Compositions

Sunder

For flute, piano, and electronics; 2018

Sunder: split apart, or into pieces

This piece focuses on resonance, as background, foreground, as expansive sound, and it’s own disintegration. I was questioning how these trails or tail-ends of actions can imprint onto new formations; how can they change or influence new behaviour amongst the performers; can these imprints act as memories of previous material?

Commissioned by Amanda Lowry and Jason White. To be premiered on April 15, 2018 in Waterloo, ON.

in turn

For orchestra; 2017

in turn explores depth and contraction of space in an environment that is in constant flux. There are sequences in natural phenomena that continually return but in different ways each time. There is subtlety in these changes and they are constantly prone to disruption, transforming and evolving this process into new paths.

2nd prize winner in the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra's 2018 Young Composers Competition

Woven, Still

For multi-percussion and electronics; 2017

Commissioned by Caution Tape Sound Collective and premiered by Evan Bowen at Singles Vol.3 on October 21, 2017, at Arrayspace in Toronto. Supported by Ontario Arts Council through commissioning grant.

Woven, Still explores elements of ritualistic and habitual tendencies through two contrasting sound spaces that gradually influence the other. Some habits can be tightly wound and so ingrained in our bodies, almost as if one snaps or is pulled back into place when trying to let go. The dynamic of this tension slowly dissolves throughout the piece through an opening of space, allowing room to breathe and reflect.

wonted

Electroacoustic; 2017

definition of wonted – habitual; usual

wonted explores habitual sounds from daily routines, usually experienced as background. These sounds become the focus through warped and distorted perspectives until they are gradually revealed in their environment. There’s a juxtaposition between these activities and electronically sculpted sonorities that create underlining emotions behind the tasks at hand, invoking what might be there subconsciously.

wonted will have its acousmatic premiere on March 24, 2018 at Spark to Stone Concert co-presented by Caution Tape Sound Collective and the Association of Canadian Women Composers at Array Space in Toronto. This piece has been featured on New Adventures in Sound Art's Deep Wireless 13 Compilation and placed third in Musicworks' 2017 International Electronic Music Competition.

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