Thank

Thank (Peter Lannon, Adam Engram) is what happens when you take two best pals and their love for a good bop, then put that love into a pan with all of their instruments. Simmer it all night long to create fresh beats, tasty bass grooves and season it all over with vintage synths. Thank uses improvisation as their engine while bringing pop music to the door of basement hip-hop, creating a shared, danceable experience, with the right flavours.

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Krystle Hayden

Krystle Hayden incorporates a musical diversity and her own personal politics of music as therapy in her sets. DJing in St. John’s for 15 years, Krystle has sculpted a notoriety for herself through curating gigs that speak to her everyday passions such as: yoga flows, fashion shows, gallery openings and club nights. Krystle has witnessed progressive change in the electronic music scene in St.John’s, from the early years as a club-going enthusiast, to the current underground renaissance as a resident DJ with artist collective YUNG DUMB.

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Mado Christie

Mado Christie is a collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and vocal coach. They have performed in all of these different capacities across North America. They studied with acclaimed pianist Peter Longworth and went on to pursue their undergraduate degree in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto in the studio of Marietta Orlov. Mado completed their Masters in Vocal Accompanying at the Manhattan School of Music. Mado moved to St. John’s in 2017, and has since then had the pleasure of working as a collaborative pianist with the brilliant students at Memorial University’s School of Music.

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Chris McGee

Chris McGee is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, producer, and musical omnivore, his influences are drawn from across a wide spectrum of genres, from serialism to free jazz to R&B to folkrock. Chris has composed for various ensembles, and was a 2011 winner of the Kiwanis Music Festival of St. John’s Senior Rose Bowl. Chris graduated from Memorial University Bachelor of Music program in 2013. His recent explorations in solo performance have involved the extension of the soundworld of the alto saxophone by means of technology and electronics.

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Andrew Staniland

Andrew Staniland, a leading composer of his generation, has been recognized by election to the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of Canada. Andrew is currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland, where he founded MEARL (Memorial ElectroAcoustic Research Lab). At MEARL, Andrew leads a cross-disciplinary research team that has produced the innovative Mune digital instrument.

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Andrew Noseworthy

Andrew Noseworthy composer, guitarist and arranger, creates a place for unheard voices within unlikely ensembles and underplayed instruments. His music addresses the struggles of accepting or rejecting ‘locality’ while drawing from experiences of isolation within his hometown of Labrador West, the tight-knit arts community of St John’s, Newfoundland and the expansive scenes in New York City. Each facet of his work has grown out of close-collaborations between fellow new music advocates.

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Bekah Simms

Composer Bekah Simms‘ varied output has been heralded as “nuanced and complex” (NOW Magazine) and “cacophonous, jarring, oppressive — and totally engrossing!” (CBC Music). Propelled equally by fascination and terror toward the universe, her work is often filtered through the personal lens of her anxiety. Foremost among her current compositional interests is quotation and the friction between recognizability and complete obfuscation.

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Debashis Sinha

Debashis Sinha (Toronto) has been involved with the world music scene in Canada, garnering multiple Juno nominations along the way. Deeply trained in traditional rhythmic systems from various cultures, Sinha has begun to turn to the world of improvisation and sound art to further explore his traditional percussion instruments. Through questioning the context of world music, he has found a voice that uses traditional techniques coupled with extended techniques of western improvisation and electronics.

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Robert Lippok

Robert Lippok is an avant-garde German visual artist and composer who has been an influential player in Berlin’s thriving experimental music scene since the early 1980s. He co-founded dissident punk band Ornament und Verbrechen with his brother Ronald in 1983 and also To Rococo Rot, a significant post-rock/electronic outfit, in the 1990s. Known for his expansive imagination, inventive rhythmic reflexes, and layers of fuzzy tones, Lippok’s solo work is just as wide-ranging – from funky, glitch-y, twisted techno record Redsuperstructure for Raster-Noton (2011), to stage design for operas, gallery exhibitions, and notable collaborations with Italian harpist Beatrice Martini, Canadian percussionist Debashis Sinha or brother Ronald and Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi (the latter trio as Whitetree). His latest solo album is Applied Autonomy for Raster-Media (2018).

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Announcing ONSOUND Artists

ONSOUND Invited Artists

ONSOUND is Sound Symposium’s four-day electronic music festival happening October 17-20, 2019 at venues around St. John’s.

You know the recipe. Artists from around the world join local musicians to create art unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. But this time, the ingredients are turntables, laptops, electronics, tech, and tape.

In addition to DJ sets and improv sessions at Peter Easton Pub and The Ship Pub, there will be a staged concert of contemporary-electronic-meets-classical music at MUN School of Music.

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