Compositions

wonted

Electroacoustic; 2017

definition of wonted – habitual; usual

into a landscape, unrest

For mixed ensemble: viola, bassoon, percussion, piano, and electronics; 2017

Commissioned by Caution Tape Sound Collective and premiered a part of Quintile on March 18 at Array Space in Toronto. Performed by Bianca Chambul (bsn), Evan Bowen (perc), Emilie Gelinas-Noble (vla), Jana Luksts (synth, electronics), Markéta Ornova (pno)

“Everything is impermanent and comes to an end. Every moment that comes into being is a moment of destruction” – Dzigar Kongtrul

into a landscape, unrest is inspired by the idea of how impermanent our surrounding and environments are from the very subtle to the more pronounced. There are cycles to how things form and transform according to what is present in the space. Our awareness guides what we deem to be background and foreground and this is continually changing as we experience one moment to the next. The piece plays with this shifting awareness and the expectation for things to continue as they were.

without ground

For flute, cello, and percussion; 2016

Commissioned and premiered by Blue Rider Ensemble at the Canadian Music Centre on March 10, 2017.

without ground explores qualities of vulnerability through delicate activity and unstable suspension. The piece evolves around the idea of experiencing fragility at the point of almost breaking. What happens when this fragile state does break and overwhelms all space? There is a complexity to how these qualities manifest through the lack of control and disorder of its groundless nature.

XIV

For soprano (voice) and live electronics; 2017

Written for and premiered by Adanya Dunn (soprano) and Zach Clark (electronics) on Feb.1, 2017 at the Tranzac in Toronto.

Text from the Tao Te Ching, chapter 14:

image without an image

subtle beyond all conception

Impressioned

For clarinet, violin, percussion, and piano; 14′, 2016.

Performed by the Array Ensemble: Stephan Clarke, Colleen Cook, David Shotzko, Stephen Sitarski and conducted by Rick Sacks.  Presented as a part of the 28th Futurelab: Young Composers’ Workshop. Premiered on May 28, 2016 at Arraymusic, Toronto.

Impressioned explores how characteristics are reflected, transformed, and embodied. This is experienced through fluid exchanges of subtle qualities, occurring unconsciously and sometimes seamless. We change, adapt, and respond according to the kind of space or character we are interacting with. The piece unfolds through different gestures that are reflected between groups while maintaining a sense of individuality. These gestures interject one another, return, and develop, adapting to what comes next.