Jordan Nobles

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.

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David Lee

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.”

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Raven Chacon

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

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.

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AE Bridger

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.

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Amy Brandon

Music, Open Studios: Music Curated by Pedja Muzijevic, Concert in the 21st Century

Amy Brandon‘s mixture of guitar and electroacoustic music has been described as ‘… mesmerizing’ (Musicworks Magazine), ‘… a model of classical guitar clarity’ (The WholeNote) and ‘[a] clashing of bleakness with beauty’ (Minor 7th). Holding degrees in jazz and composition, she is completing a PhD in music cognition and guitar at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in addition to composing. She has performed internationally (Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, UK) and recently released her first CD Scavenger. For Sound Symposium Amy will share the concert stage with Susan Alcorn, lap steel guitar master.

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Susan Alcorn

One of the world’s premiere musical innovators on her instrument, Baltimore-based Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country and western swing music. Known among steel guitarists for her virtuosity and authenticity in a traditional context, Alcorn first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands. Soon she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of modern classical music (Messiaen, Varèse, Penderecki), the deep listening of Pauline Oliveros, Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango, free jazz, and world musics (Indian rags, South American songs, and gamelan orchestra). Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression. The UK Guardian describes her music as “beautiful, glassy and liquid, however far she strays from pulse and conventional harmony.” Her latest release Soledad is available from Relative Pitch Records.

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