Fresh Sounds from the Next Generation of Contemporary Jazz Writers in Canada.

The NVCR program allows a promising young composer the opportunity to develop and present a new work at an upcoming Spectrum concert through a guided mentorship process. The New Voices Composer Residency is aimed at composers at the high-school and undergraduate levels working in jazz, chamber jazz, and other crossover genres.
Workshop participants had the opportunity to workshop with accordionist Simone Baron, learning the fundamentals and extended techniques for accordion.

Fostering the next generation of contemporary jazz composers

2019 New Voices Composer in Residence











We are thrilled to announce the 2019 New Voices Composer in Residence: Noah Franche-Nolan! Noah will be composing a work for Jests in Time on April 6, featuring Simone Baron, Alex Pollard and the Odin String Quartet. 


Noah Franche-Nolan is a Toronto-based pianist, improviser, and composer who has shared the bandstand with musicians such as Jim Vivian, Andrew Downing, Thelma Gibson, and Nick Fraser. He has toured across Canada with Harry Vetro’s Northern Ranger Project, appeared on three records as a side man, released his debut record, opened for the Dave Young Trio and the Penderecki String Quartet at the 2018 Festival of Sound in Perry Sound, and has played in notable Canadian Jazz Festivals and Canadian Jazz Venues. In the Spring of 2018, Franche-Nolan recorded a duo record with Toronto Saxophonist Harrison Argatoff, entitled "Dreaming Hears the Still". This record features original compositions by both members, and explores the blending of improvisation and through-composed musical passages. As a composer, he is constantly striving to blend his interests in western classical music, jazz music, and free improvised music.

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