Header - Services

Centrediscs Releases Nominated for Two 2017 East Coast Music Awards

Centrediscs Releases Nominated for Two 2017 East Coast Music Awards

janvier 31, 2017
National

JANUARY 31, 2017, TORONTO, ON - Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, is thrilled to announce that two of its releases have been nominated at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards. Associate Composer Scott Macmillan has been nominated for Classical Composition of the Year for his work, Currents of Sable Island (CMCCD 22916, Centrediscs) from his recording of the same name and featuring The Currents of Sable Ensemble. Glass Houses for Marimba (CMCCD 21415, Centrediscs) has been nominated for Classical Recording of the Year featuring works by Associate Composer Ann Southam, arranged and performed by Taktus, the percussionist duo featuring Greg Harrison and Jonny Smith. To date, Centrediscs releases have received nine East Coast Music Awards and 17 nominations; for the past four years both categories have been awarded to Centrediscs releases.

The 2017 East Coast Music Week will be held in Saint John, NB, where for the second time the awards for Classical Composition of the Year and Classical Recording of the Year will be presented on a dedicated Classical Stage. The Showcase will take place on Saturday afternoon, April 29th at the Sanctuary Theatre in Saint John. Performing artists and details will be released in mid-February.

The Canadian Music Centre’s President and CEO, Glenn Hodgins commented: “We’re thrilled to partner with the ECMA team for our second Classical Stage, building on the success of last year’s inaugural event in Sydney, NS.” Additional support for the Classical Stage provided by Debut Atlantic.

Tickets will be available for the showcase from the East Coast Music Association: ecma.com/festival/tickets.

An Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre, Scott Macmillan has a passion for creating music. This love has inspired exploration into genres from rock to blues, classical to choral, Celtic to jazz, as well as modern and avant-garde. In 2014 Scott received the Portia White Prize, Nova Scotia’s top artist award. A multiple East Coast Music Award winner, Scott continues to play a significant role in expanding audiences for Atlantic Canadian music both nationally and internationally.

Sailing and spending time on Sable Island played a dramatic role in Scott Macmillan’s approach to composing Currents of Sable Island. The Island is in constant motion and Macmillan explored this musically.

Glass Houses by CMC Associate Composer Ann Southam is a stunning collection of Canadian minimalist music. Inspired by the music of Philip Glass, Ann originally composed these pieces for solo piano. The brilliance of these works is the continual shifting of the rhythmic melodies against the metric bass line. The Glass Houses collection is a hallmark of 20th Century Canadian composition. Taktus have arranged several of the Glass Houses as duets for marimba. The percussive nature of the marimba accentuates the rhythmic interplay between melody and bass line. Ann’s delight in hearing one of these arrangements was the impetus for these new marimba versions to be recorded. Dynamic and compelling minimalist music from one of Canada’s most renowned composers, arranged and performed by two creative contemporary artists. Glass Houses for Marimba is Taktus’ debut album.

For the full list of nominations, click here.

About the Canadian Music Centre
The Canadian Music Centre is a catalyst that connects you to the ever-evolving world of Canadian musical creation through performance, education, and promotion. The CMC provides unique resources for exploring, discovering, and performing Canadian music. We are passionate about nurturing a musical community that honours our legacy and supports the professional development of Canadian musicians and composers. The Canadian Music Centre inspires fresh perspectives, celebrates inventive composers, and provides transformative experiences. We champion artistic diversity and embrace Canada’s rich cultural heritage in creative centres across the country and internationally.

Connect with the Canadian Music Centre at musiccentre.ca, on Facebook (Canadian Music Centre) and on Twitter (@cmcnational).

-30-

For further information, please contact:
Nicole Blain
Director, Library Services and Centrediscs
Phone: 416-961-6601 x 303
Email: nblain@musiccentre.ca

Press Release PDF

Compositeurs apparentés : Scott Macmillan, Ann Southam