The Arraymusic Young Composers' Workshop Concert 2016

3pm Saturday afternoon
May 28th, 3pm 2016
Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. M6J 3W3
416 532 3019

Array’s 2015|16 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 28, 2016 at 3pm.

This year we are pleased to welcome Adam Filaber, Julia Mermelstein, Bekah Simms and Thomas Weideman to the Array workshop and look forward to working with them in the creation of their works. Joining the workshop will be mentors Linda Catlin Smith and Christopher Butterfield. Artistic Director Rick Sacks will conduct.


Stephen Clarke - piano
Colleen Cooke - clarinets
David Schotzko - percussion
Stephen Sitarski - violin

The Composers


Adam Filaber is a young and emerging composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Toronto. Having recently graduated with a guitar performance degree from Humber, he will be pursuing his studies in composition in the fall at the University of Toronto. Besides being a composer and guitarist, Adam is also an amateur cellist and pianist and he performs with the Etobicoke Philharmonic among other ensembles. Currently, Adam is studying composition with Roger Bergs and piano with Christina M. Faye.  
Some of the organizations and school ensembles Adam has written for are: Univox Choir, Spectrum Music, Humber College’s “A” Band, David Occhipinti's Chamber Ensemble, Drew Jurecka’s Chamber String Ensemble, Rebekah Wolskstein’s String Ensemble and Matt Brubeck’s Jazz Ensemble as well as various TDSB school string orchestras. He has also won various awards including the Duke Ellington Society Scholarship and the Dave Stillwell Arranging Award.  
As a hobby, Adam enjoys learning various instruments. Some of his past choices were flute, clarinet, french horn, alto/tenor/baritone saxophone, double bass, electric bass and mandolin. He is looking forward to learning the trombone this summer!  
Julia Mermelstein is a Toronto-based composer and educator, originally from Halifax. Her music deals with textures and subtle changes in timbre that reveal a sense of duality. Julia’s compositions focus on capturing moments and states of mind that people experience but might overlook due to today’s fast paced world. She has always had a strong fascination with music’s role in dance due to her long involvement and training in ballet. She’s curious about how music effects movement and the way they can interact.
Julia’s compositions have been performed by Ensemble Arkea, Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, Quatuor Bozzini, Nostos Dance Collectives, Windermere String Quartet, DaCapo Chamber Choir, Quatrix, and Orchestre Symphonique de l’Isle. Julia received a B.F.A specializing in Music Composition from Concordia University in 2013.

Bekah Simms is a Toronto-based composer originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland. She holds degrees in Theory/Composition and Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and in Composition from the University of Toronto. Her work consists of a highly varied output using a wide variety of mediums, including solo works with electronics, chamber music, opera, wind ensemble, and orchestra. Bekah's music has been featured from coast to coast in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She is a member of the Toy Piano Composers and Co-Artistic Director and co-founder of Caution Tape Sound Collective, an endeavour inspired by her commitment to experimentation and exploration within her practice. 
Bekah has received honours from organizations including the Canadian University Music Society, Association of Canadian Women Composers, Sandbox Percussion, New Fangled Opera, North American New Opera Workshop, Newfoundland Arts and Letters, the Lyra Society, and CelloLoft.

Thomas Weideman is a composer, writer and cellist from Vancouver currently living in Montreal. He is interested in composing as part of a practice of critical listening: unlearning the assumptions and prejudices that shape music’s reception in unhelpful and conservative ways, and learning from other music and being changed in the process of living with it. His music has been performed by Quatuor Bozzini, the Microcosmos Quartet, Land’s End Ensemble, Ethos Collective, Turning Point Ensemble and the UBC Contemporary Players.

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.  

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Array’s 2014|15 YCW received funding support from the Royal Bank of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, The McLean Foundation and from private donors. logo-med-2
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