The Toronto New Music Alliance Presents: New Music 101
Join us for the fourth annual New Music 101 series, an exciting and unique opportunity to explore new directions in contemporary music! New Music 101 is a free public education event, presented by members of the Toronto New Music Alliance (TNMA) with the support of the Toronto Public Library. Hosted by freelance Toronto Star music critic and active blogger John Terauds, the sessions will include engaging presentations that combine discussions, performances, and other demonstrations, in order to highlight different themes in contemporary music while also promoting local concert presenting organizations. You will meet some of the most celebrated artists in Toronto, and discover the next generation of musicians and composers who are active in the city.
New Music 101 is made possible by contributions from the SOCAN Foundation, the Toronto Musicians Alliance Trust Fund, the Canadian League of Composers, the Canadian Music Centre, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Everyone is welcome, no registration required!
Volume 1: Monday, March 3, 7pm
New Music Concerts and junctQín keyboard collective
Join New Music Concerts and French percussionist Jean-Pierre Drouet as they elaborate on one element of NMC programming: presenting performers who have developed a unique repertoire by working directly with important composers. The members of junctQín will offer an exciting overview of their collaborative history, and the unique instrumentation they use in performance. The presentation will include score samples, and demonstrations of instruments such as music tables and punch-tapes.
Volume 2: Monday, March 10, 7pm
Soundstreams and Spectrum Music
A joint session that showcases two innovative initiatives which bring contemporary music into the digital realm: SoundMakers, and the Interface. SoundMakers is an exciting application that allows users to sample and remix contemporary compositions from the Soundstreams catalogue. The Interface is an interactive sound installation that allows the audience to be involved in the processing of live performances. Both will be demonstrated with local artists.
Volume 3: Monday, March 17, 7pm
The Music Gallery and Continuum Contemporary Music
A joint session that begins with a presentation by Paul Hodge, the long-standing technical director of the Music Gallery – a principal venue for new and experimental music in Toronto for nearly 40 years. New music enthusiasts, budding recordists and fans of unusual sounds will enjoy demonstrations of mic techniques, mixing strategies, which Paul will demonstrate with live musicians from the Continuum ensemble. The members of Continuum will then discuss the prominence of Dutch music during the Renaissance, and after WWII, while linking these two periods to demonstrate the continuity of various aspects of art music.
Bonus Session at Fort York Library Branch
Date: Wednesday May 28
Location: 190 Fort York Blvd.
Soundstreams and Spectrum Music
Join us for a reprisal of the Soundstreams/Spectrum session at the brand new Fort York branch of the Toronto Public Library. This will offer another opportunity for library visitors to experience SoundMakers, and the Interface inside a stunning new library building!
About the Toronto New Music Alliance
The Toronto New Music Alliance exists to advance the creation, presentation and successful dissemination of new music throughout the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. It does so by offering a unique forum for collaboration, exchange and collective action within a diverse and open community that is dedicated to developing the best conditions for the practice and appreciation of new music amongst the broadest audiences possible.