BT and me

Now that the election is out of the way, there are a few things I’ve been meaning to tell you:

  1. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is having another New Music Festival this year, but not in January…this year’s NMF runs from February 25 to 28, and we’re bringing in several rather exciting international guest artists (I’m not allowed to say who on here just yet, which means I’ll have to post at least once more this year…) Do Not Leave Town the last week of February, you’ll only have yourself to blame.
  2. There are an almost ridiculous amount of concerts involving new music here in BC in the next few days:

    • Tonight, Music on Main in partnership with the Queer Arts Festival features Tiresias ensemble (Mark Takeshi McGregor and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa) performing National InQueeries – including four world premieres by rising-star queer composers (you kind of guessed that from the name, right?)
    • October 24 and 26, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey presents a world premiere by Danish composer Poul Ruders, plus Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and a variety of other cool things (Sibelius!)
    • October 24 and 25, the Postmodern Camerata presents the Vancouver premiere of my piece Lacrimosa, plus some wonderful Bach and Mozart.
    • October 22 – 24 Vancouver New Music presents Nomadic Streams, their festival of ambient music featuring a wide array of guests including Nick Storring, FLUX quartet, Steve Roden, crys cole, loscil, souns, DJ Olive, Marina Rosenfeld, Lawrence English,  and Rafael Anton Irisarri.
    • October 28, 29, and November 1, the VSO Chamber Players present Nightsongs which includes my piece Nightsong for harp and bassoon. Just so you know, the working title while writing was “the harpoon.” Fortunately I came up with something else before printing the score.
    • October 28 (Victoria, BC)  and November 1 (Metchosin, BC)  the Emily Carr String Quartet is premiering my new quartet Big Raven and also featuring Benjamin Britten’s amazing Second String Quartet.
  3. I intended to blog about this, but I’m a bit late, so if you’re still reading… Cobalt won Classical Composition of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. It was commissioned and premiered by CBC and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and NACO’s recording of it is on my CD! 

    Jonathan Crow and Karl Stobbe (winner of Classical Recording of the Year, by the way) are the soloists, conducted by Alain Trudel.Huge thanks to NACO for letting me use their recording, and for writing this nifty press release about it. And thanks to Winnipeg Free Press writer Holly Harris who wrote this article about Cobalt, birds, the WCMAs and also Turning Point Ensemble’s recent Winnipeg concert.

  4. Okay, that’s it for this week, go back to hopping up and down with glee (or fretting and gnashing your teeth, as may be your wont) about the election results.