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.
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.
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.”
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.
For this week’s Earmark, we catch up with CMC Associate Composer August Murphy-King. As August addresses below, Toronto is very much his home base. Apart from noticing his deep involvement as a creator and organizer in the local chamber scene, I have also enjoyed his ongoing commentary on municipal politics, transit infrastructure, and the city’s geologic history—connect with August for detailed topographical features of ancient lakes. His comments here help to illuminate some of his listening habits, and musical history, while also reflecting on recent collaborative undertakings.
ROBERT RIVAL (b.Calgary, 1975) has created a widely-performed body of work in widely varying genres: orchestra, choral and chamber music, art song, solo piano and music-theatre. After receiving his DMA in composition from the University of Toronto in 2010, he served as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s Resident Composer from 2011 to 2014. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife and son and teaches as a Part-Time Professor at the University of Ottawa.