Ottawa New Music Creators


Colin Frank

Colin Frank is a Canadian percussionist, composer, and electronic musician born in Ottawa. Trained orchestrally, but influenced by a variety of genres, Colin specializes in performing and creating contemporary music. A double major music graduate from McGill University, and having studied electronic music at the Institute of Sonology (NL), Colin has performed notably with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Sonology Electroacoustic Ensemble, the McGill Percussion Ensemble, and the McGill Symphony Orchestra. His acoustic music has been played by The Red Note Ensemble (UK), the McGill Percussion Ensemble, the Schulich Saxophone Quartet, the Schulich Woodwind Quintet, at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (US), and at the SoundSCAPE new music festival (IT). Colin is an active improviser, having played electronically manipulated percussion in Berlin (DE) at the CTM festival's Hacklab, in Amsterdam (NL) at the Oorsprong curators series, and in free improvisation ensembles throughout The Hague (NL). His acousmatic compositions have been broadcast by the Lights Out Listening Group in Leeds (UK) and by Framework radio (online) as part of the collaborative 50 minute radio piece Tramway. He has performed solo and chamber music at the Nief-Norf Summer Festival (US), the Bozzini Quartet's Montreal Creative Music Institute (CA), and the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (DE).

As a scholar, Colin is interested in Canada's musical identity, the interpretation of graphic notation, and computer-human interaction in live-electronic percussion environments. He recently has been searching for alternative performance venues to bring avant-garde art to a wider audience. Aside from music, Colin enjoys cycling, camping, traveling, and good home cooking.

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