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Faculty Update: Summer 2019

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Last May, the Calgary Musicscapes Band, a new ensemble directed by Edmond Agopian performed for the first time, receiving wide acclaim by the audience. Its repertoire reflects the wide array of music in the Calgary community, from Klezmer to Mariachi, from Jazz to Métis fiddling. The ensemble consists of music alumni and faculty from the University of Calgary and the Mount Royal University Conservatory.

Bruce Barton and Pil Hansen are currently co-directing the annual conference for Performance Studies international, welcoming hundreds or international performance artists and scholars in our venues. Read more >

Jeremy Brown traveled to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA to perform a solo improvised clarinet piece and a saxophone work and to present a saxophone masterclass. He also met up with Joe Morris ('17 UCalgary Killam Visiting Scholar) to record free jazz for a record label in Poland. The record will include all improvised music for guitar, flute, slide flute, clarinet and saxophone.

Val Campbell and Christine Brubaker traveled to Greece to visit ancient theatres for an upcoming travel course.

Marie France Forcier will be performing in Anandam Dancetheatre's cross-disciplinary work Verisimilitude II as part of Les Rencontres de Danse Aérienne in France, July 14-27.

Laura Hynes worked with Raise Your Voice collaborators in Montreal in May, and a composer collaborator in Minneapolis in June. This month, she will present at the PSi conference in Calgary, give a workshop on singing and gender at Camp fYrefly, and teach masterclasses in French mélodie and opera at Cowtown Opera Summer Academy.

Sarah Kenny organized a Dance Biomechanics Symposium for the XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), which will be held in conjunction with the 43rd annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics here in Calgary from July 31 – Aug 4. In conjunction with the dance research symposium, current undergraduate dance majors Allysan Lui and Katie Zwick, Janine Hachey from Crossing Dance Studio and Shayne Johnson from Decidedly Jazz Danceworks will present a live choreographed performance using sonified and visualized data from biosensors to celebrate the field of biomechanics.

In June, Laurie Radford served as instructor and coordinator for a two-week New Music session as part of the International Music and Dance Academy at Domaine Forget in Québec.

He also attended the joint International Computer Music Conference / New York City Electronic Music Festival in New York where he presented a paper entitled to mix or not to mix: the creative process in composing for instruments and electronics and participated in a performance of his piece Event Horizon for violin, violoncello, piano and live electronics. Later this month, he will attend the ACTOR Yearly Workshop at IRCAM in Paris as the UCalgary representative of this multi-year 22-institution research project.