Noam Bierstone // January 13
Noam Bierstone – Body Percussion
January 13, 2018
Pressed Cafe, 750 Gladstone Ave.
featuring a pre-concert talk by guest composer Zihua Tan
Noam Bierstone is a Canadian percussionist and curator dedicated to modern artistic performance. Artist in residence (2013-15) at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Noam is a member of scapegoat, the Hellqvist/Amaral/Hyde/Bierstone project & Sixtrum, and is artistic director of the Montreal experimental performance series NO HAY BANDA. He is regularly invited to perform with leading new music groups such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, soundinitiative, & Quatuor Bozzini, and can be heard on NMC Recordings, Cantaloupe Music, Radio France, SRF Radio 2 Kultur (Switzerland) & CBC Radio (Canada). Committed to the creation and development of new music, Noam pursues ongoing collaborations with various composers and artists, and performs at international stages including Ultima Oslo, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, ManiFeste, Klara Festival, Reina Sofia, IGNM Basel, Unerhörte Musik, Harvard University, Salle Bourgie, Festival MANCA & Domaine Forget. Noam is pursuing Doctor of Music studies at McGill University with the support of a Doctoral Fellowship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, a McGill Graduate Excellence Award, the Canada Council for the Arts & the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation.
Zihua Tan has had his works performed in Asia, Europe, and North America, at events such as the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (Japan), Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Germany), Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques (Canada), and Voix nouvelles de Royaumont (France). In recent years, he has been preoccupied with works that explore different theatrical, situational, and spatial elements, either in a concert setting or in an interdisciplinary context. He is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation – which examines the notion of non‐duality in music and the corresponding performance practice – at McGill University, Canada.