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blablaTrains is a duo formed by Takuto Fukuda playing a DIY sensor instrument, and Ana Dall’Ara-Majek playing an extended Theremin. Respectively from Japan and France, they moved to Canada to study composition and to take the train. The duo develops new ways of narrativity and musical meaning by extending idiomatic gestures to theatrics. Both composers and Max programers, they also work on pieces with instruments and electronics, installations, and multimedia projects.
ACCRETION.of.PLANETESIMALS Writing short songs from a small room, ACCRETION.of.PLANETESIMALS tells the same transitory story as the universe: of floating bits smashed together, of objects formed in isolation, only to break apart again and drift as dust. A.of.P is Andrew Farnsworth, a municipal clerk living in Burk's Falls, Ontario. His music is more stream of consciousness than planned parenthood, and the same could be said for his future as a contributing musician - at best it will be judged a fortuitous mistake. The brevity of his songs is justified by the attention span of his audience, namely himself.
Adam Basanta is a Music major at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, studying electroacoustic composition with Barry Truax. In his compositions, Adam tries to preserve a connection to the real world while engaging with acousmatic techniques. He is particularly interested in semiotic approaches to electroacoustic composition, compositional use of sound phenomenology, as well as found sound environments. His compositions have been performed at concerts and festivals throughout North America, and have been recipients of national awards. http://www.myspace.com/adambasanta.
Julia Breckenridge is the owner of the Crystal Cave Museum in South River, and has been collecting crystals, minerals and fossils since she was a child in Zimbabwe. Then traveling all over the planet, landing in Ontario where her collection has grown into an important, world class exhibit. Julia does macroscopic photographs of the pieces, and has them printed on metal.
Jason Brock is a North Bay musician and artist focused on the unique touch-style (electric) guitar and bass instrument called the "Chapman Stick Touchboard" where he has received recognition from world renowned teachers/performers of the Chapman Stick as well as from the creator of the instrument "Emmett Chapman" (California). He began playing the Chapman Stick in 2000 after discovering it allowed him to still play music despite a work place injury that left his right arm with permanent nerve damage and a 90% bone fusion of the wrist . His first CD Medicine Stick has 21 original compositions ranging across several genres (Celtic, contemporary, light jazz, progressive, and folk). Since 2015 Jason has been researching and building his custom pedal-board with a wide range of analog and digital effects to expand the musical capabilities of the Chapman Stick in tonal palette and live performance.
Anita Castelino , who now lives in Tkaranto after moving from London, England, is interested in the politics of space and place. Her collaborative piece Score for Listening has been exhibited across the UK as part of The Listening Wall (featuring John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, and Yoko Ono). 
Elizabeth Chitty Interdisciplinarity has been at the core of Elizabeth Chitty’s artistic practice for 41 years. Site, corporeality, temporality and awareness of process thread through her body of work, which expands on ideas, emotions and sensations of what it means to be in a body, a place, with others. Her performances may reflect contemporary dance or performance art lineages and respond to concert settings or social practices; her literacy spans the gallery, stage, and public realm. Her installations and performances are usually video-based including sound. She has created public artists’ gardens, video works constructed photographs and has worked with community-based strategies. For most of her life, she has lived in the Niagara region, Ontario, outside of any academic affiliation, shifting among disparate subjects informed by life lived and the local, and the conceptualist base formed early in her career in Toronto and Vancouver. Photo: Henry Chan.
Darren Copeland is a Canadian sound artist active in Toronto since 1985. He is also the founding and current Artistic Director of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA). Key interests of his work include multichannel spatialization for live performance, fixed media composition, soundscape studies, radio art and sound installations. Copeland fixed media compositions have explored both abstract and referential sound materials. Many of these works are published on the empreintes DIGITALes label and have received mentions from Vancouver New Music, Phonurgia Nova, Luigi Russolo and other competitions. His radio art works engage in the associative qualities of environmental sounds in relation to spoken text and have been commissioned and presented by Deutschlandradio Kultur, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, and Kunstradio (ORF). His sound installations include gallery and sited works which examine the relationship of sound and place. Activity in that area includes projects with Andreas Kahre as Copeland+Kahre, which includes a permanent installation in Edmonton, Canada.
Paul Dolden begins his career at age 16 as a professional electric guitarist, violinist and cellist. Excited by the possibilities offered by recording technologies, Paul Dolden turns to contemporary modes of production and dissemination in the creation of his music. Now the winner of over twenty international awards, Mr. Dolden recieves steady commissions from ensembles and soloists throughout the world. In a career spanning over thirty years, Mr. Dolden has perfected his unique approach to audio technology, using it as a platform from which to launch or capture otherwise impossible musical performances
Robert Fantinatto After studying astrophysics at the University of Toronto, Robert Fantinatto made a drastic change in career paths. He eventually went to film school and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University. He never did lose his interest in science, and this has influenced the projects he’s been involved with throughout the rest of his professional career. For a number of years he was a freelance film editor. Then in the mid-2000s he made Echoes of Forgotten Places, a documentary film exploring the urban exploration subculture. Distributed by Microcinema International, it was broadcast in both the U.S and Canada and released on DVD. In early 2011 he began to notice an explosion of interest in the world of modular synthesizers. Having been involved in electronic music during the 1980s, he was intrigued by how computers and digital keyboards were in the process of being replaced by equipment long thought to be obsolete. He bought his own modular system and was drawn into the ever-expanding group of musicians who have shunned modern technology for these reborn instruments. I Dream of Wires is the natural combination of his musical and film background and talents. Following the release of his first feature-length film, he produced and directed 20 episodes of Where Cool Came From, a pop-culture web series. He is currently developing two new feature-length documentaries.
Victoria Fenner is a Canadian audio artist who has spent the past two decades exploring the medium of sound. She has been produced many works of her own, and has developed many projects and performance events involving radio and sound artists. She also has worked for CBC Radio in many capacities, most notably as a researcher for a special series on the audio art of Quebec for the Radio One program “Outfront”.
Ambrose Field is a composer who writes music for performers and technologies. Field’s work crosses style and genre boundaries, and explores new territories resulting from an unusual cinematic approach to source material. BBC Radio Three commented this is ‘Music pushing against it’s boundaries.. aspiring to be visual’. His large-scale project Being Dufay, recorded on ECM and produced by Manfred Eicher, has achieved international critical acclaim. He is a three time award winner for composition at the Prix Ars Electronica,Linz, with honorary mentions in 1997,1998,2006. Ambrose Field has performed professionally at major international venues in Rome, Paris, Vienna, New York, and Beijing.
Takuto Fukuda is a composer, a sound artist and a sensor instrument performer woking in the field of electroacoustic and mixed music. He has studied at Kunitachi College of Music Japan, The Royal Conservatory in The Hague in The Netherlands and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria. His pieces have been awarded prizes at CCMC 2011 Japan, International Taiwan Electroacoustic Music Award, Musica Nova 2010 (Czech) and his work has been performed at ISCM World Music Days 2016 (Korea), NYCEMF 2014 (USA), ICMC 2012 (Slovenia), ACL Asia Music Festival (Japan) and Ai-maako 2007 (Chile) among others. He has been composing for several interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with creators in other field of arts such as contemporary dance and film. He is active as a member of Elektrichka - an electroacoustic performance group with Nick Acorne and Jonathan Carter and has composed several pieces for their self-made sensor instruments.
Glenn Hubert After working in the music business as a producer and musician for over 30 years, Glenn Hubert's passion for nature drew him to field recording in the remote wilderness of the Georgian Bay Biosphere and Algonquin Provincial Park areas in Northern Ontario, Canada. His attention to detail, and desire to capture pristine recordings of undisturbed natural habitats has resulted in unique wonderful recordings of natural wilderness areas which are disappearing as the human population expands.Combining his music talents with his wilderness recordings, Glenn Hubert has created over twenty albums of "Music & Nature" and "Wilderness SoundScapes". His "Algonquin Park Wilderness Series" features the iconic calls of the Common Loon and the Eastern Grey Wolf, in the albums, "The Loons of Algonquin", and "The Wolves of Algonquin. A welcomed additon to any nature lover's audio library. You can find Glenn Hubert's recordings online at http://www.gmhcafestore.ca and join him on Facebook at "Glenn Hubert Music & Nature".
Aaron Labbé is an Intermedia Artist based in Toronto, Canada. The driving-force of his work includes concepts drawn from the topics of mental health, empathy, the psyche and explorations of human consciousness. His specialities include interactive experience design, data visualization, experimental music practices, spatial sound design and autonomous systems.
Richard Lainhart is an avant-garde composer/performer who specializes in ambient electronic music, not to mention his credentials as a filmmaker. He first made his mark as an avant-garde composer in 1974 with White Night, a 29-minute ambient recording that predated the first of Brian Eno's landmark ambient full-length albums, Discreet Music (1975). Most notable among his recordings is Ten Thousand Shades of Blue (2001), a two-CD retrospective of his work from the 1970s and '80s.
Ana Dall'Ara Majek is a composer, sound artist and researcher living in Montréal (Québec). She is devoted to the study of how instrumental, electroacoustic and computational-thinking approaches interact in musical composition. In 2016, she obtained a doctorate in composition from the Université de Montréal, where she also taught a number of courses in the digital music section. She often collaborates with other artists as a composer, performer, and computer music programmer. She performs regularly with saxophonist Ida Toninato as part of their duo Jane/KIN, founded in 2015, and she has also collaborated on many theatre, dance and film works. She has also composed for chamber ensembles such as Quasar, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Sixtrum, Trio Hoboken, Lunatics at Large, and TM+, among others. Passionate about electroacoustic music analysis, she has created numerous graphic scores with Acousmographe and has written analytical papers published in the eOrema journal and in François Bayle’s book Son Vitesse-lumière (Magison, 2016). In 2014, she released Air, her first album of works for instruments and electronics, on the Kohlenstoff Records label and in 2018 Nano-Cosmos, her first solo album of acousmatic pieces, was released by Empreintes digitales. English translation: Stephanie Moore.
Robert Normandeau His work as a composer is mainly devoted to acousmatic music, his compositions employ esthetical criteria whereby he creates a ‘cinema for the ear’ in which ‘meaning’ as well as ‘sound’ become the elements that elaborate his works. More recently Robert Normandeau has composed a cycle of works of immersive multiphonic music for dome of loudspeakers. Along with concert music he has composed, for a period of twenty years, incidental music especially for the theatre. He has received three Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM). Robert Normandeau is an award winner of numerous international competitions, including Ars Electronica, Bourges, Métamorphoses, Musica Nova Prague, Noroit-Léonce Petitot, Arras and Giga-Hertz (Karlsruhe, 2010).
Alexis O'Hara The interdisciplinary art practice of Alexis O'Hara exploits allegories of the human voice via vocal & electronic improvisation, sound installation and performance. Her work is influenced by her love of the destabilizing and transformative power of humour and improvisation. The eclecticism of her work attracts international programmers from various disciplines. She has presented work in Scotland, Austria, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Ireland, Slovenia, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Brazil, Monaco, Serbia, Switzerland, the U.S. and across Canada. She lives and works in Montreal.
Michael Obst is a composer, born in 1955 in Frankfurt Germany. He studied piano with Alfons and Aloys Kontarsky in Cologne, becoming active as a composer at the Studio for Electronic Music of the Cologne Musikhochschule between 1979 and 1982. Obst was a pianist in the Ensemble Modern from 1981 to 1986, and worked with Karlheinz Stockhausen as performer of electronic keyboard instruments from 1986 to 1989. Since 1996, he has been a professor of composition and electronic music in Weimar. Photo: Guido Werner, Weimar
Sherry Ostapovitch Recently returned to Canada after 17 years of living in the UK, Sherry Ostapovitch is a sound artist whose work incorporates field recordings and multi-channel sound installations. In ocularcentric society, Sherry’s work encourages people to open their ears to their surroundings and to the ‘music’ that is everywhere. She magnifies the microsounds of our vicinities, giving focus to the interdependent relationships between people, urban, and rural environments. Her recent work includes And They’d Pass Through London Fields, a composition for sonic bicycles is a psychogeographic exploration of gentrification, community, and loss in London Fields, Hackney. In 2014 she was awarded a distinction for her Masters in Music from Goldsmiths University in Studio Composition (Sonic Arts) and currently teaches on the Sound Design program at George Brown College in Tkaranto (territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-wendat and, most recently, Mississaugas of the New Credit.) From 2000 to 2010 she was active producing experimental instrumental guitar music under the name, Music for One, and toured the UK and Europe extensively. She has produced recordings which have been favourably reviewed in the Wire magazine and shared concert lineups with notables: SunnO)), Stars of the Lid, and Do Make Say Think.
Maggie Payne is Co-Director (since 1992) of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, Oakland, CA, where she teaches recording engineering, composition, and electronic music. She also freelances as a recording engineer and editor and a historical remastering engineer. Her electroacoustic works often include visual elements which she creates, including video, dance, transparencies, and film. She enjoys collaborating with other artists and has worked with video artist Ed Tannenbaum for over twenty years. She is also a flutist, and has written several works for flute as well as other acoustic instruments. She has had performances of her works throughout the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Australasia. She received six honorary mentions from Bourges, and one from Prix Ars Electronica, and was an Artist in Residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA. Her works are available on Aguirre, The Label, Root Strata, Lovely Music, Starkland, Innova, Music and Arts, Centaur, MMC, CRI, Digital Narcis, Frog Peak, Asphodel, and/OAR, Ubuibi, and Mills College labels.
DinahBird & Jean-Philippe Renoult are sound and radio artists based in Paris. Their current interests include, dead media, old weather, aeronautics, and high frequency trading. Their work has been played on BBC Radio 3 and 4, France Culture's Atelier de Création Radiophonique, Resonance FM, Kunst Radio, ABC Classic, through the Radia network and has been presented and performed in festivals in over twenty-five countries around the world.
Lyn Rose is a multimedia artist from Toronto (who happily lives in South River now), with two degrees in Fine Art ~ one from OCAD and the other from NSCAD. She was trained as an oil painter, and gradually grew into a love for many forms of sculptural / maker modalities, incorporating naturally fallen branches, string, crystal, stone and scraps of wood. Lyn is now beginning to add video, sound, light and water to her sculptures.
Stefan Rose is an award-winning photographer, poet, and video artist, exploring psychogeographic themes using analog and digital formats. He received BSc. and BFA degrees from Mount Allison University. He has been NAISA’s photo/video documentarian since 2000, was 2010 City of Kitchener Artist In Residence, and lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
Stéphane Roy The author of a book on electroacoustic music analysis (L’Harmattan, Paris, 2003), Stéphane Roy holds both a doctorate degree in electroacoustic composition and a PhD in musicology from the Université de Montréal where he has taught electroacoustic techniques and auditory perception for a few years. Back to Canada after spending close to five years in St Louis (Missouri, USA), he has tought music analysis at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Stéphane Roy’s work has received awards from international competitions in Canada, the USA, and Europe. It has been released on a number of labels, including empreintes DIGITALes (Kaleidos, 1996; Migrations, 2003). Stéphane Roy has been invited to present his work in Europe and the Americas.
Donika Rudi The interdisciplinary art practice of Alexis O'Hara exploits allegories of the human voice via vocal & electronic improvisation, sound installation and performance. Her work is influenced by her love of the destabilizing and transformative power of humour and improvisation. The eclecticism of her work attracts international programmers from various disciplines. She has presented work in Scotland, Austria, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Ireland, Slovenia, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Brazil, Monaco, Serbia, Switzerland, the U.S. and across Canada. She lives and works in Montreal.
Claude Schryer Franco Ontarian sound artist, arts administrator, cultural worker. Studied music composition and interdisciplinary arts. Composer and producer then joined Canada Council for the Arts in 1999 where he is now a Senior Strategic Advisor. Created http://www.simplesoundscapes.ca in 2016 to explore mindfulness through listening. Daily zen practice and running. @claude_schryer or @ssoundscapes
Brenda Scott is a South River artist and the owner of Algonquin Guesthouse Gallery & Gardens. There she pursues her passion for life long learning especially in sharing encaustic art workshops in the studio & gallery, teaching workshops in the gardens, and leading kayaking tours on the river. Her interest in healing herbs and the edible forest began in the early 1970's when she met the founders of Richters Herbs, Otto and Waltraut Richter. Over the ensuing years Brenda has studied Herbology through the Dominion Herbal College, Aromatherapy through the Michael Scholes School for Aromatic Studies and Edible Forest Gardening with Dave Jacke. She also studied Vibrational Medicine specializing in becoming a Shiatsu Therapist and she is a Reiki Master. She has been growing, teaching, speaking, hosting workshops and selling plants from her gardens for more than 30 years.
Pierre-Luc Senécal Composer and Sound Designer Pierre-Luc Senécal is curious and passionate about sound. His compositions for concert, theater, dance and film bear his fondness for rock, pop, heavy metal and electronic music. His Masters degree at Université de Montréal under the supervision of Robert Normandeau focused on the mixing of acousmatic music. His work has been presented in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Monaco, Germany, Russia and South Korea. His piece “Schrei” is a composition on the theme of the Nazi genocide has been presented during the San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2014 and the soundLAB – soundCollective exhibition project. His piece “Urban Gardens,” which is featured here, has been awarded the JTTP 2017 3rd Prize and will be presented during the MA/IN Festival 2017.
Debashis Sinha is a percussionist who specializes in the instruments of the Arab world, Greece, Turkey and Persia. One of the emerging new wave of Canadian trans-cultural musicians, he is a member of Juno nominated world music groups Maza Mezé and autorickshaw, and has appeared with many of the foremost traditional/post traditional world music ensembles across Canada. His continued interest in improvised music and sound design finds expression through his solo recorded work, with his own group Ima Ensemble, and with a variety of dance and theatre artists in Toronto and across Canada. http://www.debsinha.com
Venessa Sorce-Lévesque entered the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Yves Daoust and completed her bachelor’s with Martin Bédard. She currently is finishing her master’s, where she is currently working on developing her own language, very much inspired by travel and Northern spaces.
Pete Stollery studied composition with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham, where he was one of the first members of BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) in the early 1980s. He composes music for concert hall performance, particularly acousmatic music and more recently has created work for outside the concert hall, including sound installations and internet projects. He has collaborated with practitioners from other artistic disciplines, particularly dance and sculpture and has produced music and sound design for a number of UK visitor attractions including Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, UK, Magna in Rotherham, UK and St Patrick’s World in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. He is Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, delivering courses on the creative applications of technology in music and music education to students, schoolchildren and the general public. In 1996, along with Alistair MacDonald, Robert Dow and Simon Atkinson, he established the group invisiblEARts whose aim is to perform acousmatic music throughout Scotland and to promote Scottish acousmatic music to a wider audience, both within Scotland and abroad. He is Chair of sound, a new music incubator based in northeast Scotland, which runs the soundfestiva. His music is published by the Canadian label empreintes DIGITALes.
Karen Tanaka is acclaimed as one of the leading living composers from Japan. She has composed extensively for both instrumental and electronics media. "Her music is delicate and emotive, beautifully crafted, showing a refined ear for both detail and large organic shapes...", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Her recent works, such as The Song of Songs, Night Bird and Metal Strings, develop new directions in her musical language using the latest technology and reflecting different aspects of contemporary culture. In recent years, Karen Tanaka's love of nature and concern for the environment has influenced many of her works. She is co-artistic director of the Yatsugatake Kogen Music Festival, previously directed by Toru Takemitsu. Her music is published by Chester Music in London (Music Sales), Schott Music New York (PSNY), and Editions BIM in Switzerland.
Barry Truax is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication and (formerly) the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University where he taught courses in acoustic communication and electroacoustic composition, specializing in soundscape composition. He has worked with the World Soundscape Project, editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology, and has published a book Acoustic Communication dealing with all aspects of sound and technology. As a composer, Truax is best known for his work with the PODX computer music system which he has used for tape solo works and those which combine tape with live performers or computer graphics. In 1991 his work, Riverrun, was awarded the Magisterium at the International Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges, France, a category open only to electroacoustic composers of 20 or more years experience. Following his retirement from SFU (Sept. 2015), he became the Edgard Varèse Guest Professor at the Technical University in Berlin (2015-16), and Guest Composer at the 2016 BEAST Festival in Birmingham, where his multi-channel soundscape compositions have been performed, as well as at several other European festivals and ISCM 2017 in Vancouver.
Steven White is a multi-media artist from Walter's Falls, ON. His work engages viewers with interactive components while raising questions about obsolescence and the struggle between technology and nature. White has had solo shows throughout Ontario and group shows in Canada and USA. He has received multiple grants from the OAC and Canada Council and has received significant media attention from Canadian Art, Discovery Channel, CBC, Toronto Star, The Atlantic, MAKE Magazine and Utne Reader. White's work is held in many private and corporate collections throughout Canada and USA.
Richard C. Windeyer Trained in electroacoustic music composition, sound design and percussion, Richard C. Windeyer is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto. His dissertation research explores the integration of intermedial performance practices with information design and informatics. He has also worked as a sound design researcher with the Digital Dramaturgy Lab (University of Toronto), the Perceptual Artifacts Lab (OCADU), and the Biomedical Simulation Lab (University of Toronto), and is currently Audio Research Engineer with Surgical Safety Technologies. Previously, Richard taught music technology and electroacoustic composition at Wilfrid Laurier University. Other artistic collaborations include the Open Ears Festival, Bluemouth Inc. performance collective, and Finger (with Cameron McKittrick). Photo: Sheena Robertson.
Jordan Wyshniowsky is principal cellist with the North Bay Symphony and is a strings instructor with the Symphony String School. He has studied with former Sudbury Symphony and North Bay Symphony conductor, Metro Kozak, and with National Arts Centre Orchestra cellists Amanda Forsyth and Margaret Munro Tobolowska. He is active in performing and recording music in the North Bay area. Recent projects have included performing with the Almaguin Strings and Hidden Roots Collective. He has recently released a recording of instrumentals called 'Jordan Music', featuring cello, guitar, and keyboards.