Frankenstein's Ghosts, Reaching for Nothing
Multi Juno Award winning recording engineer John D.S. Adams has been passionate about sound for 30 years. His artistic collaborations vary widely across the disciplines of recording, design and performance. As a recording engineer Adams has worked with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jane Bunnett, Anton Kuerti, Yo Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, The Getty Center, Kevin Fox, James Ehnes, John Cage, and Neil Young to name a few. His sound designs have been commissioned by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Blue Rider Ensemble, composer Peter Hatch, and Barishnykov's White Oak Dance Project. A specialist in experimental electronic music, Adams has performed throughout the world from Paris Opera Garnier to Lincoln Centre, and has had the privilege of working with some of the great musical pioneers of our time, including John Cage, Walter Zimmerman, Takehisa Kosugi, Steve Lacy, Stuart Dempster and Pauline Oliveros. Adams worked with the groundbreaking Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1991 to 1996, and subsequently with Composers Inside Electronics, EHRES (Oliveros, Ione, Adams), suddenly LISTEN music, and a multitude of cutting edge improv based ensembles. He recently was the Senior Recording Engineer at The Banff Centre, a renowned crossroads for artists and cultural leaders in performing, literary, new media and visual arts. Adams was born and raised in Sackville, New Brunswick and holds a MMus from McGill University and a BSc from Mount Allison University.
Liselyn Adams moved to Canada in 1979 after finishing her studies at the New England Conservatory, Boston University, and the Royal Conservatory of The Netherlands. Equally at home on the modern and baroque flutes, she has performed as principal flutist with the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, the Carl Philipp Ensemble, Les Nations de Montréal and as a guest soloist in many cities in North America. She is a founding member of the Blue Rider Ensemble, which has premiered works by a wide variety of Canadian and American composers, including works of instrumental theatre both composed and collectively created by the Ensemble. Liselyn joined the music department at Concordia University in 1980, and has taught a wide variety of courses in music performance, theory, and history. For several years, she coordinated the classical performance area, and was later appointed Graduate Program Director. As her interests in other arts expanded, Liselyn moved to the Associate Dean's office, holding the Research, Graduate Studies, and International Academic Relations portfolio for the Faculty of Fine Arts, and from 2005-2012 was the Associate Vice-President, International for the university.
As a choreographer, Julia has worked with companies such as Tiger Princess Dance Productions, Urban Vessel, and Dusk Dances. Julia's work often crosses the boundaries of genre. Recently she created the "Halo Ballet" choreographed for video game players in cyberspace performed with live music. She directed and choreographed for actors, singers and boxers to create the new opera "Voice Box". Most recently she danced, sang, designed projections and played accordion in the production of "Heartsong" at the Arden Theatre, Alberta. As an independent artist she has performed at such venues as the Sound Symposium, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the AGO and the Young Centre. She has received choreographic commissions from companies as varied as Company Blonde to the Madawaska String Quartet. Her work has been presented across Canada and in Europe.
The Record Player
Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber's eclectic and varied career combines not only the standard repertoire sung on some of the great opera house and concert stages of the world: Opéra de Paris (Handel's Ariodante; Annio in La clemenza di Tito), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Strauss's Composer), New York City Opera (Nerone in Agrippina), Seattle Opera (title role in Xerxes; Erika in Vanessa; Suzuki; Composer; Despina), Opéra de Marseille (Cherubino), ENO (Pauline in Prokofiev's The Gambler), Canadian Opera (Xerxes; Nicklausse/Muse; Hansel), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Fauré and Duruflé Requiems alongside Bryn Terfel); Wigmore Hall (in recital with New York Festival of Song) and Avery Fisher Hall (Stravinsky's Pulcinella) — among many others; but also contemporary and baroque works with smaller, experimental companies. She is a champion of the music of our time, frequently giving world and Canadian premieres of new music. Her operatic repertoire encompasses more than 40 roles, many of them from twentieth century or lesser-known works, and her concert repertoire stems from every genre. Her discography includes Ravel's L'heure espagnole on Deutsche Grammophon under André Previn, a solo recording of arias by Handel and Hasse for CBC Records , the title role of Handel's Rinaldo (Naxos), l'accordéoniste, a disc of German and French cabaret songs with her eponymous ensemble, and most recently, Le petit elfe on the disc Music for Two Pianos (Florent Schmitt) for Dutton Classics. Much in demand as panellist and pedagogue, Kimberly Barber has given master classes and workshops around the world at universities, conservatories and Young Artist Programs. An Associate Professor of Voice at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2002, she acts as Administrative Coordinator for their Opera Program.
MyAudia, Guerilla Sound Events, Signature, (((cocktail party effect)))
Hungarian-born Mezzo-Soprano Margaret Bárdos is in growing demand as a versatile performer, having appeared in Europe as well as with many of Ontario's choirs and orchestras. With a voice described by Opera Canada as "mellow, fruity, that caresses the ears", highlights include the Dora-award winning premier of Schafer's The Children's Crusade, a tour of cabaret and musical theatre favourites, galas for the National Ballet and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, La Badessa in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Cherubin (Massenet), and a premiere in the Frigid Theatre Festival in NYC. European broadcast and recital débuts were made recently at various locations in Hungary, including the concert series at the famed Mátyás Templom in Budapest, and the museum dedicated to her great uncle, composer Bárdos Lajos. Critically praised for her acting, interpretation and use of extended vocal technique, recent collaborations include those with Juliet Palmer and Urbanvessel, Out of the Box Productions, InterArts Matrix, Stratford Summer Music and the True North Brass. At home in both classical and new, experimental works, she continues an association with MT Space Theater in Kitchener, The Hamilton Children's Choir, the Institute for the Music and the Mind at McMaster University Hamilton, the Element Choir, maintains soloist position at All Saints' Kingsway Anglican, Toronto, and is a member of the studio of Tom Schilling. margaretbardos.ca
Elise Bauman began working professionally in the theatre from an early age. Selected credits include Crystal Aggregate, and Eleemosynary for Lost & Found Theatre; Mother Goose for Theatre Athena; Sounding Rituals for the 2007 Open Ears Festival; Mourning Dove, A Christmas Carol, Tales from the Snowy Woods, and Red Lips for Theatre & Company. In 2009, she made the move to New York City to further her studies. There, she attended Circle in the Square Theatre School, where she was cast as Anya in the graduating classes' production of The Cherry Orchard, performed on Circle in the Square Theatre's Broadway Stage. Since graduating, Elise has begun work in film and television, recently having played the lead in the independent short film Paper Crane. She currently resides in Toronto.
Christine cricri Bellerose was born in Montréal, where she now resides after a decade in China, 6 years in Vancouver, and a brief stay in Miami. Throughout her life, Christine has questioned the role of the artist in society. This question surfaces in her work: at times in cultural-artistic activist projects with non-artist communities, curating time-based mixed media performances, and performing physical theatre and movement-based new media art. She has developed a unique style of performance that is the result of an amalgamation of genres she studied throughout her travels. Her work spans from cabaret and performance art to social work and anthropological field work with real people. Recently, she curated Artist as Shaman at Eastern Bloc, coordinated circus artists for le Carnaval Carmagnole, and conducted an independent study on the exceptionally multidisciplinary play, Frankenstein's Ghosts. Christine is interested in the idea of liminal space and the rituals of transformation, questioning humans' conditioning for the immutable, and their quest for change. She recently graduated from the BFA Theatre and Development program with honours at Concordia University. She plans to pursue her cultural and artistic projects up in northern Canada meeting with the elders, and continuing on an MFA at Goddard in interdisciplinary performance studies.
Paul Bendzsa has been an enthusiastic creator and performer of classical and new music for most of his 40-year career. He was founding member of the new music ensemble Fusion, the Sound Symposium, and the widely traveled Canadian Saxophone Quintet. He currently plays with the percussion, woodwind, the Yamaha-WX5 wind synthesizer and electronics duo Spanner and the theatre-music group Blue Rider Ensemble, and is principal clarinettist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. As Associate Professor at the School of Music at Memorial University, Paul teaches clarinet, saxophone, the New Music Ensemble, classical and jazz improvisation, and chamber music. In the community he teaches a number of young aspiring musicians. Paul also leads workshops for school teachers and students on creativity and composition through improvisation.
Guerilla Sound Events & MyAudia
Aimee Berends is currently a graduate student (music therapy) at Wilfrid Laurier University and a freelance musician. In 2011, she completed her BMus degree in oboe performance at WLU, studying with James Mason. Over the past six years, she has enjoyed being a part of the Kitchener-Waterloo music community with various WLU ensembles, the KW Youth Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony, the Spiritus Ensemble, the Menno Singers and other groups in the KW area. In 2010, Aimee was the winner of the KW Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition as well as the Ken Murray Concerto Competition. From 2009-2011, Aimee enjoyed the creativity and challenge of working with Inter Arts Matrix, workshopping and performing MyAudia (Peter Hatch), a tragicomic street opera, in Stratford and Montreal. As part of her Master's of Music Therapy, she is researching how the oboe and English horn can be experienced clinically in music therapy.
Since its inception in 1990, the Blue Rider Ensemble has worked on a project-by-project basis. Although the ensemble has concertized, the heart of its identity lies in the bigger, long-term projects and in its collaborations with artists from other disciplines. The first of these projects was Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire, a staged production that toured internationally and was released on CD (Eclectra & Marquis Classics). In 1993, Blue Rider premiered Mounting Picasso by Peter Hatch with text by Gertrude Stein, a fully staged work with video and dance where the musicians are also the actors who carry the dramatic action. It premiered at NUMUS (KW) and the DuMaurier Theatre Centre Series (TO). Blue Rider's unique process has drawn other artists to work with them, from Québec poet and playwright Michel Garneau's Blue Rider Marmelade to choreographer David Earle's beautiful staging of Blue Memos, a concert of structured improvisations and works by Peter Hatch, which was the genesis of Blue Rider's 2013 CD recording, History is what it is. The common thread for the Blue Rider members is a desire to reexamine our approach to music making. We have learned to use extra-musical tools as an integral part of our process. In the scope of this exploration, we recall the community of artists who formed Der Blaue Reiter in 1911 to promote the cause of Modernism and a synthesis of the arts.
A Sense of Place
Matt Borland is an engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo who loves working with wood, visualizing data, taking photographs, and riding his bike (in no particular order). While pursuing a PhD researching pianos he crunched huge datasets, created computer simulations of vibrating plates under different humidity conditions, and wasted a lot of time considering what fonts to use in his diagrams and figures. His major influences are George Nakashima, Italo Calvino, and Noriko Maeda. Matt works to connect the quantitative world of the engineer with the qualitative world of the artist in his research, while taking a systems approach in trying to understand the complex world of musical instruments. His latest ventures include building electronic instruments, coding his own digital synthesizers, and exploring the craft of film photography.
The Record Player
Tim Brady, composer and guitarist, has created music in a wide range of genres, from chamber and orchestral music to electroacoustic works, opera, dance scores, jazz and free improvisation. His work has been commissioned and performed by ensembles in North America and Europe, including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, New Music Concerts, INA-GRM (Radio-France), the English Guitar Quartet, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Esprit Orchestra (CBC), the Relâche ensemble (Philadelphia), Topology (Australia), The Smith Quartet (UK). Tim has released 19 CDs as both a composer and a performer on Justin Time Records and Ambiances magnétiques. He has performed at many leading venues including The South Bank Centre and the ICA (London), The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), The Darwin International Guitar Festival (Australia), the Bang on a Can Festival (NY), De Ijsbreker (Amsterdam), Radio-France (Paris), the Barcelona Contemporary Music Festival (Barcelona), and BKA (Berlin). Tim is the recipient of the Prix OPUS for "Composer of the Year" by the Conseil québécois de la musique and the Jan V. Matejcek Award by SOCAN. From 2008 to 2013 he will be serving as the "composer-in-residence" with the Orchestre symphonique de Laval. From 1994 to 2004 he served as the Artistic Director of Innovations en concert. He writes frequently for Musicworks Magazine, and has served on the boards of Codes d'accès, The Canadian League of Composers and the Music Gallery. He is currently the president of the Canadian New Music Network.
An active musical director and voice instructor, Amanda Brunk earned a BA in Voice Performance and remains a student of the constantly evolving field of vocology. She has adjudicated voice competitions in Canada and the United States, and has attended courses and sessions in voice disorders and rehabilitation in New York, Philadelphia and Hamilton. Her voice students have performed as members of the company at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Disney Cruise Lines, and have starred in T.V.'s Degrassi: The Next Generation and My Life as a Dog. Amanda now maintains a voice studio where she coaches singers of all ages in technique, interpretation and expression through private lessons and master classes, and is the founder of the Kitchener-Waterloo based production company The Singer's Theatre. She holds the position of Vocal Director for LMC Productions, coaching singers in multiple shows and cabarets for Japan Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises. Amanda's musical direction credits number over 20 major musicals, from Les Miserables and Candide to Cats and Rent, as well as her annual vocal direction of the Hope Benefit at the Centre in the Square. She continues to produce, direct, and perform, with the intent to promote and maintain the integrity of dramatic vocal music.
Richard Burrows received both an MA in Music Education and an MMus in Performance Percussion from the University of Toronto, and an Honours BMus degree in Performance Percussion from Wilfrid Laurier University. As a former principal cast member of ScrapArtsMusic, Richard has performed throughout North America, Europe, Mexico, Asia and Australia. He has also shared the stage with Nebosja Jovan Zivkovic, Evelyn Glennie, Synergy Percussion and Nexus. Closer to home, he plays with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London, in the improv ensemble Digital Prowess, and in a duet series through the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Richard was a member of the Toronto Raptors drumline TR Beat. An avid educator, Richard gives masterclasses on concert percussion and drumline throughout Ontario and across Canada. He is a member of TORQ percussion quartet with whom he tours internationally.
I am Leeanna Caligagan, born and raised in London, Ontario. I am a uWaterloo student, finishing my studies in Drama and French. My involvement with IAM includes being an intern performer for the Signature workshops in May and October 2012. The Signature workshops have been an incredible experience. I feel very blessed and humbled to be a part of something so inspiring and unique. I am looking forward to IAM's future projects!
Emmanuelle Calvé, choreographer, dancer and multidisciplinary artist, pursued studies in visual art before turning to contemporary dance (Concordia University 2006). While four generations away from her Algonquin roots, Emmanuelle's sense of belonging and powerful attraction to this culture remains alive and strong and continues to nourish her creative process. Emmanuelle has created several shows since 2007: Ayah (Studio 303, 2007), Lampe intérieure (Tangente, Frontenac Cultural Centre, 2007), La Selva au temps des cerises (Gésu, 2008), Peau d'Or, sors de l'Ombre (Tangente, 2010, Mont-Royal, Frontenac, Côte-des-neiges Cultural Centres, 2011, Parcours danse, 2011). She is now working on a new creation entitled Femmes marines, with Marc Béland, Richard Lacroix, Louis Laprade and Jean Cummings. Since 2003, she has developed approaches incorporating dance as a means of transformation. Given her commitment to social issues and to the community, these translate into workshops conducted in home-care centres such as Dauphinelle, Secours aux femmes, Rue des femmes, Auberges Transition, L'Avenue, Maison de l'Ancre, Mise au jeu, Gesú, where she works with youth, women, and children who are victims of violence. Emmanuelle is now designing a research and residency project with aboriginal communities in Québec, in conjunction with Lara Kramer (Les Enfants du corbeau). Emmanuelle takes part in Cirque du Soleil presentations in Canada and Russia, in OSM and Red Cross events and for other choreographers such as Lucie and Michael Montanaro.
Abram Chan was involved with Inter Arts Matrix as a vocal artistic intern for the Signature workshops in 2012. He has his BA (Honours) in Psychology with a Minor in Drama from the University of Waterloo. Abram is currently pursuing a Masters of Digital Experience Innovation at the University of Waterloo – Stratford Campus. Abram has training in voice technique for theatre, enjoys writing and performing music, and is involved with vocal coaching for students and professionals in multiple fields. He feels blessed to have been involved with Inter Arts Matrix and plans to continue to be involved with IAM in the future in both artistic and business endeavors.
The Record Player
Canadian lyric coloratura soprano Vania Chan received her Master of Music in Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music in New York, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from York University, Toronto, receiving a B.F.A. with Specialized Honours in Music. Vania had her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall, performing as a first prize winner in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition in New York. Performance highlights include the Toronto Masque Theatre premiere of the opera The Lesson of Da Ji by composer Alice Ping Yee Ho and librettist Marjorie Chan, and a new construction of Bach's Cantata 216 Die Neisse und Pleisse with the Berkshire Bach society under the direction of Kenneth Cooper. Vania was the winner of the “City of Brandon Award” at the 2008 Eckhardt Gramatté Vocal Competition, for her interpretation of the commissioned cycle, Jocelyn Morlock's Involuntary Love Songs, which was broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company. She made her European debut through the “Elysium Between Two Continents: International Summer Academy”, in Bernried, Germany. She has sung with several performance companies in New York, including Gateway Classical Music Society, the New York Opera Forum, Opus Opera NY, and Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre Inc. In Canada, Vania has performed with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Toronto Masque Theatre, TrypTych, Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, and Opera by Request. Her operatic roles include Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Marie (La Fille du Régiment), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Nanetta (Falstaff), Armida (Rinaldo), Morgana (Aclina) and Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress).
Mirror, Signature, Objects on a Table
Edward Cho is a music performance student at Wilfrid Laurier University, studying piano with Anya Alexeyev and cello with Paul Pulford. He has competed in the Elora TD Canada Trust Competition Finals on piano and in the Canadian National Music Festival, representing New Brunswick on both piano and cello. Before going into music at Laurier, Edward was a Mechatronic Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. In his work at IAM, he combines his music and technical expertise as technology assistant to Klaus Engel.
Brad Cook trained in the MA Movement Studies program at the Central School of Speech and Drama as well as the BA Theatre Arts program at the University of Waterloo and now works as a performer and movement teacher. His work in theatre includes Body 13 at The MT Space, Frankenstein's Ghosts for Inter Arts Matrix, and work with Concordia University. He has also performed in Pearl Gidley, Radio Leacock, and Twelfth Night for Lost & Found Theatre; The Adding Machine at Bradley University; and The Importance Of Being Earnest, Our Country's Good, Our Town, and Marat/Sade at the University of Waterloo. Brad's film and TV credits include My Babysitter's A Vampire and Wilderness. He spent 2012 performing in the Toronto production of War Horse (Joey head).
Ian Crutchley studied at Douglas College and the University of British Columbia, attaining a BMus and an MMus. Between 1993 and 1998 he lived in the United Kingdom, completing a PhD in Music Composition at The University of York. His composition teachers have included Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, Richard Orton and Nicola LeFanu. He is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and commissions from such agencies as the Canada Council for the Arts, The New Brunswick Arts Board and SOCAN. In 2007 and 2009 he was a resident artist at the Leighton Artist Colony, Banff, Alberta.
Caitlyn Derderian was involved with Inter Arts Matrix as a vocal artistic intern for the Signature workshops in 2012. A native of Kitchener-Waterloo, Caitlyn is a multi-faceted actress who defies labels. She has worked with Theatre & Company, KW Little Theatre, KW Musical Productions, Flush Ink Productions, Ten Bear Toes, The Elmira Theatre Company, and, of course, Inter Arts Matrix. Caitlyn is an avid student of the sword and hand-to-hand combat, having been taught and continuously tested since 2008 by theatre companies, advanced members of Fight Directors Canada, and local medieval fairs. She is a student of Drama and English Literature at the University of Waterloo. Her parents have done well not only in supporting her as a growing actress, but also in firing her spirit with the gift of music, which forever lives in her soul through her love and joy of playing the violin, piano, and singing.
Jérôme Delapierre is a visual artist and interactive designer working in Montreal. He is interested in new communication models and tools where the frontier between immateriality and physical reality become integrated and progressively intertwined/interdependent. Jérôme studied Computation Arts and Interactive design at Concordia University as well as Contemporary Arts and New Media at IMUS University in France. He is currently the artistic director of Active Media Inc and Anartistic, and a freelance visual designer and researcher at Topological Media Lab and Alkemie Atelier. He has collaborated with many artists and researchers, such as Pk Langshaw, Sha Xin Wei, Michael Montanaro and Jean Dérôme, and his work has been presented at festivals and events in various countries. Jérôme's research is based on the relationship between human and technology and non-linear interactivity, focusing on the experiences of urban social behavior. He is interested in new ways to create visual sets and environments by exploring eclectic projection techniques. Jérôme works on responsive video, interactive installations, performances and scenography.
As a Toronto-based filmmaker, Luise has experience with every type of medium, from commercials to feature films. She has worked as an Assistant Director on some of Canada's biggest music videos, for artists such as Billy Talent and Bedouin Soundclash. She has worked for production companies such as Spy Films, Vision Entertainment, and Imported Artists. Her film experience encompasses directing, producing, writing and editing.
Former Artistic Director, Inter Arts Matrix
Performer, director, creator, producer and teacher, Anne-Marie Donovan is the founding artistic director of Inter Arts Matrix (2007-) and former artistic director of NUMUS Concerts (1994-2000), one of Canada's premier new music societies. As a classical singer, Anne-Marie has premiered over 50 works in performances across Canada and internationally and is featured on seven CD recordings with two new CDs set for release in 2013. She was founder of Mirror Image Vocal Ensemble (1991-2000) and is a founding member of the Blue Rider Ensemble (1991-). Anne-Marie has also directed a wide range of performance events from performance installations and guerilla events to theatre and new opera. These include Peter Hatch's street opera, MyAudia; Tim Brady and John Sobol's opera, The Salome Dancer; and Stimmung by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Anne-Marie's own creative work includes Sounding Rituals, a series of creative disturbances which premiered at the 2007 Open Ears Festival, Frankenstein's Ghosts, and The Last 15 Seconds (co-creator) with MT Space, which premiered at the 2009 IMPACT International Theatre Festival, and has since toured extensively across Canada and the Middle East. She is currently working on the creation of the opera The Record Player and Other Stories from When the Future Began with composer Tim Brady and librettist John Sobol. Anne-Marie teaches in the Music Faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the Drama Department at the University of Waterloo, where she was a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award in 2003. She is also co-artistic director of Long Reach Opera Workshop.
Donovan is presently a PhD candidate in musicology at York University in Toronto. His research explores the musical depiction of the natural world in Schubert's vocal music. After his Lic. in Voice Performance from McGill University, he pursued his graduate studies in opera at the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich with legendary mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender and at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin with renowned baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who is acknowledged as the 20th century's greatest master of lieder. Donovan has enjoyed a successful career as a performer of opera, oratorio, art song, chamber music, jazz, new music and improvisational music in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France and the U.S. He has appeared in leading roles with the Bern State Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Munich State Opera, Opera Vancouver and the Edmonton Opera. He has been a soloist with the Quebec Symphony, the Laval Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony and Symphony Nova-Scotia as well as with many concert and new music presenters, including Numus (Waterloo), Queen of Puddings (Toronto), BradyWorks (Montreal), Array Music (Toronto), New Music Concerts (Toronto) and, most recently, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Montreal. Donovan teaches at York University and at The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.
A musical chameleon with a near five-octave range, Christine Duncan uses her voice as an instrument, exploring its full tonal, timbral and textural range. She is involved with everything from jazz, R&B, gospel, improvised music, sound poetry, to new music, opera and musique actuelle. She performs with many musical groups and projects, most notably Hugh Fraser's VEJI (Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation) and Barnyard Drama with drummer/electronic artist Jean Martin. She developed and leads an improvising choir in Toronto called the Element Choir and regularly teaches voice and improvising workshops. Christine also teaches voice in the jazz programs at Humber College and the University of Toronto.
Reaching for Nothing
Among the awards and honours for his work, Mr. Earle has received the Clifford E. Lee Award from the Banff Festival of the Arts (1987), and a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new choreography for Sunrise (1987). In 1988, along with Toronto Dance Theatre co-founders Peter Randazzo and Patricia Beatty, he received the Toronto Arts Award for Performing Arts. In 1994, Mr. Earle received the Jean A. Chalmers Award for excellence in choreography and in 1998 the Muriel Sherrin Award for contribution to the art form of dance. In 1996, Mr. Earle became a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Jacqueline Lemieux Prize for distinction in choreography. In 2005, Mr. Earle received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Faculty of Education, Queen's University. In 2006 Mr. Earle was the recipient of the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Most recently, he was awarded the 2011 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and, in 2012, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. At 72 years of age he continues to teach, to create, and to inspire the next generation of modern dancers to explore their humanity in this, the oldest of art forms.
TREASURER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS; Euphonopen, Mirror, Signature, Objects on a Table, Learning to See
Klaus Engel retired in 2017 from his position at Honeywell Aerospace in Cambridge, Ontario. Over the past 39 years he has developed electromechanical systems for spacecraft supporting telecommunications, earth observation, and solar system exploration. His creations are represented on 800 flying spacecraft, several dozen in the Atlantic Ocean, and one inadvertently impaled into the surface of Mars. More recently he has brought his craft down to earth to create or enable multimedia and kinetic art. He has collaborated on several interdisciplinary projects exhibited at Lennox Gallery in Toronto, Banff New Media Institute and the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, University of Regian, McGill University, and Concordia University. In 2013 Klaus Engel received a Special Jury Waterloo Region Arts Award.
Marlene was thoroughly excited to be invited to be part of Anne Marie Donovan's creative disturbances for the Sounding Rituals project. Marlene began her career in acting with the K-W Silver Stars. In Just Ordinary People 2004, in which she played dual roles, one as an opera singer and the other as an actor. She has also acted and sung in Waiting for Heaven, Great Radio Broadcast of 1943, Broadway Boardwalk, and Thanks for the Memories. She was pleased to be cast as Emmett in The Silver Whistle. Marlene Fischer played her first leading role as Alice in K-W Silver Stars production, Reunion at Waterbridge High, Class of '55. She is Past President of the K-W Silver Stars. Marlene Fischer owned an Employee Assistance Programme company that provided therapy to company employees. She has consulted and delivered seminars for national companies and municipal government. She has been a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, and Approved Supervisor for the international organisation of Registered Marriage and Family Therapists. When she isn't doing any of the above she enjoys her solitude, gardening, and scuba diving.
Inter Arts Matrix Board Member
Marie Claire LeBlanc Flanagan is curious about the spaces between human problems and technologies, especially spaces related to expression, connection and community. Marie works with experimental gameplay, cooperation, virtual and augmented realities, systems, narrative, open source data, biosignals, smell art, sonic art, computer vision, machine, and human learning.
Marie founded Wyrd Arts Initiatives, a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to encouraging, documenting, and connecting creative expression across Canada; served as the Editor in Chief of Weird Canada, and founded Drone Day, an international day for the celebration of drone music and communities.
Carina Gaspar is a dramaturg and an actor, recently completing her Masters in Theatre Studies at York University with a focus on contemporary Canadian clown and physical theatre work. Previous dramaturgical adventures have led her to complete a Dramaturgical and New Play Development internship at Nightwood Theatre, and collaborated as a research assistant on Frankenstein's Ghosts with the Blue Rider Ensemble. Most recently, she brings a unique combination of skills to the table as Pat the Dog Playwright Centre's current Dramaturgical Associate and Social Media Dabbler. In her artistic work, she's trained as a clown under the tutelage of Lecoq masters Theatre Smith-Gilmour and Leah Cherniak, while also calling John Turner of the clown duo ‘Mump and Smoot’ her clown papa. After having performed in Toronto's Red Nose District and Festival of Clowns, she's ready to launch her first full-length solo show in May 2013 as part of Pat the Dog's Piece/Meal reading series.
As holder of a B.A. in Communications from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University, Milan Gervais explored a variety of languages and communications media, such as theatre, documentary film and multimedia, and specialized in choreography. Following her SAJE training (business launch), she founded Human Playground, through which she brings together her interest in communications and her expertise on the body in motion. Human Playground develops new approaches in creative communication using the performance for communicative, promotional and publicity purposes. Under this label, she has worked for various events, both corporate and festive (Porsche, TV5, Loto-Québec, Nomad Industries, Cirque Éloize). In the artistic sphere, Milan works as a performer, choreographer and producer. She also has a passion for creating site-specific performances and interventions, her most recent creation being Auto-Fiction, a trio for humans and automobile, which was performed at many festivals in Quebec and in Europe.
MyAudia, Frankenstein's Ghosts
Past Productions include Alice Through the Looking Glass (Stage Manager, Althouse Faculty of Education 2013), Arcadia (Stage Manager, University of Waterloo 2010), MyAudia (Assistant Stage Manager, Inter Arts Matrix 2010), Frankenstein's Ghosts (Assistant Stage Manager, InterArts Matrix 2010). Laisa is currently attending University of Western Ontario's Faculty of Education in the hopes of one day teaching Drama to high school students. Her hope is to inspire and encourage the next generation of theatre practitioners.
The Notebook Project, Advisory Board
Rob Gorbet is an engineer, technology artist, and professor in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Knowledge Integration. Rob collaborates locally and internationally to create interactive experiences that aspire to make their viewers think differently about the world. Notable local works include P2P: Power to the People (CAFKA'02), Solar Collector, From Me To You (THEMUSEUM, 2016), The Notebook Project (KWAG, 2010). Internationally, collaborations with architect Philip Beesley and the Living Architecture Systems Group have won awards and their work was chosen to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2010.
Board of Directors
Martin de Groot has been part of arts, cultural and heritage circles in Waterloo Region since 1993. He served as the Executive Director of the Waterloo Regional Arts Council from 2001-2011, and currently works for the Commons Studio, a community tools project of The Working Centre. He is perhaps best known for his weekly arts & culture column in the Waterloo Region Record. A historian by training and interest, he has taught courses at the University of Waterloo, Brock University, McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of the West Indies.
Guerilla Sound Events, MyAudia
Composer, concert organizer and teacher, Peter Hatch's works are in a number of genres, from orchestral and chamber music to instrumental theatre, electroacoustics and installations. He received a DMA from the University of British Columbia following a BMus and MMus from the University of Toronto. His works have won recognition with competitions held by CBC Radio, SOCAN, the Winnipeg New Music Festival and Vancouver New Music and have been performed at festivals such as the ISCM World Music Days, the Darmstadt Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik, the Guelph Spring Festival, Scotiafest, the Vancouver New Music Festival, the Percussive Arts Society, the Vancouver Early Music Festival and the International Computer Music Conference. His works have been recorded on compact discs under the CBC Musica Viva, CMC Centrediscs, Conaccord, CBC and Artifact labels. Theatrical and multi-media elements have been incorporated into many of his works, an interest that has grown from extending traditional concert music performance practices and from collaborations with director David McMurray Smith, architect Dereck Revington and choreographers David Earle and Bill James. In 1985 he founded NUMUS Concerts, a Waterloo based new music organization. Peter was Composer-in-Residence with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 1999-2003, is the founder and former Artistic Director of the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, and is Arts and Culture Consultant with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Peter is a Professor at the Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was University Research Professor in 2006-07.
MyAudia, Guerilla Sound Events, Signature, (((cocktail party effect)))
Jamie Hofman is a graduate of the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto, and the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University. During his time at York, he studied classical voice under Stephanie Bogle and Catherine Robbin, improvisation under Casey Sokol, and contemporary and world musics. Originally from Oshawa, Jamie has worked as an artist, teacher and student in Toronto for the last decade before recently moving to Woodstock, Ontario. Jamie's versatility is evident in his body of performing experience which encompasses musical theatre (2002, Hourglass Theatre's The Rocky Horror Show and Little Shop of Horrors); opera (Masetto in La Bohème at York Summer Opera 2003); Oratorio (Saint Saens' Christmas Oratorio for the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, Haydn's Creation for the Etobicoke Centennial Choir, performances and recordings of Bach and Buxtehude for Pax Christi Chorale); and rock music (lead vocals and organist for the London based rock group The Constructionists). In recent seasons, Jamie has sung with Peter Chin's Gamelan Orchestra in the CanAsian Dance Festival, composed and performed for Collective Heat Dance Ensemble at fFida Dance Festival in Toronto, and performed in Peter Hatch's Guerilla Sound Events (NAISA, Toronto 2006, Les Escales Improbable, Montreal 2007, and Stratford Summer Music 2008 and 2009).
Signature, Mirror & Objects on a Table
Katie Honek, stage manager, recently completed a BA at the University of Waterloo in Music and Drama. As a flautist, singer, stage manager, actor, and technician, she has a wide range of experiences and so many possibilities to pursue. Katie first came to Inter Arts Matrix on an intern work placement and quickly became part of the Euphonopen team. In 2013 she begins work as a production assistant at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Trevor Horman is a University of Waterloo graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies. And although he is developing a career as an Urban Planner/Designer, Trevor is constantly connected with his roots in dramatic and musical performance and proudly finished his studies at UW with a Minor in Drama. As an Urban Designer he is constantly exploring the relationships between people and space, and as a musician, the relationships between body and voice. He was thrilled to have taken part in the Euphonopen Signature workshops since 2011, and cannot wait to continue venturing the avenues of the dramatic, musical, and planning realms.
Generation to Generation
Nada Humsi was born in Damascus, Syria, and holds a B.A. in English Literature from Damascus University. She came to Canada in 1999 and in 2008 she joined The Multicultural Theatre Space (The MT Space) in Kitchener. Nada is considered a pioneer in avant-garde and experimental theatre in the Arab world. She wrote and performed the first verbal-mime drama in Syria, The Option (1988) directed by Riad Ismat, and he continues to perform world-wide. Recent acting credits include parts in: The Poster (Teesri Duniya Theatre in Montreal), Italian Funeral & Other Festival Occasions (Drayton Entertainment), Women In War (a co-produciton between The MT Space and Babel Theatre in Beirut), Sultan Basha, a work-in-progress which Nada wrote, and The Last 15 Seconds and Body 13 (The MT Space), directed by Majdi Bou-Matar. Nada has co-established theatre groups in Syria, Japan and Canada. She is Artistic Associate at The MT Space.
Dr. Christine Jamieson is Undergraduate & Certificate Advisor and Associate Professor at Concordia University. She received her PhD (Ethics) at the University of Ottawa (Saint Paul), in 1998. Her dissertation topic was The Significance of the Body in Ethical Discourse: Julia Kristeva's Contribution to Moral Theology. She received her MA, L.Th., and her BTh from Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Christine is Project Director for Canadian Partners of "Ethical and Policy Issues in the Sciences: A Comparative Study in Canada, the United States and Mexico." She was a member of Adult Learning and Literacy Directorate, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, International Academic Mobility Program from 2006-2010 and co-researcher of Frankenstein's Ghosts, a SSHRC Research/Creation Grant in Fine Arts from 2007-2010. She has been the recipient of two Research Grants from Health Canada: Genetic Privacy and Information: The Disincentives to Predictive Genetic Testing, in 2003, co-authored with Anne Summers, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG; and Assisting Research Ethics Boards in Ethical Deliberation: Contemporary Challenges, in 2002.
A Sense of Place
Amanda Jernigan is a writer, scholar, and editor. Born in Kitchener and raised in rural Waterloo Region, she spent years on the east coast of Canada before returning to Ontario to begin work on a Ph.D. She is author of two books of poems (Groundwork and All the Daylight Hours — the first of these shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award in 2012) and of a short book on the poetry of Peter Sanger; she is editor of The Essential Richard Outram and, most recently, co-editor of Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poems. Her poems have been published in Poetry, PN Review, and The Best Canadian Poetry. Jernigan has collaborated with theatre artists in Halifax and St. John's and, more locally, with composers James Rolfe and Michael Purves-Smith. With her husband, visual artist John Haney, she has created hand-printed pamphlets and broadsides under the imprint Gauntlet Press.
Jennifer's lighting design credits include Body 13, The Last 15 Seconds and The Changeroom (MT Space); Body and Soul (Lois and Fine Productions, VANOC 2010), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Tottering Biped Theatre) and World Stage: Dali (Crows Theatre). In the UK, her credits include Virus Circus (The Circus Space); InFusion (Fiasco.tv); Bath Int. Puppetry Festival: Tryptich (WoodenHead Productions) and Headstone (Arcola Theatre). Her assistant design credits include work on Andersen Project (ExMachina), Africa Trilogy (Volcano Theatre and Luminato) and Ain't Misbehaven (Canadian Stage Company). She worked at the Shaw Festival on The President in 2008, and The Shaw Festival's Directors Projects of The Yalta Game and Hands Across the Sea as well as served as assistant lighting designer for Too True To Be Good, Rosmersholm, The Magic Fire, Little Foxes, Getting Married, Summer and Smoke, Mrs. Warrren's Profession and Good King Charles' Golden Days. Her career includes several honours and awards, namely the Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Award, the Canada Council for the Arts Artist Grant and the Shaw Festival Newton Award. Jennifer received her BFA in Theatre Production/Design from York University, along with her BEdu in Dramatic and Visual Arts. She also received the MA in Advanced Theatre Practice: Lighting Design in the Devising Process from the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and co-founder of Aiding Dramatic Change in Development, working in participatory arts for community dialogue and sustainable adaptive-development. www.adcid.org
Beverley Johnston is internationally recognized for her virtuosic and dynamic performances on a wide range of percussion instruments. Her performances and recordings have been broadcast on radio networks all over the world. She has become well known for developing eclectic repertoire for percussion, many of those pieces being played by percussionists from all over the world. She has released five solo CDs. Her latest recording of Alice Ping Yee Ho's percussion music, MING, was released on the Centrediscs label in 2009. She can also be heard as soloist or chamber musician on numerous other recordings. Since the millennium she has been busy with concerto performances and recital programs across North America including performances with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Hamilton Philharmonic, South Dakota Symphony, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Scotia Festival Orchestra. In 2008 she gave the Canadian premiere of Tan Dun's Water Concerto with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Beverley's has a passion for collaboration and interdisciplinary work, which has included the combination of dance, movement, art and theatre. She has worked with such organizations as URGE, the Blue Rider Ensemble, Valerie Kuinka's Collaborations series, Winnipeg's Diana McIntosh, and with renowned theatre/opera director Richard Armstrong and television/theatre directors Joanna McIntyre and George Bloomfield. Visit Bev on her webpage at www.beverleyjohnston.com
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Hazim Kamaledin is an Iraqi-Belgium playwright, director, actor, percussionist and movement theatre expert based in Antwerp. He is recognized in Europe for his intercultural work as the artistic director of his company cactusbloem since 1994. His work in physical theatre draws from Arabic and Islamic rituals and other spiritual practices which he mixes with the more verbal and physical European traditions in theatre such as the works of Grotowski, Barba, and Decroux, as well as the biomechanics and 'mime corporal.' Hazim Kamaledin is an expert on the issues of Orientalism and Occidentalism in theatre. In his recent work he focused on the relationships between the body, multimedia and minimalism. He considers the multimedia as a condition/medium that reaches to core emotions in both the actors and the audience. Kamaledin taught at the Antwerp Mime Studio and lectured at both Kant University and Antwerp University. His most recent production was presented at the Tate in the UK.
Sarah Kernohan is a visual artist whose work focuses on landscape, large-scale natural physical events and memory. She received her MFA at the University of Waterloo (2015) and received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD (2008). She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and is the recipient of several awards; including the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Waterloo President's Scholarship and grants from the Ontario Arts Council. She participated in the Keith and Win Shantz Fellowship through the University of Waterloo and worked in London UK with the collaborative Peles Empire and painter Oliver Osbourne. She lives and works in Kitchener, Ontario. www.sarahkernohan.com
Gary Kirkham is a playwright and actor based in Cambridge Ontario. His plays include Pearl Gidley (Scirocco Drama), Queen Milli of Galt (Samuel French), Pocket Rocket (with Lea Daniel) and Falling: A Wake, which was recently translated into Italian. Gary is a member of the MT Space and has worked in collaboration with the company on several shows including Seasons of Immigration, Body 13, Occupy Spring, and the critically acclaimed The Last 15 Seconds. He also collaborated with Lost & Found Theatre on Radio Leacock. He authored an adaptation of Easter by August Strindberg. His plays have had over 40 productions across Canada, the United States and the Middle East. He was the Blyth Festival's Playwright in Residence in 2008
A Sense of Place
Colin Labadie is a Waterloo-based composer and performer whose output includes concert works, sound art, improvisation, and sound design for theatre. His wide rage of influences inspires him to create music ranging from austere and pattern-oriented to spastic and loud. He often uses machines to realize his work, and has built or modified many electronic instruments that emit odd noises he finds interesting. Colin's work has been performed across Canada and internationally by various groups and individuals, including New York New Music Ensemble, Arraymusic, NODUS Ensemble, QUASAR Saxophone Quartet, and the Penderecki String Quartet. Colin is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Composition from the University of Alberta with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Objects on a Table
Kathryn Ladano is one of Canada's premiere bass clarinettists, and is a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation. She received her BA in honours music from the University of Waterloo, and her MMus from the University of Calgary. Kathryn is currently the bass clarinet instructor at the University of Waterloo, the co-Director of ICE (Improvisation Concerts Ensemble) at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Assistant Director of the East-West Music Series at Conrad Grebel University College. Kathryn's debut CD Open was released in September 2010 and in the fall of 2011, Kathryn completed a Fall Creative Residency at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts. Kathryn is also currently pursuing her PhD at York University.
Baritone Michael Lepock studied voice and composition at Wilfrid Laurier University. While at Laurier, he performed in numerous operas including Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges and Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites. He was also featured as Don Alfonso in an excerpted production of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte and Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music by Sondheim. His voice teachers were Daniel Lichti and Victor Martens. He has extensive ensemble experience, singing in numerous choirs and with such groups as: The Aradia Ensemble, The KW Symphony, The KW Gilbert and Sullivan Society and Opera Kitchener. He has also assisted in the conducting of Laurier Singers, WLU's chamber choir. In 2012 his performing took him to New York City where he received critical acclaim for his performance of Blumenthal in Musical Pawns as part of the Frigid Art Festival. Apart from singing, Michael has the privilege of teaching voice and music theory privately at Renaissance School of the Arts and KW School of Music and Art. This summer he will return to Ontario Mennonite Music Camp for a third time as their Musical and Choir Director. He greatly enjoys working with Inter Arts Matrix and looks forward to participating in their works again.
Brandon Leis, tenor, performs regularly in Ontario and Michigan as an opera, oratorio and concert soloist. He has most recently been a featured soloist with the Mennonite Mass choir and K-W Symphony in Handel's Messiah, the Wilfrid Laurier opera production as Le Chevalier de la force in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites and the International Symphony Orchestra (Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Die Schoene Muellerin). In the past two years he has also been featured in Orff's Carmina Burana, Britten's St. Nicholas Cantata, Haydn's Creation, Pärt's Stabat Mater, Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges, Glen James' opera To Daniel, and numerous Messiahs in both Canada and the US.
Co-Treasurer, Board of Directors
Mark became involved with Inter Arts Matrix in 2011 after learning about the good work the organization was doing in the community. He is particularly interested in the focus IAM has on supporting artists in the early-development of their art projects. Mark is a financial analyst at Wilfrid Laurier University. He lives in the Waterloo Region with his wife and daughter.
A native of New Brunswick, percussionist Etienne Levesque has an MMus in classical percussion from the University of Toronto. He regularly performs on Toronto stages with the city's orchestras, opera companies and musicals. Also a composer, he writes music for theatre projects, including the National Arts Center, Clay and Paper Theater and Urban Jungle Theater. He is currently composing a new work for the dancers of the Father John Redmond Catholic School. Etienne also plays in a progressive rock band and with INfusion Percussion Quartet. Outside of his percussion persona, Etienne studies the art of clowning and miming.
Schubert Now, Coffee Cantata
I've been singing professionally since my debut at the Stratford Festival, Canada in 1974. Since then my career has encompassed opera, oratorio, concert and recital repertoire, and I have been active internationally with the bulk of my activity in North America. A current goal is to battle what I perceive as ageism in the arts; to be given the opportunity to continue to demonstrate that the older I get, the better I get, and the more I have to offer as an artist. My teaching position enables me not only to pass on my knowledge of singing and engage with emerging young artists, but also to re-examine my own craft in the process.
Sounding Rituals, Guerilla Sound Events, (((cocktail party effect))), MyAudia, Signature
Tubist Donovan Locke has been an artist at Inter Arts Matrix since its inception in 2007. He has participated in the development and production of Sounding Rituals, Guerilla Sound Events, (((cocktail party effect))), MyAudia and Signature. Donovan has a BMus from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. Also a singer, he performs with the Toronto All Star Big Band. A multi-instrumentalist, Donovan likes to make instruments out of PVC piping, plays the digeridoo and teaches music in public school.
The Record Player
Tenor Robert Mack's career highlights include Remus, Treemonisha with The Collegiate Chorale; Snake/Vain Man, The Little Prince with NYCO; Alfredo, La Traviata with The Martina Arroyo Foundation. Performances with the New York City Opera include Goro, Madame Butterfly; Goopy, Haroun and the Sea of Stories; Remendado, Carmen; the Ballad Singer, Of Mice and Men; Pong, Turandot; Don Curzio, The Marriage of Figaro; Spoletta, Tosca; Second Shepherd, Daphne; Arturo, Lucia Di Lammermoor, and Rinuccio, Gianni Schicchi. Mack debuted the role of Sportin' Life, Porgy and Bess with New York City Opera and Opera Carolina. He recorded the role of Sportin' Life with The Nasvhville Symphony on Decca Records. Mack has toured with the nationally acclaimed “Three Mo' Tenors” and in addition has made outstanding appearances with Houston Grand Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia and Indianapolis Opera. He sang the role of John/William Still in She Never Lost A Passenger with Syracuse Opera. He was also a featured tenor soloist for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre's signature work, Revelations. In past seasons he made debuts with Houston Grand Opera, Bastille in Paris and the Teatro Real in Spain. He has also performed in Italy, Germany, Japan and Luxembourg. Mack toured with Broadway's National and European tour of Smokey Joe's Café directed by Jerry Zaks and in 2002 he was directed by Stewart Lane in the production of Ain't MisBehavin. Robert enjoys involvement with The New York Festival of Song, American Opera Projects and is co-founder of Opera Noire of New York. Upcoming performances include Remendado in Carmen, Goro in Madame Butterfly and Fenton in Falstaff with The Martina Arroyo Foundation.
Co-Treasurer, Board of Directors
Drew Maddison's interests lie at the nexus between the arts and the business of innovative technology. A decade of experience at Microsoft Canada and Desire2Learn Incorporated as a Technology and Business Alliance Professional have given Drew the opportunity to work with diverse organizations to develop and manage novel cross-company business relationships, such as technology partnerships and marketing alliances. As an artist, Drew works primarily in oils, with work ranging from experimental portraiture to natural landscapes and most recently, abstract pieces. He lives and works in Cambridge, Ontario, and his work can be viewed online at www.drewmaddisonart.com.
Generation to Generation
Heather Majaury is a playwright, performer, and director who is passionate about working with community by using dramatic exercises and applied theatre techniques to encourage community based story telling. She is really happy to be working with Dwight, Pam and Nada on G2G and hopes to evolve the project into something that can be used in her own local Indigenous community as well. Heather is of mixed Indigenous and Canadian Settler (Irish/English) ancestry she is an enrolled member of the Algonquin Nation and grew up in her original territory but moved to KW over ten years ago and calls this home too. She is excited about the possibility of local Indigenous families sharing stories amongst family and then coming together to share their film messages and live performances with new comer Canadians and other cultural groups that compose the Waterloo Region for meaningful cross-cultural connection, understanding, and inspiration. She is currently preparing a one woman show entitled “This Is My Drum” that expresses, shares, and performs intergenerational story telling as a source for reclaiming asserting and celebrating our unique and collective identities.
Between loads of laundry and endless craft projects, Sonja Malaborza works as a translator from her kitchen table in Moncton, New Brunswick. A graduate of the Université de Moncton's translation program (2000) and of York University (M.A. Translation, 2004), she has published a modest selection of articles in the fields of translation studies and sociolinguistics. For the stage, her first major challenge was translating and subtitling Michael Healey's Plan B (Tarragon Theatre, 2001, and Alberta Theatre Projects, 2003), which she followed up with translations of Gil Garratt's Vicious Little Boyz in the Rain (Productions Nemesis, 2003) and of Don Hannah's Running Far Back (Side by Side Festival, Moncton and Fredericton, NB, 2006). A member of the Literary Translators Association of Canada, Sonya has since gone on to translate several contemporary artists in various genres, and had the pleasure of working with Moncton-Sable as a playwright in 2006. She is thrilled to be lending her voice to MyAudia.
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A Toronto born native, Susan holds an Advanced Diploma in Theatre Arts (Humber College) and a B.Sc (McMaster University) and is the Stage Manager for the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind’s brand new LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab. She also specializes in fish behavior and has led and conducted field research in North America, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean Sea and in the freshwater lakes of Africa. Recently expanding her behavioural studies to humans, she currently works with Dr. Laurel Trainor in her Auditory Development Lab at McMaster University.
Tawiah M'Carthy is a Ghanaian born, Toronto based theatre artist, notable as a Dora nominated actor and playwright. He is the actor, playwright/creator of the critically acclaimed, multi Dora awards winning play Obaaberima (Buddies in Bad Times, Best Production). His professional theatre credits also include: Ato in Body 13 (MTSpace), Nana in The Kente Cloth (SummerWorks 2008). Tawiah using both African and Western theatre traditions in his practice as an artist, often combining dance, movement, music, storytelling and poetry together with theatrical structure and design. He trained at York University in the Acting Conservatory BFA program. He is a member of the 2013/2014 Playwrights Unit at Obsidian Theatre and the 2014/2015 Acting Ensemble at The National Arts Center (NAC). Tawiah is currently creating new works in residencies at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and LemonTree Creations.
Artistic Director: One Art
Sheila McMath is a curator, facilitator, artist and community organizer. A graduate of the University of Waterloo's MFA program, McMath's work in the arts has maintained a balance of work with larger institutions and direct involvement with artist-run initiatives. As a curator she has conceptualized and realized exhibitions that have included artists at every career stage including emerging artists such as Julia Hepburn and Audie Murray, to mid-career artists including Pattie Chalmers, Karine Giboulo, Carmela Laganse, Zachari Logan, Graeme Patterson and Jennie Suddick. McMath has also had the pleasure of curating exhibitions with some of Canada's most established and celebrated artists including Susan Edgerley, Irene Frolic, Susan Low-Beer, Peter Powning and Ione Thorkelsson. She has been published numerous times in FUSION magazine and various exhibition catalogues. McMath is also a founding member of Tri-City Stopgap (TCS), an artist collective that hosts large-scale exhibitions in marginal or transitional spaces. In 2010, she was the recipient of The KW Record's 40 under 40, an award that recognizes community leaders. As an artist, her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries across Ontario and a sculpture from her Tissues & Trimmings series is included in the collection of Cambridge Galleries. McMath is currently working as the Artistic Director of an interdisciplinary, collaborative residency called One Art, a project of Inter Arts Matrix.
D. Alex Meeks is a declaiming member of Christine Duncan's Element Choir and a general friend of speech. A percussionist by common distinction, his hands are regularly lent to the fractious chamber ensemble Clarinet Panic and the excitable rock band Hooded Fang. He is one half of the meteorologically-concerned King Weather (with trombonist Steve Ward), a trained watchmaker by trade, and the foremost solo performer of the vernacular compositions of American musician Holiday Rambler.
Michael is a trans-disciplinary artist who is best known for his work in the field of dance. A graduate of the Hartford Conservatory, he has performed with the Boston Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and Le Groupe de la Place Royale where he also served as Assistant Artistic Director. In 1985 he founded Montanaro Dance, developing a reputation for using cutting edge technology to create theatrical environments for his choreography. Over its ten-year history Montanaro Dance toured both nationally and internationally. Since 1996 Michael has worked as a choregrapher/collaborator on numerous projects including the Cirque du Soleil's Varekei, Opéra de Montreal's multi-media version of Carmina Burana, Centaur Theatre's A Winter's Tale, the documentary Montanaro In Time, a series of short films entitled dances for small places and Frankenstein's Ghosts. Michael is the current chair of the Department of Contemporary Dance and a member of Hexagram, Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts.
Joey Morin is a freelance theatre professional whose specialty is that he has no specialty. Working mostly in the independent theatre scene in the Toronto area, works as a lighting technician, carpenter, stage manager, technical director, and sound designer. In the past seven years, he has worked with Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon Theatre, Bathurst Street and Annex Theatres (The Randolph Academy), MacMillan Theatre (UofT Opera Division), Artscape Wychwood Barns (Theatre Direct, and New Adventures in Sound Art), The Theatre Centre, Lower Ossington Theatre (Classical Theatre Project), and independently for Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto Fringe Festival, Jumblies Theatre, Luminato Toronto Festival of Arts, The Red Barn Theatre, and many others. Sound Design and Stage Management credits include Unity 1918, Into The Woods, String Of Pearls, Seven Stories, Our Country's Good, The Children's Hour, Twelve (all for Randolph Academy), and The Laramie Project (Studio 180). However, his most rewarding experiences involve more unusual requests, such as "We're looking for a realistic fireplace lighting effect," or "We need a radio controlled toy car with a kickin' wireless sound system." (MyAudia) Similarly rewarding work includes helping to create the giant mythical creatures of The Enchanted Forest, raising a palace from the watery depths in The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix, and setting the water ablaze with light and smoke for Princess of the Stars (all for Patria Music/Theatre Projects, R. Murray Schafer).
Ciarán Myers is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo's theatre program where he studied under Anne-Marie Donovan. While at university Ciarán saw three of his original plays performed at fringe events and one published with a handful of poems the summer after its first production. He is a championship Irish dancer and one of the founding members of the City of Waterloo's vintage jazz performance ensemble, Hep Cat Hoppers. Some recent acting credits include Wojzeck in a short adaptation of Gorge Buchner's Wojzeck, Tranio in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, and Radu in Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest.
Guerilla Sound Events
Soprano Andrea Naccarato holds a BMus from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with Victor Martens. While there, highlights included performing the roles of The Female Chorus in Britten's Rape of Lucretia, Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff, and Petit Poucet in the Canadian premiere of Aubert's La Forêt Bleue, and singing at the inauguration of Bob Rae as Laurier's chancellor. For three summers she was invited to sing in Helmuth Rilling's exclusive Festival ensemble in Stuttgart where she sang the soprano solo in Mahler's 2nd Symphony. In oratorio, she has sung Fauré's Requiem with Barrie Cabena and Jan Overduin, and Bach's Wedding Cantata with James Mason. Recent solo performances include recitals at St. James Cathedral, The Charles Stockey Centre in Parry Sound, and The Colours of Music Festival in Barrie.
Teoma Naccarato is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance on full scholarship at Ohio State University. As a contemporary dancer and choreographer, Teoma is greatly inspired by community dance practices, site-specific work and integrating dance and technology. Teoma completed her BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in 2004, then she spent 4 years as an independent dancer, dance teacher and choreographer in Montreal. In 2005 she founded her company Naccarato Dance for which she has created several pieces including Gust, Exit Logic, Upstream and Just Friends. Her work has been presented in various venues and festivals around Canada and at the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro in Buenos Aries, Argentina, June 2007. In 2006, Teoma attended the internationally competitive Dance Omi Artist Residency in upstate New York. More recently, she co-founded a Dance for Camera Company called Nacando Productions with Desh Fernando. Teoma has performed nationally and internationally with Montreal choreographers Marianne Desjardins, Ilona Dougherty and Michael Montanaro. www.naccarato.org/dance
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Natsu Nakajima was born on Sakhalin in 1943. She trained in classical ballet before studying modern dance with Masami Kuni. At 19, she entered the Kazuo Ohno Dance Institute and only one year later became a founding member of the first Butoh dance activity with the late Tatsumi Hijikata. In 1969, Natsu Nakajima formed the Muteki-Sha Dance Company. Her extraordinary performances Niwa in 1985 and Sleep And Reincarnation in 1989, have taken her on tours throughout North America, Australia, Asia and Europe. In 1989 she received support from the Saison Foundation to present her work at La Mama in New York City. In 1992 she established "The Class for Body and Mind" and "Dance Education for the Handicappers" in Tokyo. She is an Assistant Professor at Nihonbashi Gakkan University in Japan and continues to teach and lecture internationally.
Navid Navab is a Montreal based 'media-alkemist,' composer, performer, programmer, and sound designer. Currently an artist and researcher at Topological Media Lab, Matralab, and Alkemie Atelier, he studied electroacoustics and computational arts at Concordia University as well as music technology at McGill University. Navab has collaborated with various musicians, groups and artists including Jean Dérôme, Bozzini Quartet, Blue Rider Ensemble, Constantinople Ensemble, Lori Freedman, Vinny Golia, Pierre Tanguay, Coat Cooke, Rohan de Saram, Mike Svoboda, Mei Han, Lan Tung, Dhruba Ghosh, Amelia Cuni, Zata Omm Dance Project, Sinha Danse, Alexander Wang, Xin Wei Sha, Michael Montanaro and Sandeep Bhagwati. Navid uses gestures, rhythms and vibrations from everyday life as basis for sound generation, resulting in augmented acoustical-poetry. His investigations, which range from compositions to responsive architecture, interface design, theatrical interactive installations, and improv-based performances, have been presented at various festivals and events in many countries. Some venues include Canadian Center for Architecture, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Electric Eclectics Festival Meaford, Galleri Monopoli ChampLibre Montreal, Mixology Festival at Roulette New York, Western Front Vancouver, CMS Black Box Cambridge UK, StudentFest Romania, CCRMA Palo Alto, Box13 Houston, La Société des Arts Technologiques [SAT], les Territoires Gallery Montreal, Agora Montreal, Shanghai eArts Festival China, Fashion Night Out [FNO] New York, Eastern Bloc and L'enver Montreal. Navid is listening...
Elaine works as a stage manager and assistant director in both English and French theatre as well as in opera. Career highlights include Le Procès and Wagner's Siegfried directed by François Girard, Intérieur and Au cœur de la rose directed by Denis Marleau, Variations énigmatiques, Un fil à la patte and Equus directed by Daniel Roussel, Amadeus and Dangerous Liaisons directed by Alexandre Marine, Harvey and View from the Bridge directed by Diana Leblanc, Une Musique inquiétante/Old Wicked Songs and Vigil(e) directed by Martin Faucher and Christine, la reine-garçon directed by Serge Denoncourt. In her spare time, Elaine works as a translator.
Board of Director's
Uche moved from Abuja, Nigeria to Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada in 2014, and is a Co-Founder of HITCH – an educational video platform for African schools. Husband, father, and irrepressible optimist, Uche Onuora lives at the intersection of arts and technology, being a serial technology entrepreneur and aspiring poet who believes in the need for interdisciplinary efforts to synthesize the tech and art sub-cultures. One of his favorite quotes (courtesy of Chris Uwaje) is that “knowledge is the only commodity that multiplies when shared”; and connecting these 2 powerful human centers of knowledge and expression, is an overriding passion because of the potentially beneficial impacts on society.
Juliet Palmer moved from New Zealand to New York in 1990 to work with interdisciplinary pioneer Meredith Monk, completing her PhD at Princeton University in 1999. Based in Toronto, her work has been featured around the world, from New York's Bang On A Can Festival to Italy's Angelica Festival and Australia's Adelaide Festival. Performers of her music include the Penderecki String Quartet, Trio Fibonacci, the Gryphon Trio, Toca Loca, Continuum, l'Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tapestry New Opera Works (Canada); Les Percussions de Strasbourg (France); Fontanamix (Italy); Piano Circus (UK); California EAR Unit and the Bang on a Can All-Stars (USA); and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Juliet co-founded the interdisciplinary collective urbanvessel in 2006. Stitch — for three women and three sewing machines — garnered Dora nominations for Best New Opera and Best Production. The site-specific performance Slip at the Harrison Baths inspired a short film (director Chelsea McMullan) screened at festivals in Europe and North America. Palmer co-directed and scored the animated short Soaring, Roaring, Diving, named "Best Experimental Film" in the 2009 Brooklyn International Film Festival. Urbanvessel's 2010 work Voice-Box, was a Harbourfront Fresh Ground commission. Juliet is the 2011 Creative New Zealand-Jack C Richards Composer in Residence at Te Koki, the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. Upcoming works include: an interdisciplinary work for three male performers directed by Guillaume Bernardi; a collaboration with writer Anna Chatterton, British director Tim Albery and Soundstreams Canada; and an operatic version of The Winter's Tale with Toronto's Jumblies Theatre.
André Pappathomas, a bassist by training, who has worked with electroacoustic musician Pierre Dostie and jazzman Charles Papasoff, is now choral director of the Mruta Mertsi choir, an ensemble that is revolutionizing choral singing and performing in a wide variety of settings: on rooftops of buildings, in parks, concert halls, churches, train stations and dance spaces. André Pappathomas is also at ease in almost, if not all, spheres of musical expression. Indeed, his first vocal presentations were inspired by Artaud's glossolalia, a set of invented phonemes meant to show off the body of the voice. Since then, Pappathomas has developed a controlled improvisational structure composed of five basses, three tenors, four altos, two mezzos, three sopranos and invented instruments, among them, a Japanese koto of sorts. His music is pure invention, an astonishing amalgam of Gregorian psalmody and Eastern plainsong, of Hungarian, Bulgarian, and Balinese chants, of melodies woven into an invented language reminiscent of sonorities found in Claude Vivier's music or tonalities culled from certain choral works by Gyorgy Ligeti, all bringing to the stage the spiritual body contained within the human voice, which was also Artaud's dream.
Guerilla Sound Events, MyAudia, Signature, (((cocktail party effect)))
As an actor and artistic associate of MT Space in Kitchener, Pam Patel has toured nationally and internationally to cities including Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, and overseas to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Her credits with the company include The Last 15 Seconds, Body 13, and several Theatre for Social Change pieces. Pam also works with MT Space's Newcomer Youth program, where she helps to create theatre pieces that tell the stories of immigrant youth. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University's music program, Pam acquired a special focus in new music and improvisation, and attended the Vancouver Creative Music Institute where she collaborated with pioneers of improvised music and showcased her talents at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Pam has also been a part of the Stratford Summer Music Festival, performing a wide range of pieces from the Bach Coffee Cantata, alongside Daniel Lichti, to Myaudia: A Street Opera, composed by Peter Hatch. Last year, Pam had the opportunity to play the lead role in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and was recently in Toronto, creating and performing an original piece with Theatre Gargantua. Pam is now gearing up to tour MT Space's Body 13 to Theatre Passe Muraille and the Conrad Centre in Kitchener.
Jason is the community relations coordinator at Inter Art Matrix. In this role, he oversees the social media, fundraising and content planning. His career focus has been on social media, event planning, community relations and managing the public relations functions. His experience reflects a mix of public relations and marketing having been involved in the nightlife, performing arts and non-profit in the Region of Waterloo. Jason holds a diploma in public relations and is currently completing a bachelor of public relations degree from Conestoga College.
IAM Communications Team
Emma is very excited to be part of Inter Arts Matrix's communication team. She is a fourth-year student in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing program at the University of Waterloo. Her interests include the arts, multimedia communications, women's, LGTBQ, and human rights, environmental issues, and psychology and mental health. Check out her blog at www.popinjay321.wordpress.com
Stefanie attained her Bachelor of Music degree in 2007 from Wilfrid Laurier University, studying voice under the tutelage of Daniel Lichti. When Stefanie returned to Laurier in 2008 to complete a diploma in operatic performance, she met Paul Pulford and Anne-Marie Donovan and began working with them as research assistant during the early stages of Frankenstein's Ghosts. Shortly thereafter, Stefanie moved to Toronto and began working towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, which she obtained from the University of Toronto in 2012. Stefanie began her career as a paediatric nurse at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She currently practices at the Hosptial for Sick Children in Toronto, where she works in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Helen Pridmore is a singer specializing in new and experimental music. She has studied with Carol Webber at the Eastman School of Music, and more recently with Joan la Barbara and Richard Armstrong. Helen has performed across Canada as soloist and chamber musician, and has toured in Japan and Europe. Her new CD Janet has just been released on the CMC Centrediscs label, and Helen will be performing solo voice recitals in Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle WA this year to promote the CD, which features works by Canadian composers written for her. Helen teaches voice and related topics at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB.
From 1989 to 2003 Paul Pulford was a member of the Penderecki String Quartet, with whom he recorded over 20 CDs and performed throughout Europe, Japan and North and South America. He was a member of the Galliard Ensemble (which toured the five Nordic States as cultural ambassadors for Canada with Governor General Edward Schreyer) and the Brunswick and Orford String Quartets. Paul maintains a passionate commitment to new music through his involvement with Blue Rider Ensemble (he was a founding member in 1989) and the NUMUS Concerts Ensemble in Waterloo. His recordings of the complete works for cello and fortepiano by Beethoven (ebs label) and Brahms (DoReMi label) with fortepianist Boyd McDonald were received with critical acclaim. Paul Pulford is currently Professor of Cello, Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Dean of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University.
MyAudia, (((cocktail party effect))), Guerilla Sound Events, Frankenstein's Ghosts
Joe Recchia is a graduate of University of Waterloo, with a Drama major and Fine Arts minor. As a stage manager, Joe has plied his trade for In-Flight Cocktail (Inter Arts Matrix), which premiered at the National Ballet Gala in Toronto, Nine: The Musical, The Gondoliers (Musical Theatre Productions), Doubt: A Parable (Dariusz Entertainment), The Last 15 Seconds, Volunteering, Eh! (The MT Space), Reaching for Nothing, Blue Memos (NUMUS Concerts), 101 (F.L.O.A.T. Productions), Alice's [Experiments] in Wonderland, The Rocky Horror Show, and The Importance of Being Earnest (UW Drama). Combining his passions for theatre and art, Joe has designed the sets for Masks on Meds, The Flap of a Butterfly's Wings (UW Drama), The Gondoliers (Musical Theatre Productions), Much Ado About Nothing, Widows and Children First, The Marriage Proposal, No Exit, The Siren Song of Stephen J. Gould (Red Shoe Theatre) and Twelfth Night (Lost & Found Theatre). In his final year at UW, Joe mounted a production of Martin Sherman's BENT as an undergraduate thesis project, which he directed as well as designing the sets and costumes.
Pianist Pamela Reimer pursues a diverse performing career as a soloist and collaborator, playing both traditional and contemporary classical repertoire. She has studied with Lorraine Vaillancourt, Gyorgy Sebok, Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Tom Plaunt and Frederic Rzewski. She has performed in the UK, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, across Canada and the US, and has been heard on the BBC, CBC Radio, and the Chaine culturelle of Radio-Canada. Besides her frequent performances with the new-music ensemble BRADYWORKS, she is also a member of the Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, Ensemble KORE, and the Blue Rider Ensemble, and has performed with the Warhol Ensemble. In 2007, she collaborated with Welsh composer Tristan Evans to present a piece for piano and computer software (PureData). Her interest in interdisciplinary performance has led her to pursue collaborations with dance companies, notably Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Dominique Porte. In addition, she plays recitals of contemporary theatrical piano works that make use of the pianist's voice. She has played Canadian premieres of "concert theater" pieces by Randall Woolf, Jerome Kitzke, Aaron Jay Kernis, Elena Kats-Chernin, Christopher Fox and Martin Bresnick. She also premiered a new theatrical piece by Charles-Antoine Frechette in March 2008. Pamela has been an official accompanist for the Jeunesses Musicales International Violin Competition, the Czech and Slovak Voice competition, the OSM competition and the Orford Arts Centre summer program.
Andrew Rethazi is currently completing study for his MMus in Voice Performance at University of Western Ontario. He began his study of music at the piano, and earned his ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2002. He also has advanced diplomas from the RCM in viola, which he attained in 2004. Andrew has a BA in Voice Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, studying with Kimberly Barber. He has published an article in The Journal of Singing with Leslie De'Ath on Hungarian Diction and Repertoire. While at WLU, he appeared as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, The Representative in A Game of Chance, and Marquis de la Force (and assistant director) in Dialogues of the Carmelites. His performance credits at the Palace Theatre include Antonio in The Gondoliers, assistant director to Ceris Thomas for The Three Musketeers, and music director for highly acclaimed productions of Follies and Thirteen. He has appeared as Vodnik (Water Gnome) in Opera NUOVA's Western Canadian premiere production of Rusalka, as Dr. Falke in Toronto Operetta Theatre's production of Die Fledermaus at the Jane Mallett Theatre and as Escamillo in Summer Opera Lyric Theatre's Carmen Flamenco. Upcoming engagements include music director for Original Kids Theatre Company's Les Miserables; director/producer of Gianni Schicchi in London; sound designer and resident composer for London Community Players' production of Treasure Island; music director for The Drowsy Chaperone, presented by Musical Theatre Productions.
Reaching for Nothing
Dereck is a graduate of the Architectural Association, London, recipient of the Canada Council Prix de Rome in Architecture (1991-92) and has taught at Universities across Canada, in the USA and Italy. The works of Dereck Revington Studio encompass architecture, commissioned public sculpture, museum installations and performance, and over the last decade have been installed and exhibited in Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, New York and Toronto. Commissions and awards include: Reaching for Nothing: Water's Thirst, Skin of fLight (large three piece bronze sculpture, Lester B. Pearson International Airport), The Luminous Veil, Toronto (Canadian Architect Award of Excellence 1999), The Girl with no Door on her Mouth in collaboration with Phillip Beesley (Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding stage design and lighting design for electro-acoustic opera), and Downsview Park International Design Competition (Finalist - with Bernard Tschumi Architects(NY) and Sterling Finlayson Architects (TO). Research interests include: poetry ,theory and design.
Rob Ring is a pixel-based artist currently living and working in Kitchener. He has been actively exhibiting for over 10 years and his work has been featured in the Images Festival, Optic Nerve Festival, and countless group and solo exhibitions nationally & abroad. Ring's early performance-based work employed a not-necessarily-funny sort of humour, and earned him the reputation as "everybody's (second) favourite video artist". No longer using his own body as a creative instrument, Ring's current practice often integrates video projection into live performances by theatre groups, symphonies, and other special events. Rob is a former Artistic Director of CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener & Area. His hobbies include "faking it, copyright infringement & guerrilla urban embellishment."
Secretary, Board of Directors
Shari Roberts is an educator with the Upper Grand District School Board and with Wilfrid Laurier University, and teaches and directs with the Centre Wellington Children's Drama Club. She has been involved in the arts as a performer since her youth, and as an adult has woven her interest in the arts into both career and community endeavours. Shari's belief in the importance of the arts in society, education, and understanding of the world has led her to Inter Arts Matrix, where she currently participates as the Secretary for the Board of Directors. Shari is proud to be involved in the important work of Inter Arts Matrix.
Soprano Elizabeth Rogalsky-Lepock is an active performer and instructor, native to Kitchener-Waterloo. She has performed both as a chorus member and a soloist (The Aunt in Madama Butterfly and First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Kitchener. Other recent opera roles include the title role in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the roles of the Rich Girl and the Match Girl in Malcom Williamson's The Happy Prince. Elizabeth also enjoys recital as a venue for artistic expression and an opportunity to explore repertoire in a variety of styles. This has led to performances in several local recital series' including St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Cambridge Galleries, and Conrad Grebel University College. A growing love for new music and interdisciplinary arts collaboration has resulted in a variety of work with Inter Arts Matrix including Peter Hatch's MyAudia, a new opera produced by Inter Arts Matrix and performed at Stratford Summer Music Festival and at Les Escales Improbables in Montreal, and ongoing participation in the development of the Euphonopen Signature piece with artist Isabella Stefanescu and composer Nick Storring. Teaching is also a rewarding artistic endeavour. Elizabeth has an ongoing relationship with Ontario Mennonite Music Camp having held various positions including voice/musical director and camp co-director since 2009. She teaches voice and piano at several local private music schools while also maintaining a private studio. Elizabeth holds an Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Music History from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Nora Ruddock is a poet and a member of Arche Projects, an artist collective that produces multimedia installations, including Tinderbox (2017) and the forthcoming Anthozoa (2018). Her poems have been published in The Antigonish Review. She lives in Guelph with her family and is an editor at Broadview Press.
The Notebook Project, Inter Arts Matrix Webdesigner
Nathan Saliwonchyk's work spans a spectrum of media, from animation, video, film editing, compositing, audio production, photography, website design, and performance art. A frequent collaborator with artist Isabella Stefanescu, his work on the animations for Penalty Kick by Carlito Ghioni won the animation award at the Niagara Independent Film Festival, and also played at the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, Rendez-vous du cinema Québequois, Nickel Festival, Canadian Reflections CBC, and the Rome Independent Film Festival. He created the animation for Stefanescu's The Notebook Project, which has been exhibited at the Common Pulse Festival, Homer Watson Gallery and Woodstock Gallery. He is currently working with Stefanescu on a large-scale project,The Ikon, an animated painting based on a script by Matthew Sullivan. Nathan has worked with artists such as Diane Borsato, Linda Duvall, Katie Bethune-Leamen, and even co-created the cheeto pin worn by Jason Schwartzmann. Nathan is ardently pursuing classical piano and plans to teach piano someday. Visit his whimsical website tsatski.ca.
Alex Samaras is quickly becoming one of Canada's leading vocalists in the jazz and new music scene. Alex studied vocal performance in the jazz program at the University of Toronto and at the Banff Center's Creative Music Program. Alex also spent time working in New York City with contemporary arts icon Meredith Monk and her vocal ensemble. In Toronto he is currently performing with the new group A Sondheim Jazz Project. He is a part of Bram Gielen's Biggish Kids which was a hit at the 2010 Summerworks Festival. Alex is the founder and artistic director of his own eight voice group GREX which performs new and experimental vocal works and which was featured in the Music Gallery's Emergents series for up and coming artists. Last year, he was selected into the Yonge Center Emerging Artists Program under the mentorship of Greg Oh. This coming season Alex will be teaching at the University of Toronto in the Jazz Department. Alex teaches privately and has worked in a number of schools and camps across Canada and the United States leading improvisational theater workshops and music/voice master classes. Alex studies voice with Jeannie Lovetri and studies with Peter Wylde at The Wylde Project.
Sha Xin Wei, Ph.D., is Canada Research Chair in media arts and sciences, and Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Computer Science at Concordia University. He directs the Topological Media Lab, a studio-laboratory for the study of gesture and materiality from computational and phenomenological perspectives. His graduate courses combine critical studies of computation and technology with studio work in responsive environments and live events. Sha's major art research work include the TGarden responsive environments, Hubbub speech-sensitive urban surfaces, Membrane calligraphic video, and Softwear gestural sound instruments, and most recently kinetic sculpture and low resolution displays responding to movement and gesture. Dr. Sha is a co-editor of the Artificial Intelligence and Society journal, the Experimental Practices book series (Rodopi Press), FibreCulture, and the Creative Interfaces & Computer Graphics journal. Publications include the essays Resistance is Fertile: Gesture and Agency in the Field of Responsive Media, Configurations 2003, Demonstrations of Expressive Softwear and Ambient Media, Ubicomp 2003, and to appear in 2005-2006: Whitehead's Poetical Mathematics, in Configurations, TGarden As Experimental Performance, in Modern Drama.
Professional Development Workshop
Over the last 36 years of his professional career David has worked professionally in the areas of theater, ballet, opera, mime and clown, as a creator, a performer, a director, a choreographer, and an educator. He is a movement specialist, body worker, creative and performance consultant, and an experienced counselor who has taught at several universities, was head instructor at the Vancouver Playhouse Theater School, for eight years was the movement director for the Music Theater and Opera programs at the Banff Center for the Arts, and has also been a guest resource artist at The People's Light & Theatre Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1987. He is a core trainer with Full Circle First Nations Performance, under the direction of Margo Kane, on faculty in the Douglas College Theatre program, and is a teacher and founding faculty member of the Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate Training Program through the Continuing Education department of Langara College. David considers himself an independent educator. He founded Fantastic Space Enterprises in 1995 where the focus of the work is on self-liberation and self-realization through creative expression. His special interest is in how memory moves and patterns itself in our bodies and in how this affects our perceptions, behavior, and communication. As a movement specialist David has drawn on his broad range of experience and sources to develop his own body centered, humanist approach to personal and professional development. His expertise lies in his ability to facilitate learning environments that promote principle-centered self-education and provide strong foundations for continued personal and professional growth.
MyAudia, The Record Player
John Sobol is a creative entrepreneur who has worked extensively in television, radio and print as well as in the music industry, visual arts, performance and new media. From 2003- 2005 he was the Co-Curator of Canada's leading festival of digital culture and design, digifest. He has published hundreds of articles in Canadian and international magazines and newspapers, including several years spent as music critic with the Montreal Gazette. His 4th book, Digitopia Blues – Race, Technology and the American Voice, was published in 2002 by the Banff Centre Press. He has written television shows that have aired on CBC, Bravo!, Teletoon, TVO, History Channel, Vision, Disney Channel and Nickleodeon. He was the co-writer of The Genius of Lenny Breau, which won the 1999 Gemini Award for best Canadian arts documentary. He is the co-founder of Globalhood, a digital playground for CEOs and street kids, and he designed the Cosmic Questions Media League for the Ontario Science Centre. He has produced interactive projects for such clients as The Portrait Gallery of Canada, CBC, MADD and the Ottawa Public Library. He has performed as a poet at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Seattle's Bumbershoot and St. Mark's Poetry Project in New York. In 1993-94 he was the director of a residency for oral poets at The Banff Centre for the Arts. His polyvocal poet-trio, AWOL Love Vibe, performed across Canada, Europe and the USA between 1993 and 1998. His first opera, The Salome Dancer, (with composer Tim Brady) was premiered at the Open Ears Festival in 2005.
Founding President, Board of Directors (2007-2011), Inter Arts Matrix
Darlene Spencer received a MA from York University in Theatre Performance and a BA from University of Waterloo in Drama. For the past 20 years, she has been a director of theatrical productions, documentaries, educational and industrial films, and digital videos. Selected directorial credits include Falling; A Wake by Gary Kirkham, Sister Annunciata's Secret by Nonnie Griffin, Pride and Prejudice adapted by Christina Calvit, String of Pearls by Michele Lowe, Three Cities in the Life of Norman Bethune by Tim Brady and Bradyworks, The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman, Our Country's Good and The Grace of Mary Traverse by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, Les Belles Soeurs by Michel Tremblay, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Water by Brad Curtain, as well as the musicals Little Women, Nunsense 2, and The Apple Tree. Darlene is an actor who has performed in theatres across Canada, and for television and film. As an educator, she has taught at the University of Waterloo and York University. She is presently the Artistic Director of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.
President, Board of Directors
Scott is the current Head of Production and a lecturer in technical production in the Department of Drama & Speech Communication at the University of Waterloo. He was also one of the founding members and former manager of the Canadian Centre of Arts & Technology (CCAT) at the University of Waterloo. Because of the connections to CCAT, Scott has also acted as an expert panel member for the Canadian Foundation for Innovation for several applications. His almost thirty-year career spans technical and design positions in both theatre and film/television. He is a member of the Canadian Actor's Equity Association (CAEA), the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), and works calls for International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Scott is equally content on either side of the stage or camera. Scott's research interest includes work in intermediality - the intersection of live and digitized performance. He is also currently completing an MA in Performance Design at York University, Toronto.
Artistic Director, Euphonopen projects: Signature, Mirror, Objects on a Table
Isabella Stefanescu is a painter, media artist, writer and producer. She began learning to paint in her native Romania at a school for gifted children. As a teenager she came to Canada and was awarded a Descartes scholarship at the University of Waterloo, where she studied mathematics, fine arts and art history. Her studies were rounded off by two formative years spent drawing and painting in museums in London and Paris. In 2007 Stefanescu received the K.M. Hunter award for interdisciplinary art and in 2008 she completed the interactive arts and entertainment residency at the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab. Stefanescu's work has been exhibited in public and private galleries in Canada, France, and the U.S.A. The films she wrote, produced or designed have been shown at festivals in Canada, Germany, France and Italy.
Montreal based dancer and choreographer Leal Stellick has a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and is a graduate of the Professional Theatre Acting program at John Abbott College. His dance credits include works by Lucie Gregoire Danse, Mia Muare Dancer, Emily Gualiery, Michael Montanaro and Anna Smutny. He has done a lot of dance on film including Michael Montanaro's Dances for Small Spaces.
Rebecca Steiner is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo Drama program where acting credits included: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania), An Experiment with an Air Pump (Maria Fenwick), Julius Caesar (Soothsayer), and Alice [Experiments] in Wonderland. This summer, Rebecca toured Canadian Fringe Festivals as playwright, director and performer of Theatre of the Beat's, Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft. Rebecca looks forward to continued artistic collaboration on work that challenges and inspires audiences.
Glenn Stillar is the Director of the Canadian Centre of Arts and Technology and an Associate Professor in Waterloo's Digital Arts Communication Program. His publications include articles in journals such as Social Semiotics and Folia Linguistica, and he has also published a book called Analyzing Everyday Texts: Discourse, Rhetoric, and Social Perspectives (Sage). Dr. Stillar is just starting his research in problem gambling and will focus his research on how information is exchanged between gamblers and electronic gaming machines in several modalities, including text, image, sound and sequences of actions. He will focus on the persuasive affordances of media: how the text, images, sounds, and actions that electronic gaming machines produce during play perform communicative functions.
Nick Storring is a Toronto-based composer, cellist and improviser with a wide palette of interests, ranging from warped dance music to electroacoustic music, experimental pop to chamber music, and even collaborations within various "non-Western" traditions. His electronic piece Artifacts (I) won first place in the 2008 Jeux de Temps/ Times Play competition for emerging Canadian electroacoustic composers and was subsequently heard at festivals worldwide. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Canadian Music Centre's Toronto Emerging Composer award. His work has been performed by the Esprit Orchestra, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Quatuor Bozzini, Arraymusic and the Madawaska String Quartet. He has been featured at the Akousma Festival, the Open Ears Festival, Electric Eclectics, the Music Gallery's X-Avant Festival, Soundstreams' Salon 21, the Soundplay Festival, the Perimeter Institute and Suoni Per Il Popolo. His music regularly accompanies theatre, film and intermedia projects. Recently his score for the MT Space's the Last 15 Seconds traveled across Canada and the Middle East to positive reviews. He also created the music and sound design for Tentacles, an iPhone-controlled ambient gaming environment that was included in the Museum of Modern Art's Talk To Me Exhibit in 2011. He plays in Picastro (Polyvinyl Records), Son Jarocho (Mexican folk music) group Café Con Pan, experimental cello duo The Knot, and I Have Eaten The City with Colin Fisher and Brandon Valdivia.
The Jessica Stuart Few is one of the hottest bands to emerge from Toronto's eclectic indie folk scene. Coining the term "folk-jazz power trio", Stuart brings the lyrical playfulness and vocal facility of Joni Mitchell to the unique sound of the traditional Japanese koto (zither) alongside double bass (Dan Fortin), drums (Tony Nesbitt-Larking) and guitar. Always keen to engage the audience and community on and off the stage, the trio has been involved in many community-oriented projects connecting music with visual art, film and fashion. Their recent Kid Dream music video, currently in rotation on BravoTV, is one such example, involving the art of 80 volunteer participants and was listed in the best of 2011 by Now Magazine. The creative follow-up video for brand new single, Don't Ya, launched in 2012, has also been met with rave reviews and was made with the help of dozens of volunteers. The band has also just launched Paybacks, a collaboration with Toronto vintage stores, and Bands in Pijamas where they join great local bands to rock out in their pjs. The Jessica Stuart Few was nominated for two 2012 TIMAs (Toronto Independent Music Awards) for Best Recording (Kid Dream) and Best Live Performance. Bitten young by the travel bug, Jessica has toured Japan, Turkey, US, Australia, England and will continue with a cross-Canada album launch tour in 2013, and ending in Japan in promotion of The Jessica Stuart Few's Canada & Ontario Arts Council supported album, Two Sides To Every Story.
Women Crisis Centre Fundraiser
Krista's last performance was with a five-woman show with Inter Arts Matrix in 2009. Prior to that, she starred as Cynthia in Flush Ink's production of Paddy Gillard-Bentley's Shaking the Dew From the Lilies at the Registry Theatre (2002). Krista has also performed with KW Musical Productions, (A Christmas Carol in 2007) and made her professional debut at the King's Wharf Theatre in Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii. Although a lifetime ago, she fondly remembers her many leading roles at the University of Waterloo, including Chicago, Romeo & Juliet and Agnes of God. Krista performed in Ashphalt Jungle Shorts: The Things They Don't Tell Us and The Perfect Match in AJS VI for Flush Ink Productions in Kitchener.
Nancy Tam is an emerging composer / improviser / pianist. She has a BMus from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with Peter Hatch and Glenn Buhr in composition and improvisation. From 2004 to 2008, Nancy studied piano under new music specialist, Elaine Lau. During this time, she was in a new music piano duo, Perpetual Commotion with pianist Philip Enchin coached by Boyd McDonald. She was also a featured student in piano master classes with Fredrick Rzewski and Pauline Oliveros. Nancy has been most recently featured as a soloist with Digital Prowess in their rendition of Fredrick Rzewski's Coming Together on the stage of Dundas Square downtown Toronto for New Music Festival in Toronto. She is currently on the concert series with the Toy Piano Composers concert series. She still performs regularly at New Music Concerts at Wilfrid Laurier University. In June 2008, Nancy visited Hong Kong to research the rise of creative industry and the fall of both Canton popular music as well as art music in Hong Kong. Nancy volunteers annually for Soundstream Canada's International Percussion Festival: Cool Drummings in Toronto. She was a one of three selected participant of Arraymusic's Young Composers' Workshop where they performed her piece Fragments. In April 2008, her orchestral piece, Still Waiting was read by the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra at Wilfrid Laurier University. Nancy is currently working on a silent play in one act with advisors, Dr. Ed Jewinski, Dr. Glenn Buhr, and Dr. Peter Hatch.
After completing his studies in Music Performance at Wilfrid Laurier University in cello and voice, Lucas Tensen began performing in a monthly concert series with Jamie Thompson (Flute Faculty RCM) in St. Anne's Anglican Church, renowned for its acoustics and Group of Seven paintings. As ‘artists in residence’ with a passion for community outreach, Lucas and Jamie collaborated with over fifty artists during their six years performing in this unique venue. Lucas makes and sells Koras (West African harps), plays a unique collection of vintage pots and pans transformed into magical singing bowls and creates logos and children's illustrations for private clients. As a sound facilitator, he hosts gatherings where people improvise together with voice, cello, flutes, koras, rainsticks, ocean drums, kalimbas, old pots and pans, didgereedoos and other instruments from around the world. As a composer, Lucas completed ‘Anthems for the Earth’, an illustrated songbook arranged for children's choir, piano and percussion and 8 compositions for a cappella choir called ‘Hymns for the Earth’.
Miles Thorogood is a practicing new media artist specializing in the design and development of adaptive and interactive software systems. These systems explore convergences between the body, environments and technology. Current research interests include artificial intelligence and semantic representations of media, in the broader context of understanding creativity.
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I am an audio artist, educator, musician and digital media specialist based in Toronto. Since 2000, I have been a core creative artist with Bluemouth Inc Presents – an internationally acclaimed arts organization that creates uniquely immersive and participatory experiences that challenge conventional audience-performer relationships. I thrive on working and thinking across disciplines. My main area of interest is the impact of digital technologies and generative systems on the creative process, live performance, user experience and instructional design. As an educator, I have taught courses in music technology, sound recording and electroacoustic music creation at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2000. I also maintain a private teaching and consulting practice that provides expert instruction in the integration of drums and percussion playing with digital music technologies, electronic music production and critical listening skills. Experienced in both web and print production, I am currently pursuing a Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Toronto.
A native of London, England, Andy is a creator of visual art. He immigrated in 2001 and whilst on assignment for the PEER group in China discovered his love of photography while exploring the streets during his down time. He left the world of I.T. and opened a studio in 2008 located in Globe Studios.
He honed his skills shooting events, people, and, his first love, live entertainment. He toured with legendary British rock band Marillion - a long time working relationship spawning two coffee table books, album artworks, and also landed a #1 spot on the Amazon charts for a drumming technique book. There are over 30 books, CD’s & DVD’s/Blu Rays on the market that he has shot, designed, or both for numerous artists. He first made an impact with the theatre scene of KW shooting the Magnetic North Festival in 2010 and fell in love with capturing the emotion and spark of live performance and theatre. The creative director and principal photographer of DeadFly Media since 2014 where he continues to find the extra in the ordinary and beauty in everyday things. Exploring his love of cinematography he has directed several music videos and corporate testimonials and has many more exciting projects in the works! Having lived and worked in Europe, KW, Montreal, and Toronto, he loves nothing more than hitting the road on assignment and discovering new people and places.
The Singer's Theatre is an amateur theatre company in Kitchener-Waterloo founded by artistic director Amanda Brunk, with the aim of creating musical theatre performance opportunities for amateur / aspiring singers since 2002. All of our teachers and directors are experienced in the field of classical singing and/or musical theatre and are committed to the high quality standards of The Singer's Theatre. The Singer's Theatre was started as a means for young talent in this community to have an opportunity to perform extraordinary music and theatre in a semi-professional learning environment. We value safe and healthy singing and optimum involvement of all participants in performances. We run several programs throughout the year, including the Junior Ensemble for ages six through thirteen and the Intensive Musical Theatre Workshop for ages fourteen through twenty-four. We also run a successful voice studio of four voice teachers and over forty voice students working towards varying levels of musical study. Some of the highlights of our over twenty musicals performed in the past seven years include the regional amateur premieres of Broadway classics such as Les Miserables, Titanic, Parade, Little Women and RENT.