Described in the Vancouver Sun as “a dream gift… One of the best additions to local new music circles”, The Nu:BC Collective brings together the spectacular talents of flutist Paolo Bortolussi, cellist Eric Wilson and pianist Corey Hamm, joined frequently by such eminent artists as violinist Jasper Wood, violist David Harding, and clarinetists Francois Houle and Cris Inguanti. Now in its ninth season as an ensemble-in-residence at the University of British Columbia, Nu:BC has presented critically acclaimed concerts featuring repertoire by exciting and influential contemporary composers from Canada and abroad.
From its inception the Nu:BC has striven to bring new music to audiences with an emphasis on collaboration and innovative approaches to concert programming. Incorporating technology and interdisciplinary collaboration has been a focus of the Collective, resulting in works pairing music with dance, interactive video and computer, as well as theatre. Collaborations have included performances with dancer and choreographer Emily Molnar, media artist jamie griffiths, interactive electronic music pioneers Keith Hamel and Robert Pritchard, Musica Intima, and the BC Chinese Music Ensemble.
Nu:BC has presented masterclasses and concerts at the the University of California (Davis), Cal State Fresno, the Universities of Illinois, Alberta (Edmonton), Calgary, and Western Washington, Wilfred Laurier and Roosevelt University, the Music on Main series in Vancouver and the Washington Composers Forum. Recent projects include the premiere of newly commissioned works by Gabriel Dharmoo, Edward Top, Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, Bob Pritchard, Brian Cherney, Chris Paul Harman, Scott Godin, Taylor Brook, and Michael Oesterle, as well as the recording of their first CD, “Beyond Shadows”, featuring works by Brian Cherney, Dorothy Chang, Chris Paul Harman, and Marc Mellits. The upcoming season features the premiere of a new trio by Dorothy Chang, a new triple concerto featuring the Nu:BC Collective as soloists with the Turning Point Ensemble, an innovative transcription of Mahler’s seminal work Kindertotenlieder by Alfredo Santa Ana, and the premiere of Ana Sokolovic’s arrangement of her piano trio Portrait Parle, for flute, cello and piano.