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Diana McIntosh: Biography

Diana McIntosh
1937 -
Region: Prairie

Diana McIntosh

DIANA McINTOSH, Canadian composer, performer, and founder/artistic director of Winnipeg's new music series, MUSIC INTER ALIA, is a free-spirit. In the world of music, McIntosh does not limit herself to any one particular style of writing. Her music, which ranges from light and humourous to spacious and evocative has been performed by musicians in Canada, the United States, England, France, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland. As well as writing commissioned works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, voice, chamber groups, and solo performers, she creates theatrical and musical pieces for herself which she performs using piano, spoken voice, electronics, percussion and slide projections.

As a performer, McIntosh has given numerous broadcasts of twentieth century piano music on CBC Radio. Her concert appearances include performances in New York's Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and Symphony Space as well as concerts in major centres throughout Canada and overseas in France, and London and Wolverhampton in England.

Diana McIntosh has a very active career as a distinctive, original, iwtty, and innovative composer/pianist/performance artist. In recent years she has attained a high profile for her one-woman, inter-disciplinary creations, in which she has explored singular ways of working with voiced texts in a theatrical relationship with music. As well as her own original texts, she also uses texts of well-known authors (Diane Ackerman, Gertrude Stein, Beryl Markham, Jon Whyte, Joy Harjo, and others), integrating them with piano, extended vocal techniques, percussion, electronic tape and orchestra. Her repertoire also includes many works of other composers, particularly, athough by no means exclusively, those of the 20th century.

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald said, "Virtuoso composer, pianist, show-woman - Winnipeg's Diana mcIntosh - is one of the wonders of the Canadian contemporary music world. Contemporary music is not often so engaging, entertaining and delightlful." "An individual but genuinely poetic atmosphere." ...New York Times.

She is currently composer-in-residence at the University of Manitoba.

2002

PROCAN, Canadian League of Composers, Association of Canadian Women Composers, Manitoba Composers' Association, Canadian Music Council

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