Albatross Smorgasbord - mini-opera (world premiere)
Jul
25
to Jul 27

Albatross Smorgasbord - mini-opera (world premiere)

Art Song Collaborative Project presents Cries of the Earth, featuring art songs and mini-operas by 14 Canadian and international composers.

Performance locations and times TBC (there will be 3 performances, in London, Kitchener and Toronto)

Alex Eddington wrote the libretto and music for a mini-opera, Albatross Smorgasbord.

Inspired by Chris Jordan’s photographs of plastic-filled baby albatross carcasses on Midway Island, and his beautiful documentary film Albatross, Albatross Smorgasbord is a tragicomic 10-minute chamber opera about two young Laysan albatrosses preparing for their first flight out to the ocean, but facing an almost insurmountable hurdle.

Featuring:

Alondra Vega-Zalvidar, soprano

Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor, soprano

Megan Cheng, violin

Joel Tangjerd, cello

Evan Bowen, percussion

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"gibbons vs. Gibbons" - presented by Spectrum Music
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

"gibbons vs. Gibbons" - presented by Spectrum Music

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.

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TILESCAPES for all-ages/abilities choir and ambient soundscape (world premiere)
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

TILESCAPES for all-ages/abilities choir and ambient soundscape (world premiere)

  • The Ground Floor (Jumblies Theatre) (map)
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Alex Eddington is creating collaborative music and sound design with the all-ages, all-abilities Ground Floor Choir, for the Jumblies Theatre project TILESCAPES.

This world premiere work will feature texts by the participants inspired by tiles they designed throughout the project (see below), vocal works created collaboratively with the choir, and an ambient soundscape generated by ceramic materials.

This performance coincides with the opening of the Tilescapes exhibition, and is FREE to the public.


TILESCAPES

In Fall 2018 ceramics artist, Parker Dirks, came once a week to The Ground Floor and worked with our artists and community participants to create ceramic tiles expressing landscapes mingling fantasy, memory and local surroundings.

These turned out so intricately and magnificently, that we have invited Parker back to finish the project through an intensive residency period at The Ground Floor.

There will be public drop-in sessions, other less formal drop-in options, and a final exhibition and celebration for the finished tiles, including music and stories responding to them.

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"gibbons vs. Gibbons" for string quartet (world premiere)
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

"gibbons vs. Gibbons" for string quartet (world premiere)

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra presents DRYING INK: Workshop, Concert and Recording project with the Odin String Quartet.

Since September 2017, the Odin String Quartet has been the ensemble-in-residence for the SPO and is made up of New Generation Artists Alex Toskov (violin), Tanya Charles (violin), Laurence Schaufele (viola) and Samuel Bisson (cello).

The concert on March 1 includes world premiere music by established composers:

  • Bruno Degazio

  • Alex Eddington

  • Chris Meyer

  • Ronald Royer

and New Generation composers:

  • Samuel Bisson

  • Kevin Zi-Xiao He

  • Shreya Jha

The Odin Quartet will record most or all of these new pieces for their debut CD album, on the Cambria Master Recordings label and distributed worldwide by Naxos.

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"Eight Dudes" for trumpet - at Festival Contrasti (Trento, Italy)
Feb
2
5:30 PM17:30

"Eight Dudes" for trumpet - at Festival Contrasti (Trento, Italy)

Eight Dudes for solo trumpet (playing 5 different instruments) was selected for Festival Contrasti, and will receive its European premiere on Saturday February 2 in Tento, Italy.

Eight Dudes is a series of virtuosic études for trumpet(s), but the eight movements are also humorous characters - “dudes”, if you will. The trumpet soloist is asked to play five instruments (B-flat trumpet, B-flat cornet, B-flat flugelhorn and B-flat piccolo trumpet, E-flat trumpet) and is often at odds with themselves. The piece was originally premiered by Russell Whitehead in 2005 at the University of Alberta.

You can read the program notes, listen to excerpts, and peruse the score HERE.

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MotoContrario is proud to present the program for the 6th edition of the Festival Contrasti: from February 2nd to March 16th 2019, three weekends of meetings and concerts between Trento and Rovereto (Fondazione Caritro Halls):

– 9 concerts and 6 meetings with composers and performers

– 4 guest ensembles: Windkraft (Alto Adige), Ned ensemble (Desenzano), XYQuartet (Treviso), Suono Giallo (Città di Castello)

– 3 concerts of MotoContrario ensemble

– almost 30 performers involved in the festival

– more than 50 pieces of composers from all over the world (with world, European or Italian premieres)

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"Kyrie on Jesous Ahatonhia" for choir (world premiere)
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

"Kyrie on Jesous Ahatonhia" for choir (world premiere)

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Voices Choir presents The Mystery of Christmas.

World premiere of Kyrie on “Jesous Ahatonhia” from Missa Brevis on Francophone Carols by Alex Eddington.

A setting of the Latin Kyrie text. The music is re-composed from the tune of Jesous Ahatonhia, otherwise known by its more recent name: the Huron Carol.

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Narrating "The Night Before Christmas" with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Narrating "The Night Before Christmas" with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Alex Eddington will be joining the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra to narrate “The Night Before Christmas” on this spectacular holiday concert… alongside Roch Carrier reading “The Hockey Sweater”!

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This winter classic returns to Hamilton! Gather with family and friends to share in the warmth and music of the holiday season. Roch Carrier joins Gemma New and the HPO to narrate his classic Canadian tale The Hockey Sweater set vividly to music by Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson Schulte. Audience members are encouraged to wear their favourite hockey jersey.

Gemma New, Conductor
Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Guest Artist
Roch Carrier, Narrator

Featuring holiday favourites and Abigail Richardson-Schulte’s The Hockey Sweater.

Arrive early and join us for the FREE Inside the Music: Pre-concert talk at 6:30pm.


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Why We Fight (music + sound design)
Nov
17
to Nov 18

Why We Fight (music + sound design)

WHY WE FIGHT

Crux Encounter Productions is proud to announce the World Premiere of a new theatre piece that explores the stories of fighting and violence.

Directed by Tyler Seguin

**Original music and sound design by Alex Eddington.

Why do we fight? Why do we love to watch others fight?

 From slapstick to sport, cartoons to armed combat, violence is an integral part of human interaction and storytelling, and yet we seldom recognize it on its own merits. Why is violence so linked to the human experience? Why do we find it satisfying, terrifying, and even amusing? In a series of scenes and sketches, WHY WE FIGHT takes on the challenge of dissecting, slicing, and pummelling our ideas of conflict into passionate, perplexing, and sometimes hilarious submission.

Limited run with only three performances, Why We Fight is being performed at 1300 Gerrard St. E.

SHOW TIMES:
November 17, 2:00pm & 8:00pm
November 18, 2:00pm
The Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard St. E, Toronto

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Clinician and featured composer at Huron MusicFest
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Clinician and featured composer at Huron MusicFest

Alex Eddington is a clinician and featured composer at 2018 Huron MusicFest in Clinton, Ontario.

He will be presenting workshops about composing with students during the day, and conduct his band piece Flight of the Hawks at the evening concert. The piece will be performed by a combined mass band from four high schools in the Avon Maitland board:

  • Central Huron Secondary School (Clinton)

  • F.E. Madill Secondary School (Wingham)

  • Goderich District Collegiate Institute (Goderich)

  • South Huron Secondary School (Exeter)

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Brrronsfonsvurth performs at the Red Nose Cabaret
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Brrronsfonsvurth performs at the Red Nose Cabaret

Alex’s clown acquaintance, Brrronsfonsvurth, returns to the Red Nose Cabaret to share some autumnal discoveries.

Variety of clown and character acts with guest Desolita, hosts Mr. Eff & Lucy and others.  $10.

This event frequently sells out! Reserve ahead:

https://www.facebook.com/events/250100929033281/

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