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by Matthew Fava
on July 10, 2018

A Landscape of Memories through the Music of Hope Lee
by Juro Kim Feliz

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by Matthew Fava
on June 20, 2018

By Lisa Conway

I heard of Nicole Lizée and her work long before I actually heard her work - friends who composed contemporary or experimental music kept telling me I’d be excited about it. There was mention of all sorts of electronics, Ataris, glitch, turntables, orchestras, omnichords, films, even karaoke, but I didn’t fully comprehend the rigorousness of her craftsmanship, or the singularity of her voice until I started preparing for this piece of writing.

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by Matthew Fava
on March 2, 2018

By Matthew Fava

In this edition of Earmark we chat with Associate Composer Stephanie Orlando. I could describe her as fiercely Ontarian in terms of her habitation: born in Hamilton, undergraduate studies in Waterloo, and graduate studies in Toronto. Sonically, she is a traveler, writing bucolic passages for recorder ensemble in one context and otherworldly contrasts of texture for bizarro chamber ensembles in another.

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by Matthew Fava
on January 8, 2018

By Matthew Fava

It can be a rare thing, a sense of belonging. When you make music there can be equally intense private and collaborative moments, but it is often the act of sharing our creative output that provides the greatest sense of legitimacy and belonging.

We talk more and more at the CMC about the ways we compose—the precise definitions are less important than the assertion of there being many ways to compose, and many resulting identities for composers.

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by Matthew Fava
on December 13, 2017

By Nolan Sprangers

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by Matthew Fava
on August 14, 2017

In this edition of Earmark we get to know CMC Associate Composer Owen Bloomfield. Owen is an active composer and music educator with a deep connection to his community in Cambridge. Increasingly, a community-engaged skill set is vital to any artist establishing their practice. Artists in dense urban centres can on occasion confine themselves to “professional” spaces, and neglect developing arts facilitation skills with folks of varying abilities and skill levels.

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by Matthew Fava
on August 10, 2017

As part of our ongoing Earmark series, we chat with new CMC Associate Composer Ian Cusson. Ian is a composer of art song, opera and orchestral work. I was delighted to get to know him a few years ago. His experience working with text was a fascinating part of our early conversations as he explores the intersection of Western and Indigenous cultures.

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by Matthew Fava
on July 25, 2017

Throughout August the CMC will be hosting Turbulent Forms, an exhibit and installation from Toronto-based artist, Dan Tapper. The pieces will explore the universe through chaos and cosmology as they are inspired and derived from physical data gathered by space organizations and physicists. I spoke with Dan to find out how he interprets and represents this information in the project, what audiences can expect, and a bit more about his work.

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by Matthew Fava
on June 28, 2017

By Nolan Sprangers

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by Matthew Fava
on April 19, 2017


by Nick Storring

Canada is a downright odd country. Yet, whether you're Canadian, or from elsewhere, "odd" isn't likely the first word that the springs to mind when tasked with describing it. However I'd argue that it's actually as apt as any.