Heather Hindman (b. 1976) is a Canadian composer, teacher and pianist based 3 hours from the rocky mountains in Edmonton, Canada. Her work often draws connections to everyday experiences rather than dramatic themes or poetic contexts, and embraces subtly and sound in both acoustic and electronic mediums.
She has a particular interest in the relationship between music, culture and technology, and has written for live-electronics and new digital musical instruments. She is currently the owner of a pair of digital gloves commissioned and built by Dr. Mark Marshall, capable of gestural control of electronic sound in live-performance. She was also part of the Digital Orchestra Project, resulting in the creation of ‘The Long and the Short of It’ for gestural controllers with acoustic instruments. Recent activity in 2017 include a a New Zealand premiere of Two and a Half miniatures for solo piano; a new work for flute, saxophone and electronics for Chenoa Anderson and Allison Balcetis premiered at the Skirts-a-Fire festival; and a new work for flute, bass clarinet, violin and cello for the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble premiered in July in France.
In 2012 her work ‘Two and a Half Miniatures’ for solo piano was selected to be featured in the ISCM World New Music Days in Belgium. She was a visiting artist at Bristol University (UK) to work on gestural controls and was a visiting artist in Wales in 2015 to discuss her newest work for piano and live-electronics. She has been a panelist during the Now Hear This New Music Festival (Edmonton) and the Transit Festival (Leuven, Belgium) and has had works broadcasted on CBC and Belgian national radio. Her works encompass acoustic and electronic mediums, and include solo, chamber and mixed works as well as collaborative projects with dance.
Ms. Hindman’s artistic endeavours have been supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Socan Foundation. Her works have been performed by pianists Xenia Pestova, Ian Pace and Roger Admiral; the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and featured in festivals such as the MusiMars New Music Festival (Montreal), the ÉuCue electroacoustic concert series (Montreal), Frontiers Festival (Birmingham, England) and the ISCM world music days (Belgium). She is an affiliate member of the Canadian League of Composers, a member of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers and has served on the board of directors of New Music Edmonton.
Ms. Hindman received her Master of Music degree at McGill University in 2008 under the guidance of Brian Cherney and Denys Bouliane, and currently balances work as a private piano and theory instructor with composing.