2012 has been a little less hectic - in some ways - than last fall, when I updated you on a crazy number of performances that I had happening in Toronto and across the country.
But there are some neat events afoot this Spring, including a reading from my new play ("Yarn"), a musical premiere, the professional orchestra debut of one of my pieces, and a narration performance with Continuum. Details are below!
In chronologicalish order...
I'm reading an excerpt from my new solo show.
Yarn is a new autobiographical monologue about my strange and wonderful summer living on the isolated Isle of Mull, Scotland, in 2003 - what living there did to my brain - and the stories we tell ourselves to get by.
I'm planning to premiere the full show in the summer of 2013. It will involve live music on many instruments! And possibly stop-motion animation depicting the perplexing behaviour of sheep...
The Four Winds Collective presents...
A Night of Lies
Join us on Monday, March 19th as we take over the TRANZAC’s Tiki Room, say bye-bye to the Truth for a couple hours, have a few drinks and experience some live theatre fresh from the incubator.
Come for the stories, stay for the conversation.
You will hear excerpts from:
When: Monday, March 19th
Doors - 8pm
The event will start shortly thereafter.
(recommended $5 – all donations go towards funding the future of this series)
Where: The Tiki Room of TRANZAC
Commissioned through the Canadian Music Centre's wonderful New Music for Young Musicians project.
Watershed is a musical journey following the path of a drop of water from the Columbia Icefield in Alberta, through lakes and rivers all the way to Hudson's Bay in Manitoba. The piece is a duet for beginning and advanced violinists. It has seven movements, each of which explores different musical skills as well as depicting different locations along the Hudson's Bay watershed:
North Saskatchewan River
TWO performances this April!
a) PING! Premiere:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
3:30 pm (Student workshop with the Penderecki String Quartet)
Featuring new compositions for young string players by Canadian Music Centre associate composers.
Location: North Toronto Collegiate Institute Auditorium (17 Broadway Avenue, near Yonge and Eglinton)
b) Guelph Suzuki School
Sunday, April 27, 2012
Featuring violin students of the Guelph Suzuki School, in group performance on my piece!
Special thanks go to my consulting educator, Paule Barsalou, for coordinating this performance and for her help composing the piece.
Details to be posted at the Guelph Suzuki School website.
3) SATURDAY NIGHT at FORT CHAMBLY
for orchestra (2009/2012)
(my professional orchestra debut!)
Sunday April 15, 2012 - 7:30 pm BRANTFORD Ontario
My music was selected to be part of a concert of folk music for fiddles featuring the wonderful Pierre Schryer band!
My only Canadian ancestor was stationed at Fort Chambly, Québec. I wondered what the culture was like there when the soldiers were off duty. Did they drink beer like "Blanche de Chambly"? What music did they play and sing? My piece is a collage of French-Canadian folk songs (at least 25 of 'em), thrown together in drunken chaos. Sometimes they get along and sometimes they fight, but they'll be friends again in the morning.
4) Continuum at New Music 101
Monday, May 7, 2012 - 7:00pm (1 hour)
Toronto Reference Library
with Alex Eddington, narrator
One concert in a 4-part series at the Toronto Reference Library
"Telling a Story"
There is a long and lively tradition of using music to convey a story,
through many forms -- programmatic music, opera, ballet, lieder. But
possibly the most direct means involves narration underpinned by music. As
part of New Music 101, Continuum presents contemporary expressions of the
practice, including "l’Eléphant de mer" (from Contes pour enfants pas sages)
by west-coast composer Christopher Butterfield, Why the parrot repeats human
words by east-coast composer Emily Doolittle, and a much-compressed version
of Stravinsky’s classic l’Histoire du Soldat.
The works call for
clarinet, violin, viola and percussion, as well as narrator.
As always, you can follow what I'm up to, read my blog, and see my collection of amusing and perplexing Things That Are at www.AlexEddington.com