“As a composer, I write notably un-classical music for classical instruments. Through simple patterning and subtle variation, I seek to build intricate yet clear structures and sounds.

As a performer, I do exactly the opposite; I create noisy and chaotic textures, usually with mutant guitars or homemade circuits. I often root around in thrift stores, hunting for odd sounds in the world of forgotten electronics.

Somewhere between these two extremes lies my work as a sound designer. I have spent countless hours in darkened sound booths crafting rich soundscapes for productions of several theatrical works. 

I am also committed to fostering music in the community, having held various administrative and organizational roles in several local arts and not-for-profit organizations.

Academically, I hold a BMus degree from Laurier, as well as MMus and DMus degrees from the University of Alberta.” – Colin Labadie

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 October 24-27 | Calgary New Music Festival


In digital technology, parallax is an effect observed when scrolling images and other elements in the foreground of a screen move at a different rate than those in the background, creating a 3D effect on a 2D screen.  Colin Labadie emulates this effect with sound in Parallax by starting a ‘scrolling’ (repeating) melody which is performed by all four saxophones.  He then uses various volumes of accented notes in the parts which creates an interesting 3D effect by attracting the listener’s ear to a new melody while the original melody continues underneath.

Parallax was written for the Proteus Saxophone Quartet in 2019, with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.