Our second show of the season features Edmonton powerhouse new music ensemble UltraViolet, who will be premiering four new works by Edmonton composers, paired alongside Shadowgraph 5 (1977) by living American legend, George Lewis. We’re thrilled to present brand new pieces by Sointu Aalto, Emilie Cecilia LeBel,, and Nicolás Arnáez. Rather than focusing on a particular sound or theme, UltraViolet is highlighting a sense of place – amiskwaciwâskahikan/Edmonton – and the vibrant scenes and sounds this city inspires. Free admission.
Free outreach event – join Allison Balcetis and Chenoa Anderson for a free woodwind techniques for composers and performers workshop on November 24. 11-12:30 Room 11-363 of Allard Hall (11110 104 Avenue NW, MacEwan University).
Giants* (2023) – Sointu Aalto
… and the higher leaves of the trees seemed to shimmer in the last of the sunlight’s lingering touch of them … * (2022) – Emilie Cecilia LeBel
Shadowgraph 5 (1977) – George Lewis
even if nothing but shapes and light reflected in the glass (2021) for alto flute, baritone sax, tactile transducers on prepared snare and tom drums, and electronics – Emilie Cecilia LeBel
Después* (2022) – Nicolás Arnáez
*Commissioned by UltraViolet with funding from the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton
UltraViolet is the only instrumental ensemble in Edmonton whose mandate focuses exclusively on the creation and performance of new classical compositions. The group was formed in 2014 as the in-house ensemble for New Music Edmonton’s annual Now Hear This festival. They have since performed over fifty new pieces, most of them Canadian. Many of these have been works by Edmonton composers, and almost all were given their Edmonton premiere by the ensemble. UltraViolet comprises four local artists who are committed to bringing new music to local audiences: pianist Roger Admiral, percussionist Mark Segger, flutist Chenoa Anderson, and saxophonist Allison Balcetis. Individually, the musicians of UltraViolet have premiered hundreds of solo and chamber works and have been active in commissioning and performing new works. They are forward-thinking, virtuosic, dedicated artists who have decades of combined experience in communicating the diverse and compelling languages of today’s composers. The quartet is named in honour of composer Dr. Violet Archer, who encouraged her students at the University of Alberta to create their own opportunities for their music to be performed. Her impact was broad and deep in Alberta and throughout Canada.
The musicians of UltraViolet believe that faith in emerging composers and extending opportunities for their works to be heard in public is necessary for the continuation and flourishing of the contemporary classical music art form. UltraViolet’s core aesthetic is to hold up a mirror to today’s society and reflect back an artistic truth. The group is committed to equity and diversity in programming and is a signatory to the Canadian League of Composers Gender Parity Pledge.
Betty Andrews Recital Hall, Allard Hall, MacEwan Univeristy – accessible building with gendered, multi-stall washrooms.Back to events