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


"long to reign over us"


program note:

“The fairies, besides being vengeful, are also very arrogant, and allow no interference with their old-established rights”
― Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde
 

"Long to Reign Over Us"
from "...amid the cannon's roar,", track released June 2, 2018

performed by Amahl Arulanandam (cello) Sara Constant (flute), Wesley Shen (piano), Aysel Taghi-Zada (violin)

Recorded by Paul Talbott at the Glenn Gould Studio with assistant engineer Pouya Hamid.


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.


warheads


performed by the Toy Piano Composers ensemble for TBA2. premiered at the Heliconian Club on February 8th, 2014. Katherine Watson (flute), Anthony Thompson (clarinet), Wesley Shen (piano), Adam Campbell (percussion), Sharon Lee(violin/ e-violin), Adam Scime (double bass).

program note: awkward. confused. dismantled. delicate. diffused. dim. tenuous. vague.

reviews:

"@Jason_Doell's WARHEADS—A skewed topology—a ruined landscape populated by vestiges of signifying entities—an utterly disorienting paysage." Marc Couroux on twitter (@xenopraxis)

and new music toronto


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.