Tim Brady conducting 30 Guitar players!
Nick Fraser on drums Sept. 30, 2016

Open Waters Festival 2017

Halifax, Nova Scotia
10$ to 25$ at Dal Box Office Festival passes $60 and $55 on Paypal
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 7:30pm to Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 11:00pm

 

Festival Passes

Open Waters Festival (OWF) 2017

Two Halifax locations, 16 extraordinary events.

At the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre and The Company House.

The Open Waters Festival of New and Improvised Music celebrates the confluence of musical traditions, the mixing of the spontaneous and the calculated, the spray between the traditional and experimental.

Bringing together creative music forces from both within and beyond our sheltered harbour, OWF ‘17 celebrates the new year with new music, perfectly timed for helping adventurous listeners chart new courses.

The Festival will feature creative ensembles mixing experimental, jazz and classical genres, bringing together musicians and audiences to enjoy written music and music in the moment. This year we are featuring both Nova Scotian artists in collaboration with visiting artists from the UK, Quebec, B.C. and Ontario. This year, we are partnering with local new music presenters suddenlyLISTEN and Vocalypse Productions, helping to build cooperation between these distinct aspects of our musical community, as well as partnering with Symphony Nova Scotia whose performance of works by Canadian composer Nicole Lizée will end our festival on January 10.

Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office: https://kil-dacweb-3.cohn.dal.ca/online

Open Waters Festival Schedule Available!

Click on the links for more information.
Performance Schedule:
Friday, Jan. 6: suddenlyLISTEN, 7:30 PM at Dunn Theatre.
Friday, Jan. 6: See Through 4, 10:00 PM at the Company House.
Friday, Jan. 6: Budi, 11:15 PM at the Company House.
Friday, Jan. 6: Reception/Improvisation, 11:45 PM at the Company House.

Saturday, Jan. 7: Improvisation Talk Balk, 12:30 PM at MacAloney Room.
Saturday, Jan. 7: Creative Music Workshop, 2:00 PM at Dunn Theatre.
Saturday, Jan. 7: Upstream Ensemble, 7:30 PM at Dunn Theatre.
Saturday, Jan. 7: Crowman, 8:30 PM at Dunn Theatre.
Saturday, Jan. 7: New Strings, 10:00 PM at the Company House.
Saturday, Jan. 7: Gina Burgess Trio, 10:45 PM at the Company House.
Saturday, Jan. 7: Reception/Improvisation, 11:30 PM at the Company House.

Sunday, Jan. 8: chik white, 2:00 PM at Dunn Theatre.
Sunday, Jan. 8: Shalabi Effect, 3:00 PM at Dunn Theatre.
Sunday, Jan. 8: Vocalypse Productions, PROTEST, 7:30 PM at Dunn Theatre.
Sunday, Jan. 8: JOYFULTALK, 10:00 PM at the Company House.
Sunday, Jan. 8: Open Company, 11:00 PM at the Company House.
 
Monday, Jan. 9: Dal New Music students, 7:30 PM at Dunn Theatre.
Monday, Jan. 9: Vesuvius Jazz Ensemble, 8:30 PM at Dunn Theatre.
Monday, Jan. 9: MacNeil, Wijeratne, Mitchell and Halley, 9:30 PM at Dunn Theatre.

Monday, Jan. 9: Canadian New Music Network Meeting, 9:30 AM at Room 401.

Diversity: A Rolling National Conversation

A project of the Canadian New Music Network in collaboration with presenters and festivals across Canada.  Great guest panelists coming together with great local artists and practitioners creating an efflorescence of ideas.

Beginning in Halifax, moving on to Victoria, and winding up in Montréal, this rolling national conversation on diversity in new music is bound to come up with new perspectives, novel approaches and creative solutions.

Tuesday, Jan. 10: Symphony Nova Scotia, Nicole Lizee, composer, 7:30 PM at Dunn Theatre.

 
Performance Venues:
Dunn Theatre: Sir James Dunn Theatre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax.
The Company House: 2202 Gottingen Street, Halifax.
MacAloney Room: Dalhousie University Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, 4th floor, Halifax.
Room 401: Dalhousie University Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax.

Box Office:
Tickets are $10 to $25 and can be purchased at Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office.
Festival Passes are $55 for seniors/students/Upstream members and $60 for adults.  Passes can be purchased on Upstream’s website.
Tickets for events held at the Company House can only be purchased at the door.

Welcome to Upstream Music!

For over 26 years, the Upstream Music Association has been creating pan-genre orchestral nujazz, beyond classical, cyber world, experimental music improvisation, composition & conduction ensembles, concert series, festivals, recordings, workshops and symposia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Facilitated Talk-back on Improvisation

Macaloney Room, Dalhousie Arts Centre
Free
Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Facilitated by Ellen Waterman – St. John’s

On Saturday afternoon in the Dunn Theatre, six improvisers from different genres will be playing different instruments and performing a collective improvisation. The audience is invited to question the performers about the music played and the outcome. Lively discussion is sure to ensue as the musicians engage with the audience. The Talk Back is presented in collaboration with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), a multi-site research institute dedicated to creating positive social change through the confluence of improvisational arts, innovative scholarship, and collaborative action.

Upstream Music Association wishes to thank IICSI for fostering moments where communities and world harmony intersect.