipment you will need, what kind of space, how much set-up time), equipment & production budget (if applicable). Do NOT attach large files. Where needed, provide direct links to your videos, music, photos, etc., on hosted sites (Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, personal sites). Nothing to download please – only online!

    Applicants whose proposals are accepted will be required to register for the FORUM.

    The FORUM 2014 steering committee will try to integrate as many proposals into the FORUM schedule, but reserves the final programming rights. Acceptance notification: Sept. 15, 2013

    Looking forward to your proposals!

  • FORUM 2014 featured

    Check out the following pieces about FORUM 2014:

  • FORUM 2014 Web Stream

    Can’t make it to Calgary? Join us online. The live web stream will be available Friday, January 24th, from 9 am to 5:30 pm (MOUNTAIN TIME).

  • Registration

    Registration has not yet opened.

    Check back here as we continue to update and add to the information.

    Rates for CNMN Members 

    • $60 – Individuals* before January 3
    • $70 – Individuals* after January 3

    *Must be a CNMN individual member with voting rights, with 2013-2014 dues settled – join now.

    • $90 – Organizations** before January 3
    • $120 – Organizations** after January 3

    **Must be a member with 2013-2014 dues settled.

    Rates for NON-members

    • $95 – Individuals
      Note: An individual voting membership ($25) plus FORUM registration fee ($60/$70) costs less than or the same as the non-member Forum fee – join now!
    • $195 – Organizations
      Note: Become a CNMN organizational member ($65 / $125) and save money on FORUM registration – join now!

    Subject to change without prior notification (12 october 2013).

    This zone of the site is in full development. Much more information and details are coming.

  • Timetable – OLD pre-schedule

    The official FORUM 2014 timetable is being created right now, and it’s not yet available.

    In the meantime, here is a general idea to help with your travel arrangements to Calgary.

    To take in the full FORUM, plan to arrive in time for Thursday early evening, and to leave Sunday afternoon (flights after 4 pm are quite feasible).

    Thursday, 23 January 2014
    The conference opens at 6 pm with registration and icebreaker, followed by an 8 pm concert at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, located in the Rozsa Centre.

    Friday and Saturday, 24 & 25 January 2014
    Full days: events start right away in the morning (9 am), and continue throughout the day, ending with evening concerts.

    Sunday – 26 January 2014
    The morning schedule is full, but we plan to conclude by 12:30 pm

    Subject to change without prior notification (30 october 2013).