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Umbra Septentrionis (The Shadow of the North)

Umbra Septentrionis (The Shadow of the North)

February 16, 2017

CMC Centrediscs is pleased to announce the release of Umbra Septentrionis (The Shadow of the North), a new CD of Canadian contemporary music from pianist Yoko Hirota. The CD will be celebrated at the Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto on February 17, 2017.

Umbra Septentrionis signifies two ideas for Hirota: ‘Canada’ and ‘Northern Ontario’, her home for the last sixteen years. Like Hirota’s previous album Voces Boreales (Centrediscs, 2013), Umbra Septentrionis is a tribute to these two ideas and also features Canadian contemporary music of the twenty-first century by distinguished composers: Samuel Andreyev, Aris Carastathis, Brian Current, Brian Harman, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Philippe Leroux, Robert Lemay, Bruce Mather, François Morel, and Jeffrey Ryan.

In this ten song collection, five are miniature piano pieces which act as interludes to the five longer pieces. Four of these works: Trinômes III Sgana (Morel); Eight Songs without Words (Mather); Solus (Ho) and Asubakatchin (Lemay) were written for Yoko Hirota and premiered at La Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montreal) and PianoFest (Queen’s University). The musical language of each of the ten composers is distinct and unique; each composition revealing aspects of a powerful musical personality.

About Yoko Hirota
Japanese-Canadian pianist Yoko Hirota is considered one of the leading interpreters of contemporary piano repertory of her generation and has been acclaimed by the press as “precise and keenly projective” and demonstrating “the highest level of proficiency.” Her previous two albums – The Piano Music of Arnold Schoenberg with 17 Fragments and Voces Boreales – have received rave reviews from WholeNote, Musical Toronto, and The Globe and Mail. Hirota is currently Professor of Piano in the Music Department at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and co-founder and co-artistic director of 5-Penny New Music Concerts. (yokohirota.com).

CMC Centrediscs
Over the past 35 years the Canadian Music Centre’s recording label has garnered 7 JUNO Awards (and 39 nominations), 7 East Coast Music Awards (and 16 nominations) and 10 West Coast Music Awards (and 9 nominations). Centrediscs is Canada’s foremost label of contemporary concert music, recording the works of its CMC Associate Composers. Visit centrediscs.ca for more information.

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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Nicole Blain
Director, Library Services and Centrediscs
Phone: 416-961-6601 x303
Email: nblain@musiccentre.ca

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