PROJECT LOCKDOWN COMPOSING & PERFORMING
& BU Indigenous New Music Pro Series
Saturday, January 30, 2021
11:00 a.m. CST (5:00 p.m. UK time)
This concert will feature the geographically distanced ANY ENEMY & BUNME ensembles performing together from Canada and Scotland.
BU Indigenous New Music Pro Series with Jessica McMann
Tuesday February 2, 2021
7:30 p.m. CST
“Project Lockdown Composing & Performing explores the challenges, opportunities and complexities of creating new compositions for online performance by musicians in geographically separated locations. The Brandon University New Music Ensemble & Festival are excited to collaborate on Project Lockdown with Sound Scotland Festival and composer Pete Stollery of the University of Aberdeen to co-commission and perform new works by Scottish and Canadian composers Ollie Hawker, Pete Stollery, Keith Hamel, Michael Ducharme and Melody McKiver. Learning new ways to collaborate, listen and perform online simultaneously in two countries positions our musicians to be inventive and strong.” Megumi Masaki
“sound is really pleased to be able to facilitate this opportunity for these four composers, not only to provide a focus during very trying times, but also to try to exploit the constraints under which we are having to work at the moment. I think this is a testament to our resilience as artists to try to come to terms with whatever is thrown at us and to get the best out of the situation that we can.” Pete Stollery
Any Enemy (North East New Music Ensemble) is a contemporary music ensemble made up of local musicians in NE Scotland and conducted by Pete Stollery from the University of Aberdeen’s Music department.
Pete Stollery studied composition with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham, where he was one of the first members of BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) in the early 1980s. He composes music for concert hall performance, particularly acousmatic music and more recently has created work for outside the concert hall, including sound installations and internet projects. He is Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, delivering courses on the creative applications of technology in music and music education to students, schoolchildren and the general public.
The Brandon University New Music Ensemble (BUNME), under the direction of Professor Megumi Masaki, is dedicated to the creation and performance of diverse, interdisciplinary, cutting edge works of living composers and artists that engage with cultural and global issues. BUNME has worked closely with composers from across Canada, U.S., Iceland, Mexico, Latvia and the UK. BUNME has performed at established festivals including the Dark Music Days Festival Reykjavik Iceland, CoLab Festival London UK, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival, Nuit Blanche and the Brandon University New Music Festival (BUNMF).
BUNME 2020-2021 members:
Azaria Neuschwander (soprano), Léa Liu (flute), Jichen Wang (clarinet), Naomi Cord (bass clarinet), Sheva Schwartz (cello), Ren Wang (percussion), Reanne Vanden Brink (piano), William Neufeld (piano) and Megumi Masaki (conductor/piano)
Megumi Masaki is a pianist, interactive multimedia performing artist, educator and curator. Megumi has established an international reputation as a leading interpreter of contemporary music and innovator that reimagines the piano and pianist to create new immersive and expressive environments through new technologies. Megumi frequently collaborates with composers, visual artists, writers, and choreographers on interdisciplinary projects. Forty-eight new works have been created for/together with Megumi and she has premiered over 100 works. Megumi is the New Music Ensemble and New Music Festival director and Full Professor of Piano at Brandon University.