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2019


Marionette, new opera for FAWN chamber creative. With Oana Avasilichioaei, librettist.


2018


New Work  for clarinet, flute and viola: Krista Martynes, Suzanne Snizek, Joanna Hood
November 13-15, Residency and Performance— Open Space, Victoria, BC


Two-Week Residency, ArtsIceland / Outvert Art Space, Ísafjörður, Iceland, July 16 – 29


Lattice for violin and piano: Veronique Mattieu and Stephanie Chua
January 22 @ 8-10pm Orion Series in Fine Arts— Philip T. Young Hall, Victoria, BC


Interview for solo trumpet: Amy Horvey
March 2-3rd— Philip T. Young Hall, Victoria, BC


2017


Island Dreaming for Continuum Ensemble with poet/violinist Phoebe Tsang, baritone Alex Dobson, and visual artist Sonja Rainey.

December 10+11th— Aki Studio Theatre, Toronto
Commissioned by Continuum New Music with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council.

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harbour for solo piano, premiere
November 11th— Cheryl Duvall, piano
Canadian Music Centre


Lattice  for violin and piano: Ilana Waniuk and Cheryl Duvall
August 25th— Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, 8pm
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo


murmuring for Baroque quartet and vines and shadows for solo harpsichord, premiere 
August 16th, Wesley Shen, harspichord
7pm, Canadian Music Centre


golden apples concert with vocal-piano duo Jonathan MacArthur and Cheryl Duvall
7:30, August 11th— Array Space


float for Blythwood Winds (quintet) and piano (Cheryl Duvall)
June 10th— Heliconian Hall, Toronto
Commissioned by Blythwood Winds


 


ghosts of swallows for chamber ensemble
Thursday May 4, Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble
Conducted by Brian Current


Nuyamł-ił Kulhulmx (Singing the Earth): 11 Pieces about a Place
February 26, 2017
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, featuring Marion Newman and Bramwell Tovey, conductor
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2016

FAWN 2016/17  Fundraiser 
Thursday December 1st, Electric Perfume, 805 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
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water walking for Mira Benjamin (solo violin)
October 15, St Catherines Hatcham, London, U.K.
Transmission presents 1+1
alongside works by: Cassandra Miller, Taylor Brook, John Lely


The Pied Piper for soprano (Carla Huhtanen) and flute (Leslie Newman)
October 12, Koerner Hall. Commissioned by Soundstreams with funding provide by the Koerner Foundation.


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Forest/La Forêt —residency at Matralab, Concordia University, July 5-15. With funding provided by the Matralab and the Ontario Arts Council. Photo credit: Ralitsa Doncheva

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water walking for Mira Benjamin (solo violin):

*June 22-25 at Saltspring Island, Vancouver and Victoria
*August 2-7 at the nu:nord festival (a new music community-building project for Canada, Norway and the UK. 5-day colloquium in Huddersfield as well as concerts in Huddersfield and London
Commissioned by Mira Benjamin with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. With additional travel funding provided by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Lonesome Lake (2013) piano solo
April 22, Toronto, pop-up concert at Bunker Lane Press
1001 Bloor St. W. Rear (down the south lane way)
Stephanie Chua and Adam Sherkin, pianos
7pm: Composers’ Chat
8pm: Concert


Lehtiä (2014) for flute, harp & viola
May 14, Quebec City
performance by Ensemble Lunatik


Yet, the rain falls more darkly for Carla Huhtanen and the Array Ensemble. Commissioned by Array Music with the support of Daniel Cooper, Edward Epstein, and Roger D. Moore. Tuesday April 5th, 8pm, Array Space, Toronto

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Paramirabo CD recording of Fog. Glenn Gould Studio with David Jaeger, producer



Snow, Toy, and Voix for voice and piano (Maureen Batt, soprano and Cheryl Duvall, piano)
Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred
March 13,  Philadelphia (Biello Martin Studio) 
March 20, Toronto (Heliconian Hall)


Fog (2015) for small ensemble
February 6, Montréal
performance by Paramirabo


2015  moths drink the tears of sleeping birds, Music Gallery, Quatuor Bozzini (Montréal), co-produced by Blue Moss Ensemble.



Moritz Ernst performs Allemain for solo piano
October 9, Canadian Music Centre


Two scenes from my opera What Time is it Now? (2006), with libretto by P.K. Page, are part of Bicycle Opera‘s 2015 touring production Shadow Box. They will be touring Nova Scotia from August 3 – August 11, and Ontario from August 17 – September 6.


Lonesome Lake (2013) for solo piano
Cheryl Duvall (piano)

March 27, Heliconian Hall, Toronto
March 21, Biello Martin Studio, Philadelphia
January 24, St. Andrews United Church, Halifax


Lattice (2012, rev. 2015) for violin & piano Continuum EnsembleMarch 8th, The Music Gallery


Fog for Paramirabo and Thin Edge Collective combined tour, ‘Raging against the Machine.’ Commissioned by Paramirabo with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts & the Toronto Arts Council with funding provided by the City of Toronto.

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Feb to April:
Music Gallery, Toronto
University of Manitoba, open rehearsal
New Music Edmonton
New Works Calgary
Music on Main/Little Chamber Music Series that Could (Vancouver)
Open Space (Victoria)


2014

Lehtiä for flute, harp & viola 
written for Onyx Trio in conjunction with the Blue Moss Ensemble
presented by new music programming at Open Space, Victoria, BC
Saturday November 22, 7pm


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Paisley for accordion and baritone sax
Commissioned by Ina Henning (accordion) & Wallace Halladay (baritone sax) on the occasion of Joseph Macerollo’s 70th birthday.
Walter Hall, University of Toronto
September 30, 8pm


Linen for 2 violins, cello and piano
Thin Edge Collective presents ‘Through Closed Doors’ at NUMUS Season Opener
Also featuring works by Ana Sokolovic, Anna Pidgorna, Brian Harman. Also Kyle Brenders and friends!
Waterloo
September 20, 8pm


Fern (2012) for solo flute
Patricia Dydnansky, flute
Contemporary Composers Concert, Congress 2014, St. Catharines
May 29, 8pm


Murmuring for traverso, baroque violin and cello, and harpsichord
May 9, 8pm, Chalmers House, CMC
A new work for early instruments reflecting on the experience of walking 200 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago in September 2013— from Camponaraya (near the city of Ponferrada) to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Featuring Edwin Huizinga (baroque violin), Roseen Giles (traverso), Evan Buttar (baroque cello), and Wesley Shen (harpsichord).  New works by composers Graham Flett, Chris Reiche, Chedo Barone, Christopher Butterfield, Emilie LeBel and Mitch Renaud. I wish to gratefully acknowledge the support of the 2013 Toronto Emerging Composer’s Award for the creation of this piece. Further thanks goes to the support of the Canadian Music Centre.cmc-logo-rgb



Interview (2007) for solo trumpet 
Amy Horvey, trumpet
March 13, 2014
Cafe Resonance (5175 Avenue du Parc) 
music at 8:30pm 

Canadian Festival of New Trumpet Music, Montréal 


Linen for 2 violins, cello and piano, written for The Thin Edge Collective
February 21, 2014
8pm Gallery 345 Toronto (345 Sorauren Ave)
Featuring performances of works by Anna Höstman, Anna Pidgorna, Ana Sokolovic and Brian Harman.


Nuyamł-ił Kulhulmx (Singing the Earth): 11 Pieces about a Place
Dec 4+5, 2013,
Artscape Wychwood Barns,
7pm screening of Cry Rock by Banchi Hanuse,
8pm concert,
A concert-installation presented by Continuum Ensemble and Marion Newman (mezzo soprano) reflecting on language, history and nature in the Bella Coola Valley. With Dylan Robinson and Patrick Nickleson.
This project gratefully acknowledges support by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, the Universities of Toronto, Alberta, and The Center for Indigeneity in the Contemporary World at Royal Holloway (University of London), The Toronto Arts Council, The Canada Council, The Ontario Arts Council, the European Research Council, and Smayaykila Films.

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2013

what her friend said (2008) for soprano and piano, written for Cathy Lewis
A Place to Listen
Cathy Lewis (soprano), Daniel Brandes (piano)
Sept 29, 7pm
James Bay United, 517 Michigan, Victoria

Program note: “What her friend said” is based on Kollan Arici’s poem of the same title. It is one of the earliest surviving texts of Tamil poetry from the Kuruntokai, an anthology of love lyrics probably recorded during the first three centuries AD.

The great city fell asleep
But we did not sleep.
Clearly we heard, all night,
from the hillock next to our house
the tender branches of the flower-crusted tree
with leaves like peacock feet
let fall
their blue-sapphire flowers.


pond tree for piano, percussion and cello, written for Blue Moss Ensemble
Rachel DeSoer (cello), Wesley Shen (piano), Daniel Morphy (percussion)
Sept 5, 8pm, The Array Space, Toronto
Alongside premieres by Otto Muller, Darren Miller, Emilie LeBel, and Mitch Renaud
Program note: On the north side of the mountain is a small pond, and beside it a tree. The walk back up is quite steep.


Fern for solo baroque flute written for Emma Elkinson
May 25, 8pm 
Music Gallery, Toronto
Program note: Ferns do not produce any flowers, reproducing instead via spores under their leaves. In the world of Finnish mythology, a fern flower therefore symbolizes the unattainable: that which one seeks but to no avail. Existing only in the realm of illusion, it encapsulates the image of an unreachable object. 


Drømde mik en drøm i nat… for english horn, french horn and string orchestra
I wrote this piece for my doctoral thesis. The title is taken from the oldest-surviving Nordic musical fragment with lyrical text, written at the end of Codex Runicus from the 14th century: “Drømde mik en drøm i nat um silki ok ærlik pæl” which translates as [I] dreamt me a dream last night of silk and lovely cloth.

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2012

The Icy-Crystal No-Name See-Through Man, a children’s story written by Henri van Bentum, composed for the Music Corner Ensemble
December
Winifred & Robin Wood Recital Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music
presented by: Victoria Conservatory of Music

Lattice for violin and piano written for the Thin Edge Collective
Nov 22, 8pm
Gallery 345, Toronto
Program note: Lattice is inspired by the work of Liang Shaoji (b. 1945), a visual artist who “sculpts time, life and nature” through the direct involvement of silkworms in all of the stages of their life cycles.

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darkness… pines…longwall  for solo piano
Oct 16, 7.30pm
Roger Admiral, Studio 27, Edmonton


DMA concert of recent chamber work including: Pine Trees & Blue Sky (2011), ghosts of swallows (2010), Allemain (2011), Rhizome (2012), & Straight Thin Lines (2012). Featuring Jane Wood, Ilana Waniuk, Mara Plotkin, Katherine Watson, Adam Scime, Kim Pritchard, Dan Morphy, Cheryl Duvall, & Larissa Koniuk
Oct 24, 7.30pm
Gallery 345, Toronto


Rhizome (re-imagined) for accordion and piano, commissioned by Ina Henning
DUO+for+CANADA, Ina henning and Stefan Schreiber (Stuttgart)
Sept 7, 8pm
Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto)
Program note: Botanists still don’t fully understand flower production in bamboo: some flower infrequently, others only rarely, and some have never flowered in human memory. Depending on the species in fact, the flowers appear at intervals of several years, if not decades or even centuries (e.g. the following photo shows the Fargesia nitida species that flowers once every 120 years). When a particular species does flower it may be universal; in other words, all the plants in that species from the same generation, from the same parent rhizomes, no matter where they are around the globe, may flower at the same time. The plants flower profusely and often become weakened, so much so that they sometimes die. 


ghosts of swallows for sextet  (2009)
Continuum Ensemble— “New Music Now” Series, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, hosted by Gary Kulesha with selected works conducted by Brian Current
August 7, 1.30pm
National Gallery of Canada


Carnival of the Animals (arr. for Music Corner Ensemble)
July 11, 11am
Concerts in the Park: Carnival of the Animals
Cameron Band Shell at Beacon Hill Park
presented by: City of Victoria


Healing I, Healing II: two photographic trios
July 5, Opening Exhibition and Reception
Bïzune Gallery Series Part II
452 Richmond St. West, Toronto


Seagull Aria from Rob Ford the Opera (Michael Albano, librettist)
June 30, 8pm— Toronto show at the Rustic Owl Cafe, 993 Bloor St. W.
The Bicycle Opera Project
“Twelve wheels, six Canadian opera scenes, five instruments, three voices, and a sense of adventure…Travelling by bicycle from Toronto to Peterborough, Cobourg, Picton, Kingston, Belleville, Prince Edward County, & Gananoque and performing in concert halls and unusual spaces.” With opera scenes by Brian Harman, Anna Höstman, Juliet Palmer,Darren Russo, Adam Scime, and Chris Thornborrow.


The Little Prince, a children’s piece written for the Music Corner Ensemble
Winifred & Robin Wood Recital Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music
presented by: Victoria Conservatory of Music
May 12, 3pm


Rhizome for solo accordion, commissioned by Ina Henning
March 9, 8pm
Emergents Festival, Music Gallery, Toronto


Allemain (a pudding from which acrobats leap) for solo piano, written for Jane Wood
February 26, 8pm
Gallery 345, Toronto
Alongside works by David Cecchetto (premiere), Christopher Butterfield (premiere), eldritch Priest, Adam Scime (premiere), Hiroki Tsurumoto (premiere), Josef Hauer


Rob Ford…(a collaboration with Massimo Guida, Saman Shahi & Adam Scime)… the Opera
January 22
MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto


2011
ghosts of swallows for sextet
Continuum Ensemble
Nov 6
Music Gallery, Toronto


Emily’s Piece for orchestra, commissioned by the Victoria Symphony
Oct 11, 8pm, conducted by Tania Miller
Farquar Auditorium, University of Victoria
Alongside works by T. Stokes, Georgio Magnenensi, Veda Hille, Barbara Croall
Program note: Emily’s Piece is an orchestra work in four movements based on a quartet of 1930s paintings by Emily Carr: Spring (1936-7), Pine Trees & Blue Sky (1935), Untitled Seascape (1935), and Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky (1935). This was a searching time for Emily Carr during which she challenged herself to find new approaches to express a deep connection to home, with its rainforests, mountains and ocean-swept skies. The paintings that resulted were some of the most progressive in Canada at that time. 

 


pine trees & blue sky for sextet, written for Aventa‘s Ignite! Workshop
Sept 10
Philip T. Young Hall, Victoria


pine trees & blue sky for septet (arranged with pipa)
Beijing International Composer’s Workshop Ensemble, conducted by Jeff Meyer
July 23
Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing


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Slanted Birds for string quartet
commissioned by Quatuor Bozzini as part of “Miniatures: a community creation project”
April 21, Montréal

 

 

 

 

 


darkness…pines…long wall for solo piano written for Jane Wood

Vertical Studies for flute, piano, violin and video written for the Pendulum Ensemble
Feb 4, 8pm
Heliconian Hall, Toronto


soft travellers for clarinet, trumpet, viola, double bass, harp, accordion, piano and percussion written for the gamUT ensemble
Jan 29, 8pm
Walter Hall, University of Toronto