NME at the Fringe

For the first time ever, New Music Edmonton will be featured at the internationally renowned Edmonton Fringe Festival thanks to the generosity of our friends at The Wee Book Inn, who have kindly donated their Whyte Avenue location to us. You will be treated to a unique sensorial experience as performers wind their way through the aisles and spaces of the Wee Book Inn shop.  Check out the full schedule below:

All shows start at 8:30pm and run for 50 minutes on the 2nd floor of The Wee Book Inn – 10310 Whyte Ave.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students, available at Fringe Box Office Locations, online, or in limited quantity at the door right before the show.

August 15th: St. Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble / Justin Massey

For NME at the Fringe 2013, St. Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble is clarinetist/artistic director Don Ross, electric violinist Cam Neufeld, and dancer/fire performer Marissa Puff.  Their show, The Lost Librarian, will be free improvisation by all three artists starting with the image of a librarian from the future somehow transported to the present day Wee Book Inn. Marissa’s futuristic persona will try to make sense of her new environment with its dusty books and gawking crowd, accompanied by otherworldly sound-scapes and music.

Saxophonist Justin Massey is an alumnus of the University of Alberta and currently studies at Bowling Green State University.  His program will stun audiences with a rare performance for two simultaneous saxophones played by one person – a piece by Turkish composer Yigit Özatalay called Non Sono da Solo, ci sono anch’io.  Other works include a poignant piece telling the story of a brave Japanese soldier who makes an impossible choice, and an abstract work that will change how you think about the saxophone.

August 16th: Ookpik Ensemble

The Ookpik Ensemble will present a program highlighting unique pairings of instruments. Tuba and viola are featured in Garth Knox’s “Jonah and the Whale, a slightly creepy dramatization of the classic tale. “Wizard Oil & Indian Sagwa”, by iconic Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, will take an acerbic look at the old travelling medicine shows (see the clarinet soloist in a politically incorrect costume). The ensemble may also come together for improvisations – if they feel like it.
Dan Sutherland-clarinet, Scott Whetham-tuba, Jeannette Comeau-viola, Bill Dimmer-speaker

August 17th: Andrix / Fontana Mix

George Andrix brings audiences a rare look and listen at the modern viola with computer generated, pre-recorded Lament for a distant Small Planet by Edward E. Nixon with viola improvisation by George Andrix.  He will also perform A Room by John Cage for solo viola and Plumbus Mumbus, a heavy metal blues for electric viola and pre-recorded computer generated accompaniment.

Fontana Mix is not so much a composition as a tool for generating any time-based events. It was used by John Cage to compose a wide range of works, some musical, some theatrical, some both. This iteration, performed by flutist Chenoa Anderson, vocalist Michelle Milenkovic,  dancer Gerry Morita, and composer Ian Crutchley, will be like a performance circus with an abundance of surprising and sometimes humorous events happening simultaneously. For the Wee Book Inn, the performers will be separated as much as possible, though the movement artist will be highly mobile and may show up anywhere!

August 18: St. Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble / Short Stories in Small Spaces

St. Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble will consist of clarinetist/artistic director Don Ross, electric violinist Cam Neufeld, and dancer/fire performer Marissa Puff.  Their show, The Lost Librarian, will be free improvisation by all three artists starting with the image of a librarian from the future somehow transported to the present day Wee Book Inn. Marissa’s futuristic persona will try to make sense of her new environment with its dusty books and gawking crowd, accompanied by otherworldly sound-scapes and music.

Short Stories in Small Spaces: Kate Stashko and Thom Golub present a new interdisciplinary duet featuring movement, music, history and character.  The original Wee Book Inn was only 7′ by 30′!  The duo will bring the feeling of confinement to their piece,  this time in the more expansive,  present-day Wee Book Inn.  The work borrows from both the historic character of the Wee Book Inn space and the characters that these two improviser-composer/choreographers are modelling from, among other places, the Whyte Avenue area.

August 19th: Justin Massey / Browse Labyrinth

Saxophonist Justin Massey is an alumnus of the University of Alberta and currently studies at Bowling Green State University.  His program will stun audiences with a rare performance for two simultaneous saxophones played by one person – a piece by Turkish composer Yigit Özatalay called Non Sono da Solo, ci sono anch’io.  Other works include a poignant piece telling the story of a brave Japanese soldier who makes an impossible choice, and an abstract work that will change how you think about the saxophone.

Browse Labyrinth is an original work created especially for New Music Edmonton at The Fringe for “accompanying vocalist and vocalizing accompanist,” Michelle Milenkovic and Ian Crutchley.  It is a labyrinth in the true sense of the word – not a puzzle to be solved, but a single route to be followed. In celebrating the space of The Wee Book Inn, the routes will be using the various units of shelving and subject matter as their course, taking audiences on a journey through the store.

August 20th: University of Alberta Saxophone Quartet / Fontana Mix

The University of Alberta Saxophone Quartet includes graduate students Chee Meng Low, Laura Kerslake, Dominique Shulhan, and instructor Allison Balcetis. This virtuosic ensemble will introduce audiences to a new sound world. Their program features vibrant, modern works by local and internationally renowned composers:  Colin Labadie, Etelka Nyilasi, Gyorgi Ligeti, and Ruth Guechtal.

Fontana Mix is not so much a composition as a tool for generating any time-based events. It was used by John Cage to compose a wide range of works, some musical, some theatrical, some both.  This iteration, performed by flutist Chenoa Anderson, vocalist Michelle Milenkovic,  dancer Gerry Morita, and composer Ian Crutchley, will be like a performance circus with an abundance of surprising and sometimes humorous events happening simultaneously. For the Wee Book Inn, the performers will be separated as much as possible, though the movement artist will be highly mobile and may show up anywhere!

August 21st: Andrix / Short Stories in Small Spaces

George Andrix brings audiences a rare look and listen at the modern viola with computer generated, pre-recorded Lament for a distant Small Planet by Edward E. Nixon with viola improvisation by George Andrix.  He will also perform A Room by John Cage for solo viola and Plumbus Mumbus, a heavy metal blues for electric viola and pre-recorded computer generated accompaniment.

Short Stories in Small Spaces: Kate Stashko and Thom Golub present a new interdisciplinary duet featuring movement, music, history and character.  The original Wee Book Inn was only 7′ by 30′!  The duo will bring the feeling of confinement to their piece,  this time in the more expansive,  present-day Wee Book Inn.  The work borrows from both the historic character of the Wee Book Inn space and the characters that these two improviser-composer/choreographers are modelling from, among other places, the Whyte Avenue area.

August 22nd: University of Alberta Saxophone Quartet / On the Fly Trio

The University of Alberta Saxophone Quartet includes graduate students Chee Meng Low, Laura Kerslake, Dominique Shulhan, and instructor Allison Balcetis. This virtuosic ensemble will introduce audiences to a new sound world. Their program features vibrant, modern works by local and internationally renowned composers:  Colin Labadie, Etelka Nyilasi, Gyorgi Ligeti, and Ruth Guechtal.

Dancer Katrina Smy, flutist Chenoa Anderson, and saxophonist Allison Balcetis are a spontaneous trio comfortable with instantaneous, live improvisation.  In their show, On the Fly, they will interact with each other, the audience, and The Wee Book Inn to create a show about the beauty of jumping into the unknown head first.

August 23rd & 24th: WindRose Trio

One of Edmonton’s most treasured chamber groups, the WindRose Trio, will perform works featuring local, notable composers.  Roger Deegan’s King of the Cats was inspired by an old folk tale about a grave digger with an unusual story to tell.  Next up is Divertimento by one of Edmonton’s most influential composers, Violet Archer.  Finally is John McPherarson’s Three Guzintuhs. This hilariously titled piece gets its inspiration from the classic TV sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies!  Don’t miss this fabulous trio, comprising oboist Beth Levia, clarinetist Robert Spady, and bassoonist Matthew Howatt!

August 25th: Ryoanji / On the Fly Trio

Composed late in his career, Ryoanji is one of John Cage’s most meditative works. Flutist Chenoa Anderson performs live from a score consisting of long, pitch-bent tones based on curves traced around rocks from the famous Ryoanji Garden in Japan.  With Ian Crutchley playing “found percussion” in his own tempo, the show will be a sort of aural Zen rock garden, using the space of the Wee Book Inn.

Dancer Katrina Smy, flutist Chenoa Anderson, and saxophonist Allison Balcetis are a spontaneous trio comfortable with instantaneous, live improvisation.  In their show, On the Fly, they will interact with each other, the audience, and The Wee Book Inn itself to create a show about the beauty of jumping into the unknown head first.