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Jason Doell wins the 2016 Harry Freedman Recording Award

Jason Doell wins the 2016 Harry Freedman Recording Award

April 5, 2016


Jason Doell wins the 2016 Harry Freedman Recording Award
Public presentation to take place during Blythwood Winds
concert on June 12

(Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and the Freedman family are pleased to announce that CMC Associate Composer Jason Doell has won the 2016 Harry Freedman Recording Award for his piano trio Arbitrage. The Award will be presented on June 12 at Heliconian Hall in Toronto during a concert presented by the Blythwood Winds.

The Harry Freedman Recording Award was established in 2010 by the Morrison/Freedman family to honor this pioneering Canadian composer. It supports creative costs associated with making audio recordings for a selected Canadian composers’ music. Offered every other year, the Award is the primary activity of the Harry Freedman Fund, a permanent endowment administered by the Canadian Music Centre and managed by the Ontario Arts Foundation. The 2016 Award Jury (Randy Barnard, Rachel Desoer, Rodney Sharman, and Allegra Swanson) felt strongly about Jason’s piece and the proposed recording project. Harry Freedman’s daughter Karen was present for the discussions and appreciated the jury's decision, stating that Jason’s project most definitely reflected the spirit of the award.

The Award will assist Jason’s collaboration with the Thin Edge New Music Collective as he edits Arbitrage in preparation for a recording session in 2016. Described by Rodney Sharman as a “masterful use of open form” exhibiting a “refined harmonic and timbre vocabulary,” Arbitrage will be included on a full-length release alongside other solo and chamber pieces that Jason has written in the last four years. This project features various artists and is being produced by sound engineer Paul Talbott. The jury valued the strategies Jason has in place for marketing the recording project, and feel the project will greatly benefit his career.

Award Presentation
Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Heliconian Hall
Click here for tickets to the Blythwood Winds Concert

About Jason Doell
Jason Doell is an acclaimed Canadian composer whose music has been interpreted by many important international artists including: Array Music, Cecilia String Quartet, Contact, Continuum, Christina Petrowska Quilico, Gabriel Prokofiev, and Matt Brubeck.

Jason's work has earned him many selections for prestigious workshops, commissions, and awards. Among the awards, he has won the Toronto Emerging Composer Award (2014) presented by the Canadian Music Centre and the Non-classical Global Composition Competition (2014).

Currently, Jason is writing a woodwind quintet commissioned by Blythwood Winds and a large-scale work commissioned by Continuum Contemporary Music and Jumblies Theatre for performance in spring 2017. Click here for more information on Jason Doell.

About Harry Freedman
Born in Poland in 1922 and raised in Winnipeg, Harry Freedman studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and played English horn with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In 1970 he became the first composer-in-residence at the TSO. Freedman gave us over 200 compositions in a wide variety of genres. Apart from his impressive technical and artistic achievements, Freedman’s music was often a testament to the cultural vitality of Canada and its prominent cultural figures. His family includes soprano and voice coach, Mary Morrison and clarinet virtuoso and composer Lori Freedman.

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.

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Contact: Allegra Swanson
CMC Director of Communications and Centrediscs
E: aswanson@musiccentre.ca
T: 416-961-6601 xt. 304

Click here for a PDF version of the full news release.

Related Composers: Jason Doell, Harry Freedman

Related Community Profiles: Blythwood Winds