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Now Hear This Festival of New Music

March 25, 2018

Sunday, March 25

Workshop With blablaTrains

Strathcona Community League (10139 87 Ave NW), 11:30 AM – 1:00 p.m.

In this workshop, blablaTrains will talk about the way they conceived Human-Computer Interaction with their respective gestural interfaces. Participants will have the opportunity to try Takuto’s gyro-based sensor instrument and Ana’s augmented Theremin in order to experience the cause-effect relationship between gestures and sound. After the talk, audience members will be solicited for a demonstration of Human-Computer Interaction by taking part in an audiovisual game-piece that was specifically designed for the improvisors. Audience members that want to volunteer for the game are encouraged to bring their own musical instruments!

Yardbird Suite (11 Tommy Banks Way)

Rise Up Singing – UltraViolet Ensemble, 2:00 p.m.


Roger Admiral, piano

Chenoa Anderson, flutes

Allison Balcetis, saxophones

Amy Nicholson, ‘cello

Closing our festival this year: Edmonton’s amazing new music group, UltraViolet. This quartet gave an awe-inspiring debut performance of new, multi-media works during our 2017 festival, and we have every reason to believe they will outdo themselves as the closing act of Now Hear This 2018.

Amy, Allison, Chenoa and Roger, as individuals and as co-members of various ensembles, have a phenomenal collective experience in bringing new works to Edmonton audiences. There’s really nothing they can’t play, and even the most demanding and unconventional musical scores become magnificent musical experiences in their hands. The program for this year’s Now Hear This closer has been curated by UltraViolet, and promises to bring the festival to a memorable close while also inaugurating Edmonton’s legendary Yardbird Suite as one of New Music Edmonton’s venues.


Alice Ho – Cothemus

Erin Rogers – Rise Up, Singing

Bernhard Lang – Differenz / Wiederholung 1.2

Doug Hoyer – Theme for the Largest Organism on Earth

Emily Casavant – Fuse

After-party, 3:30 p.m.

Well – the UltraViolet concert isn’t actually the end of the festival – this is! The wonderful atmosphere of Yardbird Suite provides us with an excellent place to unwind at the end of the Now Hear This weekend. So, we cordially invite you to stay for a while after the last notes are played by UltraViolet. Refreshments will be plentiful and it will be a great chance to talk to artists and friends old and new.


March 25, 2018


New Music Edmonton


Yardbird Suite
11 Tommy Banks Way + Google Map