Jordan Nobles has won numerous awards for his work including a JUNO Award for ‘Classical Composition of the Year’, a Western Canadian Music Award, the International Composition Competition of the Unbound Flute Festival (Brisbane, Australia July 2016); the Sacra/Profana (San Diego 2013), Vancouver Bach Choir (Vancouver 2008), and Polyphonos (Seattle 2011) International Composition Competitions. In June 2017 Jordan was presented with SOCAN’s Jan V. Matejcek Award in recognition of his overall success in the New Classical Music category.
Double bassist David Lee spent years in the Toronto music and art scene, playing bass and cello in a variety of settings. His long tenure with the influential improvising group Bill Smith Ensemble included the LPs Rastafari with Leo Smith, and Visitation with Joe McPhee. Also the author of books on jazz and other subjects, David has just received a PhD in English & Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph, writing his dissertation on Toronto improvised music. In recent years he has played with William Parker, Eric Stach, Gary and Ryan Barwin, and the musicians of the Silence Sounds community in Guelph, as well as Canada’s new poet laureate, George Elliott Clarke. David’s books include his young adult novel “The Midnight Games;” the west coast novel “Commander Zero;” the award-winning “Chainsaws: A History;” and the jazz books “Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz” and “The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field.”
Raven Chacon is a composer of chamber music, a performer of experimental noise music, an installation artist and a member of the American Indian arts collective Postcommodity. Chacon has presented his work in different contexts at Vancouver Art Gallery, La Biennale di Venezia – Biennale Musica, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, The Kennedy Center, The Whitney Biennial and documenta 14. He lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Continue reading →
Jack Etchegary, a St. John’s percussionist and composer, is currently completing his fourth year of music studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, pursuing a B.Mus. in composition. As a performer, Jack has been involved in several music festivals, has recorded and performed with St. John’s groups including Soap Opera, Property, Dame Nature, Mary Dear, and Kat McLevey. He has toured provincially and nationally. Jack has taught private percussion lessons for three years, and now teaches musicianship classes through the STEP/Suzuki program. He is a member of the percussion section of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and sings with the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble. Jack plans to study music at the graduate level following his undergraduate degree.
AE Bridger is a songwriter and composer from St. John’s. The past few years have seen AE Bridger working with large ensembles of brass, reeds, and strings to stage concerts of original works everywhere from concert halls, to living rooms, to the steps of the LSPU Hall. Steeped in classic progressive rock and psychedelic pop, and drawing influence from Third-Stream jazz and minimalist contemporary classical music, AE Bridger’s live performances are as vaporous as they are dense, for a unique concert experience that has been described as both deeply moving and visually entertaining.
Michael Boyle is a native of Lavey in South Derry Ireland who now lives in St. John’s Newfoundland. He has a number of poems published in the “The Antigonish Review” and “Dalhousie Review.” In 2014 he won the Arts and Letters prize for poetry and his first poetry collection “Whins from the Back Hill” is currently ready for publication. Continue reading →
Delf Maria Hohmann sings and plays folk music mainly from North America, and relies on an impressive repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, dulcimer, concertina and autoharp. The songs in English, French, Yiddish, German, Inuktitut, and Cree tell the stories and concerns of immigrants, fishermen, lumberjacks, and natives.
Since forming in 2013, Big Space has performed many sets at prominent music clubs in St. John’s, as well as the Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Festival, the Music at Harbourside series, and the Lawnya Vawnya festival. They have also been featured at the Sound Symposium and often host the Sound Symposium’s Night Music.