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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Atomic Clock

Atomic Clock is an improvisation-based experimental jam band combining elements of rock, electronica and jazz with atmospheric, ambient soundscapes. Comprised of Tiber Reardon, Josh Ward, Chris Donnelly, and Michelle LaCour, Atomic Clock creates music on the fly, with sounds, riffs, hooks and beats generated naturally. Each performance is unique, and each piece is a musical conversation between the members and audience.

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Helen Pridmore

Helen Pridmore enjoys a career focused on contemporary scored music, experimental music and improvisation. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in 2012, performing John Cage. Helen has presented major works by Philippe Leroux and Michael Finnissy with Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble, and will premiere a new Finnissy work with Aventa in 2018. She has also appeared in numerous multidisciplinary performances including GOYA (Regina, Mexico City), and Mirror (Regina, Open Ears Festival Kitchener).

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