Hildegard Westerkamp is a composer, radio artist and sound ecologist.
She presents soundscape workshops and lectures internationally, performs and writes.

"A magical fusion of sounds."
Globe & Mail, Toronto
  • "A magical fusion of sounds."
    Globe & Mail, Toronto
  • "There was more than just a hint of oracular mysticism in Westerkamp's art. There was a magic in those sounds.” Stephen Pedersen, Chronicle-Herald, Halifax
  • "Westerkamp's music balances a poetics of sound with social commitments that include feminism and environmental politics. Her compositions are critical enactments of acoustic space....All invoke attentive listening." Donna Zapf, Beiträge zur Neuen Music, Germany
  • "Westerkamp creates new possibilities for listening. One can journey with her sound to inner landscapes and find unexplored openings in our sound souls. The experience of her music vibrates the potential for change.”
    Pauline Oliveros,Kingston, N.Y., USA (about CD transformations)
  • "Mere words are inadequate to describe what took place when the symphony began....Waves of sound rolled back and forth across the harbour bringing thousands of downtown office workers to their windows. The Canada geese from Stanley Park were aroused and circled through the boats, honking loudly as they joined in." Ken Drushka, Harbour and Shipping) about the Harbour Symphony)
…narrative alchemy… The Wire, Issue 460

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Westerkamp featured at Acoustic Ecologies Festival in Sussex, England Jan. 29 to Feb. 1

I will be in a Q&A session on January 29 and they are playing some of my pieces, along with other events involving other composers and colleagues. See details at the web site.

Wednesday 29 January, 2020 – Saturday 01 February, 2020.

University of Toronto WEATHER SOUNDINGS events, this week Jan 13 to 17: soundwalks, chats, and a concert

The University of Toronto WEATHER SOUNDINGS event series features five days of chats, concerts, and soundwalking. Complete schedule below. Also see the lovely posters!

Monday 13 January 2020, 5:00-7:00 pm, Canadian Music Centre
Cinq-à-sept Reception, Listening Session and Artist Chat –– in conversation with Hildegard Westerkamp, Rachel Iwaasa, and Daniel Grimley Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street

Tuesday 14 January 2020, 7:30 pm, Walter Hall
Vancouver pianist Rachel Iwaasa performs music of Hildegard Westerkamp with live electroacoustic diffusions by Westerkamp, plus performances by Montréal’s Quatuor Cobalt, including Francis Ubertelli’s prizewinning work University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent

Wednesday 15 January 2020, 10:45 am-1:00 pm
A ravine walk with Hildegard Westerkamp and Amish Morell
meet at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, UTSC, 1265 Military Trail

Thursday 16 January 2020, 3:30 pm, Barker Fairley Room (130)
Lecture by Daniel Grimley (Oxford University), part of the
Faculty of Music Graduate Colloquium Series in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Theory –– reception to follow
University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent

Friday 17 January 2020, 1:00-1:45 pm
A campus walk with Hildegard Westerkamp, Sherry Ostapovitch, and WalkingLab
meet at the Jackman Humanities Building, main lobby, 170 St. George Street

All events are free and open to everyone

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