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Centrediscs release, KITCHEN PARTY, Nominated for Five 2015 East Coast Music Awards

Centrediscs release, KITCHEN PARTY, Nominated for Five 2015 East Coast Music Awards

February 5, 2015
National

JANUARY 30, 2015, TORONTO, ON - Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, is thrilled to announce that its 2014 release, Kitchen Party, has been nominated for five 2015 East Coast Music Awards. Four nominations in the category of Classical Composition of the Year: Anthony Genge, Derek Charke, John Plant, and Steven Naylor; and Classical Recording of the Year: Mark Adam, percussion and Derek Charke, flute. All four composers are Associate Composers of the Canadian Music Centre.

The “Kitchen Party” is a chance for neighbours, family and friends to gather and enjoy good food, good music, and each other’s company. The Acadia New Music Festival, Shattering the Silence, delved into this intimate musical setting unique to Eastern Canada in 2013. On this CD, flutist Derek Charke and percussionist Mark Adam present seven new works by CMC Associate composers. A single strand of DNA links all seven works. A live improvisation on this musical strand is included on the CD.

Anthony Genge studied composition with Morton Feldman, Bruce Mather, Rudolf Komorous and the Japanese composer Jo Kondo. His music has been widely performed in North America, as well as South America, Europe, and Japan. His music is noted for its distinctive postmodern mix of tonal and atonal musical elements and elegant orchestration. In addition to his work as a composer, Genge maintains an active career as a jazz pianist and teaches jazz piano and composition at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

In addition to being a world-class flutist, Derek Charke is a JUNO and East Coast Music Award-winning composer. He has created works at the request of world-renowned artists including the Kronos Quartet, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq. Critics have described Charke’s music as “eclectic, hectic, and sometimes electric.” Ecological sound, field recordings and a long-standing fascination with the Arctic are important to his aesthetics. Derek is an Associate Professor at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

John Plant was born in Yonkers, New York, studied at Middlebury College, and began a PhD program as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in comparative literature at Harvard. He moved to Canada in 1968 and continued studying music composition at McGill University with Bruce Mather and Charles Palmer. He has written across a variety of genres including dance, opera, and orchestral works, for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, to name one example. He has also written for chamber ensembles like the Molinari, Claudel, and Blue Engine String Quartets, and solo performers like soprano Suzie LeBlanc and saxophonist Jennifer Bill. He taught composition and music history at Concordia University from 1993 to 2008. He recently settled in Nova Scotia, continuing to compose and create.

Steven Naylor composes electroacoustic and instrumental concert music, performs piano, live processed electronics and seljefløyte (a Scandanavian traditional wooden flute) in both through-composition and improvised settings. He also creates scores and sound designs for theatre, film, television and radio. Steven co-founded Nova Scotia’s Upstream Ensemble and The Oscillations Festival, and is a former President of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. He is presently Artistic Director of subText and Adjunct Professor in the School of Music at Acadia University, Nova Scotia.

The East Coast Music Awards will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, NL.

For the full list of nominations, please click here.

About the Canadian Music Centre
The Canadian Music Centre, established in 1959, oversees the music of the largest community of professional Canadian composers. The CMC offers on-demand publishing, extensive outreach events and marketing through its five Regional Centres and is easily accessible through its extensive interactive website. CMC also promotes the work of its Associate Composers through its five lending libraries of more than 23,000 scores and 14,000 related archival recordings plus some 1,400 commercially recorded CD titles. Connect with the Canadian Music Centre at musiccentre.ca, on Facebook (Canadian Music Centre) and on Twitter (@cmcnational).

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For further information, please contact:
Allegra Young
Director of Communications and Centrediscs
Phone: 416-961-6601 x 304
Email: ayoung@musiccentre.ca

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