Described in the Vancouver Sun as “a dream gift… One of the best additions to local new music circles”, The Nu:BC Collective brings together flutist Paolo Bortolussi, cellist Eric Wilson and pianist Corey Hamm, joined frequently by outstanding musicians from across Canada and the US. Now in its eleventh season as an ensemble-in-residence at the University of British Columbia, Nu:BC has presented critically acclaimed concerts featuring repertoire by exciting and influential contemporary composers from Canada and abroad.
From its inception the Nu:BC has striven to bring new music to audiences with an emphasis on collaboration and innovative approaches to concert programming. Incorporating technology and interdisciplinary collaboration has been a focus of the Collective, resulting in works pairing music with dance, interactive video and computer, as well as theatre. Collaborations have included performances with artists including dancer/choreographer Emily Molnar, video artist jamie griffiths, as well as singers Carla Huhtanen and Kristin Hoff, and electronic music gurus Keith Hamel and Robert Pritchard. Nu:BC has also collaborated on commissions with several ensembles, including the commission and premiere of “No Need” by Michael Oesterle with Music Intima, the premiere of “Make-up/Break-up”, a triple concerto by Aaron Gervais featuring Nu:BC as soloists with the Turning Pont Ensemble, and also the premiere of six works for combined western and Chinese chamber orchestra with the BC Chinese Music Ensemble.
Nu:BC has presented masterclasses and concerts at the Taiwan National University of the Arts, Cal State Fresno, the Universities of California (Davis), Illinois (Chicago), Alberta (Edmonton), Calgary, Western Washington, Wilfred Laurier and Roosevelt University. Recent projects include a staging of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King featuring William George as King George III, the premiere of Alfredo Santa Ana’s stunning chamber arrangement of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with guest mezzo soprano Kristin Hoff, the premiere of works by Gabriel Dharmoo, Edward Top, Keith Hamel, Bob Pritchard, Brian Cherney, Chris Paul Harman, Scott Godin, Taylor Brook, and Michael Oesterle, Aaron Gervais, and Dorothy Chang. Their CD, “Beyond Shadows”, released on the redshift label, earned a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for the title work by Dorothy Chang.