Recently, I have been working on a new piece a destination for the odd quartet of violin, english horn/ oboe, percussion (marimba/ glockenspiel in this case) and piano, which comprises the core instrumentation of new Toronto chamber music ensemble the Thin Edge New Music Collective. It’s been an interesting challenge to work within the limitations of the instrumental forces, yet also expand my knowledge of what is possible with them. I have discovered a lot of new interesting techniques with this piece, particularly with english horn and oboe, which I had never written for previously! I have also grown quite fond of the marimba’s deep-yet-dull resonance. With this piece, I also have experimented for the first time with employing simple external instruments, in this case auxiliary harmonicas for the pianist and percussionist which create a thin, gauzy, background drone. I’m really pleased with the result.
Given the number of works for this instrumental combination, the Thin Edge has actually specially commissioned four other pieces for the group from a strange cross-section of other young Canadian composers, putting together a program of premieres.
This five-work program will be making the rounds in the next little while. Here’s a rundown of the show. To read more about the other composers, please visit here.
An Evening of Firsts: The Thin Edge presents 5 newly composed works by emerging Canadian composers: Margaret Ashburner, Aura Giles, Tova Kardonne, August Murphy-King, and Nick Storring.
Thursday, May 24th, 2012
8pm at Gallery 345
345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto
Tickets $20, $15 Students/Seniors
Facebook event here.
Sunday, June 10th, 2012
8pm at The Music Room
57 Young Street West, Waterloo
Tickets $20 ($15 Seniors; $10 Students)
Facebook event here
Tuesday,June 12th, 2012
8pm at The Gallery/ Ecclesiax Church
2 Monk Street, Ottawa
*This concert is being sponsored by the Ottawa New Music Creators and will include additional works by members of the ONMC*