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Longshadow New Music Festival

From Carmen Braden, Black Ice Sound

The inaugural Longshadow New Music Festival will be held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on June 14 – 16, 2019. Held near the summer solstice, when the sun only sets for a short time, the Longshadow New Music Festival celebrates the music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, in particular the music of Canadians. This first year of the Festival focuses on percussion and bigband jazz!

Ideas about improvisation, composition, performance, collaboration, the soundscape, acoustic ecology, field recording will be explored during the Festival. Carmen Braden’s music company Black Ice Sound will be organizing the festival, with Carmen leading as Artistic Director.

Two concerts at NACC will feature guest ensembles and instrumentalists from Alberta, local performers, and a world premiere composition by NWT fiddler Wesley Hardisty performed by Andrea Bettger. Two soundwalks will allow participants to explore the soundscape of Yellowknife’s old town at two different times – under the midnight sun and the noonday sun.

Two free workshops will allow community musicians and interested audience members to
explore improvisation, composition, and contemporary music.

Saturday concerts: tickets at – Concerts are FREE for students/youth, just select the “$0.00” option!

For more information, contact
Carmen Braden, Artistic Director

Schedule – Longshadow New Music Festival

Friday June 14
7:00 Opening reception – Sir John Franklin High School main hall
8:00 Music + panel discussion. A new work by Welsey Hardisty (world premiere) performed by Andrea Bettger, and a panel discussion led by Artistic Director Carmen Braden and featuredperformers.
Saturday June 15
10:30am Improvisation workshop guiding musicians at any level – Sir John Franklin High School
11:30am Free concert – improv workshop participants and community musicians
2:30pm Feature Concert 1 – Northern Arts and Cultural Centre – post concert discussion and adjudication component
8:00pm Feature Concert 2 – Northern Arts and Cultural Centre
12:00am (see Midnight Sun Soundwalk below)
Sunday June 16
12:00am Midnight Sun Soundwalk, starting at the Woodyard Brew Pub, Old Town
11:00am NoonDay Sun Soundwalk, starting at the Woodyard Brew Pub, Old Town
2:00pm Composition and Contemporary Music – workshop and listening session – Music Space

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