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by Matthew Fava
on February 14, 2017

This week we welcome CMC Associate Composer Colleen Muriel. Colleen grew up and studied in Vancouver, but has called the UK home since 2007. From a young age she studied piano and flute, and composition has been a part of her musical experience from that early stage. During her time in Canada she studied with Dr. David Duke, and Mark Armanini. She continues her studies with Dr. Gareth Churchill (University of Cardiff). Colleen has written a wide variety of works, and in this interview she discusses her relationship to music.

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by Matthew Fava
on February 14, 2017

CANADIAN PANORAMA
Winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra; Ronald Royer, Conductor
Cambria CD-1227

By: Michael Schulman

In his printed introduction to these world-premiere recordings of works by six CMC Associate Composers and a long-time CMC staff member, Ronald Royer writes, “Canadian culture, history or geography inspires each composition featured on this album.”

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by Matthew Fava
on February 9, 2017

In our ongoing series of posts on new associate composers, we have an entry from our conversation with Tze Yeung Ho. Tze Yeung is a Norwegian-Canadian composer of Cantonese descent. He spent his formative years in Toronto, and is now based in Oslo, Norway—these two cities are centres for his musical activities. Some of his teachers and mentors include Toronto-based composers Gary Kulesha, and James Rolfe, while Trond Reinholdtsen and Asbjørn Schaathun have been mentors during his time in Norway.

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by Matthew Fava
on February 3, 2017

After my daughter, composer Veronika Krausas is easily the person I speak to about puppets the most. While our mutual interest in puppetry is sure to keep us distracted for ages, we also talk about music! Veronika is currently based in Los Angeles where she is an Associate Professor in the Composition Department at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. She was raised in Canada, and studied in Toronto, so it was a bit of a homecoming for her to participate in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s reading project on January 28.

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by Matthew Fava
on January 23, 2017

David Raphael Scott is one of three composers participating in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's reading session on January 28, and this week we feature a short interview with him. David shared some details about his longstanding interest in music, and the feeling of being pulled between various genres as a listener, which also shaped his multi-faceted pursuit in music as a composer and performer.

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by Matthew Fava
on January 17, 2017

This week as part of our ongoing series profiling new Associate Composers we chat with Ruth Guechtal. Ruth completed her Bachelors Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University while studying with Linda Smith, and completed graduate studies at the University of Victoria, and the University of Alberta. Her pursuit of noise—what some might consider unwanted sound—is a defining feature of her musical work, and in our conversation she draws a parallel between her efforts to reconcile unconventional sound within contemporary composition with the efforts of a wider group of artists….

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by Matthew Fava
on January 17, 2017

On January 28, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s annual reading project will take place. Among the participating composers is Alison Yun-Fei Jiang. Alison spent her high school and undergraduate years in Toronto, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in composition with Justin Dello Joio at NYU. The reading session will be quite the musical homecoming for Alison, as you will see in this short interview exploring her musical life and connection to the orchestra in particular.

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by Matthew Fava
on December 23, 2016

The 2015 Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES) coincided with an existential moment for me—perhaps a perpetual state of mind for us arts administrator types? I was a core organizer for TIES, and I spent part of my week questioning the legacies of various institutions in Toronto contemporary music, and whether we were taking genuine steps to support local artists establishing their careers in the 2010s, as opposed to the 1950s.

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by Matthew Fava
on November 24, 2016

By: Martin Chandler

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by Matthew Fava
on November 24, 2016

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.