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on March 22, 2017

Now the dust of my PhD has settled (I'm a Dr. now they tell me), I have time to participate in the world outside. I have meant to make contact with the CMC for a long time. I have a number of ideas for libretti at present and am always keen to collaborate. While my subject has been war, I have a body of work on the...

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by Matthew Fava
on March 22, 2017

By: Michael Schulman

In his long career, R. Murray Schafer composed a total of seven works with a prominent role for the harp. They’re all here, presented in chronological order, in this stunning new two-CD compilation of archival recordings, performed by the artists for whom they were...

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by Matthew Fava
on March 22, 2017

Earlier this year I was at the Tranzac for an event, and afterwards went out for sushi with Patrick McGraw and a mutual friend. We were walking to the nearest subway station at the end of our night, and in the midst of a conversation Patrick said—in an entirely sincere voice—“It is a lot easier being a raccoon in...

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by CMC Ontario Library Residency
on March 21, 2017

By Debashis Sinha

The directions, written originally on the back of a postcard, are punishingly simple: play an extended roll on an undefined percussion instrument for an undefined period of time, from silence to a peak of quadruple...

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by Matthew Fava
on March 6, 2017

I think it was about two years ago that I stumbled upon Julia Mermelstein’s soundcloud page. It was one of those experiences on a social platform when you begin to see a recurring person who is following, and being followed by, your existing connections. Upon listening to her music, which I found alluring/...

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by Matthew Fava
on February 28, 2017

ROBERT RIVAL (b.Calgary, 1975) has created a widely-performed body of work in widely varying genres: orchestra, choral and chamber music, art song, solo piano and music-theatre. After receiving his DMA in composition from the University of Toronto in 2010, he served as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s Resident...

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by Matthew Fava
on February 21, 2017

For this week’s Earmark, we catch up with CMC Associate Composer August Murphy-King. As August addresses below, Toronto is very much his home base. Apart from noticing his deep involvement as a creator and organizer in the local chamber scene, I have also enjoyed his ongoing commentary on municipal...

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by Matthew Fava
on February 14, 2017

This week we welcome CMC Associate Composer Colleen Muriel. Colleen grew up and studied in Vancouver, but has called the UK home since 2007. From a young age she studied piano and flute, and composition has been a part of her musical experience from that early stage. During her time in Canada she studied with Dr....

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by Matthew Fava
on February 14, 2017

CANADIAN PANORAMA
Winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra; Ronald Royer, Conductor
Cambria CD-1227

By: Michael Schulman

In his printed introduction to these world-premiere recordings of works by six CMC Associate...

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by Matthew Fava
on February 9, 2017

In our ongoing series of posts on new associate composers, we have an entry from our conversation with Tze Yeung Ho. Tze Yeung is a Norwegian-Canadian composer of Cantonese descent. He spent his formative years in Toronto, and is now based in Oslo, Norway—these two cities are centres for his musical activities....