The final concert of the 2016 Sonic Boom Festival features Standing Wave as ensemble-in-residence, and I’m thrilled to hear these local heroes perform my Mosaic Dances quintet — for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. The concert also features a host of other colorful and diverse new works (read more here) at the Orpheum Annex, March 20 7:30 PM.
Tonight’s “City of Water, Sea of Glass” show has sold out, and stands to shock and awe the lucky folks who got tickets! This bold undertaking by Redshift (for them, are there any other kinds?) is all about new music and new instruments revolving around glass and water and performed by Fringe percussion quartet. There is a newly created 31-equal tempered glass marimba –the Chromarimba! and a beautifully resonant rainbow glass bowl tree. There are new pieces by myself, Christiaan Venter, Mariah Mennie and Christopher Reiche, and also Viet Cuong and Tan Dan’s famous Water Music. All in Vancouver’s Waterfall Building, tonight at 8:00PM! So much cool background to this culmination of years of effort: see https://www.facebook.com/redshiftmusicsociety/ and http://redshiftmusic.ca/upcoming-events.
My piece, Rippling and Sinking, is for the Chromarimba, (the microtnal glass marimba!) the Rainbow (the glass bowl tree!), and a set of metal bowls and gongs, and, of course, water. Programme note:
“This piece is my attempt to integrate the artistry of these musicians, the potential of these singular instruments, and the inspiring sonds of water and glass. The title refers to two processes that are commonly experienced with water, and which occur metaphorically in this piece, and in life for that matter. Through the piece, musical ideas and gestures cast “ripples” as they are echoed and transformed, from moment to moment, across instruments, and across other microtonal “dimensions.” The idea of “sinking” also ripples across the whole work with the unsettling, (or is it settling?) sensation of being gradually, inescapably, pulled downwards.”
Cordei (violinist Janna Sailor and Harpist Albertina Chan) join clarinetist Johanna Hauser to perform my trio Invocation alongside chamber music by Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns, Michael Conway Baker, and Jean-Michel Damase. This will be at two Vancouver concerts, by donation: this Sunday, January 24th, 4:00 PM, at St. James Hall in Vancouver, with juice and cookies at intermission, and at The Carnegie Centre on January 27th at 1:00 pm, no intermission.
About the piece: in terms of technique, “Invocation” explores variations on a theme and octatonic modality. Expressively, the intention is the feeling of striving earnestly to summon something forth, to coax something into a tangible form. A creation about creating….
I am very lucky to know my brave friend Gianetta Baril, and honored to have written her a piece a few years ago, so foretellingly titled “Wayfaring,” for harp and saxophone with Jeremy Brown. Her concert tomorrow, titled Wayfaring (!) brings it all together, –see below!–and will also be live-streaming at: https://www.concertwindow.com/gianettabaril.
INSTRUMENTAL SOCIETY PRESENTS:
With harpist Gianetta Baril and Friends
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015 – 3 pm
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
1121 – 14 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Exploring thoughts on Wayfaring through music and pictures Juno Award-winning harpist extraordinaire Gianetta Baril returns to the ISC in a performance celebrating her ten-month, 70,000 km journey around the world. In the Fall of 2014, Gianetta set aside her harp, gowns and high heels in exchange for a backpack and hiking sandals. Stripped of familiar “definitions” of herself, she set out alone to explore new cultures and languages and physical and emotional challenges. Embracing endless opportunities like coral farming in Fiji, rice harvesting and mud shelter construction in Nepal, to establishing two harp programmes in the slums of Rio, resulted in a ground-shifting, profound experience. Gianetta is excited to share her thoughts on Wayfaring through music, pictures and personal reflections, inviting the audience to be part of an ongoing journey of discovery.
Joined by good friends and colleagues Lucie Jones, flute, Jeremy Brown, saxophone, Timothy Schantz, tenor and former harp student, Scott Ross-Molyneux, the programme reflects her multi-cultural journey of a lifetime. From the brilliance of a musical sunrise to the unaccustomed colours of the raga, the heat of tango and Brazilian bossa nova, this will be a concert full of surprises. Come wearing comfortable clothes, and be ready for an unexpected journey.
Tickets can be reserved in advance by phone at 1-844-598-1273 and online, or purchased at the door. Single tickets are $15/ $25 and $60 for a family pass. We accept cash, cheques and major credit cards. For ticket purchase inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concert listings and other information available online at instrumentalsociety.ca.
I’m glad that Wayfaring will be performed at the WCMA Classical Showcase among such good company. Aside from my Wayfaring, the nominated works for Western Canadian Music Classical Composition of the Year Award are: Cobalt by Jocelyn Morlock, Beyond Shadows by Dorothy Chang, Duotone by Owen Underhill, and Homage To Liu Wenjin by Keith Hamel. Four of the works are being performed tomorrow at the Awards showcase along with performances by Classical Recording of the Year nominees. Check out the full program below and don’t miss it! When’s the next time you will hear harp with saxophone? Sunday Sept. 20, 2PM at St. John the Divine Anglican Church, 1611 Quadra St. Victoria, BC.
WCMA Classical Showcase Program FINAL