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Matthew Fava's picture
by Matthew Fava
on October 7, 2016

The third in our series of posts about New Associate Composers, this week we speak with Sophie Dupuis. Although she is studying in Toronto, and has an affiliation with Ontario Region, she comes from the only officially bilingual province in Canada—New Brunswick. In the conversation we get to see some of the ways that her Atlantic upbringing has shaped her relationship to music, while also remembering that time in the 90s when Raine Maida was in every older sister’s record collection.

wilbeau's picture
by wilbeau
on October 10, 2016

Two of the teachers who influenced me the most had the grace to listen as full participants. They took the score in their hands and proceeded to live it along with each player they listened to. Players usually responded by playing better - it is much easier to play well when the person beside you is having a musical experience.

tineke veenhoven's picture
on October 16, 2016

The New Millbank Trio played at the Riverside Entertainment Center in Miramichi, NB in July 2016, Tineke Veenhoven on alto flute (jazzy improvisation).

Here is the link to the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9AaS0pfe7Y

wilbeau's picture
by wilbeau
on October 24, 2016

I am sometimes impressed by how much emphasis players put on fingering a passage a certain way. As if there is only one manner to produce a phrase that will give it the right personality. Keeping a melody on single string is one of those habits, as if the melody lived on the strings, not in the imagination of the player. The performer’s imagination is the most important aspect of playing; it is this imagined sound that triggers the rest of the music making process. This imagined sound needs to contain pitch and rhythm, in addition to timbre, articulation, volume and subtle changes of speed.

Matthew Fava's picture
by Matthew Fava
on October 26, 2016

Earlier this year the CMC and the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra (WSYO) established an orchestral reading program for early career composers. In this series of blog posts we are profiling the composers who are taking part in the first edition of the project.