Saman Shahi works hard. I can say that with confidence having witnessed the unfolding of his career over the past 5 years. At the point that I met Saman he had completed a masters in composition at the University of Toronto. In my position at the CMC I sometimes get ahead of myself and think that I am guiding early-career artists towards their professional goals when in fact those artists are showing me that their professional goals lie in an entirely different direction that I had not imagined.
This week we get to know another composer taking part in the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra project, David Bergeron. David lives in Windsor which has been the centre of his artistic output. I met David just over a year ago when he travelled to Toronto as a participant in Contact’s Music From Scratch workshop. During the workshop, whether we were eating delicious vegan pizza or playing open scores I appreciated David’s personality and his ability to so thoroughly nerd-out about music, gaming, and more.
The fourth in our series of posts about New Associate Composers, this week we hear from Dan Brophy. There are a number of composers who straddle musical contexts such as rock, metal, and classical, but Dan seems to be the only one who appears in his CMC profile photo (at the time of writing) in a Morbid Angel hoodie.