chamber music

"...amid the cannon's roar,"


Performed by Quatuor Bozzini: Isabelle Bozzini, Stéphanie Bozzini, Alissa Cheung, Clemens Merkel
Live recording by Lawrence Dunn - King's College Chapel, Aberdeen as part of Sound Festival, October 2017

Program Note:
We've heard about your trouble, Tom,
In rousting out the Boer;
You shall not fight out there alone
Amid the cannon's roar,
The blood that stirred our noble sires
To build up England's Fame,
Re-kindles in Colonial sons
Their prestige to maintain. For-

We are the boys of the Southern Cross
Our stars shine on our flags-
Emblazoned with the Union Jack,
To show we're Empire lads.

From storm-torn hills where tussocks wave,
And dells where tree-ferns grow;
From snow-capp'd peaks, and rock-bound coast,
We come,-to strike the blow.
Rest, British sons, till South-cross boys
Canadian brothers meet-
Then on we'll press, an Empire's strength,
And make the foe retreat. For-
...

excerpted from Boys of the Southern Cross


red ensign


Commissioned and performed by Continuum Contemporary Music. World Premiere Performers: Anne Thompson (flute), Anthony Thompson (clarinet), Carol Lynn Fujino (violin), Bryan Holt (cello), Laurent Philippe (piano), Ryan Scott (percussion), Gregory Oh (conductor) Recorded March 8, 2015 as part of Continuum's concert 30 More! at the Music Gallery, Toronto.

program note: Red Ensign is a whisper on a frayed thread that hangs from a canopy in much the same manner a brick doesn't - or can't. These sounds aren't echoes and they certainly do not wave in the wind, not in one manner nor another. Instead the hums, crackles, pitches, and buzzes slowly wobble into/through/beside, and around one another as they cover, as they smother, as they conceal, as they lay draped across the fractures and fissures of long-ruined forms.


delicate triangles


site specific piece for mobile performers and mobile audience at the Gladstone hotel Toronto. performed by Brent O'toole (bass), Cory Latkovitch (cello), Gabrielle Charron-Merrit (guitar), Germaine Liu (percussion), Hillary Thomson (conductor), Jay Hay (tenor sax/ clarinet), Lendl Barcelos (conductor), Ruhee Dewji (tenor sax), Sebastian Shinwell (guitar), Vira Burmenko (violin). premiered on june 6th, 2012 and reperformed on June 8th 2012.


austerity measures and collective actions


Performed by the Pierrot Ensemble (Anya Alexeyev - piano, Jeremy Bell -violin, Amy Hamilton - flute, Beverley Johnston - percussion, Paul Pulford - cello, Peter Shackleton - clarinet).

program notes: Written in November of 2011, I interpreted some of the keywords used in popular culture and news media for the creation of this piece.
Austerity - two themes from which all the material is derived within a reduced structural form (sonatina).
Collective action - written into the score is a juxtaposition of different forms of group activities from strictly prescribed parts to loosely guided improvisation.
Occupy - this score is open, and free for any group of musicians who wish to play it.