Sound Symposium XVIII

CURTIS ANDREWS, drums, vocals (NL/BC) — Zimbamoto

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Curtis Andrews is a Canadian musician with global persuasions. Born and raised in Carbonear, Newfoundland he creates music informed by numerous music traditions of the world. His musical journeys have extended to Ghana, Benin, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and he has developed a deep knowledge of traditional music from these areas. His personal mentors have included Don Wherry, Frederick Kwasi Dunyo, and mridangam maestro Trichy Sankaran. In 2013 started a new path as an academic by pursuing a phd degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of British Columbia. Based in Vancouver since 2009, he leads his own ensemble, The Offering of Curtis Andrews, to play his award-winning original music, collaborates and performs with Lapis (South Asian electro-acoustic trio), explores Carnatic music. With vocalist Vidyasagar Vankayala, plays mbira and marimba with Zhambai Trio and drums with Zimbamoto, and co-leads Adanu Habobo (traditional music and dance from Ghana).


DUANE ANDREWS, guitar, Carole Bestvater, Etienne Pemberton-Renaud (violins);  Chantelle Jubenville (viola), Daniel Hawkins (cello).

Duane Andrews’ music is the product of a great ear, an adventurous spirit and a love of music that is beyond category. Uniting what would seem to be impossible – traditional Newfoundland music with the gypsy jazz of the legendary Django Reinhardt, Andrews makes it not just work – he makes it soar. Carole Bestvater and Chantelle Jubenville make up The Sizzle Sisters, an energetic fiddling duo bound to leave you smiling with your toes tapping!  The quartet is rounded out by string playing ninjas Etienne Pemberton-Renaud on violin and Daniel Hawkins on cello.


JULIA APLIN, dance (ON)Aplin

Julia Aplin is a Toronto based dance artist and teacher. Her  career has taken her across artistic boundaries into theatre, music, design and visual art. Julia has worked with companies such as Tiger Princess Dance Productions, SoulPepper and Dusk Dances for which her piece “Inner City Sirens Part 2” won the 2014 Audience Choice Award. With Urban Vessel, she directed and choreographed for actors, singers and boxers to create “Voice Box”. Julia’s choreographic work usually incorporates live music and she has created with composers such as John Gzowski, Aaron Gervais, Juliet Palmer and Debashis Sinha.


RICK BAILEY, electronics (NL) — Remote CTRLRickBailey1

A St. John’s-based electronic and improvisational artist, with an interest in live samples, found sound, circuit bent toys and ambient/rhythmic textures. He has performed in three Prototype events showcasing local electronic producers, and composed Built-In Decades, submitted for 2014’s Electronic Music composition contest by Musicworks magazine. With local improvisational group Robot Scout, he’s helped launch Eastern Edge Gallery festivals, appeared in Edmonton at Mile Zero Dance’s Salon, BUST, played a live score for a Super 8 film, and debuted iScout, an onlooker-controlled human app in a store window for Sound Symposium XVI. His work can be found online at For this year’s Sound Symposium he will create collaborate with fellow electronics enthusiasts Rosalind MacPhail and Craig Squires.



Originally from Montreal, Antoine Berthiaume is a composer and guitarist actively involved in the fields of improvisation and contemporary music and dance. He has worked with such dancers as Annie Gagnon, Thierry Huard, Aurélie Pédron, Audrey Bergeron, Louis-Élyan Martin, Audrée Juteau, Louise Lecavalier and Alan Lake. He can be heard on many recordings with such improvisers as Guido del Fabro, Philippe Lauzier, Pierre-Yves Martel, Michel Donato, Pierre Tanguay, Fred Frith, Tim Brady, Derek Bailey and Elliott Sharp on such labels as Ambiances Magnétiques, Audiogram, Vos Records (Japan), Incus Records (England) et Starkland (U.S.A.). With support from the Quebec Arts and Letters Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, Berthiaume has had the opportunity to further his studies in the United States and Europe with, among others, Charlie Banacos, David Binney, and Mordy Ferber. Holder of a master’s degree in contemporary composition, Berthiaume is now pursuing a doctorate in electroacoustic composition at the University of Montreal, following a tour with the latest Cirque du Soleil production, Kurios.


AuksTHE BLACK AUKS: Craig Squires, Wallace Hammond, Neil Rosenberg, Mack Furlong (NL)

Newfoundland’s contemporary ensemble The Black Auks performs improvisations and contemporary music. They approach music with the delight of kids with new toys; anything they lay their hands on becomes fodder for their explorations. They love to experiment with performance in a variety of environments, such as the old defense instal­lations in the cliffs of Cape Spear National Historic Site. Their artistic process involves weekly jams and listening sessions. Their own musical vocabulary contains elements from the varied musical backgrounds of the players—classical, bluegrass, punk, jazz, folk and more. The band is comprised of Wallace Hammond, Neil Rosenberg, Craig Squires and Mack Furlong. (see individual bios).


12493680_1698742697079471_8681625969492842820_oPATRICK BOYLE, composer, trumpet  (NL/BC)

Newfoundland trumpeter Patrick Boyle embodies the jazz spirit by synthesizing a range of influences into a compelling original voice. He has been aptly referred to as a “trumpet personality” and “one of Canada’s top trumpet players and jazz musicians in general” by CBC Radio. An in-demand session player not bound by genre, Patrick can be heard on more than 40 recordings and two critically acclaimed solo albums: “Still No Word” (2008) and “Hold Out” (2005). Patrick recently performed at Carnegie Hall with tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and drummer Steve Smith. In Victoria, Patrick performs regularly with his own group with Roy Styffe (sax), Oliver Swain (bass) and Josh Dixon (drums) as well as Oliver Swain’s Big Machine and the Kelby McNayr Quintet.



TIM BRADY, composer, director, guitar  (Quebec)

Tim Brady is a composer, performer, producer and cultural activist who has built a 30-year career on exploring the use of the electric guitar in new and innovative musical directions. From solo work with electronics and video to large guitar ensembles and concertos with orchestras, his work has taken him around the globe to performances in New York, London, Paris, Australia, and across Canada and the United States.  He was names “one of the 30 most important guitarists for the future of the instrument” by the US Guitar Player Magazine.


BILL BRENNAN, composer, conductor, piano, percussion, gamelan  (NL)

More than 30 years of relentless experience have garnered Bill Brennan a solid reputation as a performer, conductor and composer of contemporary classical, jazz, folk and world music — always exploring, always open to new ideas. Always in demand as a folk and jazz pianist, Brennan performs regularly with his own projects. He has performed across North America and around the world. He has performed on film soundtracks for The Ice Storm (directed by Ang Lee) and Antwone Fisher (directed by Denzel Washington), and was musical director for Chicago, White Christmas, Rocky Horror Show,Evita and Disney in Concert (Tada Productions).

His CD “Solo Piano 2” won the 2008 MusicNL “Instrumental Album of the Year” and garnered an ECMA nomination. He is the director of Memorial University’s Jazz Ensemble and Gamelan Sagara Asih (The Memorial University Gamelan Ensemble). He was musical director/composer for CBC’s Vinyl Cafe and The Nature of Things.  Brennan’s expertise can be heard on some 100 albums. Nationally and internationally, his work has been formally recognized through the awarding of a number of prestigious awards and commissions, including the Freddie Stone Memorial Award (1999), and Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Artist of the Year for 2006. He has been commissioned to compose several works that have been premiered at the Sound Symposium.



Timothy Brennan is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in piano performance at the University of Florida where he is on a full scholarship. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Music degree in both piano performance and composition from Memorial University and an Associate Performance Diploma (A.R.C.T.) in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Recently he performed for the American Society of Composers Inc. National Conference.  He has performed as a soloist at Steinway Hall in New York. Timothy has participated in piano programs at the Banff Centre, Orford Arts Centre, New York University, University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Florida.


AE Bridger HandsALEXANDER E. BRIDGER, composer, songwriter (NL)

In the past two years, AE Bridger’s live shows have broken loose from the progressive rock-oriented style of his earlier work, employing an ever-evolving rotating cast of collaborators to elegantly fuse influences as disparate as Gregorian chant, free-jazz and traditional Newfoundland music.  Since returning home to the foggy music mecca of St. John’s in 2015 after a five-year stint living in Montreal, AE Bridger has toured Eastern Canada and performed at POP Montreal and Lawnya Vawnya festivals.  Music lovers in St. John’s named AE Bridger “St. John’s Most Unique/Original Songwriter” in The Overcast’s December 2015 Reader’s Poll. Earlier that year, Montreal readers voted AE Bridger as one of the “Weirdest Montrealers” in a similar poll in CultMTL.  AE’s fifth solo record, “Sculpin XO”, described by The Overcast as “grand, cinematic, dark and twisted,” was nominated for 2015 MusicNL Alternative Recording of the Year.” AE Bridger plans to release a new LP in summer of 2016. His collaborators are Hannah Boone, Chris McGee, Maggie Burton, Michelle LaCour, Josh Bourden, and Paddy Byrne.


Turkwaz ladies7416JAYNE BROWN, voice (ON) — Turkwaz

Jayne Brown made the switch from classical to folkloric singing while studying music at UofT, continuing her studies outside the classroom with various folk ensembles. It was with the Macedonian ensemble Staro Selo where her Balkan music journey began. An introduction to Maryem Tollar opened up the possibility of learning Arabic repertoire with George Sawa and led to the formation of the band Maza Meze. Jayne has also studied and performed with the Latin American band Nazka, Afro-Cuban ensemble Ilédé, and traditional Greek ensemble Diaspora. In addition to having the great fortune to study with, learn from, travel and share music with great friends, Jayne has been fortunate to accompany Maryem on a study trip to Egypt and has made several study trips to Greece thanks to the support of the Canada Council.


LOIS BROWN, improv theatre (NL)

The interdisciplinary practice of Lois Brown is centered in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is an original member and past Curator of Neighbourhood Dance Works and past Artistic Animateur of RCA Theatre Company. Her work has been presented at HarbourFront, Tangente, Live Art and Neighbourhood Dance Works. In 2005, The Canada Council for the Arts awarded her The Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement in theatre by a mid-career Canadian artist. She has been recognized for her contribution to the arts with an Artist Achievement Award, The Rhonda Payne Award, and most recently the YWCA Women of Distinction Goodwill Award. Lois holds a BA (Drama) from University of Alberta, and a Masters from Memorial University, where she has taught acting and directing. From 2010-13 Lois worked at Playwrights Workshop Montréal. Returning home, her work in research and experimentation in live art evolved into a current focus on the improvised actions of the public with the performance.


Maggie Burton IMG_7922MAGGIE BURTON, violin, poetry (NL) – New Music Collective of St. John’s

Maggie Burton is a violinist and poet from Brigus, Newfoundland. She completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Memorial University, where she studied violin with Dr. Nancy Dahn and specialized in music history and literature with Dr. Jane Gosine. Maggie plays violin with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the Avalonia Duo. Her poetry has recently been featured in The Petal Journal.


SARAH BUTTERFIELD, visual & sound artist (BC) — The Susan Variations

Sarah Butterfield is a life-long practitioner in the visual arts, employing means and strategies as diverse as experimental filmmaking, action painting, dance, poetic narrative and sculpture.

Her works hold the ghostly presences of lost memories and reassemblies, dropped threads and lacings of ideas, beginnings and middles of much larger stories that have no end and are never told.   She has created many events and happenings from blind dinners in the dark, blizzard-creating shredded paper installations, collaborative drawing parties, creative walks to nowhere in particular, dreamscapes involving many helium balloons and costume designs for a number of plays. She is founding member of The Beyond Shopping Collective – a playful interference designed to get people thinking about what, in the best of all possible worlds, shopping malls might intelligently contain.

Around Another Time is the first time she has explored a purely audio form – and engaged with Donna Lytle to understand what sound can do imagistically: eyes closed, by pure sound, digitally amplified and mixed to create images in the mind’s eye, listening in a darkened room where the eyes cannot reach.


MARK CAMPBELL, guitar, vocals (BC) — Zimbamoto

Mark Campbell is a guitarist, bassist and transcriptionist from the west coast of Canada with over 30 years experience performing. He spent his early twenties playing in Roots Roundup and The Rottabeggars. Mark has also been a part of groups such as Ngoma, Space 9, Freeflow, Idle Peasantry and Zimbamoto. He has toured Canada many times in a variety of groups covering a wide-range of styles.  Mark currently spends most of his time trying to outsmart his young daughter but efforts are as of yet unsuccessful.


RUFUS CAPPADOCIA, cellist (Cdn/USA)        

Rufus Cappadocia is best known for his cross cultural recordings and performances. He has released albums in collaboration with guitarist David Fiuczynski, singer Bethany Yarrow, Stellamara with Sonja Drakulich, multi instrumentalist Ross Daly and The Paradox Trio with Matt Dariau.

Born and raised in Hamilton, he began playing cello at the age of 3. He went on to study classically at McGill University where he spent his spare time studying sounds and music from lesser-known musical traditions in the University’s ethno-musicology department. He left school, and traveled to the South of France and to Spain, where he played as a street musician. In his travels, Cappadocia continued to pick up new sounds and ethnic styles, which he blended into his own. Partly to improve his ability to compete with other street musicians, Cappadocia decided to “add a bass register” to his cello. He is now based in New York. His musical style blends together “the similarities between seemingly diverse music forms such as blues, Sufi, Middle Eastern and even Gregorian chant. To him they are all compatible, microtonal modes of music.” Cappadocia’s past collaborations have included participation in the jazz group, The Paradox Trio and the World Music group Trance Mission. He has produced CDs with guitarist David Fiuczynski and singer/songwriter Bethany Yarrow.


Chris Chafe with cellato cityCHRIS CHAFE, composer, improviser, cellist (USA) — CCRMA

Chris Chafe is a composer, improvisor, and cellist, developing much of his music alongside computer-based research. He is Director of Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). At IRCAM (Paris) and The Banff Centre (Alberta), he’s pursued methods for digital synthesis, music performance and real-time internet collaboration. Online collaboration software including jacktrip and research into latency factors continue to evolve. An active performer either on the net or physically present, his music reaches audiences in sometimes novel venues. A simultaneous five-country concert was hosted at the United Nations in 2009. Gallery and museum music installations are into their second decade with “musifications” resulting from collaborations with artists, scientists and MD’s. Recent work includes the Brain Stethoscope project, PolarTide for the Venice Biennale, and Tomato Quintet for the transLife:media Festival at the National Art Museum of China.


FIONA CHATWIN, voice (USA)Fiona Chatwin

Fiona Chatwin’s sound world exists in the intermeshing of opera, experiment and theater. Chatwin’s warm and rich lyric soprano sound evokes a sense of historic context for experimental works that are often inherently non-vocal. Her humor and histrionic interpretations of works by Lachenman and Berio have attracted critical acclaim. Chatwin is dedicated to the process of premiering new works by living composers. “It is an extraordinary pleasure to bring to life the music a composer commits to a page. But in the case of Weirmeir’s work, the page is already alive with vivid color and vibrancy. It is then my job to collaborate with the art and the artist.”



STEVE COWAN, guitar (NL/Quebec)Cowan

Steve Cowan grew up as a self-taught percussionist and electric guitarist in St. John’s, Newfoundland, performing mostly experimental rock music. For the past decade, his focus has shifted to the more intimate world of solo classical guitar; a genre of which he has become an award-winning performer and teacher. Concert programs often include pieces from a variety of eras, but Steve focuses primarily on new music. Working with young composers and presenting Canadian guitar works is a driving force in his musical life.

International awards include first prizes at Guitare Montréal (2015), the Wilson Center Guitar Festival and Competition (2014), and Boston GuitarFest (2013). A graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Manhattan School of Music, Steve is currently working on his Doctoral studies at McGill University in Montréal. His debut album, Pour Guitare, was recorded with the support of Canada Council for the Arts and McGill University. The album features new music by exclusively Canadian composers and will be released in Spring, 2016.


GABRIEL DHARMOO, composer, voice, improv (Quebec)

Gabriel Dharmoo’s musical practice encompasses composition, improvisation and ethnomusicological research. He studied Dharmoo1composition and analysis at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Serge Provost and finished his studies with a “Prix avec grande distinction”, the highest honour to be awarded. His works have been performed in Canada, the USA, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. In addition to winning 6 prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, he was awarded the 2011 Fernand-Lindsay Prix d’Europe composition prize and the Canada Council for the Arts 2011 Robert Fleming Prize.  Having researched Carnatic music with 4 renowned masters in Chennai (India) in 2008 and 2011, his personal style explores the theme of post-exoticism and the interplay between tradition and novelty.

As a vocal improviser, Gabriel has sung across Canada (Montreal, Québec, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Banff, Halifax, Guelph), Germany (Berlin, Köln) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Utrecht). In 2013/14, a development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts allowed him to work with vocalists Phil Minton (UK) and Ute Wassermann (Germany), as well as yodel and overtone specialist Christian Zehnder (Switzerland) and beatboxer Shlomo (UK).


TIMOTHY DUEPPEN, trombone (USA) — Trio Tol

Prior to his appointment at Lamar University as assistant professor of music in Prior 2014, Dr. Tim Dueppen was a visiting assistant professor at Montana State University, adjunct professor at Nazareth College, and the assistant director of the Eastman Trombone Choir. Dr. Dueppen has played with the Houston Symphony (as a member of Virtuosi of Houston), Disney Jazz Band, Opera Pasadena Festival Orchestra, Golden States Pops Orchestra, Lone Star Lyric Opera, Intermountain Opera Orchestra, Montana Ballet Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony, Metales M5 international brass quintet, the All-Star Brass, multiple Jazz greats, and others.

Tim is a performing artist sponsored by the Denis Wick Company based out of London. He is proud to currently perform as a member of the Lamar Faculty Brass Quintet, Trio Tol, The Symphony of Southeast Texas, and the Alias Brass Company.


MARK DUGGAN, composer (ON)Mark Duggan IMG_194

Mark Duggan has composed music for a wide variety of concert, dance, video, and commercial settings including commissioned works for the percussion group Nexus, Soundstreams Ensemble, Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, Madawaska String Quartet, the chamber group Sanctuary, clarinetist Francois Houle, percussionists John Rudolph, Morris Palter and Michelle Colton, choreographers Susan Lee, Maxine Heppner, and the Roots Orchestra. He has released five CDs of his music and has been twice nominated by both the Juno and East Coast Music Awards.  Duggan holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a DMA from University of Toronto where he is a member of the percussion faculty.   For Sound Symposium,  Duggan will present the world premiere of his composition Acoustic Shadows,  scored for two pianos and 3 multi-percussionists.


 Sound Symposium 2008. Photo by Greg Locke © 2008CHRISTINE DUNCAN, voice, conductor (ON)

A musical chameleon, Christine Duncan uses her voice as an instrument, in a wide range of diverse musical styles. She is involved in everything from jazz, R&B, gospel, improvised music, sound poetry, to new music, opera and musique actuelle. She performs with many musical groups and projects, notably with Hugh Fraser’s VEJI (Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation), Barnyard Drama with drummer/electronic artist Jean Martin, and more recently, Tanya Tagaq. She directs the Element Choir, and with Martin leads the Element Choir Project (a touring, improvising choir project). Christine is an active educator, teaching in the jazz programs at Humber College and the University of Toronto.


CHRIS DUNNETT, electronics, visual/sound art (NL)

Chris Dunnett is a visual artist based in Corner Brook, NL. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University (2009), a Masters of Science from the University of Toronto (1998) and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (1997). Chris has spent the past decade working in non-profit arts organizations, as a professional printmaker and print technician. His prints, digital manipulations and electronic art are an intersection of the rational and chaotic – fusing the meticulous and detailed with the unplanned and spontaneous.


KetchegaryKAY ETCHEGARY, voice (NL)

Gus and I have been married for 34 years. I have 3 children from previous marriage and he has 2. We have 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

I was born in Lebanon, one of 5 children. My father had a beautiful voice and played trumpet for the town brass band.  There was no TV, internet or cell phone. We enjoyed singing and listening to music. The nuns in school had a big impact  on my singing. Later on, I got married after a short relationship and came to Newfoundland.  I stayed home until my children became teenagers.  I got a job with Air Canada until I met and married Gus. We traveled a large part of the world. After he retired, we circumnavigated Newfoundland and Labrador in our sail boat. As we grew older, our life style had change. We now enjoy our swimming pool, home and our family.


NAVARO FRANCO, percussion, vocals (BC) — ZimbamotoNavaro Franc0_WDP6853-2

Navaro Franco is a musician, dancer, and teacher inspired by ancient traditions of Earth-based music and dance. She is interested in the role of traditional knowldeg to support consciousness, community,  and healing. Within her 30 years of experience, performing experience, she has studied and performed Zimbabwean music in Canada and Southern Africa, primarily with Marimba Muzuva and the Chigamba family. She resides in Vancouver where she teaches and performs with a variety of groups. (percussion, backing vocals in Zimbamoto)


Mack Furlong, TransmissionsMACK FURLONG, emcee, percussion (NL)

Mack Furlong is a musician, writer and actor from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is the co-artistic director and host of Sound Symposium. He plays percussion with improvising groups the Black Auks and the Subscription Opus Duo. Mack co-created the CBC Radio cult classics The Great Eastern and Sunny Days and Nights, starring as Paul Moth. He served as host for many other CBC radio programs including Harry Freckles, Goosebumps, A Few of the Best, Radio Noon Trivia, and Weekend Arts Magazine.

Mack’s radio writing has won an award from the Writers Guild of Canada. He has been published in Riddle Fence, Canadian Theatre Review and in the iLit series for High School English by McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Mack has also written for and appeared on stage with the Mummers Troupe, Rising Tide Theatre and c2c Theatre. In 2014, Mack received the John Drainie Award for distinguished contribution to Canadian broadcasting.


GranzowJOHN GRANZOW, instrument builder, sound research (Canada/USA) — CCRMA

John Granzow started the 3d Printing for Acoustics workshop at the Centre for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. He attended residencies at the Banff Centre and the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. His research focuses on computer-aided design, analysis, and fabrication for new musical interfaces with embedded electronics. He also leverages these tools to investigate acoustics and music perception. His instruments include a long-wire installation for Pauline Oliveros, sonified easels for a large scale installation at La Condition des Soies in Lyon, France, and a hybrid gramophone commissioned by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He is a member of the Acoustics Society of America where he frequently presents his findings. In 2013, Granzow was awarded best paper for his work modeling the vocal tract as it couples to free reeds in musical performance. He is presently an Assistant professor at the University of Michigan in Performing Arts Technology.


SOPHIA GRIGORIADIS, voice (ON) – TurqwazSophia individual shot

Sophia Grigoriadis is a musician and teacher.  Over the past 25 years her study of Greek, Balkan and Middle Eastern singing and percussion has led her to compose, perform and tour with many Toronto world and fusion ensembles.  Sophia also offers a world music curriculum to young children and their families through her Clapping Land music studio.  Her CD compilation “Sound Adventures – Global Music for Children” has been awarded 2005 Silver Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation.  Sophia currently teaches music from Preschool to Grade 8 at the Metamorphosis Greek Orthodox School.


Wallace Hammond, The Black AuksWALLACE HAMMOND, guitar, toys (NL)

Wallace Hammond has been working in the field of audio since 1973. He runs a small sound equipment business in St. John’s, and is a mainstay of the provincial music community; in 2010 his many contributions were acknowledged by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council when it named him the 2009 Patron of the Arts. He has been a sound experimenter and casual musician since the early 1970s, performing as part of such musical groups as Dog Meat BBQ, Wet Cheeze Delirium, Da Slyme and, of course, The Black Auks. He is also Sound Sympo­sium’s Technical Coordinator.



Tom HamiltonTOM HAMILTON, composer, electronics (USA)

Tom Hamilton has composed and performed electronic music for over 40 years, and his work with electronic music originated in the late-60s era of analog synthesis. Hamilton was a 2005 Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, participating in a residency at the foundation’s center in Umbria. Hamilton’s performing and recording colleagues have included Peter Zummo, Bruce Gremo, Karlheinz Essl, Bruce Arnold, Bruce Eisenbeil, Rich O’Donnell, Thomas Buckner, Al Margolis, and id m theft able, and he has worked with Composers Inside Electronics as well.

Hamilton has released 15 CDs of his music; his CD London Fix received an award in the Prix Ars Electronica, and a 2 CD set of his electronic music of the 1970s was named one of The Wire’s Top 50 Reissues of 2010. Hamilton was the co-director of the 2004 Sounds Like Now festival, and he co-produced the Cooler in the Shade/Warmer by the Stove new music series in New York for 14 years. Since 1990, Hamilton has been a member of the late composer Robert Ashley‘s opera ensemble, performing sound processing and mixing in both recordings and concerts. His audio production can be found in over 60 CD releases of new and experimental music.


RUSSELL HARTENBERGER, composer, percussion (ON) Hartenberger2

Russell Hartenberger is Professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He has been a member of both the percussion group, Nexus, and Steve Reich and Musicians since 1971. As a member of Nexus, he has performed with leading orchestras in North America, Europe and Asia, and along with members of Nexus created the soundtrack for the Academy Award winning Full Length Documentary, The Man Who Skied Down Everest. The recently released Nexus CD, Persian Songs, includes his arrangements of music by Moondog and of Persian classical music with Iranian vocalist, Sepideh Raissadat. With Steve Reich and Musicians he recorded for ECM, DGG and Nonesuch Records, and performed on the Grammy Award winning recording of Music for 18 Musicians. He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Percussion and author of Performance Practice in the Music of Steve Reich. Both books are scheduled for release by Cambridge University Press in 2016.


JEFF HENNESSY, composer, gamelan (NS)jeff-hennessy-gamelan 2

Jeff Hennessy is a songwriter, composer, keyboardist, and musicologist from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has received two East Coast Music Award nominations, and was the regional winner and national finalist in the Canadian National Songwriting Competition where he performed at the Toronto Skydome. As a composer, his music has toured all over North America with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, and he has been commissioned to write for numerous orchestras, choirs, and soloists. As a keyboardist he performs on piano, Hammond organ, and Rhodes piano, specializing in blues, rock, country, and improvisational contemporary music. Hennessy holds a Ph.D, in musicology from the University of Toronto, and is an Associate Professor and Director of the School of Music at Acadia University where he teaches music theory, popular music history, songwriting, and musicianship. Jeff lives in Wolfville, NS with his wife (and dentist) Erin Hennessy and his son (and golf buddy) Rory.


MICHEL HÉROUX, guitar (Quebec)Michel Heroux lpieikencnjbacgd

Guitarist, arranger and composer for more than twenty years now, Michel Héroux is at ease in many musical styles, ranging from classical guitar to jazz, pop and even ‘metal’. He began his career in the rock band Bacchus, but moved to freelance (studio and live), which got him to work with many pop artists and bands, as well as playing on many film scores and commercial gingles. He now divides his time between teaching and performing jazz mostly, having three albums to his credit.


Hurley James isVkzJjWBMrHjDusfm51lZEJ6_wWPi8363CKBbG8Cx8JAMES HURLEY, piano (NL/GERMANY)

James Hurley is from St. John’s, Newfoundland. As a child he discovered a dusty piano in his grandmother’s house, and his life with music started when his parents had the piano moved to their home. In 2004 James enrolled in the Music Program at Memorial University of Newfoundland, a four-year music performance program that took him to national competitions and to master classes throughout Europe. He went directly from MUN to Boston, where he continued his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, receiving an M.Mus in 2010.

He moved to Neuburg, Germany, where he has recently opened Più, a bilingual piano school. Più is also a performance space in which James can host concerts and master classes from a wide variety of genres and artists. James continues to develop his own performances, which integrate classical, contemporary and improvised music together, creating a unique experience.


BRAD JEFFORD, guitar. voice (NL)

Brad Jefford is one of the leading figures for jazz and creative music in St. John’s, NL, and is constantly looking to push his musical ventures in new directions. Always in demand as a recording artist Jefford’s guitar sound can be heard on a number of recordings including his own debut recording with Brad Jefford Trio+ “Ageless”. His voice as an improviser and his easily

identifiable guitar sound that can also be heard with Jazz East Big Band, Curtis Andrews Offering, Havana to Canada, Other People, Spirit of Newfoundland and various other projects in and around St. John’s. With a strong interest in community and cultural development Jefford created the “St. John’s Jazz Sessions”, a bi-weekly jazz concert and improvisation session hosted by the Brad Jefford Trio+. In addition to his performing schedule Jefford keeps a busy schedule as a musical educator and mentor in the community.


Brad Jefford trioBRAD JEFFORD TRIO+

The Brad Jefford Trio+ has become a strong force on the St. John’s jazz and improvised music scene. Fusing tradition with their own contemporary sound the group uses elements from jazz, blues, funk, rock, and many other musical genres to produce a wide range of grooves and textures. They keep the spirit of jazz and improvisation in the forefront whether they are playing one the their funky originals or showing their softer side over a classic ballad. The Brad Jefford Trio+ currently features Brad Jefford on guitar, Josh Ward on bass, Andrew McCarthy on drums, and Chris Harnett on saxophones. Their debut recording “Ageless” was released in 2011 and nominated for the 2011 Music NL Jazz and Blues Recording of the Year. The band leads the “St. John’s Jazz Sessions”, a bi-weekly performance and jazz improvisation session aimed at unifying our jazz community and providing a regular opportunity for local jazz musicians and jazz fans to socially listen, play, improvise, and share this music of ours.


heidi_kalyaniHEIDI KALYANI, gamelan (NS)

Heidi Kalyani is a founding member of Mindful Flower Gamelan, a gamelan degung ensemble based in Wolfville, NS. Her gamelan studies have taken her to Bali, Java, and England to work with a number of renowned teachers, including Simon Cook and Ade Suparman. Heidi is the co-founder and dance leader of ORO! Orkestra, a 10-piece Turko-Balkan dance party band. In 2015, she also toured British Columbia as a member of the world-fusion ensemble, Blue Lotus Trio. Heidi’s other musical projects in Wolfville include curating a series of contemplative concerts, and facilitating monthly kirtan nights.


TIINA KIIK, accordion (ON)Kiik

Tiina Kiik is a freelance, accordionist and teacher from Toronto. Tiina began studying accordion at the age of seven with Glen Sawich. Studies with Joseph Macerollo from 1977 to 1982. Studied with Hugo Noth at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik, Trossingen, West Germany from 1982 to 1983. She has performed in many different settings with different groups such as the Polka Dogs,  Double Wind Cello trio, Dusk Dances, Tapestry and Soul Peppper. She has worked with dance artists Susan McKenzie, Corpus Dance Company and with Peter Lynch at the Nation Film Board.


ALAN KLAUS (NL) – Trio Tol

Dr. Alan Klaus has been assistant professor of trumpet and horn at Memorial University since 2012. He previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Low Brass at Montana State University and as Brass Specialist at Mount Allison University. He completed his doctorate at Florida State University and is honoured to have been selected as a Bach Trumpet Artist.

Klaus is a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, has toured China as Principal Trumpet of the American Festival Orchestra, and has performed with the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra London (Canada). A featured soloist with the PEI Symphony Orchestra and at the Atlantic Band Festival, he has also appeared at numerous universities across North America for recitals and masterclasses.


LamondMacDonaldPatchwork-PhotoMARY JANE LAMOND (NS)

Mary Jane Lamond is an award winning singer who has recorded six CDs and toured extensively in Canada and internationally. Mary Jane has spent the last twenty years exploring the Gaelic tradition of Nova Scotia, creating and collaborating on modern musical arrangements.  Her last cd was a collaboration with fiddler Wendy MacIsaac. In 2012 they released the CD Seinn, to critical acclaim.



Pianist Andrea Lodge has been called a “Must See” (The Telegram, St. John’s, NL). A proud native of outport andreaNewfoundland, Canada, Andrea specializes in the performance of new music. She was awarded top prizes at the 2010 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition for the Performance of Contemporary Music. She recently joined the Nief-Norf Contemporary Music Organization as piano faculty. Andrea has premiered new works by composers Clark Ross, David Cutler, Marga Richter and C.Curtis Smith, among others.

Andrea has a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University where she studied with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Music (honours) from Memorial University. Andrea performs regularly with guitar piano duo, Sorce-Lodge Duo, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and with piano percussion duo, Duo Schfifty Five. Andrea holds the position of Staff Pianist at SUNY Suffolk, coaches chamber music at Stony Brook University, and teaches piano at the Greenwich House Music School in Manhattan.


DANIELLE LODGE (NL) — Voice Danielle Lodge

Danielle Lodge is currently completing a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a former member of the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble and Holy Heart of Mary Chamber and Madrigal Choirs. In addition, Danielle has appeared in various musicals including Anne of Green Gables, A Christmas Carol, The Wizard of Oz, Annie and The Sound of Music. Danielle is thrilled to share the stage today with her cousin, Andrea.





Aliens have landed! Scott Stevenson is the multi-talented creator and engineer of Mune (formerly Arc) which was demonstrated at Sound Symposium 17. His sci-fi meets lounge synthesizer stylings bring your mind to a logybaygrooversnew planet where the only law is relaxation. Inspirations include Canadian department stores of yore and the world computer.

With the cold clear waters of Labrador flow through his blood, filmmaker Jacob White is the beating heart of Logy Bay Groovers. Maintaining the grooves and keeping it moving is what he’s all about. When not grooving he likes to skateboard and always stay safe!

High in the hills of St John’s we find Doug Leeman bassist and MC of the Groovers. He has a passion for keeping the audience well fed and never stopping the party. After many years of maintaining the groove he has given out more prizes than most game show hosts. Keeping the people entertained is his only priority.

Logy Bay Groovers: one of the island’s hottest power-synth trios. Cooking up boiling beats night after night. You have to see it to believe it! With 16 albums recorded to date they show no signs of stopping. There’s something for everyone in their grooves. Prizes available for all, along with fine offerings of cured meats and artisanal gravies. Everyone’s a winner!



I enjoy building things, fixing them, and improving them even if they seem to work just fine. The scope of the word “things” includes computer hardware and software, music composition, performance and sound. My music blurs the line between technology and art, and is as much about form, sound and space, as about algorithms and the software I write for each piece. I have been working with multichannel sound for a long time and can hack Linux for a living. At CCRMA, Stanford University since 1993, I combine my background in music, electronic engineering and programming with my love of teaching and music composition and performance. I discovered the intimate workings of sound while building my own analog synthesizers a very long time ago, and even after more than 30 years, “El Dinosaurio” is still being used in live performances. I also created and maintain the GRAIL (the Giant Radial Array for Immersive Listening) at CCRMA, a large scale speaker array we use to diffuse full 3D surround concerts.


DONNA LYTLE (BC) —  The Susan VariationsDonna Lytle

Donna Lytle completed an extended Fine Arts Degree (5 year specialization) in electroacoustic music at Concordia University. This early training informed her sensibility and development through the tremendous changes the digital revolution fostered. She has produced film sound and worked in the installation world.  During the 90’s and early 2000’s she taught small studio techniques to kids, taking a temporary break from the full-time exhibition world to raise her three children as a single parent.  During this time she set up small sound effects studios in schools and taught privately to kids wanting to understand music composition and sequencing from home.  Returning to the exhibition world with Around Another Time (2015) has been a tremendous opportunity to re-engage on a deeper level with the art of sound.

She is active as a vocal improviser and is also currently working on another six channel vocal exploration of syntax and the sonic weight of language within disparate foreign tongues. This piece is called A Murmuration of Starlings.



Laurel MacDonald is recognized across Canada and internationally as a dynamic singer, composer and video artist. She has released five CDs of her music, has composed and performed in soundtracks for film, dance and theatre, and has created and exhibited several short films and video installations. This is Laurel’s second appearance at Sound Symposium, the first having been in 2012 with Phil Strong, as part of the duo Videovoce. Phil Strong also appears this year, as sound designer for Patchwork.


ROSALIND MacPHAIL, flute & electronica  (NL)Roz MacPhail

Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland classically trained flutists and multi-instrumental looping artist Rosalind MacPhail is an active performer, film composer, session player and music clinician. Her most recent music and film project, HEAD FIRST premiered at the Banff Centre, was co-presented by the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival at Newfoundland’s LSPU Hall and was recently featured at TEDx St. John’s. For Sound Symposium Roz will collaborate in presenting “Remote CTRL Electronica”  with musicians Rick Bailey and Craig Squires.;



The music of “hyperpianist” Denman Maroney is inspired by nature and the music of John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Henry Cowell, Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, Scott Joplin, Olivier Messiaen,

Thelonious Monk, Conlon Nancarrow and Karheinz Stockhausen among others. Maroney plays what he calls hyperpiano, which involves bowing and sliding the strings with copper bars, steel cylinders, Tibetan prayer bowls, rubber blocks and CD cases and gives him a unique sonic vocabulary. He also uses a system of temporal harmony based on the undertone series that allows him to improvise and compose in several tempos at once.

Maroney has worked with musicians Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Jon Deak, John King, Garrett List, Roger Miller, Michael Moore, Bob Ostertag, William Parker, Bobby Previte, Ed Schuller, Elliot Sharp and Peter Zummo among others, and dance and theater artists Davidson Lloyd, Sin Cha Hong, Tom Keegan, Tom Lillard, Erin Martin, Wendy Osserman and Mel Wong among others.



Flutist Jacqueline Martelle resides in New York City, where she has performed in diverse concert venues, including Experimental Intermedia, Symphony Jacqueline Martelle Headshot2Space, Issue Project Room, Roulette, Le Poisson Rouge, Third Street Music School Settlement, Elebash Recital Hall/ CUNY Graduate Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She has been a featured artist in the World Music Institute’s Interpretations series, the 15 minutes of Fame series (Vox Novus), has appeared with the Remarkable Theater Brigade’s Opera Shorts at Weill-Carnegie Hall, and recently with the NYC Opera Cooperative in their production of Mozart’s Così fan Tutti. She has recorded on Mode, Mutable, Pogus Productions, and Centaur Records.

Martelle has presented concerts and recitals highlighting the flute with electronic media and has premiered works composed for her by Larry Austin, Jacques Bekaert, David Behrman, Tom Hamilton, Alvin Lucier, Al Margolis (If, Bwana), and Robert Rowe. A native of Wisconsin, Martelle was given her first flute lesson by trombone player. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM) and Florida State University (DM-Flute Performance), and her teachers include Samuel Baron, Israel Borouchoff, and Charles DeLaney.



Chris McGee is a freelance saxophonist, pianist and composer from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree at Memorial University, where he studied saxophone with Professor Paul Bendzsa. Chris plays piano as one half of the Avalonia Duo, is the organist at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, and is co-director of the New Music Collective of St. John’s.


KURAI BLESSING MUBAIWA, marimba, mbira (BC) — Zimbamoto

Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa is among the best mbira and marimba players in Canada. Born and raised in the village of Mutimbanyoka, Zimbabwe, he began playing Shona mbira at the age of six. While watching his father, uncles and other village elders played mbira in traditional ceremonies, he soon began his journey as a young child singing, dancing, playing mbira and drums in traditional ceremonies and other village gatherings. After moving to the city of Harare in 1994, his horizons expanded and he toured various parts of the world as a musician, dancer, and actor as part of various cultural ensembles and theatre groups. Kurai immigrated to Vancouver in 2002 where he began his Canadian musical journey. Kurai currently teaches singing, marimba, mbira and drumming workshops to children and adults. In his solo performance he sings, dances and plays mbira, marimba, ngoma (drums) and other percussion instruments. Kurai also continues to perform as the lead musician with the groups Zimbamoto and Zhambai Trio. (mbira, marimba, lead vocals in Zimbamoto)


JASON NOBLE, composer (NL)

Composer Jason Noble has been described as “a master at translating feeling and imparting emotion through music.”  Jason has composed for many of Canada’s finest ensembles, including Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton), Esprit Orchestra (Toronto), Christ Church Cathedral Choir (Montreal), Shallaway, Lady Cove, Newman Sound, and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.  His pieces have been featured on several recordings, CBC national television and radio, and in performances across Canada, in USA, Europe, and South America. Currently composer-in-residence for Opera2Go, the Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, and the McGill Wind Symphony, he has also held residencies with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, the Edge Island Festival for Choirs and Composers, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Music Teachers Association.

A PhD candidate at McGill University, Noble won the prestigious Vanier Scholarship and the Dean’s Essay Prize.  His article on sound mass perception is forthcoming in the journal Music Perception, and he has spoken at several international conferences and guest lectures.  He is cofounder and organizer of the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab.  Also a dedicated teacher, he has published a book of student piano music (Sunny Skies and Dragonflies) and a children’s audio book (The Stupendous Adventure of Gregory Green).


ANDREW NOSEWORTHY, composer-guitarist-arranger  (Labrador)

Andrew Noseworthy is a composer, guitarist, arranger and improviser from St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Multi-faceted in nature, Andrew’s Andrew Noseworthywork typically exemplifies unlikely instrument combinations and features the application of rarely-heard instruments in order to highlight new musical relationships within ensemble contexts. His style is also informed by non-musical sources including themes which experiment with performer freedom and ideas of accepting and rejecting ‘locality’.

His music has been performed in Canada, the United States, the U.K. and Australia; and premiered by the Ora Ensemble, Aaron Hodgson, Victoria Bernath, Blue Rider Ensemble and Paul Bendzsa. Past awards include the Reveille Trumpet Collective International Composition Competition (2012) and multiple Government of Newfoundland Arts and Letters Awards. Recent festival appearances include the 2014 Atlantic Music Festival and the 2014 Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival. Andrew is an active performer, both as an electric and classical guitarist as well as an electronics manipulator. He holds a Bachelor of Music (honors) from Memorial University of Newfoundland where he studied composition with Dr. Clark Ross and Dr. Andrew Staniland; and guitar with Sylvie Proulx. Andrew is currently pursuing his Masters in Music Theory and Composition at NYU Steinhardt, studying with Michael Gordon.


NURRIKA  (West Java, Indonesia) — traditional Indonesian dance Nurrika

Nurrika, who goes by a single name, is married to the musician, Ade Suparman. They have three sons (Bayu, Aditya and Chandra) and live in Bandung, West Java. She was born in Bandung, graduated in traditional dance performance from SMKI, and attended STSI in Bandung. She appeared in a video in 2001-2003 with the famous Malaysian dancer, Asraf.

Specializing in jaipongan style dance, which combines gestures and movements from folk dance with the pencak silat martial art, Nurrika performs widely throughout Sunda. In 2006 she also taught and performed in the US. She currently teaches dance at SMP Pasundan 6 High School in Bandung. Her repertoire includes jaipongan and folk style dances, as well as Sundanese classical dance.

Since 2004, Nurrika has taught dance at the San Diego-based Center for World Music workshops in Bali, and has performed in the Payangan Festival of World Music for several years. Nurrika is also a gifted choreographer of new dances. “Babalen” is a recent example, which combines her Sundanese traditions with the Balinese and Western styles which she has experienced through international travel.


JAMES O’CALLAGHAN, composer/sound artist (Quebec)James OCallaghan

James O’Callaghan’s music intersects acoustic and electroacoustic media, employing field recordings, amplified found objects, computer-assisted transcription of environmental sounds, and unique performance conditions. His works, spanning chamber, orchestral, live electronic and acousmatic idioms, audio installations, and site-specific performances, have been awarded national and international prizes, and selected for numerous international festivals. He received a Master of Music degree from McGill University in 2014, studying with Philippe Leroux, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University in 2011, studying with Barry Truax.


OUROBOROS  (NL): Greg Bruce, alto sax, clarinet; Susan Evoy, alto sax; Chris Harnett, tenor sax; Nicole Hand, baritone sax; and Andrew McCarthy,Drums Ouroboros

Ouroboros is a five-piece band armed with a smorgasbord of melodies and grooves inspired by cultures from around the world. Heavy beats of West Africa, folk traditions of Eastern Europe, and a healthy dose of jazz and funk – this is music that makes you move. Ouroboros released their self-titled debut album in May, 2015, and completed their first Eastern Canadian tour in September. In October, Ouroboros took home Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2015 MusicNL Awards and went on to win two local People’s Choice Awards and a spot on the shortlist for the Overcast’s Borealis Music Prize. Ouroboros’ debut album has also been nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year for ECMW 2016.


PHTHONG (NL, ON, Que, USA)Phthong Image

Phthong is a new collective of Canadian vocalists specialized in free improvisation, experimental performance, soundsinging and extended vocal techniques. Phthong strives to be an inclusive collective reaching out to vocalists from all parts of the country and, for this performance, beyond. For Sound Symposium 2016, Phthong will feature Phthong core performers Gabriel Dharmoo, Christine Duncan, and Chris Tonelli joined by guests Fiona Chatwin and the St John’s Vocal Exploration Choir (VocalX).


 ROB POWER, composer & percussion (NL)

Rob Power is an active chamber musician, soloist, improvisor, orchestral player, composer, teacher, and instrument builder. Along with performances in Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States, he has appeared at festivals across Canada from Whitehorse to St. John’s, and has performed with over twenty Canadian orchestras. Currently, Rob is an Associate Professor at the MUN School of Music, and performs with the improvisational groups Spanner, Roarshack and McKudo, the African ensemble Dzolali, and is the principal percussionist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. An avid builder of new and unusual percussion instruments, Rob’s recent constructions include the po-pipes, glass triangle, PVC talking drum, quarter-tone mirrorphone, and the glass marimba. More info at



Philip Roberts currently resides in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he teaches at Memorial University’s School of Music. He holds a Doctorate in piano PhilRobertsperformance from the University of Montreal where he studied with Marc Durand, as well as a Master’s degree from the University of Montreal and an Honours Bachelor of Music from Memorial University.

An active performer, Dr. Roberts has been heard regularly on CBC radio, including local and national broadcasts. His solo and collaborative performances have taken him across Canada and in the U.S. and Europe, including performances with Banff Centre String Orchestra and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. He has won numerous awards including the International Gold Medal at the Llangollen International Musical Eistenfodd in Wales, and the Royal Bank-Debut Atlantic Award for Musical Excellence.

Dr. Roberts’ teaching career has included universities, conservatories and a high-level private studio. His students are regular participants, and prizewinners, at the local music festival. He also regularly serves as a piano adjudicator at music festivals across Newfoundland and Labrador.


NEIL ROSENBERG, banjo, toys, etc. (NL)Sound Symposium XV 2010

Neil Rosenberg has been a member of The Black Auks since 1994. Rosenberg’s specialty is bluegrass: his Bluegrass: A History has been called the definitive work on the subject; his most recent book is Bluegrass Odyssey, a collection of pictures co-authored with photographer Carol Fleischhauer. The founder of Crooked Stovepipe, Newfound­land’s oldest bluegrass band, he is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Folklore at Memorial University. He received a 1997 Grammy Award for his contribution to the album notes for the Smithsonian/Folkways reissue of Harry Smith’s Anthology of Ameri­can Folk Music, and was awarded the Marius Barbeau Medal for lifetime achievement by the Folklore Studies Association of Canada Ken Shorley is a multi-directional percussionist and composer whose work is inspired by Turkish, Arab, South Indian, European and Indonesian musics. He has been a featured artist at jazz, folk and contemporary music festivals in Atlantic Canada, and has been heard on national broadcasts for CBC Radio 2.


WHITNEY ROWE, percussionist (NL)NSO-BackstagePass-HD-22

Corner Brook native Whitney Rowe currently resides in St. John’s as both a music educator and performer with the Scruncheons, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and local hip hop group Hear/Say. As well as teaching music with the English School District, Whitney also teaches drum set and percussion lessons for students of all ages from her home studio in the heart of the city.


GARY SCHWARTZ, guitarist (Quebec)Gary Schwartz

Gary Schwartz, PT Faculty member in the Music Department of Concordia University teaches z ensembles, improvisation, theory and guitar lessons. He has worked in organ trios, big bands; pop, ethnic, blues and funk bands and with James Brown and has played and recorded jazz in many different styles with his own groups, LETTINGO – The Music and Influence of Ornette Coleman (CD, OPUS and Montreal Arts Council Awards–2011, Concordia University-CUPFA Artistic Recognition Grant and articles in Downbeat and Guilde des Musiciens de Montréal magazines), Public Transport Project(CD), Bradyworks – Instruments of Happiness(CD), Between The Lines, Inside/Out, Tribute to Jim Hall, Johnson/Schwartz, Thrio(Cote, Doxas, Schwartz) as well as with Kim Richardson(CD), JP Lambert Latin Big Band, Thom Gossage/Other Voices(CDs), Dave Turner, François Richard, The MSO and McGill Chamber Orchestras. He has performed in  Jazz festivals across Canada and has worked for all the major television and radio stations in Montréal as well as in the pit bands of Les Misérables, Chicago, Showboat and Evita  to name a few.


KEN SHORLEY, Percussionist (NS)ken-shorley

Ken is a diverse percussionist who specializes in the hand drumming traditions of the Middle East and India. Based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Based in Wolfville, NS, Ken is musical director for Mindful Flower Gamelan, ORO! Orkestra, and the Ken Shorley Trio, and an instructor in Gamelan and World Music at Acadia University.  He has produced several CDs of original music, as well as the instructional DVD, RhythmWise – a collaboration with his guru,the South Indian master percussionist, Trichy Sankaran. Ken’s musical journey has taken him to Bali, Java, India, Turkey, UK, USA, and across Canada.  Ken is a proud endorser of Cooperman Frame Drums.


CASEY SOKOL, piano (ON)CaseySokol1_2013

Casey Sokol is an active performer of solo and group improvised music as well as classical and contemporary chamber music. He is a professor of music at York University where he has been teaching courses in piano, improvisation, and musicianship since 1971. He has performed, presented and led workshops in Japan, N. and S. America, and throughout Europe. Most recently he presented a workshop in Switzerland for the I.S.I.M conference.

In 1976, together with the other founding members of the CCMC, Casey conceived and launched The Music Gallery—Canada’s first and still thriving space for the support of experimental and improvised music. Casey’s music has been recorded on over two dozen LPs and CDs and has been broadcast on N. American, European and Japanese media. His book of 13 piano compositions, based on the tunes of Oliver Schroer (Covering Oli), has just been published, and a book/CD launch will be scheduled for January 2016. Casey was the recipient of the OCUFA Award for Excellence in Teaching and, after 45 years of university teaching, still thinks it’s an amazing way to spend the day.


CRAIG SQUIRES, saxophone, and more (NL)Sound Symposium XV 2010

Craig Squires plays saxophone, keyboards, bass, percussion, noisemakers, toys and more. He has been a member of The Black Auks since 1994. He founded the improv group Wet Cheeze Delirium with Wallace Hammond in 1977, is a founding member of Da Slyme and the Infideltones/ Atones, and a member of the Bubonic Plague and Dog Meat BBQ. He organizes Sound Symposium’s Night Music Series and is one of Sound Symposium’s co-artistic directors. Wallace and Craig have been making various sorts of noise together since 1974.


ANDREW STANILAND, composer (NL) – Night MusicAndrew Staniland

Composer Andrew Staniland has firmly established himself as one of Canada’s most important and innovative musical voices.  Described by Alex Ross in the New Yorker magazine as “alternately beautiful and terrifying”, his music is regularly heard on CBC Radio 2 and has been performed and broadcast internationally in over 35 countries. Andrew is the recipient of the 2009 National Grand Prize in EVOLUTION, presented by CBC Radio 2/Espace Musique and The Banff Centre, top prizes in the SOCAN young composers competition, and the 2004 Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music. Recent commissioners include the Gryphon Trio, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Toronto Symphony, cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, and American Opera Projects. Andrew also performs, as a guitarist and with new media (computers and electronics). Andrew is currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland.



Beginning in December 2014, Dr. Chris Tonelli in partnership with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation began organizing a twice-monthly vocal improvisation and exploration gathering in St John’s. These gatherings were (and continue to be) open to anyone interested in group vocal exploration and organized around the principle that all human vocal sound is interesting and everyone deserves a space to sound their voice freely in any way they choose. Vocalx is the performance wing of these gatherings and is devoted to performing free, structured, and conducted choral improvisations and, on occasion, fully pre-composed works. Vocalx perform frequently in and around St John’s and have been featured at The Rooms, Sound Symposium’s Night Music, and the Cape St Mary’s Performance Series, and in collaboration with artists like Christine Duncan, Trevor Wishart, Paul Bendzsa, and Katie Baggs.


PHILIP STRONG, composer, sound designer (ON)PhilStrong

Phil Strong is a composer and sound designer working in music, film, dance, theatre and installation. He has composed extensively for Fujiwara Dance Inventions and Toronto Dance Theatre, and collaborated with John Oswald, Su Rynard, Kent Monkman and Bruce Mau. Luscinias Lullaby, one of the several CDs that he produced with Laurel MacDonald, was voted Echoes (Public Radio International) Best Album of 2005, and Storas, which Phil produced with Mary Jane Lamond, earned an East Coast Music Award for Best Solo Album in 2006.


ADE SUPARMAN,  Indonesian gamelan artist, (West Java, Indonesia)

Ade Suparman, instrumentalist and composer of Sundanese music, was born in Purwakarta, West Java, in 1969. He started playing kacapi when he was 10 ade-suparman-bio-2014[1]years old with his father. He then studied music theory and classical music (including vocal, Suling, Kendang and Gamelan) at Indonesia Art School (SMKI). He received his BA from Indonesian Art University (ISI) in Surakarta.

After his studies, he performed as a concert kacapist around the world. Besides performing, he has created a new learning method for Suling (bamboo flute), and has also published several method books for Sundanese instruments – Suling, Gamelan and Kacapi. Ade has been a member of professional folk and classical music groups in Bandung, performing on Kacapi and Gamelan. He has recorded Sundanese traditional and contemporary music with well-known composers in West Java.

His travels abroad have taken him to India, South Korea, the Netherlands and the USA. While in the Netherlands, he performed as a kacapi soloist in Utretcht and Den Haag, and also taught Sundanese music in Stichtings Kunskring Siliwangi-Panglipur. He also teaches regularly in Bali for the San Diego-based Center for World Music.


HANS TAMMEN, electronics (Germany/USA)Hans Tammen

Hans Tammen creates sounds that have been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He calls his style of performance “Endangered Guitar” because of the extreme alterations he enacts upon his instrument’s sound and construction, resulting in a hybrid guitar/software instrument made to interactively control live sound processing. His Third Eye Orchestra compositions for large ensembles and live sound processing are inspired by Charles Ives’ polytonality, Steve Coleman’s rhythmic complexity, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s organization of sounds and Earle Brown’s approach to form.  His works have been presented in festivals in the US, Canada, Mexico, Russia, India, Israel, South Africa and all over Europe.


ERNIE TOLLAR, Alto, & Soprano saxophones , Hybrid flutes, Bansuri, Ney, Composer (ON)

Ernie Tollar did his first professional gigs in 1980, and has since performed in Europe, India, Egypt, U.S.A. Mexico as well as across Canada at all the major Jazz and Folk Festivals. Having been immersed in Jazz of the West and the Maqam and Raga of the East, Ernie’s style seeks to allow musical connections and possibilities wherever they naturally exist –  or rather tapping into that which was here all along.

Some highlights: guesting with Qithara – Library Opening – Alexandria Egypt ; Maestro Trichy Sankaran – Music Gallery, Toronto ; Dave Restivo – Canadian  Jazz  Festivals ; Simon Shaheen Trio- Festival du Monde Arab, Montreal Quebec and concerts The Near East Ensemble with Tabla Virtuoso Ravi Naimpally and a rising star of Eastern Lutes Demetri Petsalaksi.



Maryem Tollar is a performer who can live and thrive in a variety of milieus.  She was born in Egypt and raised in Canada, with frequent sojourns in the MiddleEast. She performs classical/traditional Arabic music as well as her own original music.  She was a featured performer playing “Ariana” in R. Murray Schafer’s Dora Award-winning piece, The Children’s Crusade.  She has toured across Canada several times with a variety of projects including: her own ensemble; Christos Hatzis’ multimedia project, Constantinople and his large scale work Sepulcher of Life.  She premiered “From the Song of Songs” by Christos Hatzis and performed/commissioned by Tafelmusik.  She will be premiering Tafelmusik’s upcoming new work “A Tale of Two Cities: The Leipzig and Damascus Coffee Houses”. She toured across Canada with Jesse Cook for his juno-nominated CD “Nomad” and recorded on Olivia Newton-John’s CD “Grace and Gratitude”. Maryem has sung on several film and television scores including the theme music for CBC Television’s Little Mosque on the Prairie and A.R.Rahman’s hit “Mayya Mayya” in the Bollywood movie Guru. Her CD Cairo to Toronto was nominated for a 2009 Juno Award in the world music category. She performed and created the live music in Heather Raffo’s Nine Parts of Desire in May 2010, a play about nine Iraqi women, and was nominated for a Dora Award (Outstanding ensemble cast).  In 2011, she collaborated with Natasha Greenblatt providing music, in her play The Peacemaker.  Her music was adapted in Alumni Theatre’s production of Trojan Women, directed by Alexandra Seay. Maryem sings with Michael Occhipinti’s Sicillian Jazz Project (2009 juno nomination) and she is the lead vocalist for 2014 juno-award winning group “Odessa Havana” (world music).


CHRIS TONELLI, conductor, voice explorer (NL)

Chris Tonelli has been an active vocalist for close to two decades, specializing primarily in unconventional sounds and improvisation. In recent years, he has focused on sharing the pleasure and power of vocal exploration and improvisation with others, organizing vocal gatherings and leading improvising choirs in Guelph, Ontario and here in St John’s. Alongside his performance work, he is also a researcher currently in the late stages of completing a book on the history of vocal and choral improvisation entitled Soundsinging: Unconventional Vocal Music and the Problem of the Human. He has had the pleasure of performing with many fellow improvisers in Canada, the U.S., Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand, premiering new compositions and re-inventing canonic works, and collaborating broadly with musicians, visual artists, dancers, and poets.


TRINITY SOUND (NL) – Harbourside Park Concert

Trinity Sound is a group of young and talented folk musicians instructed by folk music specialist Jason March. Jamie Blackmore and Amanda Michael play fiddle and Daniel Butt and Aloysius Ducey play mandolin. Trinity Sound started in 2014 and made their first stage appearance at the 2015 Frosty Festival in Mt. Pearl. The band played at the Brigus Blueberry Festival and on the TD Neil Murray Stage at the 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. The group’s instrumental arrangements are rooted in the traditional Newfoundland style.  


TURKWAZ:   Maryem Tollar, Sophia Grigoriadis, Jayne Brown, Ernie Tollar (ON)

United by long standing friendships and a love of singing, Brenna MacCrimmon, Maryem Tollar, Sophia Grigoriadis and Jayne Brown join forces to celebrate the stories of life through song. Their curiosity and insatiable thirst for musical experience has led to explorations of song traditions from the Middle East and Turkey to Greece and the Balkans. Apart, they have been collecting, performing and recording traditional repertoire – both as solo artists and as members of numerous bands – for over 30 years, lending their voices to films, theatrical productions and multiple Juno-nominated recordings. As the recently formed Nazar-i Turwaz, they have been sharing and exploring this repertoire, creating their own adaptations and cultivating a sweet sonic union that is unstoppable. Thanks to Ernie Tollar for subbing for Brenna MacCrimmon.


GREG VALOU (BC)  bass, vocals — ZimbamotoGreg Valou

Greg Valou is a self-taught composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He plays and works with numerous world music, psychedelic, rock and experimental music projects including Zimbamoto, Midnight Mangoes, and Naad, and is also a freelance visual designer, communications professional and public relations writer. (bass, backing vocals in Zimbamoto) 



Ellen Waterman’s distinctive musical practice blends flute and vocalization. In the 1980s and ‘90s she performed in a number of R. Murray Schafer’s Patria Ellen Waterman_MG_3523series of environmental music theatre works and he composed the solo flute pieces Aubade, and Nocturne (1996) for her. Ellen has been privileged to collaborate with an array of great improvisers including: Pauline Oliveros, Jesse Stewart, Ione, Eric Lewis, James Harley, Medea Electronique collective, Chris Chafe, Viv Corringham, Norman Adams, George Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, Miya Masaoka, Malcolm Goldstein, Jean Derome, Joane Hétu, Lori Freedman, Michael Waterman, and Michael Young. She has performed at national and international festivals and venues including Open Ears, Festival of Music and Sound, the Guelph Jazz Festival, the Suoni Per Il Popolo, and the Onassis Cultural Centre. Waterman has also been artist-in-residence for several festivals, including The Art of Immersive Soundscapes (U. Regina), Sound Travels Festival (Toronto), and the Chicago Creative Music Workshop (Chicago Jazz Festival). In 2014 she participated in the Koumaria Residency in Sellasia, Greece and in a private workshop on Sundanese gamelan with Ade Suparman in Bandung, Indonesia. Ellen is represented on premiere recordings of works by Brian Ferneyhough (CRICD 652), R. Murray Schafer (CMCCD 8902, MW72) and ~spin~ duo (ADAPPS 15001).


JUDE WEIRMEIR,  guitarist, conductor, educator, composer (USA)

Weirmeir’s work resides in the playful rejection of the musical score as we know it. Described as a true innovator, his work simply defies categorization. The blending of design, collage, composition and improvisation leaves the recipient of his MailArt surprise packages wondering what to do first – curate the next installment or organize a performance. Weirmeir’s compositional heritage is deeply connected to composers of esteemed tradition, which he rejects with satire and humor as he goes about creating works that engage the performer in a sound-world unlike any other.  Weirmeir received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He has taught in a broad and diverse collection of musical traditions ranging from music of Africa and Asia, popular culture and film, music theory and musicianship, and guitar performance. As a composer,  he has won many international honors and awards. Critics have described his music as beguiling, delicate, rich, and colorful, with a wonderful mastery of orchestral color.


The Attar Project
In the Attar Project, Toronto-based violinist Parmela Attariwala and Montreal-based tabla player Shawn Mativetsky explore the virtuousity of their respectiveAttar Project instruments and the essence of their traditions while challenging the boundaries between them. Attariwala created the Attar Project in 1995 as a creative vehicle to collaborate with artists across genres and artistic practices, focusing predominantly on the juxtapositions of South Asian rhythm and dance with Western avant-garde music and movement. Since 2005, she has collaborated with Montreal-based tabla player Shawn Mativetsky, whose bimusicality allows explorations of the tabla and violin sound worlds through improvisation and composition. In 2010, they released The Road Ahead … featuring
works commissioned from five award-winning Canadian composers.

Parmela Attariwala
Performer-creator and ethnomusicologist, Parmela Attariwala has toured and recorded with an array of musicians including Carla Bley, Ravi Naimpally, James Campbell, Anthony Braxton and John Taylor; and has worked extensively in dance—as composer and movement artist. She has released two previous recordings, Beauty Enthralled and Sapphire Skies.

Shawn Mativetsky
Exponent of the Benares gharana, Shawn Mativetsky is an internationally soughtafter tabla performer and educator. Shawn teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University, and has released two CDs: Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla (2007); and Cycles (2011), Canadian compositions for tabla.