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Aiding and Abetting

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Aiding and Abetting

Featuring works by Joe Donaghey, Andrew Noseworthy, Bekah Simms, and Andrew Staniland.
Performances by Mado Christie, Ben Diamond, Andrew Noseworthy, Bert Power, and Gillian Sheppard.

DF Cook Recital Hall, MUN School of Music
Admission: $22 general admission, $16 students and seniors

Presented as part of Sound Symposium's electronic music festival ONSOUND (October 17-20)



Mado Christie is a collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and vocal coach. They have performed in all of these different capacities across North America. They studied with acclaimed pianist Peter Longworth and went on to pursue their undergraduate degree in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto in the studio of Marietta Orlov. Mado completed their Masters in Vocal Accompanying at the Manhattan School of Music. Mado moved to St. John’s in 2017, and has since then had the pleasure of working as a collaborative pianist with the brilliant students at Memorial University’s School of Music.

Ben Diamond is an emerging new music performer and composer. He is studying classical guitar performance at Memorial University, with a minor in composition. Ben recently performed in several locations across Canada in the summer of 2019 such as in Saskatoon SK where he won Second Place in the FCMF National Music Festival Guitar Competition, and the Domaine Forget Guitar Academy. Ben premiered Prime Directive at the 21st Century Guitar Conference held at the University of Ottawa as part of the "Canadian Music Marathon" concert featuring works exclusively for guitar and electronics.

Joseph Donaghey holds an advanced diploma in performance from Cambrian College and a Bachelor’s degree in performance and composition from Memorial University. Joe draws influence and inspiration from the unique sounds of electronic music, the “music for guitarists” attitude of heavy metal, and the beautiful sound and wide abilities of the classical guitar. His hope is to expand the repertoire of the guitar in any form but with a focus on electronics. Joe currently works as a community music educator with the non-profit International Grenfell Association in rural Newfoundland.

Andrew Noseworthy composer, guitarist and arranger, creates a place for unheard voices within unlikely ensembles and underplayed instruments. His music addresses the struggles of accepting or rejecting 'locality' while drawing from experiences of isolation within his hometown of Labrador West, the tight-knit arts community of St John's, Newfoundland and the expansive scenes in New York City. Each facet of his work has grown out of close-collaborations between fellow new music advocates.

Bert Power (he/him) is a composer, percussionist, and improvisor from Arnold’s Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador. He studied percussion with Rob Power and Bill Brennan and is studying composition with Andrew Staniland and Clark Ross at Memorial University School of Music. Bert is a co-director of Nova Collective, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music in purposeful spaces. He has been involved with Sound Symposium since 2014 as a performer, improvisor, and technical assistant.

Gillian Sheppard has a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piccolo Performance from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in extended techniques and contemporary repertoire. She regularly performs as as soloist and chamber musician, as well as an orchestral musician in ensembles such as the Watershed Ensemble, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Light Theatre Orchestra, Opera on the Avalon Chamber Orchestra, and the St. John's New Music Collective. Gillian works with Memorial University's Faculty of Business Administration on the new MBA in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and she is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Grace.

Composer Bekah Simms' varied output has been heralded as “nuanced and complex” (NOW Magazine) and “cacophonous, jarring, oppressive — and totally engrossing!” (CBC Music). Propelled equally by fascination and terror toward the universe, her work is often filtered through the personal lens of her anxiety. Foremost among her current compositional interests is quotation and the friction between recognizability and complete obfuscation.

Andrew Staniland, a leading composer of his generation, has been recognized by election to the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of Canada. Andrew is currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland, where he founded MEARL (Memorial ElectroAcoustic Research Lab). At MEARL, Andrew leads a cross-disciplinary research team that has produced the innovative Mune digital instrument:



Sound Symposium is at it again. ONSOUND is Sound Symposium's four-day electronic music festival taking place at venues around St. John's (October 17-20). You know the recipe -- artists from around the world join local musicians to create art unlike anything you've ever experienced. But the ingredients are different -- laptops, electronics, improv, tech, and tape.

In addition to DJ sets and improv sessions at Peter Easton and The Ship Pub, there will be a staged concert of contemporary-electronic-meets-classical music at MUN School of Music.

Half of the ONSOUND events are completely free. Our artists will be presenting seminars in composition, improv, electronics, and soundart. You'll also have the chance to learn Ableton Live from the master himself, Robert Lippok. Tell your friends.

Find the full schedule and artist information on

Earlier Event: October 17
Live Improvisation, a free workshop