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Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions

 Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions
Summary:Week of Workshops
Deadline: 30 March 2017
Date Posted: 01 March 2017
Details: The Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions (WRCMS) is a weeklong series of workshops, concerts, panels, reading sessions, and activities designed to promote and provide opportunities for emerging and early career Canadian and international performers, improvisers, and composers of contemporary music. Our all-Canadian roster of acclaimed early career guest artists and ensembles will be performing in diverse venues all across the Waterloo region (a major hub of artistic activity in Ontario), and will also be providing mentorship, coaching, and workshops throughout the week to selected applicants chosen to participate in WRCMS 2017.

WRCMS is hosted by composers Andrzej Tereszkowski, Ivana Jokic, Colin Labadie, and Maria Kouznetsova. We were peers studying composition at WLU, and throughout the years, despite disparate geographies (British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario), our paths intersected through participation in events similar to the one we are hosting. Andrzej proposed the idea of hosting an emerging artists contemporary music workshop/festival during a car ride with Ivana as they were en route to see a performer who came to be one of WRCMS’ guest artists. Shortly after some initial planning, Andrzej and Ivana reached out to Colin and Maria to join the organizational team. Our team has decided to pursue our artistic endeavours from within the Waterloo Region, and wanted to come together with the goal of providing opportunities for emerging artists while bolstering arts activity within the Region.

Highlights of the 2017 edition of WRCMS include:
Mentorship with Guest Artists, including:
► Private lessons and masterclasses in performance, improvisation, and composition (including electroacoustic/acousmatic composition)
► Open rehearsal coaching

Workshops on:
► Identity and Gender in Music
► Isomorphisms: Electroacoustic and Acousmatic Practice
► Creating Opportunities
► Navigating Opportunities and the Commissioning Process
► Curating Improvisation
► Pop vs Electroacoustic: Cross-Disciplinary Music-Making Realities

Composition Forums

Readings for composers selected as part of our Call for Scores

Guest Artist concerts throughout the week, including:
► premieres by participants
► a concert of works by women with a pre-concert talk by composer Linda Catlin Smith
► a newly-commissioned collaborative multimedia project at a local independent cinema
► an improvisation night at a local brewery

Please see our Guest Artist page for more information.