Four New Works

April 5, 2016 8pm
The Array Space
155 Walnut Ave M6J 3W3
$20.00 General $15 Students/Arts Workers

Array Presents the World Premieres of four pieces by Canadian composers.

Special Guest: Soprano Carla Huhtanen

A leading interpreter of modern and contemporary music, Carla performs with Soundstreams, New Music Concerts, Array New Music, Continuum Contemporary Music, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, and Tapestry New Opera, where she develops and premieres many roles in their Librettist/Composer Lab and Opera Briefs performances and is an instructor at “Opera 101” workshops. Carla appeared in The Shadow with Tapestry, in Soundstreams’ Cage and Saariaho concerts, Omar Daniel’s Mehetapja and Adam Scime’s “In the Earth and Air” with New Music Concerts and covered Marie in Luminato’s production of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna.
Recent concert performances include Carmina Burana and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Five Images after Sappho with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Moravec’s The Blizzard Voices with Opera Omaha. Chamber music concerts featured music by Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussen, Karin Rehnqvist, Philippe Leroux, Pascal Dusapin, and Giacinto Scelsi.

The Composers

Anna Hostman "Yet, the Rain falls more darkly weaves together fragments of text by Dada artist Emmy Hennings from her poetic manuscript Die Letzte Freud (1913)."

Gregory Newsome Capsule. " James Joyce’s “Ulysses" came out of copyright this year, and I’m distilling each chapter down into capsule form — one sentence — using an algorithm I wrote. There are 18 chapters — I may or may not do them all."

Adam Scime "Scivias - Know the Ways is inspired by a collection of writings with the same title by medieval mystic, poet, and composer Hildegard von Bingen. Hildegard was an astonishingly brilliant woman during an age when such talent and sensitivity were suppressed. Exerting a tremendous influence on the Western Europe of her time, Hildegard was an extraordinary woman who stood out from the corruption, misery, and ruin - both temporal and spiritual - of the twelfth century. Perhaps her most influential collection of mystic writings, Scivias, is a three part work that attempts to develop Hildegard's views on the universe, the structure of humanity, birth, death, and the nature of the soul. Hildegard would regularly receive inexplicable hallucinatory experiences during which a barrage of vivid images would enter her mind. These visions are comprised of extremely striking, and wildly creative imagery. As a devout Christian, Hildegard used scripture as a vehicle to justify what she believed to be visions from God. As a composer I was extremely inspired by these visions due to their inescapable relation to music. In fact, many of these visions are music when considering the metaphorical nature of the imagery, an attribute that comes as no surprise given Hildegard's predilection for composition. Leaving Hildgard's frankly loose Christian justifications aside, my inspiration for the the piece is taken only from the visions themselves in an attempt to represent Hildegard's striking imagination through my own approach to sound design."

Scott Wilson In Do not exceed recommended dosage the MalletKAT keyboard percussion instrument plays a prominent role, creating both immersive electronic textures, and irregular grooves."

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