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Steven Naylor: Biography

Steven Naylor
1949 -
Region: Atlantic

Steven Naylor

Steven Naylor continues to re-invent himself artistically.

In the 1970s, he was a co-founder of the celebrated recording bands Lougarou (later Garolou) in Québec and RAM in Nova Scotia.

Next, he embraced music for film, television, radio, and theatre. Steven composed and produced dozens of scores, themes, and sound tracks over the next 20 years, in projects ranging from The Nature of Things, to Sesame Street, to installations in Canada's National Parks.

In 1990, Steven co-founded Nova Scotia's Upstream--an ensemble and organization focused on improvisation in instrumental music--spending more than a decade working in diverse projects that included collaborations with Symphony Nova Scotia, and with international guest artists.

As a professional pianist, Naylor has also performed at major jazz festivals across Canada, and at Jazz em Agosto in Portugal.

From 1994-2001, Steven taught (part-time) at Dalhousie University, where he developed a new curriculum in electroacoustic music. Steven has also been co-artistic director of the Oscillations Festival (2005-12), and a past President of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community.

Recent activities include:

  • Artistic director, subText ensemble.
  • Solo DVD-A (electroacoustic) on empreintes DIGITALes.
  • Independent composer: instrumental, mixed-media, and electroacoustic works.
  • Adjunct Professor (non-remunerated): School of Music, Acadia University.
  • Principal composer: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia; live audiences of over 4 million, in more than a dozen countries.

Steven Naylor completed the PhD, supervised by Jonty Harrison, at the University of Birmingham, UK. He lives near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


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