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UPCOMING EVENTS

Raging Against the Machine: Coming Together – Thin Edge New Music Collective

Friday, February 24, 2017 – Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 7:30 p.m.

The downbeat of our 2017 concerts begins February 24 with a raucous show entitled “Raging Against the Machine – Coming Together”. This double bill will bring together Toronto-based Thin Edge and Montreal-based Paramirabo at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Their show will feature three new works by Canadian composers!

PROGRAMME: 

James O’Callaghan – On notes to selves
Colin Labadie – From the Horse’s Mouth
Yannis Kyriakides – Karaoke Etudes
Anna Pidgorna – Waiting
Fredreric Rzewski – Coming Together

THE ENSEMBLES:
Florence Blain Mbaye- Narrator

Ensemble Paramirabo
Jeffrey Stonehouse, flute
Laurence Neill-Poirier, clarinet
Geneviève Liboiron, violin
Viviana Gosselin, cello
Daniel Áñez, piano
David Therrien-Brongo, percussion

Thin Edge New Music Collective
Terry Lim-flutes
Juan Olivares-clarinets
Ilana Waniuk-violin
Amahl Arulanandam-cello
Cheryl Duvall- piano
Nathan Petitpas-percussion

Eventbrite - Raging Against the Machine: Coming Together – Thin Edge New Music Collective


Now Hear This Festival of New Music

Tuesday, March 14 – Sunday, March 19, 2017 – Holy Trinity Anglican Church and various venues

This season New Music Edmonton is expanding the Now Hear This Festival to six full days! This immersive event will bring dozens of artists together March 13 to 19 for an auditory happening worthy of the history books. This year will feature the Bozzini String Quartet in residence throughout the festival, as well as international groups like guitarist Tim Brady, recorder virtuoso Sylvia Hinz, LUX:NM a group made of the rare combo of saxophone, accordion, violin, and trombone. But we’re also looking locally and proud to feature award-winning Edmonton artists like dancer Gerry Morita, Pigeon Breeders, the Warczynski  – Simurdova piano duo, NME-house ensemble UltraViolet, and the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet.

Open your ears and expand your definition of music. Meet the artists and composers while taking workshops. Join the discussion – literally! – at panels with leading artists debating hot artistic topics and current trends. From electro-acoustic and improvisation to sonic and cross-disciplinary spectacles, Now Hear This is Edmonton’s preeminent new music event.
New Music Edmonton — you gotta hear this!

Check out the Festival line-up here! 


Stockhausen Stimmung: Pro Coro Canada

Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Studio 96, 7:30pm

Edmonton’s own Pro Coro choir brings our season home with their presentation of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stimmung. Featuring six vocalists, this tonal meditation will take you through a spectrum of mood, color, and repetition until you’re transfixed in this one-of-a-kind aural experience. We are not exaggerating when we say this might be the only time in your life to see this piece played live!


PAST EVENTS

Stircrazer: Noam Bierstone in Recital

Saturday, December 3, 2016 – Muttart Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Think you know percussion? Noam Bierstone – one of the world’s leading contemporary percussionists and a champion of Canadian music – will challenge your perceptions with his chest-rattling performance of works by the leading voices of today. So much more than hitting stuff, come see what else is in store!

PROGRAMME: 

Helmut Lachenmann: Guero
Sabrina Schroeder: Stircrazer III
Anthony Tan: New work
Mauricio Pauly: Patrulla Reliquia
Pierluigi Billone: Mani. Δίκη

Génération2016: Canadian tour

Friday, October 21, 2016 – Convocation Hall, 8:00 p.m.

Crossing Canada from West to East for the 9th time since 2000, the ECM+’s Génération2016 Canadian tour, conducted by Véronique Lacroix and hosted by Gabriel Dharmoo, presents a new edition of this legendary project. This group’s haunting winds, booming percussion and ethereal strings will catapult you from the world of classical music straight to the world of NOW, as they present four newly-commissioned works by some of Canada’s most compelling emerging composers: Brook Taylor, Symon Henry, Adam Scime and Sabrina Schroeder. Also on hand as M.C. will be the one and only Gabriel Dharmoo, who will introduce the composers and works.

PROGRAMME:
 
Taylor Brook: Tirant Lo Blanc 
Symon Henry: debout, un respir grand comme 
Sabrina Schroeder: Bone Games – shy garden 
Adam Scime: Liminal Pathways

See You or Something in September: The Sequel

Saturday, September 17, 2016 – Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 6:00 p.m.

New Music Edmonton begins its fourth decade of cutting-edge music and sonic arts with See You or Something in September: The Sequel. A mind blowing local-artist double-bill featuring rich electronic soundscapes by Bong Sample (the artistic alter ego of Parker Thiessen) and the 8-bit mad-genius of Blipvert (aka Will Northlich) Redmond! This evening-long extravaganza will also bring together a stunning array of Edmonton’s incredible roster of sound artists and musicians in an evening-long celebration of our city’s sonic innovators.

Complete List of Performers:

Bong Sample, Blipvert, Scott Smallwood and Chenoa Anderson, Shawn Pinchbeck, Gene Kosowan, Alicia Proudfoot, Alison Balcetis, Phil Jagger and Friends, Abram Hindle and Ryan Posnett, Gavin Goodwin, Emily Schultz and Laura Kerslake, Mark Meloche and Gary James Joynes.

New Music Edmonton at the Fringe: That was Then, This is Fringe

Nightly 8 PM, August 11 – 20, 2016 BYOV venue #19 – upstairs at the Wee Book Inn on Whyte (10310 Whyte Ave)

New Music Edmonton is thrilled to present NIGHTLY SHOWS during the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival at the Wee Book Inn on Whyte Avenue! Taken from an open call for proposals, these performers represent a wide swath of YEG Artists.
*Please note that all shows start promptly at 8pm with doors opening at 7:45pm.*
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11

Alison Kause, Krista Posyniak, Jesse Acorn: Because We…

A trio of two dancers and one musician will interpret and compose in real-time a visual, abstract map.  Their performance will feature Jesse’s vintage synthesizers and sounds while Alison and Krista use the bookstore space to its fullest extent.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12

Don Ross & Billie Zizi: Zizideedee

Come for an improvised set with Don on clarinet and Billie Zizi on guitar and vocals that morphs between the worlds of music we most associate with this duo: their own particular alchemy of folk, experimental, jazz, classical, and gypsy musics.

Himiko: Meow Remix

Join keyboardist Himiko’s reality as she leaves her earthly body behind and turns into…a cat!  What ensues is a musical performance that explores the feline sensibility, with all the fearlessness and disrespect for authority that we’ve all come to terms with those beasts.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

Phil Jagger, Miquel Ferrier, David Stuart Bruce, Trevor DePagie, Shannon Land: Agaperaygunexperiment

Agaperaygunexperiment will take the audience on an experimental exploration about birds and flight, rooted in ARGE’s love of dance and technology.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14

Alex Sutherland, Alison Kause: Please Keep Moving Forward…and Unexpected Directions

Dancers Alex and Alison’s show centers around actions and consequences, overcoming challenges in life, and what roles hope and determination play in changing the course.

Simeon Blimke: Encyclophone

The world premiere of a new INSTRUMENT, the encyclophone! Join Simeon who designed a new instrument which combines a vintage 1969 encyclopedia set with a xylophone.
MONDAY, AUGUST 15

Marek Orszulik: Guitar Recital

Join Marek for a program of acoustic guitar music from the 20th Century.  Two works are to be featured who received delayed recognition and, in the case of Frank Martin’s Quatre Pièces Brèves pour la Guitare (1933), grew to become a master work for the instrument.  Also on the bill is the world premiere of Andrew Glover-Whitley’s Sonata written in 2006.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16

Nadir Bellhamer: Nothing Runs Like Nadir

One man, one violin, one viola, and infinite loops.  Journey with string player Nadir Bellahmer as he tells stories, plays short films, all the while spinning meditative, luxurious melodies.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17

Kate Stashko, Shawn Pinchbeck: Wound Up

Dancer Kate Stashko and musician Shawn Pinchbeck have a long-standing artistic partnership and in Wound Up they play on the theme of That Was Then, This is Fringe, and explore ideas, sounds, and shapes of the future.  Shawn’s contribution to the show is in his composed tape parts.

Laura Kerslake, Emily Schultz: Duo Do Not There is No Try

Saxophonists Laura and Emily met in 2010 and have been performing together ever since, but in quartets and other ensembles.  This is their debut performance as a duo group!  Their program features three pieces, all with very evocoative and dynamic titles: Slap & Split by Edmontonian Charles Stolte, Shift No. 1 by American composer Michael Lanci, and finally the Renaissance-reminiscent (sort of like Renaissance meets manic virtuosity) Ars by Frenchman Christian Lauba.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

Himiko: Meow Remix

Join keyboardist Himiko’s reality as she leaves her earthly body behind and turns into . . . a cat!  What ensues is a musical performance that explores the feline sensibility, with all the fearlessness and disrespect for authority that we’ve all come to terms with those beasts.

Kate Stashko, Shawn Pinchbeck: Wound Up

Dancer Kate Stashko and musician Shawn Pinchbeck continue their artistic partnership in Wound Up: redux, exploring ideas, sounds and shapes of the future. Playing on the Fringe theme of “That Was Then, This is Fringe”, they uncover some place between the natural and the supernatural. Shawn’s contribution to the show is in his composed tape parts.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

Gene Kosowan: Low, Low and Low

Gene Kosowan is frequently seen and heard in Edmonton performing on keyboards and laptop but in Low, Low and Low he will strip it all away, leaving only the bass guitar behind.  Drilling down deep into the instrument’s capabilities and idiosyncrasies, he will create a dark moody world unique only to the bass.

Laura Kerslake, Emily Schultz: Duo Do Not There is No Try

Saxophonists Laura and Emily met in 2010 and have been performing together ever since, but in quartets and other ensembles.  This is their debut performance as a duo group!  Their program features three pieces, all with very evocoative and dynamic titles: Slap & Split by Edmontonian Charles Stolte, Shift No. 1 by American composer Michael Lanci, and finally the Renaissance-reminiscent (sort of like Renaissance meets manic virtuosity) Ars by Frenchman Christian Lauba.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

Chenoa Anderson, Allison Balcetis, Ian Crutchley, Scott Smallwood, Izumi Kuribayashi, and Mark Segger: Damn Magpies

Damn Magpies are an improvisation sextet made up of saxophone, flute, violin, percussion, electronics, and found oddities.  Don’t let the idea of improvisation fool you; Damn Magpies are fluent in a language unique to them but enthralling nevertheless to an audience of non-magpies.