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FULL-ACCESS PASS, JUNE 27-29, 2024

 

All full access festival pass holders will receive a complimentary one year membership to Contemporary Calgary!

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The annual Sound Atlas Festival brings the best of contemporary music to Calgary for its second iteration in June 2024, celebrating works by living composers and extraordinary performances by local and international sound artists. Co-presented by the powerhouse mixed chamber ensemble Latitude 49, and the JUNO-nominated Land’s End Ensemble, Sound Atlas Festival takes place at Contemporary Calgary, Calgary’s world class centre for the artwork of our time.

 

Spread out over three days, Sound Atlas Festival takes listeners on a powerful journey of expression, moving freely to challenge, delight, and engage. This year, Sound Atlas Festival will highlight the Canadian-American composer Jared Miller as featured composer, whose music has been described as “playful” (New York Times), “hypnotic” (Sequenza 21), and “highly personal” (CBC Radio). He will be joined by a host of composers and internationally acclaimed artists from across Calgary, Canada, and the United States. Featured solo artists include Paris-based harpist Parker Ramsay whose performances have been described as “remarkably special” (Gramophone) and “nuanced and insightful” (BBC Music Magazine),  multimedia artist and experimental composer/saxophonist Nick Zoulek, and the dynamic Calgary-based percussionist and sound artist Chris Sies, known for his ‘“virtuoso flair” (Detroit Free Press). The Calgary Phil’s principal trumpet player Adam Zinatelli and local piano maven Akiko Tominaga will join together as a duo following the acclaimed release of their album Fifteen Feet Closer to the Sky (Leaf Music) and co-presenters Land’s End Ensemble and Latitude 49 will present unforgettable performances featuring each group distinctly and in collaboration. Sound Atlas Festival is pleased to expand its scope this year with a special presentation from Calgary’s free improvisation heroes Circular Sparrow, made up of regulars on the Bug Incision series under the leadership of percussionist and composer Chris Dadge. 

 

Festival goers can anticipate an eclectic and diverse range of musical styles, with something for everyone. Each day will feature multiple concert events and pop-up style performances with our Contemporary Performance Lab fellows, in a sonic feast for the culturally curious. Audiences will enjoy plenty of time to mingle, reflect and explore, moving through a variety of gallery spaces at Contemporary Calgary, hopefully with a beer in hand from The Establishment Brewing Company, named 2021 Canadian Brewery of the Year and our festival sponsor. Sound Atlas Festival is an experience unlike any other and an intersectional space dedicated to championing what's new and what’s now - come be part of the magic! 

FESTIVAL PASS:

$150 Adult/General Admission

$60 Students/children (18 and under)

Day 1 - Thursday, June 27, 2024, 7 p.m.

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Featured Festival Artists: 

Latitude 49

Parker Ramsay (solo harp set)

Land’s End Ensemble

 

Day 1 kicks off the 2024 Sound Atlas Festival with three distinct and remarkable acts. New music powerhouse band Latitude 49 kicks it off with Marc Mellits’ funky “Blackitude'' heard for the first time in Canada, a feature performance by the Contemporary Performance Lab fellows of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “You Are Free” and the world premiere of Canadian composer Evan Ware’s “Checking Out”. Parker Ramsay will defy expectations in his solo set for harp and electronics featuring music by Tom Morrison. Finally, Calgary’s own JUNO-nominated Land’s End Ensemble will present an infectious trio by Mason Bates and a special performance of featured composer Jared Miller’s “Leviathan”. Prepare to be astonished, and we are just getting started!     

 

DAY PASSES:

$65 Adult/General Admission

$25 Students/children (18 and under)

Day 2- Friday, June 28, 2024, 7 p.m.

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Featured Festival Artists:

Chris Sies (solo percussion set)

Latitude 49

Bug Incision presents Circular Sparrow

 

Day 2 traverses the ever-changing horizon of contemporary music where genres blur and mingle in electro-acoustic bliss, featuring three distinct and adventurous acts. Chris Sies presents two Canadian premieres including an epic new work for percussion and electronics titled “Saturn Still Returning” by Broxson and the gentle unfolding tones of Karina Howey’s “the only stars i see are from vertigo”. Latitude 49 presents Tom Morrison’s pulsating “Memory and Material”, the Canadian premiere of “Glass House” by Kevin Day, and concluding with Jared Miller’s “Fuse”, an audacious work that fuses together Latitude 49 and members of Land’s End Ensemble into a supergroup. Day 2 concludes with an experimental sound exploration of improvisation by Calgary’s own Circular Sparrow, presented by Bug Incision and led by composer/percussionist Chris Dadge. 

 

DAY PASSES:

$65 Adult/General Admission

$25 Students/children (18 and under)

LongDayOne.jpg

Featured Festival Artists: 

Latitude 49

Parker Ramsay (solo harp set)

Land’s End Ensemble

 

Day 1 kicks off the 2024 Sound Atlas Festival with three distinct and remarkable acts. New music powerhouse band Latitude 49 kicks it off with Marc Mellits’ funky “Blackitude'' heard for the first time in Canada, a feature performance by the Contemporary Performance Lab fellows of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “You Are Free” and the world premiere of Canadian composer Evan Ware’s “Checking Out”. Parker Ramsay will defy expectations in his solo set for harp and electronics featuring music by Tom Morrison. Finally, Calgary’s own JUNO-nominated Land’s End Ensemble will present an infectious trio by Mason Bates and a special performance of featured composer Jared Miller’s “Leviathan”. Prepare to be astonished, and we are just getting started!     

 

DAY PASSES:

$65 Adult/General Admission

$25 Students/children (18 and under)

Day 3 - Saturday, June 29, 2024, 3 p.m.

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Featured Festival Artists:

Adam Zinatelli (trumpet) and Akiko Tominaga (piano)

Nick Zoulek (solo saxophone set)

Latitude 49 and Parker Ramsay (harp)

 

Day 3 is a dynamic redefining of what is possible through contemporary performance art. Adam Zinatelli and Akiko Tominaga present Dorothy Chang’s effervescent “All That Glitters” as well as a new work by Calgary-based composer Arthur M. Bachmann that will receive its Canadian premiere. The singular composer, media artist, and saxophonist Nick Zoulek will present a solo set that is sure to defy expectations. The Sound Atlas Festival’s 2024 journey concludes with a landmark work “Petroushskates” by legendary composer Joan Tower and the world premiere of Jared Miller’s new work for Latitude 49 featuring harpist Parker Ramsay. An end-of-festival celebration will immediately follow in the Atrium.

 

DAY PASSES:

$65 Adult/General Admission

$25 Students/children (18 and under)

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