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Centrediscs Releases Win Two 2016 East Coast Music Awards

Centrediscs Releases Win Two 2016 East Coast Music Awards

April 19, 2016

APRIL 19, 2016, TORONTO, ON - Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, is thrilled to announce that two of its releases have won an East Coast Music Award. Associate Composer Dinuk Wijeratne was awarded an ECMA for Classical Composition of the Year for his work, “Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems” from the Afiara Quartet’s Spin Cycle (CMCCD 21215, Centrediscs). The How and the Why of Memory (CMCCD 21515, Centrediscs) has also been awarded an ECMA for Classical Recording of the Year featuring orchestral works by Associate Composer Tim Brady performed by Symphony Nova Scotia. To date, Centrediscs releases have received nine East Coast Music Awards and 15 nominations; for the past four years, both classical categories have been awarded to Centrediscs releases.

The CMC would like to congratulate all nominees, and especially Jérôme Blais, Derek Charke, Anthony Genge, Jeff Reilly, Peter Togni, and Martin Kutnowski who are all Associate Composers of the CMC.

The 2016 East Coast Music Week was held in Cape Breton, NS, where for the first time the awards for Classical Composition of the Year and Classical Recording of the Year were presented on a dedicated Classical Stage on Saturday, April 16th at the Highland Arts Theatre, presented by the Canadian Music Centre and Debut Atlantic. Performers included Tristan De Borba, saxophone; Simon Docking, piano; Derek Charke, flute; Saint John String Quartet; Martin Kutnowski, piano; Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet; Dinuk Wijeratne, piano; Christoper Wilkinson, violin; and Shimon Walt, cello. The final performance of Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet, and Peter Togni, piano and organ, featured a special appearance from ECMA mainstage performer, Ben Caplan. Dinuk Wijeratne and Christopher Wilkinson, Symphony Nova Scotia, were both present to accept their awards.

The Sri Lankan-born composer-conductor-pianist Dinuk Wijeratne has been described by the Toronto Star as “an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future,” and by the New York Times as “exuberantly creative.” His JUNO Award-winning work sees him equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras and string quartets, Tabla players and DJs, and takes him to international venues as poles apart as the Berlin Philharmonie and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Dinuk made his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer, conductor, and pianist, performing with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Dinuk has also appeared at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Opera Bastille, and across Sri Lanka, Japan, and the Middle East.

The Spin Cycle project features renowned DJ Skratch Bastid in an innovative conversation between musical worlds.

The How and the Why of Memory consists of three major new orchestral works by Tim Brady, featuring impressive live performances by Symphony Nova Scotia, with featured solosits Robert Uchida, violin, and Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, viola, under the direction of Bernhard Gueller.

Founded in 1983, Symphony Nova Scotia is one of Atlantic Canada’s major cultural institutions. Its legendary versatility means it is active in baroque, classical, new music, pops and music education, bringing exciting and highly polished performances to life to a wide range of the public in Nova Scotia. Internationally acclaimed German-born conductor Bernhard Gueller has been music director since 2002, garnering acclaim for the exceptional quality of his interpretations. symphonynovascotia.ca.

Tim Brady is a composer, electric guitarist, producer and cultural activist in Montreal, QC, Canada. timbrady.ca.

For the full list of nominations, please click here.

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For further information, please contact:
Allegra Swanson
Director of Communications and Centrediscs
Phone: 416-961-6601 x 304
Email: aswanson@musiccentre.ca