Listen up / Tendez l’oreille, Forum 2021 online edition combines a spirit of activism with an interest in practices outside the concert hall and with increasing awareness of how to bring everyone, irrespective of ability or capacity, into the new music and sound audience and experience.CNMN is delighted to launch its 14th Forum online, a ten-week celebration of the creative music and sound community by sharing the following online:
- 5 videos on Land, Access, Indigenous, Innovation and Community issues, with the voices and work of artistic leaders;
- A showcase of 20+ short videos of creative music and sound artists from across the country and artistic practice;
- 4 events produced by presenters from the heart of Canada on the Prairies.
CNMN is grateful for and inspired by the invigoration of its community with the presence of Indigenous artists and curators. They encourage us to raise our awareness of language, ceremony, knowledge holding and knowledge sharing.
- What does Indigenous resurgence mean to you? If you don’t agree with the term resurgence, how would you reframe the theme of this conversation?
- Does language and definition affect or effect your work?
- Does mentorship play a role in your work, if so, how?
- What inspires you to create?
These are the questions keynote Becca Taylor (Ociciwan Collective) asked of the presenters who spoke to the Indigenous Resurgence theme: Astrolabe Musik Theatre (Delphine Derickson-Armstrong and Heather Pawsey), Ian Cusson, Geronimo Inutiq and Sandy Scofield.
0:00 Intro & in memoriam… Mary Cecil, Victoria Calihoo (née Velcourt) and Eleanor Helen Thomas Garneau; Composed by : Postcommodity and Alex Waterman; Performed by: Malay Bishop, Seth Cardinal, Curtis Lefthand, Jaynine Lena McCrae, nêhiyawak (Mathew Cardinal, Kris Harper, Marek Tyler), Ociciwan, Ambr Paquett, Postcommodity, Jared Tailfeathers, Alex Waterman
24:18 Delphine Derickson Armstrong & Heather Pawsey
37:39 Ian Cusson
42:55 Joan’s aria from Empire of Wild by Ian Cusson, text by Cherie Mimaline, performed by Karen Slack
48:48 Geronimo Inutiq
1:03:48 Nipiy (Water), George Finn Down & Keeping Secrets by Sandy Scofield
Community is at the core of our organization. Canadian New Music Network primarily exists for networking to improve communication, understanding and knowledge within the new music and sound community; and representation, to do the same beyond our community and with an ever-larger audience. La communauté est au cœur de notre organisation. Le Réseau canadien pour les musiques nouvelles existe en premier lieu pour le réseautage, afin d’améliorer la communication, la compréhension et les connaissances au sein de la communauté des musiques nouvelles et du son; et pour la représentation, pour faire de même au-delà de notre communauté et auprès d’un public toujours plus large.
0:00 Rebecca Caines
7:02 Improvising with Ipads/Improviser avec des Ipads — Wascana Rehabilitation Center
11:25 ImprovEnabled, Saskatchewan 2016
19:25 “Multiplay” Open Ears Festival April 2021
27:02 “Holiday Monday” Wuhan China, 2016
35:45 Elder Lorna Standingready, from/de “215 Beginnings” 2021
36:30 Louise Campbell
43:40 PCM Hub: Stories of Care/Louise Campbell/Bradyworks
44:38 PCM Hub: Jodi Proznick, The Language of Emotion in Music
46:25 PCM Hub: Ruth Eliason, The Beat of the Heart
47:20 PCM Hub: Steve Wright, Across the Lines
49:40 Giorgio Magnanensi
- When we think of increasing accessibility – that inherently involves acknowledging or recognizing existing barriers – what existing barrier have you recognized? Whether in your work, in your community, in your organization, in your discipline.
- What community or cultures, people, experiences, are you personally really excited to increase access with?
- Is there a place or an experience that you feel like you are not able to access? If so, what would have to change to make that place or experience more accessible for you?
Innovation • Technology
CNMN’s activities reflect our belief and enthusiasm for the value and benefits of new music for both individuals and communities as a means of expression and listening. Our members dedicate themselves in a vibrant range of musical and/or sonic practices.
- Who was the first non-human you came to know?
- What is unknowable in your practice?
- Where do your compositions come from?
- How do you define listening?
- Are all things heard, audible?
CNMN is committed to facing climate change through educating and empowering its members to embed environmental sustainability into all aspects of new music production and dissemination.
Events by Prairie Presenters
October 6, 2021 — Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition
Revisit our pre-Forum event during the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, where Métis composer Ian Cusson discussed his commissioned competition work La Pieta (after Monkman), and Indigenous Classical Music Resurgence in Canada.
October 20, 2021 — New Music Edmonton
New Music Edmonton’s contribution to CNMN’s Forum is a newly commissioned program of sound works curated by Matthew Cardinal. A key figure in the Prairies and beyond, Matthew Cardinal is well known for his solo work, myriad collaborative projects, and photography.
This original work is aired in the context of a specially produced episode of The No Normal, New Music Edmonton’s podcast/radio show. Entitled Calm, this episode brings together three newly created works by a stellar collective of artists: Eliza Niemi, Stefana Fratila, and Cîpayak ᒌᐸᕀ (Sarah Houle, Shane Ghostkeeper & Brad Hawkins).
Listen to the episode: https://soundcloud.com/newmusicedmonton/calm
November 2, 2021 — New Works Calgary & National Music Centre
The National Music Centre and New Works Calgary present Stingray Classical Artist in Residence: Sarah Davachi. Tune in from November 2 at 10am (MDT) on NMC’s Facebook page to access the three-part virtual stream.
In the Summer of 2021, Canadian electroacoustic composer and musician Sarah Davachi spent a week as the National Music Centre’s Stingray Classical Artist in Residence. This performance is what resulted from her experimentation with several historic pieces from the NMC’s musical instrument collection.
November 17, 2021 — Holophon Audio Arts
Watch the performance that was live streamed at 8 pm EST on November 17, 2021!
Social Media Showcase
* Members of the jury: Norm Adams, Teresa Connors, Helen Pridmore & Sandy Scofield.
Anoush Moazzeni: Dissolving into the Pluriverse
CNMN is grateful for the collaboration and support of the many people and organizations that made this Forum possible.
This includes the Forum team: fixed content producer, Jeff Morton; communications, Aurore Blondelot; graphics, Mariah Meawasige; administration assistant, Suzu Enns; executive director, Terri Hron. Thanks to all board members and community members who worked hard to make this a reality.
Forum would not be possible without the following funders and presenters: