The abstract staying power of ‘new music'

December 5, 2017
National

"The term "new music" is a confusing one: It doesn't mean all recent music, but rather something quite narrow and specific. When critics talk about "new music," they are referring to that subset of the art music tradition that is contemporary. We can't call it classical any more, because there's nothing either classic or classical about it. It may use the conventional instruments of the orchestra or it may not (it may use electronics or scissors and fishing line).

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Gerardo Molina is a Mexican Pianist and Computer Scientist, graduated from the Computer Systems Engineering Bachelor Program in the University of the Americas, Puebla in 1994. Across the time, working as computer manager in an outstanding software company, he studied in the Bachelor of Music program of the University of the Americas, Puebla completing three years from 2000-2 and 2015-16.

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Of Cree descent, Andrew Balfour has written a body of more than 30 choral, instrumental and orchestral works, including Take the Indian, Empire Étrange: The Death of Louis Riel, Migiis: A Whiteshell Soundscape, Bawajigaywin, Gregorio’s Nightmare, Wa Wa Tey Wak (Northern Lights), Fantasia on a Poem by Rumi, Missa Brevis and Medieval Inuit. He is currently working on an indigenous opera commissioned by L’Atelier Lyrique de Opéra de Montréal and Highlands Opera Workshop.

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Arsis and Thesis - Rodney Sharman

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Type:Video
Description:Rodney Sharman, Arsis and Thesis (2006), performed by Tiresias Duo, Mark McGregor, flute; Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano, posted on youtube with the permission of the performers.
Credits:Rodney Sharman
Duration:00:12:14
Subject:Rodney Sharman | Arsis and Thesis
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Created Date28 Nov 2016

Rodney Sharman on Morton Feldman on the Guitar

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Type:Video
Description:For the full interview with Rodney Sharman, composer, and Adrian Verdejo, guitar, and performance of Sharman's "In a Room", for solo guitar please go to Vancouver Review Media at the following link: http://vancouverreviewmedia.com/in-a-room-rodney-sharman-adrian-verdejo/
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Duration:00:00:28
Subject:Rodney Sharman
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Created Date24 Jan 2017

Rodney Sharman - At Dusk

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Description:At Dusk (2003), performed by Michael Sweeney, bassoon, the Seiler Strings, Erica Goodman, harp, and Nicholas Coulter, timpani. Posted on youtube with the permission of producer and performer, Michael Sweeney.
Credits:Rodney Sharman
Duration:00:07:29
Subject:Rodney Sharman | At Dusk
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Created Date05 Apr 2017

Pavane, Galliard and Variations - Rodney Sharman

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Description:Pavane Galliard and Variations is a transcription for Standing Wave of keyboard works by William Byrd (ca. 1540-1623), particularly Pavana - the Earle of Salisbury, a "mash" of the two galliards which follow it, and A Ground. The pavane and galliard were typically paired together, as were these two by the composer. The former is a processional dance; the latter a "leaping" dance. I sang Byrd's music in choirs when I was a teenager, but came to know his keyboard music only recently, through the recommendation of musicologist David Metzer. In taking up Byrd's dances, I layer, fragment, extend, and colour the originals in the manner of a fantasia, another genre in which Byrd excelled. The first movement was written at the request of Arne Eigenfeldt and was performed by Standing Wave in May 2009 as part of a dance concert; the second and third movements were commissioned by Standing Wave through the generosity of the BC Arts Council and first performed in May 2010. The piece is dedicated to Standing Wave and David Metzer.

The piece was choreographed by James Kudelka in a piece for 1 female and 3 male dancers, Byrd Music.
Credits:Rodney Sharman
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