NME Fringe Players: The Sound of Words in a World of Sounds

2018 marks New Music Edmonton’s 6th annual appearance at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. The NME Fringe Players showcase of local experimental music-making with a theme – The Sound of Words in a World of Sound – we will be presenting five hour-long shows as part of the 2018 Fringe Bring Your Own Venue. We have invited a fantastic group of Edmonton’s most adventurous artists – musicians, poets, filmmakers, puppeteers and sculptors – to present 5 one-of-a-kind performances.

See You Or Something In September III

Our 3rd biennial (4th if you include our 2012 John Cage Centennial show) celebrating Edmonton artists returns. This is going to be a great community-minded night of music, refreshments, and partying! Performances will include improvisation, chamber music, poetry readings, dance, electronic music and much more. There will be plenty of time to meet new people and chat with old friends in between sets. This is a great way to spend the last Saturday night of the summer, to be there when the sun goes down, and to welcome the autumn with some of most amazing creatives in our city.

Our schedule of artists this year includes: Brandon Wint, WindRose Trio, Vladimir Rufino, Lin Snelling, Kathleen Yearwood, Diane Robitelle and Zac Bellward, Arlan Vriens, Femme, Syrinx Duo, Matthew Roberts and Tyson Kerr, and X Quartet.

Tickets: $25 General, $20 Student/Senior, $15 Members, available online or at the door

EarWitness: Augmented Piano

Renowned pianist Eve Egoyan returns to Edmonton in an immersive, multi-layered event combining music, film, painting and electronics. This goes way beyond a mere piano recital. Eve has put together a really breathtaking collection of works by John Oswald, Nicole Lizée, Ann Southam and Chiyoko Szlavnics. There will also be two unforgettable collaborative works with music by Eve Egoyan herself and visual artist David Rokeby, a pioneer of translating physical gestures into real-time interactive sound environments.

With an incredible combination of music, video and electronics, and with the masterful playing of one of Canada’s greatest pianists, you will not want to miss this mind-blowing show!    

Timepoint Ensemble: So F***ing Easy

Picture the scene: it’s late January, in the heart of a cold, clear Edmonton winter. Definitely time for a hot concert of new chamber music of the kind that only New Music Edmonton can bring you. Our friends in Timepoint Ensemble will be cruising up the QE2 from their home in Calgary to give their Edmonton début. Their programme takes its inspiration from ideas of noise and post-genre inspired works, two sound worlds seemingly far apart yet expertly connected in the hands of this great chamber ensemble. The program is based around the works by Peter Ablinger, Germán Alonso, Nicole Lizée, Marie-Hélène Fournier, and Owen Davis.

We are really looking forward to hosting Timepoint Ensemble in Edmonton – it’s always a treat to hear a superb chamber ensemble playing virtuosic, cutting-edge music, but when it includes amplified French horn, electric guitars, saxophones, drums and a few swear words, we know we’re in for something truly amazing: no better way to celebrate being in Edmonton in January with some very cool musicians from Calgary.  

Now Hear This Festival of New Music

This will be New Music Edmonton’s 8th annual festival, and, we have a lot of phenomenal sound-oriented creativity to ring in spring 2019. As always our programming for the festival draws on a wide array of sonic art practices and celebrates in only a few days not only an exhilarating collection of beautiful creative imaginations making sound-based art, but also the natural curiosity and open ears of Edmonton audiences. We are proud of what the one-of-a-kind Now Hear This has become as the largest festival of its kind in our region.     

Watch for more information to come on the lineup and special events for Now Hear This 2019.

 

DOUBLE BILL: Sonia Paço-Rocchia / Amy Brandon: Guitars and Saws

This inspiring and surprising double bill will be full of saws, guitars, electronics and improvisation, and easily one of the most unusual and inspiring events we have hosted.

Sonia Paço-Rocchia’s work, Scies (the French word for saws) will see one half of the space filled with various saw blades, each amplified and attached to solenoids and activated live by the composer, who describes it as “a comment on the contrast between the rough and dangerous and the meditative and enchanting.”

Amy Brandon, guitarist, will be performing Flesh Projektor, a work for augmented guitar. Augmented guitar, you ask? This is a performance in which a real guitar and a virtual guitar are fused, and both will be played simultaneously in real-time!