Composer/conductor Giorgio Magnanensi (Italy) has been residing in Canada since 1999. For several years now, he is devoting his career to new music. He is the artistic director of the Vancouver New Music Festival, and he currently teaches at the School of Music of the University of British Columbia. He has also taught at the Parma Music Conservatory and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. He is a member of the Gruppo di Ricerca par la Musica Contemporanea (or Contemporary Music Research Group) of the University of Bologna. As a conductor, he has directed Bologna’s Musica Attuale Ensemble and has been holding the baton for the Vancouver New Music Ensemble since 2000. Active in several other fields, Magnanensi uses a wide variety of materials, approaches, and musical languages, including electronics, sampling, and improvisation. He is a co-founder of the Musica Musicisti e Tecnologie electroacoustic studio in Milan. Finally, he has participated to many multimedia projects and worked with several artists, including Kees Boeke, Nanni Canale, François Houle, David Moss, Ron Samworth, Douglas Schmidt, and Walter Zanetti.