"New Music 101" Contemporary Classical Music Arts Series 2013

April 6, 2013 | Bill V.

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New to New Music?  Curious about contemporary classical?  Join us for “New Music 101” a four part series that opens new perspectives on the world of contemporary classical music. Discussion and live performance combine to both inform and inspire.

Members of the Toronto New Music Alliance present the third annual New Music 101 series - four interactive presentations that highlight new directions in music creation and performance: chamber and electronic music, sound art, video game composition, interdisciplinary projects and more.

This is a unique opportunity to experience "new music". You will meet some of the most celebrated artists in Toronto, and discover the next generation of musicians and composers. 

They will be hosted by John Terauds. He writes about classical music and opera at musicaltoronto.org and is freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star

All four programs are free (no tickets required) and will take place in the main floor Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library.


  • Program 1: Arraymusic & Eve Egoyan 
  • Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Arraymusic under Artistic Director Rick Sacks will discuss the interaction between music and poetry as four musicians and two poets (Jill Battson, Paul Dutton) elaborate on their collaboration.

NM 101 2013  April 8 Arraymusic

The second part of the presentation will feature pianist Eve Egoyan who will discuss her artistic process, collaborations, and curatorial programming, and also perform excerpts from recent and upcoming projects. Watch her peform from Paris 2011 on Youtube at the end of this blog post.

NM 101 2013 April 8 Eve Egoyan



The other concerts are listed below - feel free to come to one or more:

  •  Program 2: The Music Gallery and New Adventures in Sound Art 
  •  Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Music Gallery, Toronto's centre for creative music, invites journalist Joshua Ostroff and musician Alaska B (Yamantaka/Sonic Titan) to explore the ways that video game designers are creating new approaches to music composition. http://www.musicgallery.org/

The second half of the evening is presented by New Adventures in Sound Art and will include an improvisation by three performers which translates geographical data into sound art.


  •  Program 3: Canadian Electronic Ensemble and New Music Concerts
  •  Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Canadian Electronic Ensemble, celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2013, will discuss the difference between studio and live performances, and the collective composition process that they employ. http://www.canadianelectronicensemble.com/

The session concludes with New Music Concerts, the original lynchpin of new music events in Toronto, presenting cellist David Hetherington [pictured left] who will perform and discuss solo works by Gilles Tremblay and Luciano Berio. http://www.newmusicconcerts.com/
  •  Program 4: Toy Piano Composers and junctQin Keyboard Collective 
  •  Mon May 06, 2013 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m

The Toy Piano Composers a collective of Toronto-based emerging composers, will discuss their playful, imaginative approach to concert music - performances will feature members of the recently established Toy Piano Composers Ensemble. http://www.thetoypianocomposers.com

The final presentation will include members of junctQín Keyboard Collective who will present "Inside the Composer's Studio", a musical chat with emerging local composers Alex Eddington, Monica Pearce and Hiroki Tsurumoto.http://junctqin.com/


You may also be interested in contributing to:

* Cellphonia - April 8 to May 31, time: 24/7
New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) presents the interactive installation Cellphonia by Steve Bull and Scot Gresham-Lancaster. Add your voice by calling 647-694-4607 to contribute to Cellphonia's constantly transforming sound collage, which will be accessible on http://www.naisa.ca/.




Toronto Reference Library : Arts Department - Music
  • Books and journals on all aspects of music
  • 45,000 music scores (classical, popular, musical theatre) - many can be borrowed
  • Over 20,000 LPs and 21,000 CDs for in-library listening
  • Clipping files on Canadian performers and organizations
  • Collection of Toronto area concert programs
  • Free online access to streaming classical music from Naxos Music Library -thousands of recordings (library card required)
  • Arts & Culture blog at torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/arts_culture/
  • Arts reference desk: 416-393-7157