Season 2017-2018

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Her Sound –Celebrating the music of Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux featuring, Katherine Dowling – piano with a special performance by Lin Snelling – dance

Saturday, June 23, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. – Muttart Hall Grant MacEwan University (10050 MacDonald Dr NW)

To close our 2017-18 season, we celebrate the life and work of visionary Canadian composer Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux (1938 – 1985). Saint-Marcoux rose from her rural Québec roots to become a pivotal member of the experimental music movements in France and Canada. While her career was cut short, Saint-Marcoux’s incredible works for electronics and for instruments have secured her reputation and influence as one of Canada’s most important 20th Century composers.   

Our evening will begin at 7:00 PM when we welcome one of Edmonton’s great movement artists, Lin Snelling. Lin will bring us an amazing dance improvisation featuring Micheline’s incredible, 20-minute electronic work, Constellation I.  

Then, at 8:00 PM, a solo recital by Katherine Dowling explores the piano works of Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux alongside the works by more recent visionaries Tonia Ko and Nina C. Young. Nina C. Young is the 2015 recipient of the Prix de Rome; Tonia Ko is the featured composer of the Young Concert Artists roster.

Christian Wolff’s Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida completes the programme by providing a meditation on missing and murdered women.

The evening will include some special elements to mark the end of this great New Music Edmonton season. NME Members will be welcome to attend for free, with all other tickets only $10. We’ll be drawing names for a number of giveaways, including recordings, NME season passes and tickets to shows by some our colleagues in Edmonton. There will be a cash bar and snacks, opportunities for some Q and A with the artists, displays about Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux and we will be announcing our 2018-2019 season!

Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux:

     Constellation I


     Suite Doréane

     Mandala II



Nina C. Young: Metal Works

Tonia Ko: Games of Belief

Christian Wolff: Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida




Good Women Dance Collective with damn magpies

Thursday, May 3, 2018 & Friday, May 4, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. – Latitude 53 (10242 106 St NW)

Enter a world where the process of artistic creation will unfold right before your own eyes! Good Women Dance Collective and damn magpies (a combination of flute, saxophone, violin, percussion, and electronics) invite you to an event centered around live creation and improvisation.

A “no holds barred” concert as the group will not place limits on what will happen at this event and dancers may even intermingle with you! An interactive experience, this promises to be intriguing, entertaining, and full of wonder. Join us for an evening of excitement with no limitations!

Now Hear This Festival of New Music

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Sunday, March 25, 2018 – Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Yardbird Suite, and various venues. For more information and complete schedule, visit our Festival Page.

Nu:BC Collective

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 7:30 PM – Muttart Hall

A trio of flute, cello and piano swirl together to make the Nu:BC Collective. These performers strive to bring new music directly to you with an emphasis on being interactive, innovative, and collaborative.

Get ready for an exciting evening which brings the trio’s stunning sound together in an interesting way involving interactive, live electronics.

Expect to hear some works commissioned for Nu:BC by Keith Hamel including the Radius series and Heroes in the Seaweed, a work that layers the ensemble, live electronics, and spoken text (words by Leonard Cohen).

Evelin Ramón

Friday, November 24, 2017, 7:30 PM – Studio 96

Comprovisation /kämˌprävəˈzāSH(ə)n/: works where the building process is a combination of the composition with improvisation; this is what you can expect from Evelin Ramón.

An award-winning Cuban native, Ramón’s works have been performed throughout Canada, Spain, Germany, Venezuela, France, Denmark, Mexico and Cuba – with Edmonton as a next stop!

Showcasing the dramatic and theatrical inspiration of the Afro-Cuban culture, this concert will feature a coupling of voice and electronics with Ramón as both performer and composer.  Expect to hear Ramón’s prevalent works such as Oshun, Phobie, Comprovisation I, and Medusa Comprovisation II. With improvisation, every concert will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Recommended audience of 18+ due to the use of texts of Marquis de Sade (in Spanish) in two works.

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:30 PM – Studio 96

A decadent musical trifle with all the ingredients such as high arts jazz, chamber music adaptations of mid-century exotica and pop art, and a few original compositions – a mix of music like you’ve never heard before. Layer in some Bach, Gershwin, Shostakovich and John Adams adaptations and you’ve got yourself Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica.

Five musicians, including Artistic Director Brian O’Neill, create this eclectic and exotic ensemble. A true Smörgåsbord of sound including bass flute, acoustic bass, vibes and frame drums, tanbur, oud, and resonator guitar. Described by the Washington Post as “Anything but straightforward” Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica features a variety of O’Neill’s original compositions with a smattering of adaptations such as the “Arab Dance” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, traditional Gregorian Chant “Shen Khar Venakhi” and an O’Neill/J.S. Bach collaboration “Would You Like Bongos With That Fugue?”

We certainly like bongos and we think you’d like them too! Join us on October 19th for a New Music Edmonton concert that promises to keep you entertained and wanting more.

NME Fringe Players

Thursday, August 17 – Saturday, August 26, 2017 – Week Book Inn on Whyte, 8:00 p.m. nightly

NME Fringe Players ‘A curious collection of contemporary sounds’ – 8 PM nightly, August 17-26, Wee Book Inn on Whyte, upper floor, Tickets available from the Fringe Box office or at the door.

Thurs Aug 17 – Christian Wolves/ Gavin Goodwin

The Christian Wolves are a teacup-admiring pack of three in an ongoing quest for sounds and actions which amply demonstrate this quest. Actioning and sounding with found things, bought things, and things that have been given to them, The Christian Wolves have been together and apart since 2014. The Christian Wolves: Alison Grant-Previle, Nancy Sandercock and Ian Crutchley

Using the saxophone as a lens to examine contemporary music, Gavin Goodwin has enjoyed an international performing career across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. With contemporary music as a focus, he aims to explore the possibilities of the saxophone as a vehicle for musical innovation and experimentation.

Fri Aug 18 – Unpopular Mechanics/ Syrinx Duo

Unpopular Mechanics: Gene Kosowan – keyboard, electronics; Shae Guerin – bass, electronics. Taking a cue from the Midsummer Night’s Fringe theme, this ambient work is designed to include a number of nocturnal elements, from deep-sounding bowed bass to heavily-reverbed keyboards. Improvisational phrasing throughout the piece creates the illusion of life that exists beyond what the eye can see and serves to focus on the otherworldly experiences, beings and other phenomena that is shielded by the absence of light.

Syrinx Duo: Two virtuosic saxophonists – Maarten Schillemans and Emily Schultz – take the stage to perform heavy, lowdown, stunning works for baritone and tenor saxophones by iconic master composer Sofia Gubaidulina and the fearless, bold Ian Dicke.

Sat Aug 19 – Fluo Duo/ Andrix and Lowrey

Fluo Duo is a dynamic duo bringing new and innovative flute performance to Edmontonians.  To experience their music means letting go of traditional expectations of the typical flute concert, and embracing the alternative, the unexpected, including improvised sound fields and a great variety from the family of instruments we know as flutes.  Sometimes acoustic, sometimes amplified, sometimes electronic, you are sure to hear something you’ve never heard before!

Composer, performer, and conductor George Andrix studied with such notable musicians as Enesco, Stravinsky, Copland, Hindemith, Cage, Britten, and Partch.  Joel Lowrey, a native of Edmonton, has been playing with and improvising on piano, harpsichord, trombone, percussion, and other instruments since the age of two.  He has not yet made his professional debut.

Sun Aug 20 – Gavin Goodwin/ Swill

Steve Sereda – guitar, electronics; Will Truchon: keyboard, electronics. Swill regards the elements of music as they would the media of clay, plaster or paint, wielding them in the spirit of the abstract expressionist. We project our real-time discoveries on each other and react to either enhance or provide counterpoint. This would be impossible for us to do without the accumulated discoveries in physics, electronics and music to which we are indebted.

Mon Aug 21 – Popebama

Following St. Peter’s veneration in 33, Popebama formed 2000 years later in a swarm of warm honey and wooden harmonicas, collecting sounds of years past and forging textures of tomorrow. Erin Rogers (saxophones), and Dennis Sullivan (percussion), NYC-based composer-performers, apply text, electronics, and high-energy instrumental writing, to communicate to worlds beyond measly Earth (though we love Planet Earth and the rich soil).

Tues Aug 22 – Andrix and Lowrey/ Marimba Wizard and YEGMONCAT

YEGMONCAT and guest percussionist Stephen Stone present a “magical” improvisation of sound art and dramatic movement à la A Midsummernight’s Fringe.  In his work under the alias YEGMONCAT, Simeon Blimke assembles interactive electronics and various props into performance and installation art scenarios.

Wed Aug 23 – Ookpik Ensemble

Comprising some of Edmonton’s top classical musicians, Ookpik is violist Jeanette Comeau, clarinetist Dan Sutherland, tubist Scott Whetham, and percussionist Brian Thurgood, Ookpik will perform three works by contemporary composers Carolyn O’Brien, Stella Gitelman Willoughby, and Michael Horwood.

Thur Aug 24 – Mixtur/ Unpopular Mechanics

MixturFeel Free to Step on this Work by Ian Crutchley combines his love of tea, whimsy, and audience participation, all the while showcasing virtuosic flutist Chenoa Anderson who weaves written fragments together with improvisation.

Fri Aug 25 – Syrinx Duo/ Swill

Sat Aug 26 – Christian Wolves/ Fluo Duo

Stockhausen Stimmung: Pro Coro Canada

Friday, May 5, 2017 – Studio 96, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Holy Trinity Anglican Church (Upper Hall) 7:30 p.m.

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!

NOTE: Due to the nature of this performance, there will be no late entry into this show. Please plan to arrive in advance of the show start times.

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! 

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!


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

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

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!


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.

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.*

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.