German composer and director Heiner Goebbels, will deliver the first keynote address in Victoriaville. Professor Goebbels belongs to the most important exponents of the contemporary music and theatre scene. In addition to compositions for large orchestra, he created several prize-winning radio plays, staged concerts, installations and since the early 90’s also music theatre works, which are produced at the most important theatre- and music festivals worldwide.
Prize-winning Montreal-based choreographer, researcher and interdisciplinary collaborator, Isabelle Van Grimde will present a keynote in Montreal. Her work is characterized by the quality of dialogue between the musical and dance elements, which often integrate many new technologies. She regularly takes her work beyond the concert stage into galleries, public spaces and on the web. Photo Michael Slobodian.
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Of Cree descent, Winnipeg based composer Andrew Balfour is an innovative composer/conductor/singer/sound designer with a large body of choral, instrumental, electro-acoustic and orchestral works. Andrew is also the founder and Artistic Director of the adventurous vocal group Camerata Nova, now in its 22nd year, that specializes in new works, arrangements and audacious inter-genre and interdisciplinary collaborations.
Sandeep Bhagwati Indian-German-Canadian composer of mostly stage, chamber and multimedia works that are routinely being performed worldwide; he is also active as a conductor, theatre director, university researcher, curator, performer, visual artist and writer. His current research-creation centers on comprovisation, inter-traditional aesthetics, the aesthetics of interdisciplinarity, gestural theatre, sonic theatre and interactive visual and non-visual scores. Since 2007, he directs the matralab, a lab for research-creation in inter‑x performing arts at Concordia University Montréal.
Mykalle Bielinski is dedicated to singing, music composition, poetry and scenic writting. Her work consists of multidisciplinary performances (Gloria, Mythes intérieurs), where the voice leads the way to the sacred, interwined with philosophy and technology. As a composer and an actress, she collaborates with several directors for theatre and dance.
Kiran Bhumber is a media artist, composer, experiential designer and performer based in Vancouver, Canada. Kiran constructs interactive installations and performance systems engaging in themes relating to cultural memory, embodiment and nostalgia. She has performed and presented her works around the world and is currently completing an MA in Media Arts at the University of Michigan.
Linda Bouchard is a composer, orchestrator, conductor, teacher, and producer. Based in San Francisco since 1997, Linda has continued to be active on the Canadian music scene. For the last ten years, she has been exploring the intersection of traditional artistic practices and new technologies through collaboration with dance, live video, text, written music, and improvised music. Her latest works — All Caps No Space and Identity Theft — are windows into politically charged subjects.
Montreal-based Louise Campbell’s hats range from clarinettist to conductor, community arts facilitator to musicians’ health therapist. As a performer, improviser and composer, Louise interrogates and renews the ways we make music by creating new works with everyone, regardless of age, ability, or prior experience. She has toured improvised and composed musics across Canada, the US, France, Germany, and Brazil.
Guillaume Campion is a composer and sound artist. Bringing music, speech and field recordings together, his works are at the crossroads of electroacoustic music and sonic documentary. He is the co-founder of Trames, a company dedicated to digital audio creation and the democratization of sound art.
JP Carter (Destroyer, Fond of Tigers, Inhabitants) is a Juno award-winning musician from Vancouver, Canada. Carter’s singular approach to the trumpet and versatility as an improvisor and composer make him a vital contributor to the Vancouver music community. JP incorporates a variety of techniques into his trumpet playing, utilizing and experimenting with acoustic (traditional, extended) and electronic (effected, amplified) methods to create a wide spectrum of sound.
Katelyn Clark is a musician who specializes in early and experimental repertoire on historical keyboard instruments. She works through informed playing, improvisation, and innovative performance practice on the pianoforte, organetto, and harpsichord.
Influenced by his surroundings, the electroacoustic composer Guillaume Côté explores the territorial, linguistic and social dynamics in Quebec through a mix of concrete, synthetic and vocal materials. His eclectic artistic research resides not only on a meeting with the other through musical discourse that aims to be narrative or informative, but also on the abstraction brought on through modular systems.
Gabriel Dharmoo is a composer, vocalist, improviser and researcher. His works have been performed in Canada, the U.S.A, Europe, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. He was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Jules Léger Prize (2017) and Robert Fleming Prize (2011), the MusCan Student Composer Competition (2017), the Prix d’Europe composition prize (2011), as well as awards from the SOCAN. Photo Caroline Tabah
Goldjian is a feminist transdisciplinary researcher hacktivist and earthian artist who likes to make visible, readable and malleable the processes of co-construction of knowledge. They introduces relational practices between humans, earth, technologies and creates intimate spaces for mutual learning and process deepening.
Ruth Howard is the founding Artistic Director of Toronto-based Jumblies Theatre, which makes art with, for and about diverse people and places. She has created a series of multi-year residencies resulting in large-scale performances and lasting legacies, and many other projects that combine visual imagery, performance, music, movement, oral history and community arts practice.
Marcelle Hudon is a puppeteer. She is interested in the symbolic power of the manipulator and the object. A shadow theater and live video specialist, she works with artist in new music, writing, theater, dance and visual arts to compose her performances and installations.
Pianist Megumi Masaki is dedicated to performing and creating interactive multimedia works integrating sound, image, text, movement and technology in collaboration with artistic innovators. Megumi has premiered over 80 works across Canada, USA, Europe and Asia. Megumi is Professor of Piano, New Music Ensemble and Festival director at Brandon University. Photo Anna Murray
Integrating theatre, performance art and technology, Émilie Monnet’s artistic practice revolves around questions of identity, memory, history and transformation. Her performances draw on the symbolic of dreams and mythology—personal and collective—to tell stories that question today’s world. She is the founder of Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS), a critical and artistic manifestation of Indigenous live-arts. A new edition of ISC will be presented in Montréal in June 2018. Émilie’s heritage is Anishnaabe and French, and she lives in Montreal. Photo Meena Murugesan
New Hermitage is a collection Halifax improvisers who can list Jerry Granelli, the Upstream Orchestra, Gypsophilia, and Symphony Nova Scotia on their resumes. Their music is an expression of tenderness, joy, sorrow, and mindfulness; it is a plea to slow down and gather awareness of space and time.
Luke Nickel is an award-winning Manitoban artist and researcher currently residing in Bristol, UK. His work investigates notions of memory, collaboration, and musical borrowing. He has worked with ensembles such as EXAUDI, the Bozzini Quartet, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Luke also currently co-directs the Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres is a collective of undisciplined artist founded in Québec City in 2002. Unclassifiable, on the boundaries of several artistic disciplines, the ODHO defines itself as a permanent work in progress in the living arts. Photo Jacynthe Carrier
Constantly seeking new means of expression and eager to create, the flutist-improviser-composer Cléo Palacio-Quintin (1971) takes part in many premieres as well as improvisational multidisciplinary performances, and composes instrumental and electro-acoustic music for various ensembles and media works. Since 1999, she has developing hyper-flutes.She is the first women to own a Doctorate in Electro-Acoustic Composition from the Université de Montréal (2012).
Jerry Pergolesi is the founding artistic director and percussionist for Contact Contemporary Music in Toronto and a founding member of the Queer Percussion Research Group. Jerry also created the experimental music festival Intersection and Music From Scratch, a music creation workshop for excluded youth.
Jacques Poulin-Denis is a composer, choreographer, director and performer. Undertaking projects that blur the boundaries between dance, music and theater, he creates humanistic and uncanny works that are both sensorial and thought provoking. To gently knock the spectator off center, he puts forth the strength within the vulnerability of the characters he brings to life. Photo Hugo B. Lefort
Originally from Cuba, Evelin Ramón obtained a Masters in Composition at the Université de Montréal, studying with Ana Sokolovic, and is continuing her doctoral studies there under the direction of Pierre Michaud. She also studied in Havana with the Cuban composers Juan Piñera and Louis Aguirre. Her professional work includes performance, improvisation, composition and teaching.
William Robinson is a multidisciplinary artist that creates installations combining sculpture, sound, video, performance, musical composition and printed matter. Influenced and directed by his interest in sound, performance art, musicology, architecture and metallurgy, Robinson engages collaborative and poetic processes that divulge the unexpected logic, design and history of specific sites and locations.
Lou Sheppard is Canadian artist working in video, audio and installation practices. Of settler ancestry, Sheppard was raised on unceded Mi’Kmaq territory, and currently lives in K’jiputuk (Halifax.) Sheppard was a participant in the first Antarctic Biennale, the Antarctic Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, and was selected for the 2017 Emerging Atlantic Artist Award. Photo Rita Taylor, Banff Centre, 2017
Patrick Saint-Denis is a composer working mainly in sound art and interactive scenography. His works range from video installation to large scale robotized machinery. He performs regularly in Montreal and abroad either in concert, exhibition or dance format. He his course lecturer of audiovisual composition and physical computing at University of Montreal since 2010.
Isabella Stefanescu is an interdisciplinary artist, director, and producer based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Originally from Romania, Stefanescu immigrated to Canada and continued her education in mathematics and fine arts at the University of Waterloo. In collaboration with machine designer Klaus Engel, Isabella Stefanescu created the Euphonopen, an interface for the live performance of drawing. The Euphonopen maps the hand movements of the person who draws to sound, and has been used to create several interdisciplinary/new music performances, a chamber opera, and installations with user created content. Stefanescu is a recipient of the Ontario Arts Council K.M. Hunter Artist Award for interdisciplinary art. Currently she is the artistic director of Inter Arts Matrix, an organization dedicated to the production of interdisciplinary works of art.
Roozbeh Tabandeh is an Iranian musician and architect. Having a Master’s degree in architecture, he is also known as a composer, conductor, violinist and Iranian Santur player. He studied music composition at Concordia University under the supervision of Sandeep Bhagwati and Georges Dimitrov and extended his violin technique by Clemens Merkel. Before that, he studied performance, music composition and conducting with some of the most well-known Iranian musicians.
Erhu performer, composer, improviser, vocalist, and producer, Lan Tung is the artistic director of Sound of Dragon Music Festival, Orchid Ensemble, and Proliferasian, and performs with numerous cross-cultural projects in the New Music and World Music scenes. Originally from Taiwan, her works often encompass unexpected combinations of elements from different genres.
Christopher Willes is an interdisciplinary artist, composer, and dramaturg based in Toronto. He makes performances, music, exhibitions, publications, curatorial projects, and often works in contemporary dance contexts. He is an associate artist with the Toronto collective Public Recordings. Christopher received an MFA in music/sound from Bard College (NY, USA), studied music at the University of Toronto, Dance Dramaturgy at Dancemakers Centre For Creation, and was a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow (NH, USA). Photo Emma Jones
Gayle Young has designed instruments and sound installations as well as composing for orchestral and electronic instruments. Visual artists have invited her to provide sound for gallery exhibitions in which she integrated her work in tuning and soundscape in a cross-disciplinary context. She has written extensively about sound innovation, writing the biography of Hugh Le Caine and editing Musicworks for many years.
Matthias Engler is co-founder, general manager and percussionist of Berlin based ‘Ensemble Adapter’ and has specialized in contemporary chamber music practices since 2004. Next to performing as a soloist, ensemble player and guest musician in various contexts his special expertise lies in continuously creating and producing new music formats.
Ona Kamu (Finland) has several titles; singer, musician, composer, actor, performance artist, artistic director of Ona Kamu Collective, music producer and head of her own record label Pakara Records. Ona is the epitome of the uncategorized. Just like her art, her work is ambitious, relentless and follows her own paths.
Elke Moltrecht (Germany) is a musicologist, curator and initiator of international and interdisciplinary festivals and annual programs that link forms of music through uncommon thematic associations. She publishes journal articles about experimental and contemporary music and has been a member of noted national and international juries and boards. Since March 2014, she has been Executive Director of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Köln.
Niilo Tarnanen (Finland) is a Finnish composer, music theory teacher, bassoonist, and the chairperson of the young composers’ association Korvat auki. Alumnus of Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Tarnanen’s recent focuses include games and flow charts as form, harmony inspired by psychoacoustics and phonetics, and everyday sounds. Photo Arto Rusanen
Check back here, the list keeps growing. (Subject to change without prior notification — February 28, 2018).