Come on this journey with Denis Nassar

New Music Paths

web series

What you will see in our

First Season

We’re excited to announce New Music Paths, a web series featuring stories about the new musical paths being explored by composers, musicians, and songwriters across Canada and beyond.

Let's talk about the new paths of

Canadian Music

The series will broadcast interviews with contemporary composers, musicians, bands, and chamber ensembles. We discuss collaborative music projects, host panels with musicians discussing cultural topics such as "What is Canadian music?", and learn about some of their compositional techniques and concepts.. This channel is not committed to one genre, it is focused on sharing any interesting approaches to music being done today.

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Episodes and Much More

Come with Denis Nassar on this musical journey as he discovers the new music paths musicians are exploring today. Here you will see interviews with award-winning composers, come across brilliant compositional techniques and innovative musical ideas. canadian music contemporary composers

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In this video, Denis Nassar and Marcelo Vilhena talk about the concept and ideas behind the channel. They will also give a glimpse of who the guests are for the first season.

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In this episode, Denis Nassar and Marcelo Vilhena will travel to Yellowknife, in the subarctic, and interview the talented composer Carmen Braden. She will take them to a frozen lake and show how she records ice sounds and transforms them into music.

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The Canadian Juno award winning composer Allan Bell talks about his trajectory as a composer and how he derives music from Prairie cultures and scenes. In addition, Denis Nassar asks Allan Bell to talk about his inspiring metaphor of a river that flows from the past into the future.

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Minha Terra - First Movement - by Denis Nassar - is a piece for orchestra and sound files based on the musical materials generated from the vernacular speech and the regional dances and rhythms from three Brazilian provinces. In this episode, Denis will talk about the first movement and show some of the compositional techniques he used.

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Cowtonw Opera has become a signature artistic company of Calgary, surprising audiences with cheeky, English-language interpretations of operatic classics, remarkable vocal calibre, and daring new projects. Cowtown explores the intersection of classical and popular culture with innovative and contemporary performances.

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Denis Nassar Baptista is a Brazilian-Canadian composer, pianist, educator and orchestrator who holds a Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Calgary. His compositions cover a variety of genres: chamber, musical theatre, orchestral, jazz as well as music for documentaries and TV commercials. He has special passion studying Brazilian music and bringing a different flavour to his performances and compositions.

In the past three years he received many awards including: Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship, Richard Johnson Award for advanced skills in Chamber Music Composition and an award for outstanding accomplishments by the Government of Alberta. In 2018 his opera “The Incredible Journey”, co-written with librettist Will Collins, won the international competition Opera Disrupted. Denis is a full time professor at Prairie College in Three Hills where he coordinates the songwriting program and teaches music theory.

The influences of prairie cultures

Allan Bell

Allan Gordon Bell was born in Calgary in 1953. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Alberta where he studied with Violet Archer, Malcolm Forsyth, and Manus Sasonkin. He also did advanced studies in composition at the Banff Centre for the Arts where his teachers were Jean Coulthard, Bruce Mather, and Oskar Morawetz.

He has created works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, band, and electroacoustic media. In the works of Bell one can hear the influences of prairie cultures and scenes and the sounds of nature, which he illustrates with orchestration. His works have been performed by many professional and amateur organizations in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, West Germany, Israel, and Japan. In 1992, his An Elemental Lyric was performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C., and Symphony Hall in Boston. CBC Records has released a CD entitled Spirit Trail: The Music of Allan Gordon Bell that contains five of his orchestral pieces

In 2012, for his contribution to Canadian contemporary classical music and culture, Bell was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Previously, The Association of Canadian Choral Conductors had presented him with an award for outstanding choral compositions (in 1994 and again in 1999). He has also been the recipient of numerous teaching excellence awards. In 2014, Bell received a Juno Award for his Field Notes in the Classical Composition of the Year category. From 1985 to the present, he has been a professor of composition and music theory at the University of Calgary and continues to compose.

She is our first guest

Carmen Braden

Carmen Braden is a versatile, genre-jumping musician from the Canadian sub-Arctic. Winner of the 2019 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composer of the Year, Carmen is a composer/performer based in her hometown of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Hailed as “a talented, bold musician” (Up Here Magazine), Carmen is a life-long Northerner whose music has been described as “drop-dead gorgeous” (Ottawa Citizen). Carmen’s second studio album Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars (2019) was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Classical Album of the Year. Her debut studio album Ravens was released in 2017 - both albums are on the Centrediscs label.

Candle Ice is a work that evokes the final melting phase of the ice on Great Slave Lake, in Northern Canada. In the spring, the thick ice melts into long, interlocking shards which are commonly called candle ice. These crystalline shapes are pushed by the wind and waves to jostle against each other, creating beautiful masses of sound or delicate individual sound-events with a glassy or metallic timbre. The candle ice exists only briefly during the ice season, and eventually disintegrates and melts into lake water.

Winter cracking
Skating on thin Ice
The last ice