New Music Kingston (NMK) was formed in the spring of 2014 by six faculty members of the School of Music at Queen’s University who share a strong interest in music that is new, fresh, exploratory and with a decidedly Canadian edge. A prime motivator was the opportunity to present a concert series in the University’s stunning new performing arts centre. This building, affectionately named “the Isabel” after one of the two principle donors, Isabel and Alfred Bader, is located in a beautiful historical setting on the shore of Lake Ontario. NMK has been generously supported in our first year by Queen’s University, the School of Music, the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, the Margaret Farr Chamber Music Fund and the Ballytobin Foundation.
As stated on our homepage, NMK strives to program the best Canadian and International performers and composers while providing opportunities for Kingston community musicians and composers. In our first year we are collaborating with the Tone Deaf Festival and the Kingston Symphony Association; presenting the premiere of a short film by award-winning experimental film-maker, Gary Kibbins, from the Department of Film and Media Studies; and selecting two young student pianist/composers to perform their own music. In our first season we are pleased to present seven highly varied concerts.
About the founding members:
John Burge has been a professor at the School of Music since 1987 and served as Director of School of Music during the design stages of the Isabel. A Juno-winning composer, he has developed a real passion for theatrical music since the premiere of his highly successful chamber opera, The Auction, by the Westben Summer Music Festival in 2012. One of his current projects is a one-woman show based on the life (and death) of Mata Hari that is being written with playwright and director, Craig Walker from the Department of Drama at Queen’s.
Gisèle Dalbec is a continuing adjunct at Queen’s University and the Concertmaster of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. She has championed New Music for over 30 years and is inviting all of the Kingston communities to come out and experience it first hand. Try it…you’ll like it!
Working in the areas of live electroacoustic music and sound installation, Rogalsky’s recent activities include performances in Portugal, Germany, Cuba, the USA, Scotland and England. He is a member of Composers Inside Electronics (CIE), the group founded by David Tudor, and has presented installation works with CIE in Mexico City and New York. His own media/sound art installation work has most recently been shown at Mercer Union in Toronto (2013) and the Electric Eclectics Festival (2014). He teaches electroacoustic composition and interdisciplinary performance at Queen’s University, and is part of the collective which annually produces Kingston’s Tone Deaf Festival of adventurous sound performance.
An important part of pianist Michel Szczesniak’s concert activities has focused on presenting Canadian solo and chamber works, many for the first time, in concert and on recordings. As a faculty member of the Queen’s University School of Music since 1990 he continues to perform (and record) works of the department’s composers. As a composer, Mr.Szczesniak is a proponent of performing his own pieces, most notably the premiere of his piano concerto “Felt Resonance” in 2012 with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. Recent projects include the KSO 2013 premiere of his work ”Dialogues” featuring violinist Gisèle Dalbec and new works for string quartet and duo piano.
Stephanie Lind’s interests in contemporary music come from her research in transformational theory, game music, and Canadian composers of the late 20th-century. An Assistant Professor of Theory and Analysis at Queen’s University School of Music and an active community musician, she is particularly looking forward to NMK’s concerts by Vincent Lauzer and Megumi Masaki this season and thinks everyone can use a little more modern music in their life.
Marjan Mozetich is a well known Canadian composer whose works have been performed and broadcast nationally and internationally. He received a Juno Award in 2010 and twice won the SOCAN Jan Matejcek Award for the most performed and broadcast composer of concert music. His music has been extensively used for ballet, film and drama. Much of his work has been commercially recorded. Since 1991 he has been on the faculty at Queen’s School of Music teaching composition.