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CMC Ontario announces artists for the 2017 Library Residency

CMC Ontario announces artists for the 2017 Library Residency

January 12, 2017

(Toronto, ON) – CMC Ontario is pleased to announce that Allison Cameron, Frank Horvat, and Debashis Sinha will take part in our 2017 Library Residency Program. Throughout the year, these artists will explore the unique collection of music in the CMC library while developing exhibits and other content to profile composers and compositions, and explore various themes in contemporary music.

The CMC National Library contains some 25,000 works by 900 composers. The residency program was introduced in 2015-16 and featured contributions from resident artists Gloria Lipski, Chris Mayo, and Nick Storring. Their contributions offered musical analysis, historical insights, and critical commentary relating to music making today. You can view Library residency features on the CMC site in the community section.

Be sure to visit the community page throughout the year, or visit the CMC library at 20 St. Joseph Street in Toronto for new posts and exhibits!

Resident Artist Profiles

Resident Artist, Winter 2017 – Debashis Sinha

Driven by a deep commitment to the primacy of sound in creative expression, Debashis Sinha has realized projects in radiophonic art, electroacoustic music, sound art, audiovisual performance, theatre, dance, and music across Canada and internationally. A winner of 2 Dora Awards for Best Original Sound Design, his selected sound design and composition credits include productions with: The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Why Not Theatre, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Doug Varone, The Theatre Centre, Nightwood Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, inDance, Tribal Crackling Wind, Project Humanity, Canadian Rep Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Pleiades Theatre, MTC Warehouse and Necessary Angel.

His live sound practice on the concert stage has led to appearances at MUTEK, the Guelph Jazz Festival, the Banff Centre, The Sound Symposium, ISEA, Madrid Abierto, and other venues, and his current live performances are under the moniker Upanishads, with new albums ready for a 2017 release. // Website

Resident Artist, Spring 2017 - Allison Cameron

“…intelligent, earthy, and playful.” – Jennie Punter, Musicworks Magazine #122, 2015. Allison Cameron is a professional composer, performer and improvising musician in Toronto. She has been commissioned in Europe and North America by many ensembles and festivals. Since 2000, she has been performing improvised music using electronic keyboards, ukulele, banjo, piano, mini amplifiers, radios, crackle boxes, cassette tapes, miscellaneous objects and toys.

Allison has been celebrated in Musicworks Magazine, the UK’s The Wire Magazine, I Care if You Listen and a variety of other online publications. Her reputation for writing compelling compositions for contemporary music ensembles is international. She is also a sought after improviser with a strong national following. She has completed two national solo tours in the past four years. In 2007 she founded the Allison Cameron Band with fellow musician/composers Eric Chenaux and Stephen Parkinson to explore uncharted territory in her compositions by integrating a variety of musical forms into her work. The result has been a critically acclaimed CD on the Rat-Drifting label of several genre-defying pieces. In 2009 she formed a trio with trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud and drummer Germaine Liu called c_RL (pronounced curl) who released the CD Friends to critical acclaim. In 2015 she completed several new graphic and instructional scores that will soon be published together. These experimental scores have been performed by Ensemble Supermusique (Montreal), Contact, Suddenly Listen (Halifax) and by various ad hoc groups in Toronto). // Website

Resident Artist, Fall 2017 - Frank Horvat

An accomplished multi-genre composer who has made the tricky musical leap that allows him to pursue a niche of his own, Frank Horvat gives his audiences time and space to reflect in this fast-paced world. His compositions tell deeply personal stories while permitting audiences to ponder their own.

Whether he writes for his band, the concert stage or film/TV, his music is both aggressive and introspective. Influenced by the post-modern idea of eclecticism, his compositions have a driving minimalism and a haunting reflection. With at least four album releases slated for 2017, you’ll notice that Frank’s compositions are based on social injustices in our world or the wondrousness of life and love. Connect with him to experience his compelling projects via Facebook (frankhorvatofficial) and Twitter (@frankhorvat). // Website


Contact; Matthew Fava
CMC Director – Ontario Region
E: mfava@musiccentre.ca
T: 416.961.6601 x 207

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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Related Composers: Allison Cameron, Frank Horvat