Cellist Seth Woods is the latest guest on ALL EARS. Originally from the USA, Seth has cultivated an international profile with frequent performances around the world. Having spent time studying and researching in Basel and Huddersfield, Seth is now developing his career in dual home bases of Chicago and New York City. His unique performances combine interactive media, visual projections, body movement, and dance with his virtuosic cello playing. Seth is also a member of the new Chineke! Orchestra based in the United Kingdom. In this interview, we discuss Seth’s personal path through contemporary music, from his early development to managing the complicated logistics of a fast-paced international career.
The good news just keeps rolling in for Canadian violinist Joshua Peters. Already the current Doris McLellan and Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition winner, Joshua’s just been awarded a violin from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank. I caught up with Joshua this past summer in Casalmaggiore. We discussed his musical development throughout his education, including his early start in Winnipeg and studies in Montréal and San Francisco. I also asked Joshua about the appeal of competitions and his personal goals for the 2015 E-Gré Winner’s Tour and beyond.
I’ve updated my biography to reflect my current artistic practices. The English version is up for your reading pleasure – the German version is still under construction!
Violinist Joshua Peters and pianist Katherine Dowling begin the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition Winner’s Tour on Saturday, October 31 with multiple concerts and master classes across Canada. I’ll look forward to supporting them soon and I hope you’ll keep an eye out for this outstanding combination of musicians. Complete event listings can be found on the E-Gré Website. An ALL EARS interview with Joshua Peters, recorded in person this past summer in Casalmaggiore, will be posted on November 1.
Nova Scotian pianist and composer Edward Enman joins ALL EARS for its twentieth episode. In a friendly conversation, we’ll trace Edward’s path through studies in Wolfville, Ottawa, and Montréal, and a few interesting detours along the way. He reflects on finding the balance between playing piano and composing, and how that relationship has fluctuated over the years. Edward is an active performer in the Canadian new music scene and a former prizewinner in the E-Gré Competition.
Erica Iris Huang is a fearless Canadian mezzo-soprano, former winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and a current member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus. Erica’s passion for her art form shines through in this conversation. I met Erica several years ago in Casalmaggiore, where I was able to experience her powerful voice and magnetic charisma in person. On this episode of ALL EARS, Erica reflects on her journey, her career and the development of her musical abilities.
After an unfortunate delay caused by the Great Computer Meltdown of 2015, ALL EARS returns with a vengeance! For this episode, I sat down with Philipp Krebs, a young German composer and a colleague of mine from our time together at Musikhochschule Stuttgart. Philipp creates spectacular music – quite literally spectacular, involving large performative and multi-media elements that create music for the eyes, not just for the ears. We chatted about his musical background and the influences that have led to his personal style.
Daniel Espie is a London-based American pianist. A graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, Dan is passionate about collaboration between instruments and across disciplines. He’s an active chamber musician and member of the Temple Ensemble. I had the great pleasure to meet Dan this past summer at Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, where we collaborated together on a Fluxus concert. On this episode of ALL EARS, Daniel discusses his experiences in Philadelphia and London and the people who helped him reach his musical goals.
My first month back in Canada was marked by two performances: a joint recital with NYOC tubist Justin Hickmott in Brandon, and a solo recital in Lethbridge.
Brandon University’s Augustfest celebrates the accomplishments of BU School of Music alumni. I was delighted by the invitation to perform a mixed program: for the first half, I collaborated with Brandon native Justin Hickmott for a set of tuba/piano duos. In the second half of the program, I performed solo piano pieces by BU alumni composers: Nicole Lizée‘s “Vertigo Beach”, Jocelyn Morlock‘s recent “Corybantic”, and a premiere of “The Outskirts of Fantasy” by emerging Manitoba composer Michelle Pegus.
This year’s Augustfest was particularly special as it celebrated the remarkable career of BU Professor Emeritus Dr. Lawrence Jones. Dr. Jones has been a longtime inspiration to me and I was grateful to attend a luncheon and concert in his honour.
On August 28, I made my first trip to Lethbridge, Alberta for a solo recital at CASA, a unique and modern interdisciplinary arts centre. I was happy to reunite with my dear friend (and past ALL EARS interviewee) Jesse Plessis, who was very generous and helpful in organizing the performance. The program featured two works by Frederic Rzewski, “Study II” and “De Profundis”, and repeat performances of “Vertigo Beach” and “The Outskirts of Fantasy”.
Another highlight of my August was a meeting with Manitoba composer Rémi Bouchard. I will perform some of his pieces in a concert in Neepawa on September 26. For further information about all my upcoming performances, check out the Calendar page.
Enjoy these fleeting last days of summer, and thanks for reading!
Germany-based, emerging Croatian composer Sara Glojnarić is my guest for this episode. We discuss her upbringing through the Croatian music schools system, her decision to move to Stuttgart, and the interesting conceptual directions her newest works have evolved.
You can connect with Sara through her Soundcloud page – a personal homepage will be active very soon. Keep an eye out for it!
Musical excerpts on this episode from:
“Mixtape” by Sara Glojnarić
Tomislav Facini, voice
Pavle Zajcev, cello
Greetings from the homeland! I’ve made a safe and happy return to Canada and am looking forward to some fun projects in the coming months. In the meantime, I’d like to share a little update about my time in Casalmaggiore, Italy this summer.
Casalmaggiore International Music Festival (CIF) is always a bustling hive of activity, and this year was no exception. It was wonderful to be reunited with many dear friends and colleagues, and of course, to meet many new ones. There were at least two concerts every day, held in Casalmaggiore and the surrounding communities.
CIF has taken on more and more contemporary music projects in recent years. Inspired by previous “Contemporary International Musical Exchange: CIME” concerts we have performed, Casalmaggiore’s wonderful Museo Diotti planned an exhibition of Italian Fluxus artist Giuseppe Chiari to coincide with this year’s edition. Called “Giuseppe Chiari: Quit Classic Music”, the exhibit was curated by Anna Vergine and Gabriele Fallini in collaboration with Casalmaggiore-based musicologist Vittorio Rizzi. I worked carefully with CIME director Megumi Masaki and Vittorio to develop a program of Fluxus pieces and “events” to coincide with the closing of the exhibition. After many hours of rehearsals, our concert took place on July 24, outside in the museum courtyard.
Curators Vergine and Fallini were special guests at our concert. Mario Chiari, son of the late Giuseppe Chiari travelled from Florence to attend. It was a beautiful and emotional evening, a true celebration of Chiari’s work. The audience in attendance was also surprised by many of the events – for example, the concert programs were distributed by being thrown as paper airplanes and crumpled paper balls in Mieko Shiomi’s “Fluxversion 1”. In my seven years of attendance at CIF, this may well be the concert I am proudest of! I thank festival director Anne Shih for giving CIME such a great platform this year, and Megumi, Vittorio, and the many contributing musicians for all of their hard work.
The complete concert, including numerous audience interventions and three pieces by Giuseppe Chiari, was recorded by the festival. I will post links to the videos once they are processed and uploaded to the festival’s YouTube channel.
Casalmaggiore International Music Festival has become a very special place for me, in fact I’ve come to refer to it affectionately as my “summer home.” Thank you to the terrific administrative team and to the wonderful people of Casalmaggiore for welcoming us into their beautiful community and sharing in so many special memories for yet another year. Thanks also to the Manitoba Arts Council for its support of my attendance this year.
Up next: concerts in Brandon, Lethbridge and Neepawa. Stay tuned!