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THE KAMLOOPS 
NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL

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1st Annual Kamloops New Music Festival
Happening between October 1st and 24th 2021!

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This annual event is presented by the Kamloops Music Collective to celebrate the innovative ways musicians are creating and sharing music within the community. It is a space that allows students of all ages - with or without any musical experience - to explore new sounds and ideas. Join us for one of our many workshops!

The Art of Creative Music: A Workshop on Graphic Scores and Improvisation 
In Collaboration with the Kamloops Symphony 

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Participants: Perfect for band students in Grades 9-12
Dates/ Times: Friday, October 22nd, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
            Saturday, October 23rd, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
            Sunday, October 24th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: TBA
Cost: $25
Instructors: Dina Gilbert (Kamloops Symphony Music Director), Daniela O'Fee, Bailey Finley

The Art of Creative Music is an instrumental workshop designed to introduce band students to creative music making. In collaboration with the Kamloops Music Collective and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Youth Musicians will explore composition and improvisation in a fun, safe environment. At the end of the workshop, musicians will be invited to participate in a Pro-Amateur Jam with Kamloops Symphony Orchestra musicians. As an ensemble they will read through contemporary orchestral repertoire. This is a great way to expand your skills in ensemble playing and develop a unique voice on your instrument.

 

Graphic Scores are the representation of music through the use of visual symbols outside the realm of traditional music notation. Blending art and music together, it allows for experimentation with new sounds. The visual cues of the score become a guide, or music map, for improvising musicians. 

Presented with the generous support of the Kamloops Symphony.

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DIY Moog: How to Build your own Synth
In collaboration with Kamloops Makerspace

Participants: This program is perfect for students in grades 5-10. No experience needed!
Date: October 16th
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Kamloops United Church
Cost: $25
Instructors: Bailey Finley, Nicholas Adams   

About the Program: In collaboration with the Makerspace and KMC, participants will learn how to build their own synthesizer and amplifier with an electronic breadboard. With guidance from a Makerspace Member and KMC instructor, participants will experiment with electronics and sound. They will create a type of synthesizer called an Oscillator.

 

Oscillation itself is the production of a certain type of ‘wave’, which produces a different sound depending on the shape of the wave. At higher pitches it creates a constant note, at lower pitches you will hear a more ‘crackled’ sound. The wave you will make is a square wave. Participants are encouraged to join in DIY Musical Scores with their new synth!

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Ukulele Improv Workshop for Beginners 
In Collaboration with Tina Hebner

Participants: Perfect for kids in Grade 4-7 with no ukulele experience. Families are welcome.
Dates: October 2nd
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Kamloops United Church
Cost: $10
Instructors: Tina Hebner, Bailey Finley

About the Program: Participants will get the opportunity to learn the basics of ukulele playing while exploring fun and playful blues riffs. Tina will lead you through understanding the fundamentals of ukulele playing, like holding the instrument properly and playing your first notes. As participants progress we will ease into a fun exercise of improvising on specific notes.

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Ukulele Improv Intermediate
In Collaboration with Tina Hebner

Participants: Perfect for students in Grade 5-10 who have some basic ukulele experience and who are curious about improvisation.
Dates: October 2nd
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Kamloops United Church
Cost: $10
Instructors: Tina Hebner, Bailey Finley

About the program: Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basics of improvisation and some fun techniques. As students progress, instructors will guide everyone through a series of improvisation games.

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DIY Musical Score

Participants: Family participation is encouraged!
Dates: October 1st - October 24th
Duration: Runs the entire duration of the Festival!
Location: Online
Cost: Free!
Instructors: Bailey Finley, TBA

About the program: Learn how to create a musical piece with no musical experience necessary! DIY Musical Scores is a family friendly program that will allow you to explore music as a composer. New composers will learn how to create scores without needing to know traditional music notation. They will be exposed to a variety of composition methods and at the end will be able to produce a musical recipe. Instructional videos will be posted on Instagram, Facebook and the Kamloops Music Collective Blog at the beginning of October. Participants are welcome to share their compositions online!