Now Hear This

Artists in Residence: The Bozzini Quartet

Clemens Merkel, Violin
Alissa Cheung, Violin
Stéphanie Bozzini, Viola
Isabelle Bozzini, Cello

A radically contemporary ensemble evolving in a perpetually effervescent music scene, the Bozzini Quartet explores with equal enthusiasm the possibilities offered by the traditional concert setting as well as by more unconventional events. The group distinguishes itself by its open-mindedness toward the myriad artistic currents and disciplines of today. They indulge in taking risks and boldly venture off the beaten track, leaving commonplace ideas by the wayside. Passionate about their music-making, they win audiences over with their precise, supple and detailed playing. The quartet carefully builds up an uncompromising and diverse repertoire, never giving in to fashion. Since its inception, it has commissioned some hundred works and has premiered over one hundred and fifty. The guest of many international festivals, the Bozzini Quartet also supports the younger generation of composers through workshops, notably their Composer’s Kitchen. The quartet hosts its own recording label, Collection QB, on which they feature various composers from Canada and abroad.

The residency of The Bozzini Quartet is made possible by a grant from The Canada Council for the Arts.

Tuesday, March 14

The Warszynski-Simurdova Piano Duo – Muttart Hall (10050 MacDonald Dr.), 7:00 p.m.

Edmonton favourites Mikolaj Warszynski and Zuzana Simurdova make their New Music Edmonton debut in a concert of new works for two pianos, piano 4-hands and piano with electronics. These two incredible pianists have chosen the program especially for the opening night of our festival, with a mixture of local, national and international composers,including a new work for piano 4-hands and electronics by Edmonton’s Jacek Sobieraj.

Following the concert, join us in the lobby of Muttart Hall for an opening-night reception. The New Music Edmonton team and many of the festival’s artists and composers will be on hand for refreshments, conversation, information about the festival and a few surprises. Cash bar available.

PROGRAM:

Adagio & Allegro – George Andrix (b.32, Edmonton) 8min
On Tenderness (2017) – Rozalie Hirs  (b.1965, NL) 6min
Sonata No. 4
– Lubos Fiser (1935-1999, CZ) 10min
176 (2010/11) – Miguel Bellusci  (b.1958, AR) 8min

INTERMISSION

4-2-1 (2017)* World Premiere – Jacek Sobieraj (b.1958, Edmonton) 10min
8 Variations, One Crazy, on “Ah! Vous Dirai-je, Mama” – Giuseppe Lupis 8min
Velvet (2007) – Linda Catlin Smith (b.1957, CAN) 10min

…only Midnight…(2009) – Piotr Grella-Mozejko (b.1961, Edmonton) 10min

*commissioned by New Music Edmonton

 

Wednesday, March 15

Bradyworks: Instruments of Happiness – Studio 96 (10909 96 Street), 7:00 p.m.

Instruments of Happiness is an electric guitar ensemble, led by Montréal’s Tim Brady. With an intense focus on exploring the electric guitar as a concert medium, the group has commissioned and performed many new works by established and emerging composers and new versions of classical works, as well as having ventured into spectacular public events such as the amazing 100 guitars project. For their first performance in Edmonton, Instruments of Happiness are bringing along 5 (yes, 5!) newly composed works by some of Canada’s finest emerging composers – Emily Hall, Maxime McKinley, Gordon Fitzell, Jordan Nobles, Scott Godin – as well as a work by Tim Brady himself.   

PROGRAM:

Electric guitars: Tim Brady, Jonathan Barriault, Simon Duschene, Marc-Olivier Lamontagne

Ayaya Moses (1994)- René Lussier (b.1957, QC)
Martlandia (2016) – Scott Godin (b.1970, AB)*
The Happiness Handook (2017) – Emily Hall (b.1978, QC)*
Bomb Crater Garden (2016) – Gordon Fitzell (b.1968, MB)*

INTERMISSION



Reflets de Francesca Woodman (2016) – Maxime McKinley (b.1979, QC)**
Deep Field (2016) – Jordan Nobles (b.1969, BC)***
Equal but Opposite Reaction (2016) – Tim Brady (b.1956, QC)***


* commissioned with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts
** commissioned with funds from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
*** commissioned with funds from Bradyworks

The 2017 Instruments of Happiness “The Happiness Handbook Tour” is made possible with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.  The tour also received support from Godin Guitars.

Late-night Live I – Studio 96 (10909 96 Street), 9:30 p.m.

A highlight of Now Hear This is always our two late-evening shows which offer performances by some of Edmonton’s most daring musical experimenters. With a wild mixture of electronics, improvisation, noise, video and a large measure of the unexpected, Late-night Live I and II offer a great opportunity to “get in tune” with the wilder side of our city’s musical underground.     

PROGRAM:

33% en vivo –  Trio alla Distancia (Canada – Argentina).
Mythomania – Michelle Glen (Edmonton), Olivia Imbrogno, horn (Edmonton).
TACTO – Diego Garro (UK).
A Fools Circle: A Woman Sees How the World Goes With No Eyes – Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016, US).

 

Thursday, March 16

The Bozzini String Quartet and Guests – City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill Square), 12:00 p.m.

In A Large Open Space

This stunning, public event is destined to be one of the most unusual, yet moving and beautiful events ever to happen in City Hall. The Bozzini String Quartet, this year’s Now Hear This Artists In Residence, will lead an ensemble of some 20 Edmonton musicians in a free, public performance of late Canadian composer James Tenney’s In A Large Open Space. With the musicians spread across the space, and on two levels, the lobby will be breathtakingly filled with the wondrous sounds of a vast spectrum of instruments playing cosmic, meditative harmonies. The audience free to move from place to place so they can discover their own “version” of the music. This is a must-be-there event!   

James Tenney, In A Large Open Space: Workshop and Demonstration Performance

FEATURING:
The Vaughan String Quartet, Chenoa Anderson, Beth Levia, Russell Whitehead, George Andrix, Dave Wall, Etelka Nyilasi, Marek Orszulik, Reinhard von Berg, Rebecca Schellenberg, Raylene Campbell, Samilla Ramnawaj, Sylvia Hinz, and Kim Denis with The Bozzini Quartet

The Edmonton Saxophone Quartet – Studio 96 (10909 96 Street), 7:00 p.m.

The Edmonton Saxophone Quartet will offer a program of works selected through our open call. The four musicians in this group represent an all-star lineup of performers, each of whom is capable of pushing their instruments to the limits (and maybe even further!). As a group, their skills create a brilliant and unforgettable experience for audiences, combining the intricate interactions of complex chamber music with a fantastic wall of sound only 4 saxophones could make. This, their second appearance as Now Hear This performance is guaranteed to be an exciting sonic adventure.

PROGRAM:

trans noesis (2014)* – Jamie Leigh Sampson (US)
Kuiper Belt (2013) – Jacqueline Walker (CA)
Errataca (2010/2012) – Charles Stolte (b.1969, Edmonton)
Saxual Orientation (1997) – Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016, US)
abhaya mudra – Freedom from Fear (2005) – Scott Godin (b.1970, CA)
Durch (1998) – Fabien Levy (b.1968, FR)
Fireworks (2011) – Karol Beffa (b.1973, FR)

*North American Premiere

Late-night Live II – Studio 96 (10909 96 Street), 9:30 p.m.

A highlight of Now Hear This is always our two late-evening shows which offer performances by some of Edmonton’s most daring musical experimenters. With a wild mixture of electronics, improvisation, noise, video and a large measure of the unexpected, Late-night Live I and II offer a great opportunity to “get in tune” wilder side of our city’s musical underground.

PROGRAM:

Slipping Through The Veil – Raylene Campbell (Edmonton)
Sour Helix – Scott Rubin Performed by Syrinx Duo: Emily Schultz, Maarten Schillemans, saxophones (Edmonton)
Tomorrow – Sean Borle (Edmonton)
Something Else – Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016, US)

 

Friday, March 17

The Bozzini String Quartet – Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Ave), 7:00 p.m.

Our Artists In Residence take centre stage in this exhilarating feature concert. The Bozzini Quartet are internationally known, having performed extensively and to rave reviews in major festivals and other events around the world, as well as on their extensive catalogue of recordings. At home with virtually any style of music, and with a phenomenal record of performing established and new works, the quartet’s shows are always a special occasion. New Music Edmonton is pleased to welcome The Bozzini Quartet back to Edmonton for a compelling display of just what this group can do. A world premiere work by Edmonton composer Alisa Cheung, along with works by Canadian composer Cassandra Miller, Swiss composer Jürg Frey and Edmontonian Ian Crutchley will make for a scintillating, unforgettable concert.

PROGRAM:

Nyanse (2015) World Premiere – Alissa Cheung (b.1985, CA)
String Quartet (2009) – Ian Crutchley (b.1965, Edmonton)
Warblework (2011) – Cassandra Miller (b.1976, CA)
String Quartet #3 – Jürg Frey (b.1953, CH)

Trance Sessions – Mile Zero Dance, Not for Their Eyes Productions, and Pigeon Breeders – Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Upper Hall (10037 84 Ave), 9:30 p.m.

Co-produced by Mile Zero Dance and New Music Edmonton

Gerry Morita, Artistic Director of Mile Zero Dance, and renowned music trio Pigeon Breeders, have created The Trance Sessions especially for Now Hear This. New Music Edmonton is proud to be partnering with Mile Zero Dance in presenting this new collaborative work. Featuring Gerry Morita and small group of dancers, Pigeon Breeders, and a stunning film component, The Trance Sessions is certain to be one of the most compelling and cutting-edge performances to be seen by Edmontonians this season.

The Trance Sessions is long-form improvisation integrating dance, music and visuals, featuring Pigeon Breeders: members Will Scott, Myles Bartel and Scott Smallwood

Dancers: Jeannie Vandekerkhove, Tony Olivares and Gerry Morita

Visuals: Stacey Cann

 

Saturday, March 18

Bozzini Quartet In Conversation – Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Basement (10037 84 Ave), 10:30 a.m.

Moderated by Holly DeCaigny and Gavin Goodwin
Holly and Gavin will lead this informal discussion with our artists in residence in a session that will cover wide-ranging topics in contemporary music. The BQ is among the most significant new music groups in Canada and is know around the world. Its four members are also great conversationalists and gifted teachers. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know them and hear their perspectives and anecdotes on life in the world of new music.

Sylvia Hinz in Recital – Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Sanctuary (10037 84 Ave), 2:00 p.m.

Think you know what a recorder can do? This concert will change all that. As an artist dedicated to many forms of new music practice, Sylvia Hinz turns all of the clichés about recorders on their head. Presenting a compelling and varied new program of works by composers from all over the world, this recital will be a virtuosic revelation, showing the spectacular breadth of expression the recorder has inspired in composers and inviting the audience into a unique and fascinating sound world. Sylvia will perform the Canadian premiere of Birds (2012) for renaissance soprano recorder composed by Calgary native, Clio Montrey. We are pleased to welcome Sylvia Hinz, one of the finest recorder virtuosi in the world, for her Canadian debut.

PROGRAM:

Immaginabile (1992)* – alto recorder – Violeta Dinescu (b.1953, RO)
Monodie (1970)* – bass recorder – Hans Ulrich Lehman (1937-2013, CH)
Ícaro (1990)* – alto recorder – Ana Lara (b.1959, MX)
Flu (2015)** – tenor recorder – Danilo Comitini (b.1986, IT)
Birds (2012)** – renaissance soprano recorder – Clio Montrey (b.1985, CA)
distant fields (2014)** – alto recorder and tape – Nicoleta Chatzopoulou (b.1976, GR)
bleed down black (2013/2017)*** – tenor recorder – John Strieder (b.1980, DE)

*Canadian premiere
**Canadian premiere, written for Sylvia Hinz
***world premiere, written for Sylvia Hinz

Panel Discussion with Festival Artists – Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Basement (10037 84 Ave), 4:00 p.m.

Moderated by Holly DeCaigny and Gavin Goodwin
One of the great parts of holding a festival is enjoying the company of the amazing array of artists whose work we are enjoying. Our team of Holly and Gavin return with a panel discussion featuring several of the Now Hear This featured artists. All sorts of questions and discussion points about life and music are possible, and everyone who joins us is welcome to take part in the discussion or to just come along a listen. These panel discussions are always vibrant, friendly and informative.

UltraViolet – Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Sanctuary (10037 84 Ave), 7:00 p.m.

UltraViolet brings together two of our most important Now Hear This features – an open call for scores and an Edmonton group devoted to the performance of contemporary music. UltraViolet has been a mainstay of our Festival for four years. Now appearing in a quartet format, these incredible local musicians have been with us since the start and are at the ready take on anything composers can throw at them!

PROGRAM:

Pebble, Ripple, Stream (2016, Premiere) – Dave Wall (Edmonton)
any three players (2016) – Alex Jang (1988-, CA)
Iridescent Hemorrhage (2016) – Will Northlich-Redmond (Edmonton)

INTERMISSION

Undercurrents (2008) – Jordan Nobles (b.1969, CA)
Backyard Drawing Series I and III (2016) – Carol Kim
Ear Rings for Four Players (1995) – Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016, US)

Trance Sessions – Mile Zero Dance, Not for Their Eyes Productions, and Pigeon Breeders – Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Upper Hall (10037 84 Ave), 9:30 p.m.

Co-produced by Mile Zero Dance and New Music Edmonton

Gerry Morita, Artistic Director of Mile Zero Dance, and renowned music trio Pigeon Breeders, have created The Trance Sessions especially for Now Hear This. New Music Edmonton is proud to be partnering with Mile Zero Dance in presenting this new collaborative work. Featuring Gerry Morita and small group of dancers, Pigeon Breeders, and a stunning film component, The Trance Sessions is certain to be one of the most compelling and cutting-edge performances to be seen by Edmontonians this season.

The Trance Sessions is long-form improvisation integrating dance, music and visuals, featuring Pigeon Breeders: members Will Scott, Myles Bartel and Scott Smallwood

Dancers: Jeannie Vandekerkhove, Tony Olivares and Gerry Morita

Visuals: Stacey Cann

 

Sunday, March 19

Introduction to Arduino – Strathcona Community League (10139 87 Ave), 10:30 a.m. This free, introductory session is presented by New Music Edmonton and Edmonton Media Hive
Arduino kits will be available for use in the session. Please bring a laptop if you can! For more information, please contact Raylene Campbell of Edmonton Media Hive at edmontonmediahive@gmail.com.Edmonton Media Hive is an initiative created to bring the community together to develop opportunities for Edmontonians to access and learn about technologies used in music/sound and media arts creation and presentation. Our intention is to create a safe space for women and other artists working outside patriarchal positions of power (i.e. queer, trans, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, etc.) to learn about these technologies outside of a formal, academic program.

The Bozzini Quartet and Gerry Morita- Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Upper Hall (10037 84 Ave), 2:00 p.m.

One of the great treats of our festival comes when we have a chance to witness the first coming-together of guest artists in the creation of once-in-a-lifetime improvised works. This afternoon’s extraordinary pairing of The Bozzini Quartet and Mile Zero Dance Director Gerry Morita is being created especially for the Festival. We don’t know exactly what they’ll do, but we know it will be amazing!

LUX: NM- Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Sanctuary (10037 84 Ave), 7:00 p.m.

Now Hear This comes to a nice, garlicky close with this astonishing performance by Berlin ensemble, Lux:NM. The show will focus on the work of Canadian composer Jef Chippewa, in particular his Fluxus-inspired, cabinet de curiosités for saxophone, accordion, violin, trombone and found objects. To quote the composer, “ultimately, cabinet de curiosités is an entirely inconclusive foray into reflections on the point at which a selection of objects becomes a “collection” and whether this collection is in fact more interesting, let alone important, than the (sum of the) parts contained therein. to the would-be musicologists: sit back and enjoy the show, and don’t worry, i don’t get it either.”

And yes, there will be garlic. And squeaky toys. And bicycle bells. And a jigsaw….

PROGRAM:

Lichtzwang, ein wütendes Spielzeug (2002, rev. 2008) – Hector Moro (b.1965, DE) for trombone, accordion and saxophone
QUARTETT 4 — contemplation (2014)* – Marcus Antonius Wesselmann (b.1965, DE) for soprano saxophone, trombone, violin und accordion
Yes Master (2011)** – Brigitta Muntendorf (b.1982, DE) Performance for three female performers, one male performer and tape
music for j.t. #5b: secret snares (2016 / 13:30)*** – Ole Hübner (b.1993, DE) for alto saxophone, trombone, accordion and audio playback

INTERMISSION:

Compound No. 1a: CAR SEX VOICE HONKER (2009)*** – Maximilian Marcoll (b.1981, DE) for solo accordion and electronics
cabinet de curiosités (2015)* – jef chippewa (b.1969, CA) concert-theatre-fluxus work in 9 parts for saxophone, accordion, violin, trombone and sound objects cabinet de curiosités was commissioned by LUX:NM

*North American Premiere
**Canadian Premiere
***World Premiere

LUX:NM’s performance in Now Hear This is made possible through the kind support of the Goethe-Institut.

LUX:NM contemporary music ensemble berlin is a soloist ensemble for new music that has rapidly developed into an internationally sought-­after ensemble. Saxophonist Ruth Velten and accordionist Silke Lange founded the ensemble in 2010 with the goal of creating self-designed and varied concert programmes with a flexible instrumentation. Working without a conductor, the ensemble dedicates itself to the performance of con­temporary music as well as to initiating the creation of new works, by regularly commis­sioning them. Through intensive ensemble work and close collaborations with composers, the ensemble develops new projects in which electronics and genre-­transcending ideas very naturally find their place. The ensemble’s debut CD ³LUXUS² was awarded the German Record Critics Award 2017