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We’ve had so much talent showcased on our stage lately… and the wave continues with the “Now Hear This Musical Festival” making an appearance at Studio96, Thursday March 22nd.

The Now Hear This Festival is presented by New Music Edmonton: the city’s foremost organization promoting Canadian composers and producing some of the region’s best new music concerts. Now in its third decade of operations, New Music Edmonton is committed to bringing its audiences the widest possible spectrum of musical and sonic art practices. The Now Hear This Festival is one of their masterpieces.

From March 21st – March 24th, come experience 5 days of a broad spectrum of mesmerizing soundscapes, showcased at various venues throughout the city. This gives you the opportunity to take a musical journey through different styles, while enjoying the unique ambience that each of these venues has to offer.

Here is the completely schedule of sound and sound-related arts, including classical composition, electronic music, improvisation, and cross-disciplinary performance:

Wednesday, March 21st:

12:10pm: Holy Trinity Edmonton Anglican Church, 10037 84 Ave NW
Catherine Lee Catherine Lee, Chenoa Anderson, and Allison Balcetis performing works by Thierry Alla, Dorothy Chang, Coreen Morsink, Jordan Nobles, Pauline Oliveros, and Kirsten Soriano Broberg
*Admission By Donation

Thursday, March 22nd:
12:00 pm: City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
The Now Hear This City Hall Players performing Earth Ears: A Sonic Ritual – by Pauline Oliveros
* Free Admission

7:30pm: Studio96, 10909 96 St NW
Don Berner Trio featuring Nico Arnáez performing Tapestry

9:30pm: Studio96, 10909
Live Mix I:
@Gel Nails MusicGel Nails performing Under The Sea
Tab CA and Ocra (Myles Bartel) performing Moonbathers

Friday, March 23rd:
7:30pm: Holy Trinity Edmonton Anglican Church, 10037 84 Ave NW
The Kagelian Ensemble and The Vaughan String Quartet with Miguel Bellusci performing Windrose – works by Mauricio Kagel, Nico Arnáez, and Miguel Bellusci

9:30pm: Holy Trinity Edmonton Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av
Listening Lounge I
A relaxed gathering space for festival-goers to relax and enjoy the festival in a unique way. You can meet some of the festival artists, look at scores and other artifacts, and enjoy refreshments and discussion.
* Free Admission

Saturday, March 24th
2pm:  Holy Trinity Edmonton Anglican Church, 10037 84 Ave NW
Catherine Lee performing Social Sounds – works by Dorothy Chang, Catherine Lee, Jérôme Blais, Dana Reason, Taylor Brook, Emily Doolittle

3:30pm: Holy Trinity Edmonton Anglican Church, 10037 84 Ave NW
Listening Lounge II
Mixer for festival artists and audience members.
* Free Admission

7:30pm: Holy Trinity Edmonton Anglican Church, 10037 84 Ave NW
Swell/Burrell/Segger Trio performing Trio in Trinity -by Steve Swell / Dave Burrell / Mark Segger

9:30pm: Holy Trinity Edmonton Anglican Church, 10037 84 Ave NW
Live Mix II:
Ryan Hemphill performing Overfill Underground
blablaTrains performing blablaOdyssey_3

Sunday, March 25th
11am: Strathcona Community League, 10139 87 Ave NW
Workshop with blablaTrains
blablaTrains will be talking about the way they conceived Human-Computer Interaction with their respective gestural interfaces.
**Audience members that want to volunteer for an activity are encouraged to bring their own musical instruments!

2pm: Yardbird Suite, 10203 86 Ave NW
UltraViolet performing Rise Up Singing – works by Alice Ho, Erin Rogers, Bernhard Lang, Douglas W. Hoyer, and Emily Casavant

3:30 p.m. – Yardbird Suite, 10203 86 Ave NW
We cordially invite you to stay for a while after the last notes are played by UltraViolet. Refreshments will be plentiful and it will be a great chance to talk to artists and friends old and new.

For tickets and further information, please visit our Eventbrite page. If the cost of admission is an issue, please email and we can work out a solution.

This 5-day Festival represents a rich and colorful display of various of cutting edge new music. Come enjoy some of these events and take advantage of the creative powerhouse of talent streaming throughout our city, featuring avant-garde underground music that you may not otherwise encounter.

Have you not yet visited Studio96? This Thursday provides a perfect opportunity. Edmonton’s Don Berner Trio will appear at 730pm, with Argentinian-Canadian composer and sound artist Nicolás Arnáez for a “combination of straight ahead and free form jazz, dance, electronic, electroacoustic and chamber music.” Come vibe-out to these transcendent sounds, in the atmosphere of a historic church converted into a contemporary event space. A mingling of the old and the new,  just like the music presented.

In an article from the Edmonton Journal on March 17th 2018, New Music Edmonton Director Ian Crutchley states:

“I think that out festival has changed every year, and we feel particularly excited about this one — the sheer variety of the types of music is a promising outlook for the future for us. If you come to one show, you will find you will want to explore more!”

We at Studio96 are very excited to host an evening of this Festival. See you Thursday!


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