Alex Eddington’s string quartet piece gibbons vs. Gibbons will receive a second performance by the Odin Quartet in a concert presented by Spectrum Music in Toronto on Saturday, April 6.
“Jests in Time” is a concert of music cross-pollinating with comedy, so this piece - in which a very serious Renaissance duet for viols (by Orlando Gibbons, naturally) is attacked and invaded by a pair of swooping, whooping gibbon apes - is a natural fit.
The Odin String Quartet premiered gibbons vs. Gibbons on March 1 at Array Space in Toronto.
Not only did they capture the sound of singing gibbon apes in their tone, and the finicky string effects needed to create the sense of Renaissance music (by Orlando Gibbons, naturally) being swatted around by these mischievous primates, but they made it funny!
Adam Scime - a wonderful bassist, pianist and composer - broke his right hand, and had to stop playing bass while it heals. But Adam is turning lemons into an exquisite fountain of lemonade! He wants to commission seven Canadian composers - including Alex Eddington - to write new left-hand piano pieces for him to premiere this May.
Alex Eddington has been commissioned by the Toronto Consort to write both the libretto and music for a theatrical piece about the delirious final moments of the life of Tycho Brahe, the eccentric astronomer.
I was pleased to have 6 of my pieces included in the latest edition of the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects syllabus. Student musicians choose pieces from this all-Canadian, 20th- and 21st-century syllabus repertoire to compete in Contemporary Showcase.