Arraymusic Announces the 2013/14 Young Composers' Workshop Participants

3pm Saturday afternoon
May 31st 2014
Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. M6J 3W3
416 532 3019

As the Summer begins we celebrate with world premieres of works written by four emerging composers. Array’s 2013|14 Young Composers’ Workshop and Concert (YCW) will be held during the month of May in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with a final public concert presented at The Array Space in Toronto on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The workshop is designed to give composers the opportunity to hear their work in progress, making changes and amendments in consultation with the performers and the workshop director. The purpose of the workshop is for the composer to have the opportunity to try things, to experiment and to freely develop his or her work. There will be weekly seminars where the composers share their previous works, mentors speak about their work, and where other aspects of composition can be discussed. Rick Sacks will give an intensive percussion workshop.

The Composers

Jason Doell is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist, and educator based in Toronto. In 2010, he graduated summa cum laude from York University where he received an honours BFA in music composition. His MA thesis Delicate Triangles was successfully defended in December of 2012 and was nominated for the York University Faculty of Graduate Studies Thesis Prize. Over the course of his studies and professional career he has had the privilege of receiving mentorship from Matt Brubeck, David Lidov, William Westcott, David Mott and Juliet Palmer.

In the past four years, over 20 of his pieces have been premiered. Jason had a busy 2013 with five world premiers, two of which were premiered as part of the Canadian League of Composers’ and Canadian Music Centre’s 2013 Emerging Composer Mentorship Project. Jason has seven works scheduled for the first half of 2014, including a collaborative piece with composer/percussionist Germaine Liu at the Music Gallery in May as part of the Emergents series, a piece for the Arraymusic Young Composers’ Workshop also in May, and a string quartet for the Cecilia Quartet as part of Soundstreams’ Emerging Composer Workshop that will be performed in April 2014.

Ivana Jokic is a Serbian-Canadian composer. She holds a MMus in Composition from the University of Victoria and a BMus in Composition from Wilfrid Laurier University. She participated actively as a composer in various festivals around the world which includes the SALT New Music Festival in Victoria BC, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival in North Adams Massachusetts, Upbeat Summer School in Milna Croatia and as a pianist in the Traditional Summer Session at the Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vermont. In August 2013, she was the pianist for the world premiere of a brand new musical, Broadway Musical: The Broadway Musical by Ann Hascalovitz, a student at Wilfrid Laurier University. She also got the opportunity to co-produce music for the production of Margaret Atwood’s play The Penelopiad for the Langham Court Theatre’s spring 2014 season in Victoria, BC. Aside from composing and performing, Ivana also volunteers at several community theatres in the Kitchener Waterloo area doing various jobs for multiple productions including ushering, managing the FOH and assisting with lighting and sound.

Andrzej Tereszkowski is currently completing his PhD at Western University in instrumental and electroacoustic composition where he studies with Dr. Peter Paul Koprowski, Dr. Paul Frehner, and Dr. Omar Daniel. He holds a M.Mus. in composition from Western and an Honours B.Mus. in Contemporary Musicianship from Wilfrid Laurier University where he studied with Dr. Peter Hatch. Andrzej is the recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship as well as the OGS Award of Merit, and teaches Music Theory and Composition at Western. Andrzej’s current area of research applies the literary theory of Mikhail Bakhtin to narrative musical forms by applying the Dialogic framework to composition. His compositional works seek to synthesize modal, tonal, and serial systems with the spectral aesthetic of the late 20th century French school (i.e. Gerard Grisey, Tristan Murail, etc.). Most of his works are inspired by literature, in particular, the poetry of Konstanty Idelfons Galczynski and Jan Zych, as well as the the novels of Milan Kundera. Andrzej has presented his works at a number of compositional workshops including the Soundstreams Young Composers Prelude series, the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab., and the Orford Arts Academy Summer Festival. He has also had the opportunity to work with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Penderecki String Quartet, the Aventa Ensemble, and Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal.

Tyler Versluis is a Toronto-based composer, pianist and organist, originally from St. Catharines, Ontario. His music has been performed recently at a Northern Connections concert, with the Toy Piano Composers, and by gamUT new music ensemble, where he was composer-in-residence for 2013-14. He is undergoing graduate studies in music composition at University of Toronto.

The Mentor: Rodney Sharman
sharmanRodney Sharman lives in Vancouver, BC. He has been Composer-in-Residence of the Victoria Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to concert music, Rodney Sharman writes music for cabaret, opera and dance. He works regularly with choreographer James Kudelka, for whom he has written scores for Oregon Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and Coleman Lemieux Compagnie (Toronto). Sharman was awarded First Prize in the 1984 CBC Competition for Young Composers and the 1990 Kranichsteiner Prize in Music, Darmstadt, Germany. His score for the dance-opera From The House Of Mirth won the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding sound design/composition (choreography by James Kudelka, text by Alex Poch Goldin after Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth).

The Musicians

Colleen Cook - clarinet
Rachel Mercer - cello
David Schotzko - percussion

Array’s 2012|13 YCW received funding support from the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation and from private donors.

The four participating composers, chosen as part of Array's Call For Applications spend the month working intensively with Array Ensemble musicians and a workshop leader to create the new works for concert presentation.

The Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne

Rental Area built by Paul Appleby Inc.