Fresh Sounds from the Next Generation of Contemporary Jazz Writers in Canada.
Offered in partnership with Array Music

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 have the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed New York based Canadian composer Daniel Jamieson (www.danjam.ca). Jamieson, who serves as Spectrum’s Visiting Guest Mentor, has attained international recognition for his work as a composer, arranger, and conductor. He has worked with Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Kurt Elling, Marcus Miller, Anthony Hamilton, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropole Orchestra, among others.

Fostering the next generation of contemporary jazz composers

All applicants are invited to attend the two-day workshop. To ensure an impactful and enriching experience, only a maximum of 10 participants will present their works for feedback, each of whom are selected through an application process reviewed by a panel of arts professionals. Chosen participants present their compositions and receive direct feedback from Mr. Jamieson on relevant writing techniques and artistic considerations. Given the high calibre of these emerging talents, participants also gain valuable insights and techniques from their peers by presenting their works to the group and by observing and discussing the material of others.

In an accompanying session, the Spectrum composers will present their own works for the Spectrum collective, and cover a wide range of compositional techniques, artistic considerations, and practical considerations for the various ensembles. This allows the New Voices Composer in Residence candidates a more specific look at the music Spectrum presents and how it gets created.

2016 New Voices Composer in Residence - Nathan Marsh










At the end of the two-day workshop, Nathan Marsh was selected as the 2016 New Voices Composer in Residence. Nathan Marsh is a sound artist, educator and performer based in Vancouver primarily concerned with the concept of experience and “objecthood” in music. He emphasizes collaboration and physical involvement in the creation of his works, intending to draw people into the physicality of music as a lived experience rather than as a predominantly auditory phenomenon.

Nathan holds a BFA in Music from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Nathan is currently an Artist Mentor in Burnaby North Secondary School’s Music and Technology Program in an initiative co-founded by the Western Front Society. Combining elements of creation, performance and education in his artistic practice are key to structuring Nathan’s artistic work.

The New Voices Composer Residency is offered in partnership with Array Music and made possible with support from the Ken Page Memorial Trust and the SOCAN Foundation.