New Music

A diverse musician, Dr. Catherine Lee has performed extensively as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician on oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn in a wide range of artistic settings, including classical, contemporary, and free improvisation.

Diversity: a rolling national discussion - Audience Engagement

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2:30 pm

On Sunday March 26 at 2:30 p.m., Open Space hosts the second session of Canadian New Music Network's National Rolling Conversation on diversity. This session is led jointly by France Trépanier (Aboriginal Curator, Open Space), Rachel Iwaasa (Director of Development, Pride in Art Society), Juliet Palmer (Artistic Director, Urbanvessel), and moderated by Christopher Reiche Boucher (New Music Coordinator,Open Space).
All are welcome to attend regardless of background, experience, artistic discipline, or where you live (you can participate in person or catch the live stream online through Facebook Live at CNMN's Facebook page). This conversation will be of particular interest to those seeking to engage with diverse audiences. It will be welcoming and inviting, and you’ll have opportunities to ask questions and be part of the discussion.

The Sound Poetry of Greta Monach

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:30 pm

On Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 p.m. Open Space presents a concert of the rarely heard sound poetry of Greta Monach. The works will be performed by local musicians Cathy Fern Lewis, Christopher Butterfield, Daniel Brandes, and Laura Brandes.
The Sound Poetry of Greta Monach is rarely heard. Even a google search of her work only finds a handful of examples of her work. Monach’s sound poetry is often made up of single spoken sounds, abstracting words to their pure elements. Some of the poems are written to be performed by a single voice, others up to a quartet of voices. When seen on paper, they resemble musical score more than written poetry.


Friday, November 25, 2016, 8:00 pm

EXO//ENDO features Andrea Young's voice-infused electronics, Michael Day’s prepared turntable (modified turntables with unorthodox styli, merging acousmatique with gestures of experimental turntablism) and Braden Diotte’s electric bass (an expressive and dynamic feedback system) to produce a multimedia work that focuses on the release and absorption of sound. 

While in Victoria the EXO//ENDO ensemble will host a workshop on Thursday November 24 at 7 p.m. at Open Space, and then perform a concert on Friday November 25 at 8 p.m. at Metro Studio.

The workshop will focus on improvisation techniques and will will include demonstrations of electronics for voice and prepared turntables. The workshop is open to all and those with instruments are invited to bring them along.

Suzanne Snizek

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 8:00 pm

Flutist and University of Victoria Assistant Professor of Music, Suzanne Snizek, will present a concert featuring diverse solo flute works, written by composers (Flothuis, Gál, Rozsa) who had been suppressed by the Third Reich for ideological reasons. Also included in this concert is a newly commissioned solo by Canadian composer Farshid Samandari. Samandari's new solo work is inspired by poetry by Primo Levi as well as Samandari’s life experiences. These works will be the focus of Snizek's artist residency at the Banff Centre (AB)during September and October 2016.

Why Can't Minimal: Do This?

Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:00 pm

On Friday September 30 at 8:00 p.m. the Victoria Composers Collective will come together to present Why Can't Minimal: Do This?, a concert of new works that explores minimalism in music. Inspired by John G. Hampton's exhibition Why Can't Minimal, the Victoria Composers Collective has carefully crafted compositions that reflect upon minimalism in music and respond to artworks included in the exhibition.


The Victoria Composers Collective has been very active locally in recent years presenting a diverse range of new music. In June and July of 2015 they toured a concert of experimental and new music on tour through the interior. Earlier this year they presented a concert of new compositions for rock band.

The Victoria Composers Collective is a Victoria-based community of emerging composers dedicated to the performance and promotion of new music.
Members include:
Dave Riedstra

Samir Odeh-Tamimi has developed his very own language in music which draws upon his intense involvement with both western avant-garde music and Arabic music performance practice.

Justin is a Vancouver-born, Denmark-based composer, researcher, and performer who has recently joined the Aalborg University as a Post-Doctoral researcher.  He has previously earned his PhD in music composition in the UK with Michael Finnissy, completed degrees in music composition at the Koninkl

Annesley Black (born 8 September 1979 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian composer. After studying jazz and electronic music at Concordia University in Montreal Annesley Black received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Composition) in 2004 from McGill University in Montreal under Bri


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