Esprit New Wave Festival - Night 2

    New Wave 2 features the world premiere of Julia Mermelstein's between walls for chamber orchestra and fixed electronics, a new work by Stephanie Orlando, Misato Mochizuki’s Chimera, and the Canadian Premiere of Julius Eastman’s Gay Guerrilla, in an arrangement for string septet by fellow American Jessie Montgomery.

    Video of "in water suspended"

    Back in 2021, Esprit Orchestra recorded my piece in water suspended in collaboration with visual artist Moira Ness and I'm so excited to finally share this recording. It was amazing to be able to collaborate with Esprit on this commission and to get to work with Moira and bring another layer to the piece.


    NextGen Composer with the TSO

    I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be writing a new piece for the TSO a part of their NextGen Composer program to be premiered in their 2023-24 season. I'm very excited to get to work with Gustavo Gimeno and Alison Yun-Fei Jiang and to write a 2nd piece for the orchestra.

    Recording session for "spora"

    It's been awhile in the making but finally the 2021 ASCP (Art Song Collaborative Project) was able to happen this year! My piece "spora" for soprano, cello, and percussion was composed for this project's Terra's Resurgence Opera back in 2021 and it was amazing to finally hear it performed by Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor (sop), Joel Tangjerd (vc), and Joyce To (perc). The piece will be released as part of a video series on YouTube later this fall.


    What Brings You In at SummerWorks

    What Brings You In is an interactive multimedia performance by Leslie Ting featuring percussionist Germaine Liu, music by Linda Catlin Smith, two commissioned electroacoustic pieces by Rose Bolton and Julia Mermelstein, and binaural sound design by Matt Smith (Prince Nifty). This music-driven project explores the many ways we engage in the therapeutic process based on interview research, and personal experiences with talk therapy, hypnotherapy, dreamwork, sandplay, somatics, and reiki.

    What Brings You In is being presented as part of the SummerWorks Lab from your personal device either at home, or with others at the venue.

    Aug 5, 2022Toronto, ON
    Aug 6, 2022Toronto, ON

    Din of Shadows VI: Mortal Chorus

    Din of Shadow’s sixth production is an ode to the human voice in its many forms: singing, speaking, screaming, whispering, and noise-making; live, pre-recorded, natural, and processed. The voice is presented alone, and in collaboration with instruments, electronics, dance, and video projection.

    The programme features a new multimedia work "A frame through bodies move" for soprano, live electronics and two dancers by Julia Mermelstein and Angela Blumberg.

    Rehearsal + film stills for "A frame through bodies move"

    Been working on a new multimedia piece, "A frame through bodies move" for solo voice + electronics in collaboration with Angela Blumberg. It's been such an amazing project to collaborate on and to get to work with soprano, Stacie Dunlop, dancers Sarah Di Iorio, Taylor Collis, and videographer Sue Howard. So excited to be premiering this piece on June 18 with Din of Shadows' Din VI: Mortal Chorus at the Music Gallery.


    TSO: Gimeno + Hannigan

    The TSO conducted by Music Director Gustavo Gimeno performs the entire ballet of Stravinsky’s The Firebird with back-to-back world premières from Canadian composers. First, a prelude by Julia Mermelstein, written in celebration of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 100th season; then, music of “riotously inventive” (The New Yorker) composer Zosha Di Castri, featuring incomparable Canadian soprano and contemporary-music icon Barbara Hannigan.

    May 21, 2022Toronto, ON
    May 19, 2022Toronto, ON

    Esprit Live 2022! Act 3

    Premiere of "in water suspended" for orchestra commissioned by Esprit Orchestra with generous support by the Ontario Arts Council. The concert will include premieres by Stephanie Orlando and Christina Volpini as well as performing Claude Vivier's "Orion" with video projections created by artist Moira Ness.

    What Brings You In (work-in-progress showing)

    An at-home experience of our new interactive performance in development, May 5-8, 2022 as part of WhyNot Theatre’s RISER Project. Currently designed for blind, low vision and sighted audience members alike.

    May 5, 2022Online
    May 6, 2022Online
    May 7, 2022Online
    May 8, 2022Online