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Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs Recording Label Nominated for four 2017 JUNO Awards

Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs Recording Label Nominated for four 2017 JUNO Awards

February 8, 2017
National

FEBRUARY 7, 2017, TORONTO, ON - Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, is thrilled to announce that two of its recent releases have been nominated for four 2017 JUNO Awards. In the category of Classical Composition of the Year: Christos HatzisGoing Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, performed by Tanya Tagaq, Steve Wood and The Northern Cree Singers, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; and Andrew Staniland’s Dark Star Requiem, performed by Tapestry Opera, Gryphon Trio, and Elmer Iseler Singers. Both are Associate Composers of the Canadian Music Centre. Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is also nominated in the category of Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble, making it the first Centrediscs recording to be nominated in this category. Dark Star Requiem also has a second nomination under the category Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral, which is another first for Centrediscs.

The Canadian Music Centre will host the ninth annual JUNO Awards Classical Nominees’ Showcase on April 1, 2017 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, ON, as part of JUNOFest. Showcasing artists and further details to come.

Christos Hatzis was born in Greece and has been a Professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto since 1995. Christos’ eclectic and powerful music is captivating audiences internationally and has been awarded several coveted Canadian and international awards, like the Jean A. Chalmers National Music Award, the Jules Legér Prize, the Prix Italia and the Prix Bohemia, in addition to two Juno Awards. In 2014, he was commissioned by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to compose a full length ballet score for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on the subject of the residential schools. A growing number of new recordings of Hatzis’s music are fast spreading awareness and appreciation of the composer’s work well beyond his home base. Hatzis is the 2014 recipient of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) Life Achievement Award.

Composer Andrew Staniland has firmly established himself as one of Canada's most innovative musical voices. The New Yorker magazine has described his work as "an alternately beautiful and terrifying instrumental meditation". His music has been broadcast internationally in over 35 countries. His work has received numerous accolades, including the 2009 National Grand Prize in EVOLUTION, a contemporary music competition presented by CBC and The Banff Centre. Andrew is on currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John's Newfoundland.

Based on a story by Joseph Boyden and choreographed by Mark Godden, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is a ground-breaking ballet score by Christos Hatzis that combines the talents of internationally renowned Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, the haunting Cree songs of Steve Wood and the powerful, high octane pow-wow energy of the Northern Cree Singers with stellar performances by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Tadeusz Biernacki. Based on the subject of the Indian Residential Schools, Going Home Star is a remarkable work, described by CBC Television as “the most important dance mounted by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in its illustrious 75 year history.” Hatzis’s ultra-eclectic music enables a unique conversation between native artists, a symphony orchestra and a digital audio component. This drawing together of traditionally segregated forces also enables several genres of music, from traditional ballet, swing era jazz, disco dance music, dub-step and scratch DJ mixes to cosmic soundscapes and thematically based orchestral development to help reimagine a unique 21st Century music that transcends genre classifications and ideological taboos and aims for the kind of reconciliation and cultural awakening that is the deeper goal of this multifaceted dance project.

Dark Star Requiem is a critically acclaimed operatic oratorio for four singers, piano trio, percussion and chorus by composer Andrew Staniland and poet Jill Battson. The poems address HIV AIDS. It was commissioned by the Luminato Festival and Tapestry New Opera, and premiered at the Luminato festival in 2010 at Koerner Hall, Toronto. Dark Star Requiem is at once intended to be challenging and joyous, complex and beautiful. A sequence of 19 poems charting a short history of HIV AIDS unfolds over the course of 14 musical movements. The poems vary stylistically from linked haikus, to ghazels, to praise poems and back to free verse. The musical movements are unified through a haunting melody and driving rhythm derived from the numbers attributed to HIV-1 and HIV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses: 00.061.1.06.009 and 00.061.1.06.010. In musical terms these numbers are interpreted in both melody and rhythm.

The 46th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from The Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON , on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

The Canadian Music Centre would also like to congratulate Associate Composers Ana Sokolović (And I need a room to receive five thousand people with raised glasses…), Jordan Nobles (Immersion), and Kati Agócs (The Debrecen Passion), also nominated for Classical Composition of the Year.

For the full list of nominations, please click here.

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

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