Gayle Young

Gayle Young is a Canadian composer, musician, and author. Her music and sound installations include a wide variety of sound sources, from electronic and orchestral instruments to found stone and wood. In the late 1970s she developed notational systems and designed musical instruments to facilitate explorations in unusual tunings, and since 1993 has used multiple lengths of tuned tubing in outdoor sound installations. She continues to combine her interests in tuning and soundscape by recording environmental noise of highways, railways, rivers, and ocean shorelines through tuned tubing. Her 2017 CrossWaves uses underwater hydrophone recordings enhanced by electroacoustic processing.

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Terri Hron

Terri Hron performs and creates music in a wide range of settings, often in collaboration with others. Since 2006, Bird on a Wire has been her solo project, where she uses collaboration to integrate new skills into her practice, from live electronics in absorb the current (2008) and immersive environments in flocking patterns (2011) to embodied practices in NESTING (2017). She regularly collaborates with other composers, performers and artists from other disciplines. Terri studied musicology and art history at the University of Alberta, recorder performance and contemporary music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and electroacoustic composition at the Université de Montréal. She investigates collaborative practices in the creation of electroacoustic music. Her work is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Fonds de Recherche Société et Culture du Québec and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, among others.

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Payton MacDonald

Payton MacDonald is a composer, improviser, percussionist, singer, educator, filmmaker, ultra-distance mountain biker. MacDonald was a founding member of new-music chamber orchestra superstars Alarm Will Sound and has also toured internationally as a solo marimbist and as a member of various chamber ensembles including Galaxy Percussion, NJPE, Present Music, and Verederos. He has commissioned many works from today’s leading composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Don Freund, and Elliott Sharp. He studied music at the University of Michigan the Eastman School of Music. He also studied Dhrupad vocal with the Gundecha Brothers. MacDonald spent nine months in India as a Senior Fulbright-Nehru Fellow. He is currently a full professor of music at William Paterson University and is a Co-Artistic Director of SHASTRA, an organization that brings together the music of India and the West.

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Rozalind MacPhail


Innovative Gemeinhardt Artist/Clinician, Rozalind MacPhail recently took home an East Coast Music Award for Electronic Recording of the Year and MusicNL’s Female Artist of the Year. One of the world’s leaders in flute looping and live film scoring, this classically-trained flutist blends effected flute, electronics, voice, omnichord, field recordings and silent film through Ableton Live. MacPhail creates music for film and live performance and has released several albums of original work. She explores new ways to combine image and sound, in works that speak honestly of place, person and the human experience.
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Bill Horist

Bill Horist has been playing guitar conventionally and otherwise for almost thirty years. He has appeared on over 80 recordings and has performed throughout Europe, Japan, North and Central America. Bill has worked in many genres and his collaborators are equally varied; from leading lights in underground and experimental music to pop, rock and Grammy-winning artists. Additionally, his unique approach has afforded him opportunities to work in film, modern dance and video games. Bill is perhaps most noted for his prepared instrumental techniques in the tradition of John Cage, Fred Frith and others. Employing an arsenal of objects typically unrelated to music-making, he culls wildly varied and haunting sounds that are anything but guitarlike. This highly-augmented palette of expression is achieved by items such as nails, corks, sheet metal and surgical pliers, to name a few, and the unusual and entertaining methods developed to create otherworldly sonic textures.

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From left to right: Reuben Fenemore, Sarah Albu, and Heðin Ziska Davidsen

Rokkur is a project by composer-performers Heðin Ziska Davidsen, Reuben Fenemore, and Sarah Albu. It is a performance based on old tools and processes for preparing, hand-spinning and knitting yarn. One of these tools, a traditional spinning-wheel, is called “Rokkur” in the Faroese language. As these tools are used to make wool into yarn and yarn into garment, these processes will also produce sound. Using electronics, the artists amplify and augment the sounds and add instrumental and vocal sound, creating a tapestry of sonic textures, upon which songs, stories and musical improvisations are formed.

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Logy Bay Groovers

Doug Leeman (bottom right), Scott (top), and Randy (left)

Somewhere between where the gravy hits the meatballs Logy Bay Groovers are born. Savoury sounds and greasy grooves await. They love to challenge your ears while pleasing your tastebuds. These dudes give out prizes with your meal so it never disappoints. Chew on that! Not once have they played the same set twice, so you best ready for a fresh ride of hot trax. Randy Prince draws inspiration all day and shows it in his spicy synths and cool guitars. He doesn’t shy away from the mic either- have a listen to his mind! Then we have Scott Stevenson, a rebel cyber-capitalist acolyte who spends his time on the fringes of the base layer. Enjoy the techno and casino inspired sounds that follow. Doug Leeman does the rest with the help of friends.

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Announcing Sound Symposium XIX Invited Artists

More than 50 artists.

From 6 different countries.

10 days that will change how you hear the world.

We’re thrilled to release the list of invited artists to this year’s Sound Symposium XIX. Coming to St. John’s are performers from as far away as Chile, Norway and the Faroe Islands. They’ll share the bill with beloved locals artists from organizations like the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Memorial University.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be posting interviews with many of our artists to help you get to know their music a little better.

We’re so close to releasing the complete schedule. You’ll want to keep it handy so you can plan which concerts and workshops to attend between July 5 and 15. (We suggest you just block out all ten days on your schedule right now.)

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The Globe And Mail Celebrates Harbour Symphonies

CBC’s Anthony Germain plays a ship’s horns for a Harbour Symphony back in 2012.

Sound Symposium is probably best known for our daily Harbour Symphonies. All of St. John’s and the surrounding area are serenaded by ships’ horns every afternoon of the ten-day symposium. How very Newfoundland to turn a bunch of gigantic boats into an orchestra!

Shout out to The Globe and Mail for writing up a nice history of the symphonies. There are some folks on our team who remember that very first Harbour Symphony back in 1983. It’s extraordinary to think that our calling card (so to speak) has continued to impact the soundscape of St. John’s going on three decades.

Co-Artistic Director Mack Furlong sums it up perfectly:

I cry every time I hear the first Harbour Symphony of the Sound Symposium. It’s so disarmingly simple, yet it says so much about Newfoundland.

Read More: Blowing in the wind (The Globe And Mail)

Our team is just days away from releasing this year’s schedule. You should go ahead and bookmark our website to make sure you see the latest news on artists and events. This is the best way to view the complete schedule and ensure you live your best SSXIX.