NMC Master in Residence workshops provide opportunities for emerging artists to gain unprecedented access to masters in various genres and aspects of music. Through mentorship, lectures, and hands-on workshops, Canadian artists benefit from the unique experiences and skills of these masters. NMC will recruit these masters, and work closely to develop specific programs that unpack their distinct skills to maximize benefit for participating emerging artists.
Richie Hawtin is one of the most important figures in the history of electronic music. He has achieved international commercial and critical success, both with his pseudonym Plastikman, and as an artist of his own name. As NMC’s Master in Residence for 2017, Richie will share his experiences and his expertise with emerging electronic artists from across Canada, and with NMC audiences in Calgary and online.
Through our Artist in Residence program, musicians from around the world explore and use our collection in the creation of new works. NMC’s vision is to become a national catalyst for discovery, innovation, and renewal through music.
Since moving to NMC’s new facility, Studio Bell, the program has welcomed jazz artist Quinsin Nachoff, whose album FLUX was nominated for a 2016 JUNO Award; singer-songwriter Luke Doucet; Toronto-based composer and vocal artist Jeremy Dutcher; Vancouver indie-pop act Rococode; multidisciplinary artist, drummer and filmmaker Lisa Lipton; impossible instrument-makers Joshua Van Tassel and James Bunton; and a collaborative project between Kathryn Calder and Woodpigeon (aka Mark Andrew Hamilton) called FRONTPERSON.
Previous participants of the program include: singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, dark folk act Timber Timbre; Edmonton synth-enthusiasts Shout Out Out Out Out; along with collaborative works between Montreal’s Kid Koala and noted Beastie Boys associate Money Mark. “Somebody That I Used to Know” hitmaker Gotye is also an alumnus of the residency program with samples from the collection to appear on his next album. NMC’s most recent Master in Residence was celebrated producer, engineer, and musician Daniel Lanois.
The National Music Centre’s Artist in Residence program is generously supported by Bell Media.