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


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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"Gibbons v. Gibbons" for string quartet (world premiere)
8:00 PM20:00

"Gibbons v. 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 February 22nd includes world premiere music by established composers:

  • Bruno Degazio

  • Alex Eddington

  • Kieren McMillan

  • Chris Meyer

  • Ronald Royer

and four New Generation composers:

  • Samuel Bisson

  • Kevin Zi-Xiao He

  • Phillip Christoffersen

  • 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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"Kyrie on Jesous Ahatonhia" for choir (world premiere)
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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Clinician and featured composer at Huron MusicFest
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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