Now Hear This Festival of New Music

March 21-24, 2019 Multiple Venues
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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. 


Thursday,  March 21

Theatre Lab, Allard Hall, Grant MacEwan University

7:30 Live Mix

Raylene Campbell, Landing 23
The Olm: Caitlin Sian Richards, viola; Jenna Turner, violin

9:00 Terri Hron, Nesting

Friday, March 22

City Hall, noon

Now Hear This City Hall Players performing the world premiere of Emilie LeBel’s How To Behave In a Crowd *free admission!*

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 7:30: HyperLiveCubeMix

Anna Pidgorna, Roger Admiral, Arlan Vriens performing Pidgornas’ Teach Your Daughters

Holy Drone Travellers with Mustafa Rafiq
Mustafa Rafiq, Guitar; Matt Meeker, Bass, Trombone, Synth; Bhuyash Neupane, Tablas, Singing

Ryan M. Hemphill and Nico Arnáez performing Hemphill’s Duet for Electric Guitar and Electric Bass

Organist Reinhard von Berg performing his piece Visions 

Hypercube: Chris Graham, percussion; Andrea Lodge, piano; Erin Rogers, saxophones; Jay Sorce, classical & electric guitar

Holy Trinity Anglican Church Upper Hall, 9:30: Sound Lounge

Saturday, March 23

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

11:00 Kids Hear This: bring the kids for a funny, noisy introduction to musical instruments and 21st century sounds! *free admission!*

2:00 Song of Sibyls with organetto player Katelyn Clark

3:30 NME Sound Lounge in the Holy Trinity Upper Hall

7:30 Saturday Night Double Feature

Helen Pridmore performing Ana Sokolovic’s Love Songs

Civvie and Friends: Ethan Bokma, bass clarinet; Natanielle Felicitas, cello; respectfulchild, violin; Kelly Ruth, weaving loom

9:30 NME Sound Lounge in the Holy Trinity Upper Hall

Sunday, March 24

Location TBA 11:00 Sonic Play School with Scott Smallwood: Improvising with Found Objects

Theatre Lab, Allard Hall, Grant MacEwan University

2:00 HyperViolet

UltraViolet: Roger Admiral, piano; Allison Balcetis, saxophones; Chenoa Anderson, flutes; Amy Nicholson, cello

Hypercube: Chris Graham, percussion; Andrea Lodge, piano; Erin Rogers, saxophones; Jay Sorce, classical & electric guitar

Back to events

Terri Hron: Nesting

Terri Hron: Nesting

We are thrilled to be welcoming recorder player Terri Hron back to her hometown Edmonton. Nesting is the very definition of “multidisciplinary,” featuring compositions by Terry and others, video, choreography and electronics. Inspired by experiences on Île Audet, the works comprising Nesting highlight different physical and emotional connections to the environment, to our stewardship of it and the inspiration it brings.   

Double Bill: Helen Pridmore / Civvie and Friends

Double Bill: Helen Pridmore / Civvie and Friends

Helen Pridmore: Love Songs

One Canada’s most important interpreters of new vocal music will be coming to visit Edmonton from Regina for a special performance of Love Songs, by renowned Canadian composer Ana Sokolovic. The wonders of Helen Pridmore’s voice combined with this compelling composition, staging and lighting, will be unforgettable.   

Civvie and Friends

Comprised of performers from Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton, this very special performance will bring together two members of the band Civvie – Kelly Ruth (Edmonton) and Natanielle Felicitas (Winnipeg) with respectfulchild, (Saskatoon) and Ethan Bokma (Edmonton). This fantastic combination of violin, ‘cello, bass clarinet and amplified weaving loom will be a brilliant celebration of Prairie creatives and not to be missed!

To cap this event off, Civvie and Friends will be joined by Helen Pridmore in an improvised performance created especially for Now Hear This.

Katelyn Clark: Song of Sibyls

Katelyn Clark: Song of Sibyls

Visiting us from Montréal, Katelyn Clark is bringing us the Edmonton premiere of her full-length solo show, Song of Sibyls. This unique, intermedia work is designed as a live performance for organetto, sound processing, and video. This is an improvised piece, with sound performed and created by Katelyn Clark, with video by Marlaina Read.



Something cool and usually quite loud always happens when Edmonton-raised saxophonist Erin Rogers returns to town with one or more of her partners-in-crime. This time it’s Hypercube, a New York-based group comprised of saxophones, guitar, accordion and drums with works by Eric Wubbels, Erin Rogers, and Chaya Czernowin.



UltraViolet presents a show featuring the world premieres of 3 works by Evelin Ramon, Anna Pidgorna, and Monica Pearce, with other works by Heather Hindman.   This concert is made possible by the support of a Concept to Realization Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Olm

The Olm

Two new mothers, Jenna Turner (violin) and Caitlin Richards (viola), respond to their babies and create a lullaby in two parts, improvised over a collage of their daughters’ voices. In Gwendolyn Suite, a breast pump echoes, and violin, viola and other sounds soothe the harsh cries of a newborn overwhelmed by the world out of utero. Annalisa Suite begins in pregnancy where a mother sings to connect with her baby, then in labour through fetal distress.

Holy Drone Travellers with Mustafah Rafiq

Holy Drone Travellers with Mustafah Rafiq

Get ready to groove with this pairing as Bhuyash Neupane and Matt Meeker of Holy Drone Travellers come together with Mustafah Rafiq. Trombone, guitar, tablas, voice and more all come into play in a compelling hybrid of drones, jazz, Indian classical and new music. These artists are emerging through this grouping and many others as among the truly compelling and influential forces in the Edmonton scene.