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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?”
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!
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).
Nu:BC will also feature Among Fireflies with flute and electronics, as well as a number of other interesting pieces. Get electronic, and get electrified with Nu:BC Collective!
Now Heart This Festival of New Music
Thursday, March 22, 2018 – Sunday, March 25, 2018 – Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Yardbird Suite, and various venues
Good Women Dance Collective with damn magpies
Thursday, May 3, 2018 & Friday, May 4, 2018 – venue and times TBA
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!
Her Sound – A Celebration of the music of Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux with pianist Katherine Dowling
Friday, June 22, & Saturday, June 23, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – Muttart Hall
A grand piano and electronics bring “classical” and “new” music together in a marriage of wonderful sound. Katherine Dowling will bring to life work by the late, under-heard Canadian visionary composer Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux in Her Sound, the centerpiece event in a multi-day Saint-Marcoux miniseries. The Her Sound miniseries will include outreach events in partnership with Edmonton organizations focusing on seeing Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux in multi-faceted contexts. There will be a workshop introducing participants to classical electronic techniques and experts from various disciplines will collaborate to create a discussion connecting Saint-Marcoux with a broad range of issues.
Remaining on the path of visionary women, Dowling’s solo concert will also show works by Tonia Ko and the late Nina C. Young. To top it all off, Dowling will leave us with a strong work, Christian Wolff’s Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida, a meditation on missing and murdered women. This performance will envelop you in sound, and put you in touch with the musicality you’ve been missing.
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
Mixtur – Feel 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!
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
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
Cheryl Duvall- piano
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.
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)
*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…
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
Don Ross & Billie Zizi: Zizideedee
Himiko: Meow Remix
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
Phil Jagger, Miquel Ferrier, David Stuart Bruce, Trevor DePagie, Shannon Land: Agaperaygunexperiment
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14
Alex Sutherland, Alison Kause: Please Keep Moving Forward…and Unexpected Directions
Simeon Blimke: Encyclophone
MONDAY, AUGUST 15
Marek Orszulik: Guitar Recital
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16
Nadir Bellhamer: Nothing Runs Like Nadir
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
Kate Stashko, Shawn Pinchbeck: Wound Up
Laura Kerslake, Emily Schultz: Duo Do Not There is No Try
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
Himiko: Meow Remix
Kate Stashko, Shawn Pinchbeck: Wound Up
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
Gene Kosowan: Low, Low and Low
Laura Kerslake, Emily Schultz: Duo Do Not There is No Try
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
Chenoa Anderson, Allison Balcetis, Ian Crutchley, Scott Smallwood, Izumi Kuribayashi, and Mark Segger: Damn Magpies