suddenlyLISTEN Artists

Norman Adams Canadian cellist, and electronic musician Norman Adams is Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN music. A student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, Bernard Greenhouse, and American new music pioneer Pauline Oliveros, Norman has been a soloist with SNS, and Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal, and has performed chamber and improvised music throughout Canada, the US, France, and the UK. His performances have also been heard across the country on CBC Radio. In 2010 Norman was awarded an Established Artist Award by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council for his varied work. In addition to his work as a classical cellist, Norman is well known across Canada, as an exploratory musician, playing free and creative music. Norman has collaborated with many leading artists including Joelle Leandre, Gerry Hemingway, Eddie Prévost, Pauline Oliveros, Buck 65, Xavier Charles, Marilyn Crispell and Evan Parker. Since 2000 Norman has been the Artistic Director and Producer of suddenlyLISTEN Music, an organization that presents an annual series of concerts of improvised music, featuring a broad range of local, Canadian and international artists. He is dedicated to sharing music with all people, leading workshops in Halifax and across Canada. Norm also supports arts organizations across Canada, serving on the Board of Directors of The Canadian New Music Network, and Strategic Arts Management.

Check out some of Norm’s work here:

Tim Crofts (piano/keyboards: Halifax) is the Artistic Associate and Outreach Director of suddenlyLISTEN and a true 21st Century pianist. He performs a wide variety of music in concerts clubs and recordings. However, Tim’s main focus remains improvisation & new music. His musical style combines elements of 20th century classical music with free jazz improvisation and world music aesthetics. In performance, Tim explores the full sonic capabilities of the acoustic piano through extended techniques and a wide range of piano preparations. Tim has been presented regularly by suddenlyLISTEN in concerts and on tour, with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio. He has performed regularly with the Upstream Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and in other concert with such creative music luminaries as Jerry Granelli, Gerry Hemingway, Graham Collier, Evan Parker and Dave Douglas. In 2014 Tim will release two recordings: his solo CD 8 Ball and Doorknob on the Divorce Records label, and Literal Lateral with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio and percussionist Gerry Hemingway. Tim has also made a mark as an educator. He has co-directed the suddenlyLISTEN bi-weekly improvisation workshop with Norman Adams since 2006.  Tim is a full-time instructor at the Halifax Jazz Festival’s Creative Music Workshop directed by Jerry Granelli, and along with Granelli, the originator of the Creative Music Lab.  Tim is alsoa part-time faculty member at the Fountain School for the Performing Arts at Dalhousie University.

松樹千年翠 (Shoju-Sennenno-Midori) travel the world presenting their unique blend of biwa (Japanese guitar), percussion, Ikebana (flower arranging) and calligraphy: Ancient arts combine with local materials, in real time performance!
Naoto Yamagishi writes: “We are often captivated by the colourful spectacle and beauty brought up by each season – cherry blossoms in spring, the fresh verdure of summer, and the autumn foliage. The pine trees, (matsu) do not appear to undergo many changes throughout the year – the changes are subtle and rarely attract people’s attention. However, the pines weather over a long period of time with countless and unnoticeable transitions, maintaining their greenness for over one thousand years. We, like inconspicuous pines, intend to approach our project with consistency and a long-term view of the past, present and future. We deliver what has been inherited for many generations. However, our concept is subject to the current time and place. Our project is based on the collaboration of calligraphy, Ikebana and sound improvisation. Each artist will react to the unique atmosphere of the Art Bar while responding to each others movements and materials via live performance.”

Shiraishi Setsuhi: calligraphy

Rieko Fujitaka: biwa

Oshun Tsukagoshi: ikebana

Naoto Yamagishi: percussion

Philippe Lauzier (b. 1977) is an active musician from Montreal. After studying composition from 1998 to 2002, he dedicated a lot his time to the art of improvisation. He plays the saxophone since the age of 10 and became a self-taught bass clarinetist later on. Working with several projects, Lauzier has been touring in Europe, North America and Australia with groups like Sainct Laurens, Quartetski, Toiture and Not the Music, as well as playing concerts with the musicians Alexandre St-Onge, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Martin Tétreault, Kim Myhr, Franz Hautzinger, Xavier Charles, Jim Denley, Tatsuya Nakatani, Nicolas Caloia, among others. His interest for multidisciplinary arts also leads him to create a sound installation for the FIMAV in 2014; a site-specific piece for Les Symphonies portuaires de Pointe-à-Callière; music for films, contemporary dance and theatre; and a few visual-sound art collaborations such as Motel Hélène with Frédérique Laliberté.


A duo featuring the hollowed-out of amplified clarinet and trumpet, Sound of the Mountain comes from
a strong history of improvisation and extended performance techniques, offering their audience long-
form deep listening experiences through the sculpting of vitalized breath.

Since forming in 2015, they have played over 100 concerts together, developing a sound language which
merges acoustic and electronic textures through amplification and extended performance techniques.
With this language they create long-form improvised soundscapes, evoking a vast range of textures,
from silence and spaciousness, to rumbling bass and room saturation. The duo works with closely-mic’d
instruments and minimal equalization, avoiding the use of effects pedals and loops, such that their
constant physical attention drives the music. The whistles and creaking of metal and reed anticipate the
more dense moments of distortion and feedback in pieces that can be appreciated as discreet moments,
or longer forms.

Active touring artists, they have played internationally throughout Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia
and Australia, and coast-to-coast throughout Canada. Making a point of collaboration, the duo has
collaborated with Japanese improvised music pioneers Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Takahiro
Kawaguchi, Michiyo Yagi and Akira Sakata , Canadian experimental trailblazers like the electro-acoustic
duo Instant Places, Tone Deaf’s Matt Rogalsky, or Guelph’s own hurdy-gurdy player Ben Grossman, and
members of Quebec’s experimental electronic community Alain Lefevbre, Anne-F Jacques, and Emilie
Mouchous, along with many many more. Favouring community-building and DIY ethics you’re most
likely to hear them playing in your friend’s basement, artist-run-centres, galleries and cafes.


Tanya Kalmanovitch is a Canadian violist, ethnomusicologist, and author known for her breadth of inquiry and restless sense of adventure. Her uncommonly diverse interests converge in the fields of improvisation, social entrepreneurship, and social action with projects that explore the provocative cultural geography of locations around the world. Based in Brooklyn, Kalmanovitch’s layered artistic research practice has rewarded her with extended residencies in India, Ireland, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Siberia.

Named “Best New Talent” by All About Jazz when she emerged from New York’s vibrant downtown scene, Kalmanovitch has continually stretched the boundaries between classical, jazz and improvised music. The Irish Times called her “an exceptional musician,” writing that her music possesses “austere beauty and remarkable unity between the written and the improvised.” She completed her conservatory training at the prestigious Juilliard School only to debut as a jazz violist with the Turtle Island String Quartet soon after. Her stylistically fluid recordings have garnered critical acclaim. Hut Five (2003) was hailed by the Montreal Gazette as “an exceptional recording.” Heart Mountain (2007) with venerated pianist Myra Melford won France’s “Choc” award and topped many critics’ year-end “Best of” lists. Pianist Ethan Iverson (Do The Math) praised her most recent release Magic Mountain (2016) with fellow violist Mat Maneri as “an exceptionally surreal and beautiful performance.”

Kalmanovitch’s career has become a broad platform for artistry and advocacy. She has been an invited speaker at the Society for Ethnomusicology, Carnegie Hall, the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women at Georgetown University, Columbia University, and National YoungArts Week, among others. She was drawn to ethnomusicology as a way to explore the ways in which music can speak to the world’s biggest problems and earned her doctorate at the University of Alberta. In Istanbul, she reworked themes in Song Books for the John Cage centenary to reflect growing resistance movements. Her two residences at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul resulted in at total of 15 public performances, panel discussions, workshops, master classes, collaborative rehearsals and a student exchange with the United States. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Canada’s Globe and Mail, the Irish Times, the Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Jazz Times, and DownBeat, as well as on air for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Kalmanovitch has shown her commitment to education through her dedicated teaching practice for over a decade. She has given master classes at Woodstock’s Creative Music Studios, the Banff Centre for the Arts, London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Estonian Academy of Music, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, and the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory. As a faculty member at the New England Conservatory since 2006, she played a leading role in new initiatives in the school’s departments of Contemporary Improvisation and Entrepreneurial Musicianship. In 2013, she joined the faculty at Mannes School of Music at The New School New York City, where she is an Associate Professor, Affiliated Faculty with the Tishman Environment and Design Centre, and a fellow of the Graduate Institute of Design, Ethnography and Social Thought.

Kalmanovitch is currently performing in duo settings with pianist Marilyn Crispell as well as in a collaborative trio with pianist Anthony Coleman and accordionist Ted Reichman. She is developing the Tar Sands Songbook, a documentary theater play that tells the stories of people whose lives been shaped by living in close proximity to oil.

Peggy Lee is a cellist, improviser, composer born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She studied classical cello, completing a bachelors degree in performance at the University of Toronto as a student of Vladimir Orloff and Denis Brott. She furthered her studies on the cello with lessons with Martha Gerschefski in Atlanta Georgia. In the fall of 1988 Peggy began a year residency with a string quartet at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. It was here that she first became interested in collaborating with artists from different mediums and in veering away from the classical path. This led to a decision to move away from the known and thus to her relocating to Vancouver, B.C. where she now makes her home.

Peggy’s first forays into improvisation in Vancouver happened with dancers at the EDAM (experimental dance and music) studio at the Western Front and eventually led to her meeting and joining guitarists Ron Samworth and Tony Wilson in their respective bands; as well as becoming a member of the New Orchestra Workshop, which went on to have interesting and fruitful collaborations with Butch Morris, Wadada Leo Smith, René Lussier, Barry Guy and George Lewis.


Sara Coffin is an independent dance artist, dance educator and Co-Artistic Director of Mocean Dance. She holds an MFA in Choreography from Smith College (USA), BFA in Dance from Simon Fraser University and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University.

An award-winning dancer and choreographer, her choreographic work has been presented in many prominent dance festivals including; Canada Dance Festival/Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Dances for a Small Stage, Dancing on the Edge and Dance in Vancouver, commissioned by Mocean Dance (2014, 2016), and her 2011 self-produced work Taking Your Experience for Mine was described by the Georgia Straight as “hauntingly gorgeous.” Coffin’s research interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, technology as an extension of the body, contact improvisation, and the poetic junction between vulnerability, resiliency, and courage. Her award credits include Nova Scotia Established Artist Award (2018), the Gretchen Moran Teaching Fellowship (Smith College, 2012-2014), Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award (2009), and BC Emerging Dance Artist Award (2005).

As dance artist, Sara has worked professionally with Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser (USA), Annie Kloppenberg (USA), Jennifer Mascall, Daelik (MACHiNENOiSy), Susan Elliott, The Holy Body Tattoo, Claire French, Kinesis Dance, Tilt Sound + Motion and she is a co-founder of the dance collective SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia). Sara has danced with Mocean Dance in works by Serge Bennathan, Danièle Desnoyers, and Heidi Strauss.

An experienced dance educator, Coffin has taught extensively across Canada and in the USA including: the five college consortium in Massachusetts: Smith College and Hampshire College; Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala City), Holland College School of Performing Arts (Artist-in-residence, PEI); NSCAD University (visiting lecturer); Boston University (ACDFA), Earth Dance, and Princeton University (visiting artist). Locally, Ms. Coffin teaches at Halifax Dance.

Julia Carr is a dancer, interdisciplinary creator (choreographer), educator, emerging photographer, Mother, wife, sister, and daughter; originally from Vancouver. Julia trained professionally at Arts Umbrella and with the Ballet BC Mentor Program (2004/2005).

Carr works as a dancer for Aeriosa, Compaigni V’ni Dansi, and independent contemporary choreographers. Julia is a collaborative creator who founded Body Narratives Collective in 2008 and in 2014 was selected as one of three Canadian artists to participate in a nomadic interdisciplinary art residency in Australia called Time_Place_Space: NOMAD.

She also acts as Assistant Artistic Director for Dancestreams, a Vancouver-Island based pre-professional dance company for dedicated young dancers aged 12-19 and helps schoolteachers use dance to explore curriculum subjects thanks to Artstarts and Vancouver Biennale ‘Big Ideas’ resources.

Arthur Bull has been active on the improvised music scene in Canada since the mid-1970s, during the early days of the Music Gallery in Toronto. In 1980’s he was a member of the Bill Smith Ensemble, participating in numerous multimedia collaborations, and he also toured with Smith in the music/performance duo Duck Soup. Since the late 1990’s he has worked extensively with fellow guitarist Daniel Heïkalo, touring, recording and appearing in several major festivals.  Arthur Bull has worked extensively with many major Canadian improvisers. He has also performed in concert with Roscoe Mitchell, John Tchicai, Joe McPhee, Roger Turner, Peter Kowald, Paul Rutherford, Bob Cobbing, Fred Anderson, John Russell, Mike Cooper, and John Butcher. He has released numerous CDs over the years, including solo, duo and group recordings, and has toured extensively, including recent tours of Europe and Mexico. Arthur Bull is also a published poet, and an activist for small-scale fisheries. He lives on Digby Neck in Nova Scotia.
Brandon Auger is a sound artist and carpenter currently working out of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. Originally a guitarist, he started experimenting with electronics and tape in the early 90’s. Influenced by the works of Cage, Eno, and Erstwhile Records, his minimalist approach draws also from architectural blueprints, industrial design, and photography. Mainly working as an improviser, he manipulates the relationship between sound and silence, to create “temporary audio textiles”. While being an active member of the suddenlyLISTEN community in Halifax, Auger also has performed at the Halifax International Jazz, and Experimental Music Festivals. He has also presented works in various artist run galleries throughout Ontario, Nova Scotia and the US.

Geordie Haley is a Halifax  based guitarist, composer and improviser. He five CDs to hi credit including his most recent album Sculptures. Geordie has performed at L’Off Festival in Montreal, the Toronto Jazz Festival and the Atlantic Jazz Festival in Halifax. The Geordie Haley Trio has appeared at the Guelph Jazz Festival and Glenn Hall’s 416 Festival in Toronto. EXCLAIM magazine voted the Geordie Haley Trio POLAR BEARS album (featuring Nick Fraser, drums and Scott Thomson, trombone) best of 2007’s improvising CDs in their Destination Out section!For two years, Geordie was a co-curator of the Leftover Daylight Series at Array Music Studios, a performance series showcasing improvisation and new composition. Geordie has performed many musicians including: Bruce Cassidy, Lori Freedman, William Parker, Roger Turner, John Oswald, Rebecca Campbell, Andrew Downing, Michael Keith, Dave Clark, along with video artist June Pak and dancers Susie Burpee and Shannon Cooney.Listen to Geordie here:
Andrew Reed Miller has worked as a professional musician for over 25 years, playing in orchestras, opera and ballet companies and performing chamber music.Originally from New York, Andrew now lives in the small city of Saint John, Canada. In the 2000s he began focusing on contemporary and experimental music and developing original compositions. Much of his recent work explores audiovisual media culture and uses interactive electronics and extended instrumental techniques.Miller is a core member and principal bass of Symphony New Brunswick, he performs  on a bass (2002) by Masa Inokuchi and bows by Reid Hudson.He is founder and artistic director ofMotion Ensemble Inc., an organization dedicated to new and experimental music in the form of productions and collaborations since 1998.  Miller has performed at many venues such as Open Ears Festival (Kitchener), The New Brunswick Summer Music Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music, The Confederation Centre for the Arts (Charlottetown), Ensemble Kore (Montreal) Open Waters (Halifax), Sound Symposium (Newfoundland), Tonic (NYC), Western Front (Vancouver) and The Music Gallery (Toronto).Andrew had many student inspirations studying bass in Toronto with the great Joel Quarrington, at the University of Ottawa, the Kent Blossom Chamber Music Festival in Ohio, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and many other places. More recently he studied Max/MSP/Jitter programming at Harvestworks in New York

Andrew MacKelvie Brandon Auger Hubsch/Martel/Zoubec Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence Ensemble Jacinte Armstrong Sarah Coffin Rhonda Baker Cory Bowles Franz Hautzinger Xavier Charles Instant Places Susan Alcorn Ken Aldcroft William Parker Ben Grossman Quatuor Bozzini Dominic Desautels Susan Sayle Suzanne Lemieux Brandon Auger Shayna Dulberger Craig Pedersen William Parker In the Sea Xavier Charles Franz Hautzinger Sam Shalabi Magali Babin Pierre-Yves Martel hermitofthewoods Andrew Jackson Magda Mayas Danielle P Roger Scott Thomson Jean Derome Joane Hetu Erin Costelo Nick Halley Peter Wiegold Giorgio Magnanensi Robin Streb Donald MacLennan Robin Hayward Christopher Williams Lukas Pearse Eric Normand Remy Belanger de Beauport Joelle Leandre Derek Charke Tena Palmer D’Arcy Gray Doug Cameron Isaiah Ceccarelli Arthur Bull Gina Burgess David Christensen Christine Duncan DB Boyko Karen Bassett Theo Pitsiavas Sebastien Labelle Paul Bendzsa John D.S. Adams WL Altman Christoph Both Jerome Blais Monique Buzzarte Allison Cameron Chris Chafe Chris Church Marilyn Crispell Tim Crofts Anne Davison Erin Donovan Andrew Duke Katherine Duncanson Lori Freedman Jamie Gatti Jerry Granelli Tonja Gunvaldsen-Klaassen Geordie Haley Daniel Heïkalo Gerry Hemingway Ione Diane Labrosse Sebastian Lexer Katherine Liberovskaya Adam Linson Miya Masaoka Bonnie Miksch Pauline Oliveros Dani Oore Sageev Oore Lukas Pearse Rob Power Eddie Prevost Lee Pui Ming Jeff Reilly Martin Tétreault Liam Tucker Dinuk Wijeratne