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2018_ISCM - CANADIAN SECTION 

 
 

Annual Report

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  • Please describe your organization’s activities over the past year, including concerts, commissions, collaborations, publications: 

    ISCM2018 in Beijing (BMMF)

    From May 19-26, on behalf of the ISCM Canadian Section, President Jim Hiscott attended the World Music Days in Beijing. China, presented by the Beijing Modern Music Festival Section (with help from the Nanning Section and the Chengdu Section).

    From our six Selected Works, Gordon Williamson’s Unhinged for orchestra was selected by BMMF’s international jury, and was performed in the opening night concert on May 19, given by the China National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yongyan Hu. It was a large audience, and the piece was very well received.

    The Canadian Section also created an online webpage of our six selected works:

    Alexina Louie: A Curious Passerby at Fu's Funeral (orchestra)
    Linda Bouchard: Réfraction (string orchestra)
    Katerina Gimon: Fire (youth mixed choir)
    Jimmie Leblanc: ... and the Flesh was made Word (chamber ensemble)
    Gordon Williamson: Unhinged (orchestra)
    Gordon Fitzell: Elea (piano trio)

    The webpage contains recordings and composer information; we made durable cards with link information to the page. Jim Hiscott distributed 200 of these to delegates, performers and composers in Beijing. There is a brief report on the WMDs in Beijing on our Canadian League of Composers website.

    CNMN FORUM 2018, supported by ISCM Members’ Support Fund

    The ISCM Canadian Section (The Canadian League of Composers) was a partner in FORUM 2018: Between the Arts in Canada, Germany and Finland, along with the Canadian New Music Network, the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV),the Department of Music in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University and Groupe Le Vivier, and the ISCM German and Finnish Sections.

    We applied for funding from the ISCM Members' Support Fund, since the event involved members of other ISCM Sections travelling to Montréal. We were successful, and thank the ISCM very miuch for its generous support.  The funds were used by the FORUM organizers mostly for travel of international guests. Jennifer Waring and Terri Hron of CNMN organized the event for the CNMN; partners including the ISCM Canadian Section are listed above. The FORUM took place May 17-19, 2018. Keynote addresses were by Heiner Goebbels (Germany) and Isabelle van Grimde (Montréal, Canada). Panel participants included:

    From Germany:
    Elke Moltrecht – musicologist, curator, CEO of the Academy of the Arts of the World (Köln, Germany)
    Jean-Baptiste Joly – director Akademie Schloss Solitude, professor (Stuttgart, Germany)

    From Finland:
    Niilo Tarnanen – composer, chair of Korvat auki collective, lecturer Arts at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland)
    Ona Kamu – composer, performer, actor, director (Helsinki, Finland)

    From Canada:
    Isabella Stefanescu – Artistic Director, Inter Arts Matrix, recipient of the Ontario Arts Council K.M. Hunter Award for interdisciplinary art (Waterloo, ON)
    Anne Goldenberg – interdisciplinary artist, researcher, communications facilitator (Montréal, QC)
    Will Robinson – interdisciplinary artist, 2016 Sobey Art Award Finalist (Halifax, QC)
    Linda Bouchard – composer, interdisciplinary artist (San Francisco, USA/Sunshine Coast, BC)
    Patrick Saint-Denis – composer, interdisciplinary artist, lecturer at Université de Montréal (Montréal, QC)
    Luke Nickel – composer, interdisciplinary artist, co-artistic director of Cluster Festival (Winnipeg, MB)
    Ruth Howard – costume designer, artistic director of Jumblies Theatre (Toronto, ON)
    Christopher Willes – interdisciplinary artist (Toronto, ON)
    Andrew Balfour – composer, artistic director of Camerata Nova (Winnipeg, MB)
    Lou Sheppard – interdisciplinary artist (Halifax, NS)
    Gabriel Dharmoo - interdisciplinary artist (Montréal, QC)
    Emilie Monnet - interdisciplinary artist, founder of Indigenous Contemporary Scene (Montreal, QC)
    Lan Tung - musician, composer, director of Orchid Ensemble (Vancouver, BC)
    Megumi Masaki – musician, professor at Brandon University (Brandon, MB)
    Jacques Poulin-Denis – interdisciplinary artist, director of Grand Poney (Montréal, QC)
    Marcelle Hudon – Marionnettiste, artiste du nouveau théâtre et des arts interdisciplinaires; l'Association québécoise des marionnettistes (AQM)

    In addition to keynote addresses, there were six round table discussions and a full schedule of concerts, networking sessions, and artist mini-portraits and presentations. The Canadian League of Composers National Council members, including ISCM President and Vice-President, were all ablt to attend the FORUM, or parts of it.

    Art Music Promotion

    As per our discussion at the AGM, I wrote supporting the application of Art Music Promotion to become an Allied Associate Member of the ISCM. The ISCM Executive Committee approved this application, during the General Assembly.

    ISCM 2019 WNMDs in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia (Estonian Composers’ Union)

    In response to the Estonian Section’s International Call for Works, the Canadian Section launched its Canadian Call for Works on July 13. We had a very strong field of submissions, 49 in all. Our six Selected works were:

    Gabriel Dharmoo: Futile Spells (mixed choir)
    Alice Ho: Begin (female choir)
    Jared Miller: Leviathan (sextet with electronics)
    Jason Noble: Kyrie Eleison - Miserere Mei (mixed choir)
    Bekah Simms: "Everything is...Distorted" (sextet with electronics)
    Roxanne Turcotte: Alibi des Voltigeurs (electroacoustic)

    This was a busy and rewarding year for the Canadian Section, and the ISCM was well publicized in all our activities.

    Jim Hiscott President, ISCM Canadian Section

  • Please describe your organization's research activities over the past year: 
    Surveying composers about their working conditions, researching indigenous composers in Canada to invite to join the CLC.
 

 

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