“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.
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.
Alondra Vega-Zalvidar, soprano
Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor, soprano
Megan Cheng, violin
Joel Tangjerd, cello
Evan Bowen, percussion
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.
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.
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:
and New Generation composers:
Kevin Zi-Xiao He
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)