Improvisation on the bill for this year’s Calgary New Music Festival

New music: Laurie Radford, professor of music at the University of Calgary in his office in Calgary on Sept. 10, 2019. Radford, artistic director for the upcoming New Music Festival. (Photo by Samuel Donnelly/The Press)

Local and international talent will be performing at Calgary’s New Music Festival at the end of October.

New Works Calgary is hosting its fourth New Music Festival from Oct. 24 to Oct. 27 which will mostly be held at Calgary’s Festival Hall.

“I think that the artists that we have performing and the music that they’re going to perform would bring an exciting new experience to Calgary music lovers,” said Laurie Radford, artistic director for the New Music Festival.

The first performance of the festival is Airborne Extended, which according to the New Works Calgary website is a new music ensemble from Vienna, Austria performing recently commissioned European and Canadian works.

Airborne Extended will be taking the stage at Festival Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.

Another group on the bill, Timepoint Ensemble, performs the works of living composers.

According to the New Works Calgary website, this year Timepoint Ensemble will be “celebrating” the works of Veronika Krausas, Vincent Ho and Alexander Schubert.

“We get a great variety in what we perform,” said Mathew James, horn player for Timepoint Ensemble, in an interview.

As opposed to the last New Music Festival in 2017, Timepoint Ensemble has added more elements to their performance.

Timepoint Ensemble has added an actor, Mark Ikeda, and a painter, Sunita LeGallou, to appear during the ensemble’s performance.

“The performance we’re putting on at the festival is something that can’t really be found elsewhere,” said James.

Timepoint Ensemble will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. at Festival Hall.

At the Engineered Air Theatre, All Caps No Space will perform on Oct. 26.

All Caps No Space is a group, encompassing three musicians performing, while a fourth member creates graphical scores in real-time to accompany the musicians.

All Caps No Space takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

On Oct 27, the New Music Festival becomes a festival marathon.

That wrap-up event starts off with the Sintonia Soundwalk, a free group tour of the area of Festival Hall to focus on the various sounds around the area.

The Soundwalk starts at 11 a.m. and is free to attend.

At 1:30 p.m. Land’s End Ensemble is performing a mini-concert followed by a party to celebrate the release of its latest CD release.

At 3 p.m. Proteus Saxophone Quartet will be performing, as well as, a performance by saxophonist Tommy Davis.

Davis’s performance is part of something new for the festival called The Spot.

According to Radford, The Spot is space for a local artist to create a project for the festival.

According to the New Works Calgary website, Proteus Saxophone Quartet will “present an energetic and diverse program of ground-breaking works.

According to Radford, this year’s New Music Festival is different from years past, because of the inclusion of artists that are more improvisational.

I think that the artist that we have performing and the music that they’re going to perform would bring an exciting new experience to Calgary music lovers. – Laurie Radford

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. in Festival Hall.

The first of these acts is Jeremy Brown Collective, an ensemble performing new compositions that focus on improvisation.

According to the group Bug Incisions’ Twitter feed, Bug Incision is a “concert series focusing on various kinds of music including free improv, rock, jazz, pop, drones and noise.”

Tickets for All Caps No Space can be purchased on the Arts Commons website. Other concerts are accessible through Eventbrite.

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