Nicole Lizée – Composer in Residence (2016 through 2018)

Our 2016-2018 Composer In Residence was Montreal-based composer Nicole Lizée.

Called a “brilliant musical scientist” and lauded for “creating a stir with listeners for her breathless imagination and ability to capture Gen-X and beyond generation,” JUNO-nominated composer Nicole Lizée creates music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by the glitches made by outmoded and well-worn technology and captures these glitches, notates them and integrates them into live performance.

When you spend time with Nicole, you spend time with her music. Throughout her Music on Main residency, Nicole shared insight, ideas, and her stunning, jaw dropping music with Music on Main audiences.

Read “Mind the Glitch: Nicole Lizée’s Etudes” by Susanna Eastburn, MBE. It’s part of The Composer Essay Project.

2018/19 Appearances

2018 Modulus Festival
November 2-6, 2018
Multiple Venues


2017/18 Appearances

ISCM World New Music Days 2017
November 2-8, 2017
Various Venues

Composers & Cocktails with Nicole Lizée 
December 13, 2017
The Post at 750

Music for the Winter Solstice

December 14 & 15, 2017
Heritage Hall

Composers & Cocktails with Nicole Lizée 
April 16, 2018
The Post at 750

One Night Stand: Nicole Lizée 
April 17, 2018
Fox Cabaret


2016/17 Appearances

Modulus Festival
November 5-9, 2016
Various Venues

Music for the Winter Solstice

December 15 & 16, 2016
Heritage Hall

Four Thousand Holes
January 23 & 24, 2016
Fox Cabaret

Sculptress: The Music of Nicole Lizée
January 30 & 31, 2016
Fox Cabaret


related info:

GLITCH: A Profile on Nicole Lizée (YouTube)

Mind the Glitch: Nicole Lizée’s Etudes (essay by Susanna Eastburn, MBE)

Nicole Lizée Official Website

May contain masturbation: the woman weaponising pop’s Filthy 15 (The Guardian)

Nicole Lizée unpacks her Prairie past with Music on Main (The Georgia Straight)

CANADA MOSAIC | Nicole Lizée: Machines Behaving Badly

Saskatchewan-raised composer Nicole Lizée up for a Juno

Interview: Nicole Lizée Redux


Previous Composers In Residence

2015 through 2016
Caroline Shaw

2012 through 2014
Jocelyn Morlock