has changed a lot for us in 2012: we had an apartment fire, moved, got
married, and I've got a new degree and have been transitioning into a
Things have been settling down a bit this fall, but I still have some creative projects afoot that you
might be interested in, taking place in five different cities:
- a second performance of a favourite in Edmonton
- a new piece for young string players
- a debut in New York City
- a long-awaited, large-scale piece for three pianists in May
PLUS plans are coming together to tour my new solo show "Yarn" in summer of 2013 - starting with the London Fringe in June and then going on to... well, that depends how the lotteries go.
Details are below!
In chronological order...with as much detail as I know at this time.
1) FUZZY LOGIC
for narrator and chamber ensemble
Written, composed and narrated by Alex Eddington.
With the St. Crispin's Chamber Players.
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 2:00 pm
Edmonton, Alberta: Muttart Hall, Alberta College (10050 Macdonald Drive)
Part ot the Edmonton Festival of New Music (November 15-17)
Festival Passes: $65 General/ $35 NME and Mile Zero Members
Individual events: $20 General/$10 Students/$5 NME Member
More info: http://newmusicedmonton.ca/
I wrote most of the text of Fuzzy Logic when I lived in Scotland in 2003. Sheep were my neighbours. I took a lot of notes about them. Here are some of the things they make me think about - a kind of sheep-based philosophy. Set to music.
I wrote myself into the piece because that's what sheep would do. Sheep wouldn't sit in the back row. They would get themselves dirty.
2) The Dusty Miller March
for brass quintet
The Red Brass:
Andre Dubelsten and Jonas Feldman, trumpets
Iris Krizmanic, French horn
Brad Dickson, trombone
Wilfred Lee, bass trombone
Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 6:00 pm
Toronto, Ontario: St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Anglican Church (3333 Finch Ave. E., at Warden)
For information about tickets, contact the church at (416) 499-1545
This is the same piece I wrote for our wedding in June, in honour of the Benmiller Inn where we were married. The piece is newly arranged for brass quintet... the plan being to create a suite of pieces that the Red Brass quintet will record on their upcoming CD project (next fall).
The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is contributing musicians (i.e. the Red Brass) to this concert, which also features the choirs of St. Paul's and young musicians from their community youth music program. The Red Brass will be playing fanfares and other short pieces (mine isn't really a fanfare, more of a... well, a march) by several Canadian composers, some of them world premieres.
The event will definitely sell out, so book ahead if you plan to attend!
3) Living Soul
for string orchestra (world premiere)
Student violinists, violists and cellists of the Suzuki String School of Guelph (ca. 140 performers!)
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 2:00 pm
Guelph, Ontario: River Run Centre (35 Woolwich Street)
For information about tickets, visit the Suzuki String School of Guelph website.
Following the success of Watershed, commissioned through the Canadian Music Centre's New Music for Young Performers program, and premiered in April 2012 by students of the Suzuki String School of Guelph (with teacher Paule Barsalou), the SSSG has commissioned me to write a new piece celebrating the 40th anniversary of their school.
Inspired by the Tonalization excercises used in Suzuki string training (for the development of a beautiful tone from the first days of playing an instrument) and named for a quote from founder Dr. Suzuki ("Tone has a living soul"), Living Soul will be performed by nearly all the students in the school: around 140 string players! The River Run Centre is Guelph's premiere performance facility - a beautiful hall.
4) The Stolen Child
for tenor and piano (world premiere of revised version)
In New York City.
Nathan Letourneau, tenor
Date TBA (April or May 2013)
Manhattan, NY: location TBA
The Stolen Child sets out to be a straightforward folk-song influenced setting of W.B. Yeats' poem... but is overtaken by otherworldly faerie music channeled by the pianist.
Tenor Nathan Letourneau will be premiering the piece on his end-of-degree recital next spring. Date TBA!
For piano six hands (world premiere)
junctQín keyboard collective (Stephanie Chua, Joseph Feretti and Elaine Lau)
Monday, May 27, 2013 - 8:00 pm
In the summer of 2010 I took an extraordinary camping trip across the south of Canada's prairie provinces, spending time in unique (very non-flat!) landscapes that most Canadians never see: Manitoba's Spirit Sands dunes, Saskatchewan's Big Muddy Valley, Grasslands National Park and the Cypress Hills, and Alberta's Writing-on-Stone and Dinosaur Provincial Parks.
Ever since, I've been trying to express my experience of these remarkable places in music. The three pianists of the junctQín keyboard collective have commissioned me to create a large-scale piece for them, starting with Big Muddy which they toured in fall 2011. I'm excited to put the whole piece together for their recital this coming May.
A new solo storytelling show
In London (Ontario)... and beyond.
Summer 2013, starting early June.
Directed by Tyler Séguin.
Yarn is my new storytelling show about the strange and wonderful summer I spent living on the isolated Isle of Mull, Scotland, in 2003. I moved there to find myself, but instead I lost my mind... temporarily. Set in a gorgeous, lonely place, Yarn is a highly personal story about the stories we tell ourselves to survive. I'm not totally sure what this show will look/sound like yet, but I expect that I'll be creating my own live sound design on an array of instruments and objects...
I recently confirmed that I'll be premiering Yarn at London Fringe in June 2013. Hopefully I will also be taking the show to Ottawa, Toronto, and even to the west... Once the lotteries all come in, I'll let you know where you can see it.