New Music L.AB – Lethbridge AB – is a composers and performers collective in Southern Alberta.
We promote diverse forms of contemporary art music, which includes modes of expression based on classical thought and aesthetics, present-day interactive media and live electronic music techniques and concepts, as well as new forms of digital lutherie – instrument design and construction.
The LAB provides the Lethbridge and Southern Alberta communities with a regular outlet for experiencing contemporary, long-form, concert music by living Canadian composers.
The LAB consists of an intergenerational and mixed gender membership.
The artists of the LAB are both established and emerging composers with active local, national and international careers.
Our combined expertise includes: choral composition, computer assisted composition, digital lutherie, film composition, Indigenous music, interactive performance systems, real-time audio spatialisation, self-contained performance system for live electronic music.
All members of NMLab are composers of instrumental music, and members maintain active performance careers. Our combined expertise includes: choral composition (Parker); computer assisted composition (Schultz); digital lutherie (Stewart); film composition (Boon, Berg); Indigenous music (Day Rider); interactive performance systems (Bellamy, Schultz, Stewart); real-time audio spatialisation (Schultz); self-contained performance system for live electronic music (Bellamy).
D. Andrew Stewart is a composer, pianist and world renowned digital musical instrumentalist. His practise centres around two areas: combining acoustic and digital instrumental music, and creating performance practises for new musical instruments for the 21st century. Stewart’s music has been featured by: the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Penderecki Quartet, Toronto New Music Concerts, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal +, musikFabrik, orkest de ereprijs, Ensamble 3 and ROSA Ensemble. In addition, he has contributed to the field of music technology research through participation at: the NIME, ICMC, ICLC, Electroacoustic Music Studies Network, Electronic Music Foundation, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, and the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.
Arlan N. Schultz is a composer, researcher, associate professor and is chair of music at the University of Lethbridge. His research interests include composition, music theory, philosophy and music, computer assisted composition, hardware design and real-time audio spatialization. He has been commissioned by the Penderecki String Quartet, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Stuttgart Wind Quintet with Canadian pianist Louise Besette, Hungarian violinist János Négyesy, Canadian pianist Sandra Brown, Ensemble Resonance, Calgary, and New Works Calgary among others. He has contributed significantly to new music in Canada and has focused his work on expanding contemporary practices.
Rolf Boon is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, Member of the Canadian League of Composers, Delegate of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Audio Engineering Society, and New Music Edmonton. In addition to his composing and teaching film composition, Rolf worked as music editor on several films and documentaries for the CBC, Disney, Expo ’86, Lauron Productions and Independents as well as being the principal composer for the 1995 Canada Winter Games. Rolf Boon’s Hyacinth Caelum: Sesquie was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as part of the Canada Mosaic Project celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Lavinia Kell Parker’s use of improvisation with traditional compositional elements has garnered her the New Genre Award from the International Alliance of Women in Music, and top prizes in choral composition including from the ACCC, and the Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition. Her choral works have been performed by elite choirs internationally and over the airwaves with CBC radio and PBS television. An educator of 20 years, she has focused on bringing the joy of music to children and is the founder of Coulee Composers, a composition club for children in the Lethbridge community. Roles in arts administration have included Assistant Producer for Reich Redux, The Desert Music Project, with Ossia/Alarm Will Sound; and Artistic Director of the nine concert series, Brockport Festival of Music, Midwinter Musicales. Lavinia is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and an Instructor at the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music.
Scott Edward Godin began his musical training on piano, completing a Bachelor of Music Degree with Helmut Brauss at the University of Alberta. By winning the Johann Strauss competition, Scott was able to study in Vienna, Austria with internationally renowned pianist Paul Badura-Skoda. Completing a Doctoral Degree in Musical Composition in June 2003 with John Rea at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, his music has been performed throughout Canada, Europe, Mexico, and the United States. Accolades include the 2007 Joseph Stauffer Prize for Composition (Canada), finalist in the 1999 Gaudeamus Competition (Holland), finalist in the 1999 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Young Composers’ Competition, five prizes in SOCAN Young Composers Competitions (Canada), prizewinner for German Radio in the 1997 NRW Symposium (Germany), and twelve compact disc releases. Scott has worked with various ensembles and soloists, including ensemble KORE (Montréal), la Société de la Musique Contemporaine du Québec (Montréal), ensemble de ereprijs (Apeldoorn, Holland), Orkest De Volharding (Amsterdam, Holland), Continuum (Toronto), Arraymusic (Toronto), and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Scott has been Visiting Assistant Professor in Theory and Composition at both Memorial University (St. John’s, Newfoundland) and Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), and currently lives in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Shaun Bellamy is a Canadian concert and film composer currently residing in Lethbridge, Alberta. He is an avid writer of instrumental music and often combines acoustic instruments with electronic sounds. Graduate of the University of Toronto M.Mus composition program he developed the CueTrack, a self-contained performance system for live electronics, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), that allows traditional musicians to easily perform new works combining acoustic instruments and live electronics. In film, Shaun has worked with independent directors and animators as a composer and sound designer. Most recently was the collaboration with Bryn Hewko, composing the soundtrack for his documentary Visualizing Agriculture which explored the University of Lethbridge Data Visualization Lab. He has previously worked with director Arjan Gill on the short film Solus, funded by STORYHIVE, and director Jean Pierre Marchant on The Hitch-hiker, presented at the 2015 Calgary International Film Festival.
Sonny-Ray Day Rider (emerging) is pursuing advanced studies in music composition at the University of Lethbridge. He shows great promise in the field, having accumulated a large breadth of significant creative projects as an emerging Kainai (Blackfoot) artist in an impressively short time span. Sonny was a featured participant in the 2019 Indigenous Classical Music Gathering at the Banff Centre. He has been recently commissioned to compose a new work, Napi and Rock, for the 2020 Education Series of the Calgary Philharmonic Symphony. In addition, Sonny-Ray will have a leading role as a faculty member in the Intercultural Indigenous Choreography Creation Lab at the Banff Centre this summer, 2020.
Jordan Berg is an award winning composer from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Jordan’s music has been performed at home and abroad by ensembles, solo musicians and orchestras in Canada, the United States, England, Portugal and Russia. Jordan recently completed his Bachelor of Music in Composition under Dr. Arlan N. Schultz at the University of Lethbridge and in the last few years has attended prestigious workshops at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, NYU Steinhardt, and the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine. Jordan has also studied at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, The University of Toronto under Dr. Roger Bergs, and the Berklee College of Music. In addition to composing, Jordan is an accomplished orchestral percussionist, jazz drummer and guitarist. As an educator, Jordan has taught music to hundreds of students over the years and continues to inspire them to try new things and find their own unique voice. He also holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with minors in History and English and looks forward to continuing on with graduate studies in music.