The Sound Studies Institute, in conjunction with Acoustics Week in Canada 2019, brings us an artist talk and masterclass from renowned soundscape composer and acoustic ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp.
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 Time: 3:30pm – 5:00 pm Venue: Studio 2-7, Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta Cost: Free admission
After completing her music studies at UBC in the early 1970s, Westerkamp joined the World Soundscape Project under the director of R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University. Her involvement with this project not only activated deep concerns about noise and the general state of the acoustic environment in her, but it also changed her ways of thinking about music, listening and soundmaking. A founding member of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology and chief editor of its journal Soundscape for twelve years, Hildegard Westerkamp has written extensively on acoustic ecology and the practice of listening. She has hosted soundscape workshops, lead soundwalks, given lectures, and performed concerts both locally and internationally.
Hildegard Westerkamp’s electroacoustic compositions and audio art are centred around exploring aspects of the acoustic environment: urban, rural or wilderness soundscapes, voices, noise or silence, music and media sounds, and the everyday sounds of cultures around the world. She has created pieces from and for specific sites, including Vancouver’s Harbour Symphony, École Polytechnique, and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi. Westerkamp’s compositions draw attention to the act of listening itself, to the inner, hidden spaces of the environments we inhabit and to details both familiar and foreign in the acoustic environment.
This concert is a celebratory retrospective concert of the compositions of Professor Emeritus Howard Bashaw. Bashaw’s dense, complex language is brought to life by virtuosic performers across many genres, including chamber, choral, solo piano, and electracoustic sounds.
Friday, Oct. 19, 2019. 7:30 – 9:00 PM Convocation Hall
Welcome to another fun-filled year of new music and sound art at the University of Alberta! For those new to the department, this website is your one-stop resource for information about the program, concerts, visiting artists, etc. Note that the music department pages are still the official location for general music department info, so please make sure you get to know that site as well. Please note: all dates for student concerts and events are listed in the sidebar (which are subject to change). Please check this site often for updates and reminders!
Composition Forum this year, as usual, will be on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 4-5:30 PM, in the electroacoustic studio (Fine Arts Building 27-D). Please see the sidebar ( ->) for dates, and PUT THEM IN YOUR CALENDAR NOW. For those new to the program, Composition Forum is a chance for all composers, grad, undergrad, faculty, to get together, talk about composition, show work to each other, etc. Or, we might just watch a film. If you are taking composition tutorials, attendance is required, and your teacher may ask you to present work-in-progress.
Please see the Department of Music website for information regarding orientation.
Contempo and XiME, featuring acoustic music, electronic music, improvised music, new instruments – created and composed by undergraduate composers and undergrad/graduate improvisors. Please note the time is 6 PM, not 7:30.
TUESDAY, April 16, 12 NOON, Studio 27, Fine Arts Building
Come enjoy an hour of new electroacoustic music created by student composers from Music 445. And Donuts!
TUESDAY, April 16, 7:30 PM, Convocation Hall
New compositions by graduate student composers, featuring Allison Balcetis (saxes) and the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet.
Hope to see some of you there! Please forward to interested parties!
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Émilie Girard-Charest : Bestiaire Jim O’Leary: Saxophone Quartet Ofer Pelz: I need to hear it first Rebecca Bruton: Mammalian Mother Tongues Jean-Marc Bouchard : Cathédrale-Graffitis (with participation of UofA faculty and students!)
Concert Admission: $20 General, $10 Students and Seniors, Free for Dept. of Music Faculty and Students
Active since 2000, the Department of Music’s student ensemble “contempo” will be presenting its annual fall concert on Friday, November 23 at 7:30 PM in Convocation Hall. The concert will feature music composed in the last 40 years by international and Canadian composers. All are welcome to listen to a great variety of sounds, shapes, and dramatic gestures.
Contempo is co-directed by Roger Admiral and Andriy Talpash.
Works include Everything You Own Has Been Taken To A Depot Somewhere, Difficulties Putting Into Practice, Workers Union, Tinkleberries, ÆTher, and more.
Admission is free. All are welcome
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Welcome back to a new academic cycle! For those who are new here, this site is maintained by the composition area, and represents the latest information about the current year’s activities. Note that the music department pages are still the official location for general music department info, so please make sure you get to know that site as well. Please note: all dates for student concerts and events are listed in the sidebar (which are subject to change). Please check this site often for updates and reminders!
This year’s new and returning student orientation will be on Thursday, Sept. 30. The current schedule is as follows:
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Graduate Student Orientation, FAB Studio 2-7
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Undergraduate Student Orientation, Convocation Hall
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Orientation to the Composition program, as well as new music ensembles, Studio 27-D in the Fine Arts Building (behind Studio 27)
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Please join us for an evening of new works for violin + electronics, and string quartet. Featuring works by graduate student composers Micah Hussell, Thomas Merklinger, Will Northlich-Redmond, Deepak Paramashivan, and Mark Segger. Performed by Laura Veeze (violin), Yue Deng (violin), Leanne Maitland (viola), and Amy Nicholson (cello), and directed by Andriy Talpash.
Thursday April 19th
7:30 p.m. Convocation Hall
Admission by donation.
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Thirteen new works by Undergrad and Graduate composers will be premiered by UofA’s Department of Music ensembles XiMe and Contempo. Also Emily Casavant and Isael Huard will perform their own work, and the unique Will Northlich-Redmond will close the night with a memorable XiMe performance.
Join us! we promise there will be multichannel sound diffusion, fishes, interactive electronics, cats, trios, quartets, new conducting techniques, free improvisation, video scores, and even composers having nightmares with Saturn.