New Music Edmonton Outreach
New Music Edmonton’s outreach team is dedicated to developing programming that provides accessible explorations into new music. In recent years, we have collaborated with community partners like Harcourt House, McLuhan House and the Edmonton Public Library to bring new music workshops with teachers and musicians to our community. Stay tuned for up and coming announcements regarding our outreach events and programming in the digital sphere.
2023-24 Season Outreach
Sunday, October 22, 2023, 2 PM. Harcourt House 3rd Floor (10215 – 112 Street NW). Free admission.
In this 2 hour session of Vocal Improvisation, we will strengthen the building blocks of music through playful exploration; connecting our voices and bodies to reveal the intuitive knowing which they hold that will allow us to create spontaneous music together. Please wear comfortable clothes to move in and an open and curious heart to dive into the world of vocal improvisation. Ages 14 and up. This event is free, but space is limited and registration is encouraged. Donations are welcome to help support our programming!
Friday, November 24, 11 AM. Room 11-363 Allard Hall (11110 104 Avenue NW, MacEwan University). Free admission.
Saturday, December 16, 2023. 2-4 PM. Harcourt House 3rd Floor (10215 – 112 Street NW). Free admission.
India Gailey presents a free workshop for composers and performers on Thursday, January 25, 2024. 11-12:30 Room 11-363 of Allard Hall (11110 104 Avenue NW, MacEwan University).
2022-23 Season Outreach
Sunday, June 11, 11 AM. Meet: River Valley, at the foot of the funicular
Following on from their performance the night before, join sound artist Steph Patsula on a magical soundwalk in the amazing River Valley. This is a great chance to be outdoors and to hear what this incredible feature of our landscape sounds like. You’ll be surprised and delighted at how many things there are to listen to!
Wednesday, June 14, 7 PM. Harcourt House, 3rd Floor (10215 – 112 Street NW)
New Music Edmonton is pleased to present this engaging, practical, and highly informative workshop, Cassondra Murray brings to it an experienced voice having worked as both a peer supporter, and as a guide for others. Self-care, boundaries, consent, and honoring the right to self-determination are among the topics to be covered. As we move towards encouraging safe(r) spaces in the arts, this event is highly recommended for anyone involved in the arts: peer supporters, presenters, teachers, or artist-colleagues of marginalized persons.
Thursday, June 15, 7 PM. Harcourt House, 3rd Floor (10215 – 112 Street NW)
Based on philosophies of openness, respect, experimentation, and with a joy that is unique to making sound together with the human voice, come along and be part of the Vocal X experience! This participatory session will include demos, accessible ways to conduct and improvise, and, most importantly, your voice! No experience necessary, just a willingness to enjoy and respect the value and meaning of making vocal sounds together. The workshop will include an amazing explanation and demonstration by Cassondra Murray of Inuit throat singing practices.
In this workshop, Hesam Abedini will introduce you to the repertoire of classical Persian music (Radif). You will learn about the structure of classical Persian music by learning and singing a short song in Persian, for which we will provide you with translations and music during the workshop. This workshop is designed for everyone, regardless of your prior musical experience or interaction with Persian culture and language.
The workshop will conclude with a duo performance by Afarin Nazarijou on Qanun and Hesam Abedini on Vocals. In this performance, Afarin and Hesam will present their polystylistic approach to music-making inspired by Persian music and free improvisation.
These events are free and open to the public.
Donations are welcome to help support our programming.
Allard Hall, MacEwan Univeristy – accessible building with gendered, multi-stall washrooms.
Harcourt House: Wheelchair access from the building’s underpass via the basement art studios can be arranged with Harcourt’s staff at tel. 780-426-4180. Gender single stall washrooms with handrails. Seating in the art galleries to be arranged with Harcourt’s staff upon request.