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Darren Copeland – Artistic Director (website)

Darren Copeland has been active as a sound artist since 1985 and is the founding Artistic Director of New Adventures in Sound Art. Copeland’s sound art practice focuses on multichannel spatialization for live performance, fixed media composition, soundscape, radio art and sound installation. He studied electroacoustic composition under Barry Truax at Simon Fraser University and Dr. Jonty Harrison at University of Birmingham.

Copeland incorporates both abstract and referential sound materials in his fixed media compositions, and many of these works are published on the empreintes DIGITALes label. His radio art works engage in the associative qualities of environmental sounds in relation to spoken text and have been commissioned for public radio across Europe and North America. His sound installations include gallery and site-specific works which examine the relationship of sound and place.

In addition to composing, he has written articles about sound art, listening and environmental sounds for the book Art of Immersive Sounds (edited by Ellen Waterman and Pauline Minevich), Musicworks, Canadian Theatre Review, eContact! (CEC), Circuit, and Soundscape: Journal of Acoustic Ecology. Recently he has written exhibition texts for SAVAC and Open Studio.

As Artistic Director of New Adventures in Sound Art he curates performances, installations and broadcast content that covers the entire spectrum of sound art. Throughout NAISA’s history Copeland has continued to develop new spatialization performance practices.

Nadene Thériault-Copeland – Executive Director

Nadene Thériault-Copeland is the Executive Director of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), and Financial Coordinator for Charles Street Video. Nadene is also the past president of the board of directors of the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology. She promotes the dissemination of new and experimental sound art through her work with New Adventures in Sound Art, and recently edited four educational booklets published by NAISA: Radio Art Companion (2002), Sign Waves Companion (2002), Sound in Space (2003) and Sound Art Basics (2008). Nadene received her B.F.A. in Music from York University in 1991 where she studied composition with James Tenney.

Bekah Simms – Administrative / Outreach (website)

Bekah Simms is an award-winning composer, educator, and arts administrator currently enrolled in the DMA Composition program at the University of Toronto. Her music has been performed from coast to coast in Canada, the United States, and Italy, and has won over twenty competitions, prizes, and calls-for-scores. She is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Caution Tape Sound Collective, a new music collective supported by OAC and the SOCAN Foundation, as well as a member of the Toy Piano Composers. She is also an OCT-certified Music specialist with teaching experience in musical skills, classroom music, and choral/instrumental conducting from elementary to post-secondary. outreach@naisa.ca

Matt Miller – Technician / Webmaster (website)