Last season

This was our amazing season 2014 – 2015:

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Kovalis Duo

“…..sofferte onde serene…”

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Saturday June 6, 2015 

Muttart Hall (10050 – MacDonald Drive, MacEwan Alberta College, Edmonton)

7:30 pm

Roger Admiral (piano) and Philip Hornsey (percussion) are two of Canada’s most accomplished interpreters of contemporary music and are now in their second decade of performing together. Their acclaimed concerts and recordings have included a vast array of Canadian and international compositions, many commissioned by the duo themselves. New Music Edmonton is delighted to close its season with one of the most dynamic concerts heard in recent years here, featuring new and classic works for piano, percussion and quadrophonic electronics. Highlights will include two new works written especially for The Kovalis Duo by Paul Steenhuisen and Dániel Biró, both of whom are among Canada’s most innovative and compelling musical voices. We will also have a rare opportunity to hear one of the truly groundbreaking works of recent decades, Luigi Nono’s “…..sofferte onde serene…” for piano and tape. This incredible work, by one of the key musical figures of the last century, led the way to an aesthetic shift between the 1960s and 1970s. A live performance of this piece is always a moving, breathtaking experience.



Dániel Péter Biró, Mitoch He’anan (From the Midst of the Cloud) (first performance)

Paul Steenhuisen, Copralite Culture and Analysis Results #1-20 (first performance)

Udo Kasemets, Trigon 

Luigi Nono, …..sofferte onde serene… 

James Harley, flung loose into the stars


Kovalis Duo performing “Nabripamo” by Hope Lee. 


Kovalis Duo performing “Tombeau” by Phillipe Hurel.


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Raging Against The Machine


Saturday April 25, 2015 

Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 ave, Edmonton)

7:30 pm

We are always thrilled to bring ensembles to Edmonton for their debut, but Raging Against The Machine sees us bringing two new groups at once! This exciting concert will pair Ensemble Paramirabo (Montréal) and Thin Edge New Music Collective (Toronto) in a scintillating evening of classic and new works. The title of the show refers to the obsessive, compelling rhythmic drive of two classics: Louis Andriessen’s Workers’Union, and Steve Reich’s Double Sextet. Reich and Andriessen are two of the most  compelling and influential composers of the last few decades and these stunning performances will be unforgettable. 
Equally exciting will be three new Canadian works by composers Anna Hostman, Brian Harman and Patrick Giguère. In a unique collaboration, Harman’s new work will pit the two ensembles against each other, while Hostman’s and Giguère’s works will be performed separately by Paramirabo and Thin Edge respectively.  
This is going to be an intense, raucous evening!


Louis Andriessen, WorkersUnion 

Steve Reich, Double Sextet

Brian Harman, New Work

Anna Höstman, Fog

Patrick GiguèreLe sel de la Terre

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Now Hear This Festival of New Music

Featuring the Music Of György Ligeti

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Friday March 20 – Sunday March 22, 2015

Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 ave, Edmonton)

You will definitely want to set aside this weekend to join us for the fourth outing of our annual festival, the only one of its kind in Edmonton, which offers four days of concerts, free panel discussions, talks, workshops and social events. This year we are thrilled to present a fantastic assembly of new and old works submitted to our annual, open call, together with a selection of astonishing compositions by György Ligeti, a composer whose vision and influence have had in inestimable and profound impact on musical thinking.

Committed to perform at Now Hear This are three phenomenal, established Edmonton groups – Pro Coro Canada, The WindRose Trio/ Quintet and Duo Majoya (organ). Also on the program will be our own Violet Collective. This group, comprised of some of Edmonton’s finest musicians, will be in its second year of existence, and was created by New Music Edmonton.

Each of these guest groups will offer a combination of established and new compositions. Almost all of the compositions performed by WindRose and The Violet Collective will be chosen from an open call, while Duo Majoya’s program will be mainly the scores of Edmonton composers. Pro Coro, meanwhile, will present a stunning set of contemporary works from their own repertoire designed to work with our 2015 theme.

Among others Ligeti pieces, classics like Poéme Synphonic for 100 metronomes, Volumina, Lux Aeterna and Kammerkonzert will be featured by this edmontonians musicians.

Also featured on or festival will be a wild array of works by sound artists, improvisors and others.

See Now Hear This for more information and program.



Eve Egoyan

photo credit: Sam Barnes


Friday February 20, 2015 

Muttart Hall (10050 – MacDonald Drive, MacEwan Alberta College, Edmonton) – 7:30 pm

Canadian pianist Eve Egoyan is described as “a performer whose powers of listening cast a hypnotic spell over her audiences, opening their ears and hearts.”(National Post) A dedicated performer of living composers who has recorded 9 solo CD’s of contemporary music and commissioned numerous new works, she brings to Edmonton a diverse program of composers including James Tenney, Piers Hellawell, Linda Caitlin Smith and Michael Finnissy. Presenting a solo program of layers, weaving voices through varying densities, singing lines in rich harmonies, folklore, stacked musical gestures and soulful melodies, this award-winning performer will not disappoint.


Per Nørgård, Turn

James Tenney, To Weave (a meditation) 

Linda Caitlin Smith, Nocturnes and Chorales

Michael Finnissy, Folklore, Section 2

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Architek Percussion with Guest Nicole Lizée

and Steve Raegele

Saturday January 31, 2015

Muttart Hall (10050 – MacDonald Drive, MacEwan Alberta College, Edmonton) – 7:30 pm


White Label Experiment: The Music Of Nicole Lizée
Featuring Architek Percussion, Steve Raegele and Nicole Lizée

About Architeck Percussion

ARCHITEK PERCUSSION is a Montreal-based quartet dedicated to the development and perfo mance of avant-garde, experimental, minimalist, and electroacoustic music. Founded in 2012, Architek has emerged as a dynamic exponent of Canadian chamber music, equally comfortable performing classic repertoire and exploring new terrain through premieres.
In addition to self-producing concerts in Montreal, Architek has recently appeared as guests of Ottawa New Music Creators, Live@CIRMMT (Montreal), Innovations en Concert (Montreal), Matralab (Concordia University), Pointe-a-Calliere Museum (Montreal), the Schulich Year of Contemporary Music (McGill University), and the Cluster Festival (Winnipeg). In October 2013 they toured the Maritimes, performing and conducting workshops at several universities in the region. In 2014/15, Architek will appear in collaboration with Montreal/Nouvelles Musiques festival, Codes D’Acces, New Music Edmonton, Cluster Festival (Winnpeg), Scotia Festival (Halifax), and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (USA). Architek Percussion is ardently devoted to premiering new Canadian music, having recently done so with works by Christos Hatzis, Nicole Lizée, Adam Basanta, Eliot Britton, Beavan Flanagan, Nicolas Hyatt, and James O’Callaghan. Their current repertoire includes works for both pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, and reflects the cultural and stylistic diversity of North American contemporary music.

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About Steve Raegele

Steve Raegele is a guitarist who plays composed music and improvised music. His debut recording Last Century (which features Raegele’s trio with Thom Gossage and bassist Miles Perkin) was released in 2010 on Vancouver’s Songlines Recordings to much critical acclaim. He has a long standing association with drummers Thom Gossage (Other Voices) and Isaiah Ceccarelli (Lieux-dits), and has shared the stage with many of the key figures in Montreal’s creative music community. A partial list would include Miles Perkin, Adrian Vedady, Erik Hove, Frank Lozano, Rainer Wiens, Clinton Ryder, Damian Niesenson, Pierre Labbé and Remi Bolduc. He has played internationally and nationally at festivals like Pukkelpop (Belgium), The Great Escape (Brighton, U.K.). La Route du Rock (Bretagne, FR), Oya Festival (Norway) as well as Soundstreams (Toronto), Osheaga (Mtl.), X-Avant (Canada), the Guelph Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Off Jazz Festival (Mtl.) the Utrecht Jazz Festival (Netherlands) and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. In 2012, he was a featured soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for Nicole Lizée’s Triple Concerto 2012: Fantasia on Themes by Rush. This work will receive it’s Toronto premiere at Koerner Hall in November 2013.

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About Nicole Lizée

The extraordinary sonic imagination of composer Nicole Lizée combines with the astonishing, diverse virtuosity of Architek Percussion and guitarist Steve Raegale in an unforgettable evening of Lizée’s works. Expectations will be turned on their heads, and stylistic boundaries banished in this dialogue between traditional percussion and extended instruments, including electronics, typewriters, toy pianos, turntable sine waves and a Rhodes piano. The title work for this concert, White Label Experiment, was awarded the prestigious Jules Léger Prize in 2013.

January 31st, Program:
(all works by Nicole Lizée):

Hitchcock Variations

White Label Experiment

Girl, You’re Living a Life of Crime



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Ensemble contemporain du Montréal ECM+

Saturday November 8, 2014

Convocation Hall (Old Arts Building, University of Alberta North Campus, Edmonton) – 8:00 pm

ECM Head

Generation is 20 years old, let’s celebrate !

8th Canadian tour – 9 concerts

Génération, 20 years (1994-2014) book launch

CD launch of Magister Ludi – music of Gordon Fitzell

        Crossing Canada from West to East for the 8th time since 2000, the ECM+’s Génération2014 Canadian tour conducted by Véronique Lacroix presents a new edition of this now legendary project, celebrating its 20th anniversary ! A record nine Canadian cities will host ECM+ who invites art music lovers of all around the country to discover the new works of four emerging Canadian composers, in some electrifying performances. Multidisciplinary artist and composer Gabriel Dharmoo succedes to Nicolas Gilbert for short interviews on stage with the composers, before the performance of their work.

        ECM+ will mark this anniversary with the publication of an Anniversary book, Génération, 20 years (1994-2014) presenting the Génération composers and some of the most important collaborators who made this large scope project possible, as well as a new Génération Jury Award.

        Finally, ECM+ will launch it’s new CD Magister Ludi, featuring the music of composer Gordon Fitzell, alumni of Génération2000 and the first Canadian tour.


 Marie-Pierre Brasset (Qc), Alec Hall (Ont-New York), Evelin Ramon (Qc-Cuba) and Anthony Tan (Alb-Berlin) were selected in the summer of 2013 by the jury of Génération2014 one of the most important composition contest of the country. Last March, they experimented with the ECM+ musicians during the workshops. The microtonal poetry of Brasset, the extreme timbral research of Hall, the rythmic work of Ramon and the temporal musical experiment of Tan confirms that there are as many ways to compose as there are composers !

20 years of Génération !

        ” When 20 years ago, someone suggested to bring the musicians of ECM together to let the composers “explore” freely, my heart did somersaults : here was an initiative that would not only help them in their musical research but also answer my questions and those of an interested public, no doubt. Maybe I could at last share the rich secrets of these scores that had always fascinated me. “

Véronique Lacroix, Artistic Director, ECM+


        Initiated in 1994 under the name Ateliers et Concert, the Génération project has since contributed to launch the career of 53 Canadian composers. This event, unique in Canada, has led to an equivalent number of new works premiered, through 8 large canadian tours, for a total of 54 concerts in sixteen different cities.

        ” With unwavering devotion to an idea, in twenty years ECM+ and its director Véronique Lacroix have created a national discourse around contemporary art music in Canada through the biannual Génération workshop and national tour. It is a success because of the tendency of its juries to select diverse musics. There is no aesthetic axe to grind, no supporting one style at the expense of the other. In this way, the Génération concerts are a concrete representation of art music across Canada by emerging composers. “

        Christopher Butterfield, Composer and Associate Professor of composition and theory, University of Victoria

        Génération has cast light, over the years, on dozens of composers amongst the most talented of the new generations : Ana Sokolovic, Jean-François Laporte, Nicole Lizée, Louis Dufort, Nicolas Gilbert, André Ristic, Gordon Fitzell, Paul Frehner, Maxime McKinley, Gabriel Dharmoo, etc.

        ” … above all, I remember the many discussions with Véronique Lacroix, whose consuming interest in the smallest details of my score gradually convinced me of the value of my music and gave me greater confidence in my creative instinct. Having the freedom to lay the groundwork and develop our personality is an inestimable gift for a composer. “

Ana Sokolovic, Composer

        New Génération Jury Award : This $2,500 prize comes with an ECM+ commission and will be awarded by Génération alumni who will attend each of the tour concerts. The Génération Jury Award will be in addition to the Génération Audience Choice Award 1, attributed since 2010.

1 This year again, the audiences of the nine-city tour of Génération2014 will get to choose the winner of the Génération2014 Audience Choice Award (1500 $) by voting for their favourite piece.

        Watch the short videoclips presenting the composers of Génération2014 /ECM+ :

Marie-Pierre Brasset

Alec Hall

Evelin Ramon

Anthony Tan



See You or Something in September

Saturday September 20, 2014

Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 ave, Edmonton)

6 to 11 pm


Andrew Israelsen

Guttar, installation 
BugStep for Bugs (modified DC Motors), amplified cookie tins, Pure
Data, home-brew sequencer/interface


Laura Kerslake

Tilework by Tom Johnson and Strata by Colin Labadie 


Scott Smallwood 

live electroacoustic improvisation
Restless Mjøsa 


Gene Kosawan and Marion Garver Fredrickson

works for electronics, flutes and video
Severely Normal
Swarm of Dust 
Stampede Rustling 


Brian Garbet

acousmatic works


Re3d Duo 

Matt Nickel, bassoon and Dominique Shulhan, saxophone
Confluences by Ethan Hickman 


Critters and Widgets 

Sha LaBare, speaker Chenoa Anderson and Ian Crutchley, sound

This is For.


Michael Gfroerer

Before the Colours of Autumn


Nicolás Arnáez

electroacoustic quadraphonic composition


Allison Balcetis and Chenoa Anderson

saxophone and flutes
Rucke di Guck by Giacinto Scelsi
“… and the rest of you – if you’ll just rattle your jewelry”, Ian Churchly


Michael Toepfer

live electronics



NME at the Fringe

Nightly August 14-23, 2015

Tickets: $10 general, $5 student/senior, available from the Fringe box office, limited quantities available at the door or online here.
The Wee Book Inn 10310 Whyte Avenue
New Music Edmonton is proud to announce its presence on the Edmonton Fringe Festival one more time!. Nightly at 8pm.
Come to this amazing space to enjoy this special set of performers and help us in this new 2014-2015 season kick-off. 


Fringe2014_poster-2Thursday, August 14th, 8:00pm: 

– Motongo (laptop, mini-synth and processor)

– Gavin Goodwin (saxophone)

Friday, August 15th, 8:00pm: 

– Gavin Goodwin (saxophone)

– Andrew Israelsen (electronics, motors and found objects)

Saturday, August 16th, 8:00pm: 

–  Edmonton Saxophone Quartet

Sunday, August 17th, 8:00pm: 

– Motongo (laptop, mini-synth and processor)

Monday, August 18th, 8:00pm: 

– Crutchley / Anderson / LeBare (found instruments, flute, spoken word)

– Andrew Israelsen  (electronics, motors and found objects)

Tuesday, August 19th, 8:00pm: 

– Laura Kerslake (saxophone)

– Andrew Israelsen  (electronics, motors and found objects)

Wednesday, August 20th, 8:00pm: 

– Crutchley / Anderson / LeBare  (found instruments, flute, spoken word)

– Phillip Jagger / Don Ross / Katrina Smy (typewriter, poetry and electronics)

Thursday, August 21st, 8:00pm: 

– Phillip Jagger / Don Ross / Katrina Smy (typewriter, poetry and electronics)

Laura Kerslake (saxophone)

Friday, August 22nd, 8:00pm: 

Dave Wall (prepared electric guitar and Max/MSP)

Saturday, August 23rd, 8:00pm: 

– WindRose Trio

Also, everyday of the festival you can check Nicolás Arnáez interactive sound installation, from 9am till midnight!

Composición colectiva III: Campanas de concina [Collective Composition III: Kitchen Bells]





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