National Music Centre announces Artist in Residence line-up for winter 2017

December 06, 2016

woodpigeon-kathryn-calder_840pxKathryn Calder and Woodpigeon will work on a collaborative effort as part of their NMC artist residency in 2017. 

After a successful pilot season in 2016, the National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce another six acts from across Canada that will visit Studio Bell through NMC’s Artist in Residence (AiR) program for winter 2017.

Selected artists include:

**scroll to bottom of press release for artist bios and project descriptions.

The 2017 season will kick-off with a public workshop with Luke Doucet on Thursday, January 12 from 1:30-2:30 pm. This event is included with admission to Studio Bell. More special shows and workshops from recently selected artists will be announced in 2017.

All selected artists were chosen based on artistic merit, validity, and impact. Stay tuned for a new call for submissions in February 2017.

The National Music Centre’s Artist in Residence program is designed to feed and nurture artistic creativity and technical innovation by providing artists at various levels of professional development with uninterrupted time and space, and the use our unique collection and expertise, to create new and innovative works in a unique and supportive world-class facility. NMC’s vision is to become a national catalyst for discovery, innovation, and renewal through music.

National Music Centre’s Artist in Residence program is generously supported by Bell Media

About Amir Amiri   
Montreal-based Iranian-born santur player Amir Amiri has always sought to explore the limits of his music, stretching beyond the constraints of classical thought. Arriving in Canada in 1996, Amiri found the ability to do just that, while in residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, a haven of inspiration that he has returned to many times. Amiri’s goal is to bring Persian santur music into the 21st century. The santur is a modal instrument, which means it is not chromatic, thus limiting the possibilities when it comes to performing live and with other collaborators. After over a decade of investigation, Amiri has experimented with, and created tools to help modernize performance of the instrument. His hope is to combine the sounds of the santur with other instruments, gain access to the full chromatic scale of sounds within the NMC Collection, and master a new technique that melds Persian hammered dulcimer with electronics. Public workshop to be announced in 2017.

amir-amiri-santur-0646-2_840pxMontreal-based Iranian-born santur player Amir Amiri. Photo supplied by artist.

About Corinthian
Corinthian is an audio/visual performance and recording project, led by Calgary artist Evangelos Lambrinoudis II. Taking the fundamentals of urban techno, dance, and minimalism and juxtaposing them with cinematic visuals, Corinthian creates personal folk stories of what it’s like to live in Calgary. Urban/suburban sprawl, economic and environmental catastrophe, and defying stereotypes are the main themes of the project. The artist will work with NMC’s extensive catalogue to produce a collection of electronic-oriented recordings. Public workshop to be announced in 2017.

corinthian_credit-bryce-maruk_840pxCorinthian is the project of Calgary electronic artist Evangelos Lambrinoudis II. Photo credit: Bryce Maruk.

About Luke Doucet
Luke Doucet is an incomparable and inventive guitar slinger, songwriter, and creative force. As one-half of the duo Whitehorse, Doucet has developed a futuristic-yet-retro sound and a reputation for pushing boundaries. Whitehorse has brought out new musical sides of Doucet, who is now seen behind the drum kit as often as shredding one of his guitars. Leave No Bridge Unburned recently won the Juno Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. Doucet’s other projects include curating and hosting Toronto’s Sleepwalk Guitar Festival and producing albums for Rose Cousins and NQ Arbuckle. With this artist residency, Doucet will be recording a collection of guitar-based instrumentals with his signature Gretsch White Falcon. The work will fuse the lyricism and creative explosion of the early days of the electric guitar with modern cinematic compositional ideas, all with a view to documenting, exploring and celebrating the outer edges of artistic possibility the guitar offers. A public workshop will happen on Thursday, January 12 from 1:30-2:30 pm. This event is included with admission to Studio Bell. Details subject to change.

Singer-songwriter and inventive guitar slinger Luke Doucet. Photo supplied by artist.

About Lisa Lipton        
Lisa Lipton is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in developing an audio-based project, using NMC’s collection of vintage drum machines. Her project, titled “Dénoue-TRON”, will explore the physical relationship between the drummer, the drum kit and the drum machine, leading to a 10-15-minute soundtrack and beat-driven narrative that will become the bed track for a live, collaborative performance. That performance will extend outward into the community by inviting local dancers to assist in developing a performance for the soundtrack. Public workshop to be announced in 2017.

lisa-lipton_840pxMultidisciplinary artist Lisa Lipton. Photo credit: Carson Davis Brown.

About Safia Nolin
On-the-rise Quebec folk-pop singer-songwriter Safia Nolin writes her music with beautiful spontaneity, crafting a unique universe that continues to win over fans and critics alike. In 2012, Nolin won the SOCAN Best Song Award for her first original track, “Igloo,” later featured on her debut 2015 record, Limoilou, which was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize and released via Bonsound that same year. As the winner of the Revelation de L’Année, an emerging artist award at the 2016 ADISQ Awards, Nolin will participate in NMC’s Artist in Residence program as part of a partnership between NMC and ADISQ. Public workshop to be announced in 2017.

Quebec folk-pop singer-songwriter Safia Nolin. Photo credit: Raphaël Ouellet.

About Woodpigeon and Kathryn Calder
Montreal-by-way-of-Calgary artist Woodpigeon and Victoria-bred musician Kathryn Calder (also of The New Pornographers) are joining forces for a yet-to-be-titled indie-folk-inspired collaboration. Their residency with NMC will allow the two long-time fans of each other’s work to share the same space, further workshop and solidify ideas into a cohesive musical statement, while also using NMC’s broad collection and recording facilities. The resulting material will form the basis of their debut album. Public workshop to be announced in 2017.

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