Meet our 2015-16 featured artists!


0e58a32bcb26506e-presskittitleArchitek Percussion is a Montreal-based quartet dedicated to the development and performance of avant-garde, experimental, minimalist, and electroacoustic music. Founded in 2012, Architek has emerged as a dynamic exponent of Canadian chamber music, equally comfortable performing classic repertoire and exploring new terrain through premieres. In addition to self-producing concerts in Montreal, Architek has recently appeared as guests of Ottawa New Music Creators, Live@CIRMMT (Montreal), Innovations en Concert (Montreal), Matralab (Concordia University), Pointe-a-Calliere Museum (Montreal), the Schulich Year of Contemporary Music (McGill University), and the Cluster Festival (Winnipeg). In October 2013 they toured the Maritimes, performing and conducting workshops at several universities in the region. In 2014/15, Architek will appear in collaboration with Montreal/Nouvelles Musiques festival, Codes D’Acces, New Music Edmonton, Cluster Festival (Winnpeg), Scotia Festival (Halifax), and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (USA). Architek Percussion is ardently devoted to premiering new Canadian music, having recently done so with works by Christos Hatzis, Nicole Lizée, Adam Basanta, Eliot Britton, Beavan Flanagan, Nicolas Hyatt, and James O’Callaghan. Their current repertoire includes works for both pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, and reflects the cultural and stylistic diversity of North American contemporary music.



Adam Basanta (b. 1985) is a Montréal-based composer and sound artist whose work traverses electroacoustic and instrumental composition, sound installations, site-specific interventions, laptop performance, and light design. Across disciplines and media, his artistic output interrogates intersections between conceptual and sensorial dimensions of listening, instabilities surrounding notions of instrumentality, and means with which site and space can be articulated. His concert works and sound installations have been presented worldwide, and have been awarded multiple national and international prizes.


IMG_201412358_054828Daniel Brandes is a composer and pianist who lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia. As a musician, his work explores vulnerability and new ways imagining community. Since 2012, he has been an active member of the Wandelwesier experimental music community. Daniel’s work has been performed in Canada, the US, and Europe by: the Quatuor Bozzini, the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble, Toronto’s Bespoken, Antoine Beuger, Odeya Nini, Leo Svirsky, Andrea Young, and others. In 2012, Daniel and his wife Laura launched A Place to Listen, a monthly concert series that celebrates the music of the Wandelweiser community, as well as the work of many other composers whose music invites performers and listeners into an experience of immersed listening. Daniel also works as an outreach educator at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, with support from the Canadian Music Centre and BC Arts Council. Through the Composer in the Classroom initiative, Daniel travels around the greater Victoria region introducing middle- and high-school students to creative music practices. Daniel’s scores are published through Edition Wandelweiser.


Blue Moss Ensemble – Mosses are a botanical division (phylum) of small, soft plants that are typically 1–10 cm (0.4–4 in) tall, though some species are much larger, like Dawsonia, the tallest moss in the world which can grow to 50 cm in height. They commonly grow close together in clumps or mats in damp or shady locations. Read more at  Blue Moss are…

Anna HostmanAs an artist working in sound and composition, Anna Höstman has had her works performed in Canada, China, the United States, Mexico, the U.K., Italy and Russia. Her one-act opera on dementia with a libretto by P.K. Page was premiered by the Victoria Symphony and broadcast by CBC radio. From 2005-8, Anna was a resident composer of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, she received the Toronto Emerging Composer’s Award to write a quartet for early instruments based on walking 200 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Anna’s recently-completed DMA in composition (University of Toronto) was supported by a Joseph Bombardier scholarship from SSHRC. Her research, under the supervision of Ryan McLelland, focused on the chamber works of experimental Toronto composer, Martin Arnold.

582Q3625Emilie Cecilia LeBel is a Canadian composer currently living in Toronto, where she works in the music community in various capacities: composing, teaching, curating, and organizing.  Emilie composes for acoustic instruments and electronic media to create both discrete and mixed compositions.  She also creates intermedia projects that incorporate electronics, video, photography, and acoustic instruments.  Her artistic practice is currently concerned with connections between visual and sonic worlds that engage with notions of memory, nostalgia, and place.  Her artistic work receives regular performances across Canada, and internationally.  She is the winner of the 2012 Toronto Emerging Composer Award (Canadian Music Centre), and the Elizabeth Massey Award (Canadian Federation of University Women).  Emilie is the 2015 RBC Emerging Composer-in-Residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.


Mitch Renaud currently resides in Victoria, Canada, where he is in the midst of an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree at the University of Victoria. A member of the Cultural, Social, and Political Thought research program, he is working on a thesis titled Tracing Music’s In-Between: Noise and Materiality, which seeks to separate the human from the event of sounding by looking at noise’s role in materializing sound and music’s trace. Previously, Mitch studied composition at the University of Toronto with Gary Kulesha and privately with James Rolfe. His music has been performed by: The Onyx Trio, Quatuor Bozzini, Duo Incendium (Charlotte Mundy & Chelsea Stanoff), Jonny Smith, gamUT, the Earwax Ensemble, and Greg Harrison & Michelle Colton as soloists with the University of Toronto’s junior percussion ensemble.




London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists draws together principal players from the London Contemporary Orchestra for intimate performances of contemporary chamber music.  LCO Soloists are…

GalyaGalya Bisengalieva, a gifted violinist of Kazakh origin, was born into a musical family and began playing at the age of five. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music under Gyòrgy Pauk with First Class Honours in 2009 and from the Royal College of Music with Distinction under Yossi Zivoni in 2011.
Galya has appeared as soloist with orchestras in both Europe, Asia and most recently in South America touring both Brazil and Argentina culminating in a sell out performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto in Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. Her concerto performances include Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Bernstein and Korngold. Galya has held a post of Soloist with the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra since 2010. She is a deeply committed chamber musician, founder of the Gagliano Ensemble and has held the position of concertmaster in several orchestras, which has taken her to prestigious venues such as Column’s Hall, Moscow, National Centre of the Performing Arts, Mumbai, and the Lincoln and Kennedy Centres in America.

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Robert Ames is a violist, conductor, and Artistic Director of the London Contemporary Orchestra.



gregor-riddell-with-lril-at-village-underground_0Gregor Riddell is a cellist and composer. He is a founder member of numerous ensembles including the Solstice Quartet, Tre Voci, BirdWorld, Living Room in London and Odysseus Piano Trio with whom his has performed extensively across Europe. Recent commissions include the LCO, Asamisimasa Ensemble, a double cello concerto premiered in La Paz (Bolivia), and a work for cello and electronics written for the BEAST sound system. Since living in Norway he has become a member of composers’ collective NMK and performed with artists including Streifenjunko, Vilde & Inga, Darkling, Rydin and recorded with the Oslo Sinfonietta. He is a resident artists at the Union Chapel and is currently setting up a digital radio station that offers a platform to highlight contemporary music taking place across the UK and Scandinavia.


FFC Megève (228 of 241)Catherine Kontz (b. 1976) is a Luxembourgish composer currently based in London. She studied Composition at Goldsmiths College, University of London under Roger Redgate and, as part of her PhD, produced and directed her mime-opera MiE for a set of six sold-out performances in 2006. She has since worked extensively within the world of contemporary opera as well as writing for performers such as Ensemble LUCILIN, Monica Germino, Cathy Krier, Rhodri Davies,  Tomoko Kiba, Juliet Fraser, Sebastian Lexer and BJ Cole. Catherine has been commissioned for new works by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Rainy Days Festival (Philharmonie Luxembourg),  European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), Shorter House Editions, EUTERPE/Cid-Femmes, Rational Rec, Chetham’s School of Music and Noisewatchers Unlimited amongst others. She was delighted to have been given the opportunity by Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg to compose and direct her first full-length opera Neige for them in december 2013 to great acclaim. When she is not composing, Catherine can be seen co-fronting avant-pop band French For Cartridge. She likes bright colours, bold clashes, a bit of dissonance and looks to catch a few beautiful moments on her way.


PortraitImage-1Stephen Harvey is an improvising performer, composer, photographer and designer. Indeterminism, openness and the collaborative experience are consistent themes within his working methodology. He proposes the panoramic, but there is always detail in the terrain. His music resembles a topographic vista that is long and wide, but this should not infer stasis. On a macro level he aims for the sonic as landscape, containing intricacy and particularity, proposing an aura of curiosity, delight, fascination and occasionally antipathy and shock. He desires conflict, friction and incongruity in music—broken detail, fractured sound, noise, silence, ugliness, flexibility and constraint, violence and beauty—sometimes as a device to reveal or mask and at other moments to highlight subtleties that might otherwise go unobserved. Stephen is co-founder, with Eleanor Cully, of the [B]acon Jam Collective organizing both the Musical Chairs and Soni[K]ab events. In 2014, he collaborated with Monty Adkins (sound) Deborah Templeton (text) Jason Payne (video) in the production of the Rift Patterns album, producing the photography and designing/artworking the iBook. The album was released on the audiobulb label.


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Scott Mc Laughlin is a composer and improviser (cello, live electronics) based in Huddersfield, UK. Born in Ireland (Co. Clare) in 1975. Currently he lectures in composition and music technology at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on the physical materiality of sound and performance, combining approaches from experimental music with dynamical systems theory to explore autopoiesis and recursive feedback systems in constraint-based open form composition. Recent performances include premieres in Leeds, Amsterdam, Berlin, and the the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.


amber priestleyBorn in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Amber Priestley has lived in the U.K. since 1991. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sussex, and her doctorate in composition at the University of York. Some recent performances include: Then You Are In Clover (Queens’ College, Cambridge commission); Such Nights I Get All The Free Margins (Damien Harron/spnm commission); If you really loved me, you’d stop playing that piano and listen to me (Claudia Molitor commission); And Yet Something Shines, Something Sings in that Silence (Bozzini Quartet, Composer’s Kitchen 2013); and There, I’ve said it, I’ve put my cards on the table. (London Sinfonietta commission 2013). The majority of her work deals directly with musicians performing both music and theatre. Some of this forms a very small portion of the performance (for example, choreographed page turns) or a fundamental portion of the performance (such as where the music is the least important element, with the focus on the various movements of the musicians). Another of her major preoccupations lies in open-form scores. Amber is interested in trying to allow again for a possibility where time is not fixed, and each time a piece is experienced, the music has the chance to be different.


passportstyleDavid Pocknee (Coventry, 1986) is composer, guitarist and visual artist. He has studied at Huddersfield University, UK and the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, NL and is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at Huddersfield University. He is a founding member of The New Fordist Organization and The Institute Of Applied Cultural Economics and Sociology ( and contributed to the daily experimental text-score service Text Score A Day ( Between 2010-2012 he performed with the Hague-based performance-art collective, Acid Police Noise Ensemble ( He is the editor and founder of Much Too Much Noise (, an online zine for radical aesthetics.


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Claire M Singer is a Scottish composer based in London. Her work has been widely commissioned, exhibited and performed throughout Europe and North America. This includes acoustic and electronic composition, fixed media, multi-media, installations and live electronics. In recent years her work has focused on a mix of organ, ‘cello and electronics with performances and commissions including Union Chapel; SPNM; Sound Festival; Ladyfest; Tate Modern London; The Shunt Vaults; Chez Poulet Gallery San Francisco; XMV New York City; PRSF; Fylkingen Institute Stockholm; Ceremony Hall Austin, TX; Soundfjord; Norwich Arts Centre,, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne and the Muziekgebouw Aan’ t ij Amsterdam.



david grant nu:nordDavid Stephen Grant (b. 1988, Carshalton, England) began his studies in composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) in 2009 with Peter Tornquist and Bjørn Kruse. Here he also studied with Henrik Hellstenius and Helge Sten, and graduated in 2013 after studies with professor Asbjørn Schaathun. Grant is currently chairman of Young Nordic Music Norway, and is a board member of nyMusikks Komponistgruppe.






Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad (b.1978) is from the island of Stord on the west coast of Norway, and lives now in Oslo. Her background is in improvisation and electro-acoustic music, working with voice / song, live electronics and field recording. She has in recent years been working as a composer and musician with theatre and dance performances where live electronics and electro-acoustic soundscapes has been a key part of the expression. She is concerned with the relationship between the pure acoustic sound and various degrees of processing. In recent years, her compositions have been performed as pure speaker concerts in among others South Africa, Leicester and London. Her main focus is working with sound and text in different forms (installations, concerts, improvisation) and a new solo-project with voice, guitar and harding fiddle where she also writes lyrics in Norwegian. Gyrid on Vimeo


Tyler FutrellTyler Futrell (b. 1983) is an Oslo-based composer, originally from northern California. He studied primarily with Bent Sørensen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Lee Hyla at the New England Conservatory, and Michael Jarrell at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Since moving to Norway in 2010, Tyler has focused his attention there, working with ensembles and festivals such as Ultima, Borealis, Bit20, The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Alpaca Ensemble, Telemark Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble 96, SISU, and Trondheim Sinfonietta, among others.


Peter profilePeter Edwards is a British composer, music lecturer and researcher based in Oslo. His music has been performed by Oslo Sinfonietta, Backbeat Percussion Ensemble, Lore Lixenberg, Decho Ensemble and others in the UK, Norway, and the USA, including performances on BBC Radio 3 and NRK, and at festivals including Ultima and NuMusic. He is a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers and sits on the editorial board of the Norwegian Journal of Musicology. Aresearch fellow and lecturer in musicology at the University of Oslo, his current project ‘Style and Modernity’, funded by the Research Council of Norway, studies the implications of modernist aesthetics for notions of style across a range of musical genres and traditions. He is also a guitarist.


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