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Contemporary Music Festival

Photo by Roger Smith (copyright 2019)

I am thrilled to curate a new Contemporary Music Festival featuring incredible music written by women who are established or emerging composers. Their fascinating music reflects an array of emotions, from the sublime and beautiful to the silly and absurd. It’s never boring. 

I hope to entertain and surprise you this fall!

- Nadia Francavilla, Musician-in-Residence

Strings and Wires

Portrait of Terra Wa

Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Progression series

Artists: Nadia Francavilla (violin), Indigo Poirier (composer), Emily Kennedy (cello), & Erin Goodine (synthesizer)

Curated by Indie electronic musician Indigo Poirier and Nadia Francavilla, this concert explores the combination of contemporary classical and electronic music influences and includes an original piece by Indigo Poirier. Nadia Francavilla (violin), with members of Terra Wa, Emily Kennedy (cello) and Erin Goodine (synthesizer), will perform various pieces combining electronic and acoustic instruments in unique ways. Listen to Terre Wa perform live on 107.3FM Saint John radio.

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With a Blue Dress

2 images: Carl Gionet and Sally Diblee

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Progression series

Artist(s): Nadia Francavilla (violin), Carl Gionet (piano), & Sally Dibblee (vocals)

Featuring music for all your senses, this concert features music from composers Nicole Lizée, Kate Soper, Joan Tower, Meredith Monk and Julia Wolfe. With the help of pianist Carl Philippe Gionet and soprano Sally Dibblee, violinist Nadia Francavilla will astonish you with the depth of musical expression.

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Rose Bolton: Portrait

Portrait of Rose Bolton

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Progression series

Artists: Nadia Francavilla (violin), Rose Bolton (composer), Andrew Miller (double-bass), Amanda Pye (dancer), Amanda LaRusic (dancer), and Sasha French (choreographer)

Composer Rose Bolton describes herself as a “Sonic Landscapist”. Her music emerges from repetitions, loops, and meditative musical figurations. Concerned with melody inspired by classical composers, as well as fiddling, folk songs, and electronic music, the one thing that links all her music is the composer herself and her creative process. Come and hear for yourself!

Listen to Rose Bolton perform Kommune Podcast #33 and The Calf (from Song of Extinction) on Soundcloud.

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Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at 4 p.m.
Panel Discussion

The Contemporary Music Festival is curated by Musician-in-Residence, violinist Nadia Francavilla, a specialist in contemporary musical idioms and women composers in particular. The focus on Canadian woman composers is central to the concept of this festival and includes a panel discussion on The Process of Creation from the Female Composer Perspective.

The discussion panel is open to the public (no registration required) and will be held in Room 27 in Memorial Hall on Nov. 18 at 4 p.m.

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