The inaugural Sound Atlas Festival (SAF) is a unique contemporary music festival making its debut in Calgary, Alberta on June 23-25, 2023 celebrating the creation and performance of new music by living composers. Hosted by the powerhouse mixed chamber ensemble Latitude 49, SAF is an experimental adventure in sound, living always in the new and the now. Set in our partner-venues of the University of Calgary and Contemporary Calgary, SAF will take listeners on a journey that includes sonic deep dives with Latitude 49 and expert-new-music folks from across North America, world premieres, sound installations, interdisciplinary art, genre-bending curiosities, community outreach and engagement, youth education and more. Avant-folk vocalist and composer Annika Socolofsky serves as featured festival composer in the Canadian debut of her breathtaking song-cycle and debut album, Don’t say a word.
Full access pass holders will receive tickets to the full run of SAF concerts and will also receive a year membership to Contemporary Calgary ($25 value). Tickets and memberships through our various venues will be dispersed as follows:
-Ticket for Friday June 23 and your Contemporary Calgary membership card will be available for pickup in the lobby of the Rozsa Centre, opening an hour before the show.
-Tickets for Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25 will be sent electronically to your inbox and scanned at the door.
Friday June 23, 2023 7PM
University of Calgary Rozsa Centre
Latitude 49 presents “Beginnings”
Land’s End Ensemble presents “World Premieres”
Henchell/Tominaga Duo presents “Villainy”
DAY 1: BEGINNINGS marks the launch of the inaugural Sound Atlas New Music Festival, featuring three distinct and remarkable acts. New music powerhouse band Latitude 49 kicks it off with a vibrant set of fresh pieces by composers Viet Cuong, Shulamit Ran, and Gabriella Smith. Calgary’s own Juno-nominated Land’s End Ensemble presents three world premieres composed by Colleen Athparia, Denis Nassar, and Babur Tongur. Day 1 of the festival concludes with the dynamic two-piano and film extravaganza that is VILLAINY, featuring the Henchell/Tominaga Duo performing Supervillain Études by Vincent Ho set to film by Emil Agopian. Prepare to be astonished, and we are just getting started!
Saturday June 24, 2023 7PM
Latitude 49 presents “NewNow”
Liam Elliot presents “Oceans and Winter Music”
Ginger Beef in concert
DAY 2: EVOLUTIONS traverses the ever-changing horizon of contemporary music where genres blur and mingle in electro-acoustic bliss, featuring three distinct and adventurous acts that move through Contemporary Calgary’s spaces. Latitude 49 presents a daring set where sounds intersect with science mapping and social fascinations, presenting new works by Pascal le Boeuf, Andrew McManus, and Calgary’s own Chris Sies. Composer/performer Liam Elliot crafts sound sculptures that directly transform natural processes into music, as explored through an intimate rendering of his own works, Oceans and Winter Music. Day 2 concludes with a retro-pop dance party mixing influences of jazz, funk, and traditional Chinese folk music with the ever-audacious band, Ginger Beef.
Sunday June 25, 2023 3PM
Land’s End Ensemble and Guests present “Mr. Tambourine Man”
Latitude 49 and Annika Socolofsky present “Don’t say a word”
DAY 3: REVOLUTION SONGS is a duality of song-cycles, each that alters old forms to a progressive present. Juno-nominated Land’s End Ensemble joins forces with conductor Karl Hirzer and megastar soprano Laura Hynes to present John Corigliano’s metamorphic Mr. Tambourine Man on seven poems by Bob Dylan. The Sound Atlas Festival’s inaugural journey concludes with the Canadian premiere of Don’t say a word, a set of feminist rager-lullabies for a new era, composed and performed by Avant-folk vocalist and featured composer Annika Socolofsky and featured ensemble, Latitude 49. An album release party and end-of-festival celebration will immediately follow in the Atrium.