From Atlantic Shores

Monday, January 20, 2014
Event Title: From Atlantic Shores
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: The Music Gallery at Saint George the Martyr, 197 John St., Toronto
  • Time: 12:15am
  • Price: $35 (regular) / $25 (seniors/arts workers) / $10 (students)
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New Music Concerts and The Music Gallery present
From Atlantic Shores

From Atlantic Shores featuring Motion Ensemble

The Music Gallery at Saint George the Martyr, 197 John St.

Sunday January 19, 2014: Concert at 8:00; Illuminating Introduction at 7:15

Individual Tickets: $35 (regular) / $25 (seniors/arts workers) / $10 (students)
Prices include 13% HST Box Office: 416 961-9594

For Immediate Release – Toronto, January 7, 2014: New Music Concerts (Robert Aitken artistic director), welcomes in the New Year with fresh breezes From Atlantic Shores, a concert of original works written for the East Coast’s premiere contemporary music group, Motion Ensemble on January 19, 2014 at The Music Gallery. Three generations of maritime composers are represented in recent works ranging from songs for soprano and clarinet to full ensemble pieces with flute, clarinet, violin, contrabass, percussion and electronics. From the nakedly transparent songs for voice and clarinet of The Grand-Pré Project: ...between the shore and the ships... by JUNO-winning composer Derek Charke and Tout passe by Sandy Moore, to the intriguing Variations on a Theme by McCartney by WL. Altman, the evening spotlights the remarkable talent of fellow musicians from the Maritimes in an intimate, congenial atmosphere.

Motion Ensemble (Karin Aurell, flutes; Richard Hornsby, clarinets; Nadia Francavilla, violin; Andrew Miller, contrabass; D’Arcy P. Gray, percussion/electronics; Helen Pridmore, soprano) is a chamber music group based in New Brunswick, Canada. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of post-classical and experimental music. Motion’s music often utilizes electronics or visual media. The group has been presenting its own concerts since 1998, now with a series in Saint John called Open Arts and additional concerts in Sackville, Moncton and Fredericton; they also reach thousands of school children through their educational projects.

Jérôme Blais (b.1965) - Le miroir d’argent (2012) Voice, flute, clarinet, violin, contrabass, percussion
Paul Steffler (b.1954) - Book of Manners (2009) Violin, clarinet, percussion
Lucas Oickle (b.1991) - Skyglow (2013) Voice, flute, clarinet, violin, contrabass, percussion, electronics
Kevin Morse (b.1980) - The Unnamed Lake (2013) Voice, flute, contrabass
Derek Charke (b.1974) - From The Grand-Pré Project: ...between the shore and the ships... (2009) Voice, clarinet
Sandy Moore (b. 1944) - From The Grand-Pré Project: Tout passe (2009) Voice, clarinet
Anthony Genge (b. 1952) - Motion (2004) Flute, clarinet, contrabass, percussion
WL Altman (b. 1959) - Variations on a Theme by McCartney (2009) Voice, flute, clarinet, violin, contrabass, percussion, electronics

TICKET INFORMATION Individual Tickets: $35 (regular)/$25 (seniors/arts workers)/$10 (students) – Prices include 13% HST
Box Office: 416 961-9594 New Music Concerts: 157 Carlton Street, Suite 203 Toronto ON M5A 2K3
416.961.9594 / fax 416.961.9508 /

New Music Concerts gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts; Toronto Arts Council; The Department of Heritage through the Canadian Arts Presentation Fund; The Province of Ontario through the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Foundation Endowment Fund; The Mary-Margaret Webb Foundation; The Koerner Foun- dation; The McLean Foundation; The SOCAN Foundation; The Amphion Foundation Inc.; Stefan Wolpe Society; Music Toronto; The Royal Conservatory; Roger D. Moore; Edward Epstein and Gallery 345.

Composer Biographies

Jérôme Blais was born in 1965. After studying Music Theory at McGill University, he pursued and obtained in 1995 a Master's degree in Compositional Techniques at the University of Montreal where in 2004 he completed his doctoral studies with Michel Longtin and Reno De Stefano. His research dealt with the integration of improvisation into the compositional process. Jérôme Blais' works have been performed by such professional ensembles as the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Musica Nova, the Quasar Saxophone Quartet, the Bozzini String Quartet, Bradyworks as well as the Arraymusic and Continuum ensembles of Toronto. Since the fall of 2004, he is Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Paul Steffler, born Toronto in 1954, studied music at McGill University, Montreal and Berklee College, Boston. He migrated east to St. John's NL in 1976 where he has played in a broad spectrum of ensembles - blues, big band jazz, country and contemporary new music. He has written and performed music for numerous theatre and film productions as well as for ships' horns in the renowned Harbour Symphony. His musical passions are diverse: trained in the classics and the late 20th Century European avant-garde, he also has an enduring attraction to the many genres of popular, traditional and hybrid music worldwide.

Kevin Morse joined the Department of Music at Mount Allison University as a faculty member in 2011. Born and raised in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 1980, he earned an undergraduate degree in music from MTA and a master’s degree in composition from UWO. His composition teachers have included David Myska, Peter Paul Koprowski, Omar Daniel, W.L. Altman, and James G. Code. In 2006, Kevin Morse was one of four composers invited to participate in Tapestry Opera Works summer “Composer-Librettist Laboratory.” He was subsequently commissioned by Tapestry to write two short operas – The Shaman’s Tale, for large-scale puppets (with librettist Krista Dalby) and The Colony, about the Queen of the Amazon Ants and her nemesis, an exterminator (with librettist Lisa Codrington) – both of which premiered at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre as part of Opera to Go 2008.

Lucas Oickle (b.1991) received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from Acadia University, where he studied with award-winning composer Derek Charke and composer/performer/conductor Dinuk Wijeratne. He was the 'Featured Student Composer' of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra's 12/13 season and his chamber piece The Great Firewall of China was recently selected from over 100 submitted scores to be performed by the TEMPO New Music Ensemble in College Park, Maryland. He is currently pursuing a M.Mus. in composition at the University of British Columbia.

Derek Charke (b.1974) won the 2012 Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year for his work Sepia Fragments and the 2013 ECMA Award for Classical Composition of the Year for Between the Shore and the Ships. Derek's compositions increasingly pair electroacoustic elements, many derived from environmental sounds, with acoustic instruments. Ecological sound as an artistic statement on environmental issues has become an impetus for many works, and his interest in the Arctic has likewise played a role in many of his compositions. His music bridges a divide between this play of pure sound, collecting natural and environmental sound, and a continuation of the western "classical" tradition, albeit with contemporary and popular influences. Charke is associate professor of music theory and composition at Acadia University School of Music in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Sandy Moore (b.1944) has composed music and designed sound scores for numerous dance, theatre, and film companies as well as orchestrations for Symphony Nova Scotia with Upstream Music Ensemble. He has worked on a number of projects with Mocean Dance including Vestige choreographed by Gwen Noah, and Live Art Dance Productions’ presentation, Velocipede. In 2004 he was nominated for a Genie Award for Thom Fitzgerald’s film The Wild Dogs.

Anthony Genge (b.1952) worked as a jazz performer for a number of years before studying classical composition formally with Morton Feldman, Rudolf Komorous and Martin Bartlett. Genge earned his PhD at SUNY Buffalo in 1984. Genge’s more than 50 compositions have been commissioned and performed by many leading soloists and ensembles. His music has been performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and many countries in Europe and in Japan, and is available on several recordings. He was a first-prize winner in the CBC Young Composers Competition. Anthony Genge currently lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he teaches in the Music Department of St. Francis Xavier University.

W.L. Altman studied under composers Monte Keene Pishny-Floyd in Canada; and Sydney Hodkison and Randall Snyder in the USA. Altman, who won the Murray Adaskin Composition award in 1986, utilizes Ableton's Live software in his interactive works. Recent works include icidici, premiered in Montréal by the Bozzini Quartet; Collision, premiered by cellist Norman Adams at the Music Room in Halifax; Bush Burning, recorded by CBC Toronto by Motion Ensemble; and a collaborative music-video project with inmates at Dorchester Penitentiary entitled Humming and Drumming. Since 2007, Altman has worked as performer/composer in the duo Sbot N Wo, performing collaborative interactive works in Sackville, Saskatoon, Charlottetown and various locations in Japan, the U.K. and Europe.

Motion Ensemble

Motion Ensemble is a professional chamber music group based in New Brunswick, Canada. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of post-classical and experimental music. Motion’s music often utilizes electronics or visual media. The group has been presenting its own concerts since 1998, in Fredericton, Sackville and Saint John; they also have reached thousands of school children through their educational projects.

For its tenth anniversary season, Motion Ensemble presented a ten-hour installation of Aus den Sieben Tagen by Karlheinz Stockhausen and was presented by Western Front (Vancouver), E.C.C.S (Edmonton), The Music Gallery (Toronto) and La Chappelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montréal).The group made its USA debut in New York at Tonic in 2003 and has appeared at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music, Montreal’s Jusqu'aux Oreilles, Sound Symposium in Newfoundland, NUMUS (Kitchener), Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, New Works Calgary, New Music North (Thunder Bay), Five Penny New Music Festival (Sudbury) and many others in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario. They have been heard on CBC Radio and TV and have recorded CDs of Veronika Krausas (self produced) and John Cage (on New York label Mode Records).

Over 80 works have been premiered by Motion Ensemble written by composers across Canada: André Cormier, Michael Oesterle, Martin Arnold, Allison Cameron, Ian Crutchley, Sergio Barroso, Emily Doolittle, Moiya Callahan, alcides lanza, Jim O'Leary, Anthony Genge, W. L. Altman, Tim Brady, Richard Gibson, Bruce Mather, Alice Ho, Michael R. Miller, Tim Bowlby, Andrew R. Miller, Richard Kidd, D'Arcy P. Gray, Joel Miller, Laura Hoffman, Veronika Krausas, Robert Bauer and James Code. In addition to Canadian work, Motion has performed the Canadian premieres of works by Europeans such as William Engelen, Christopher Mayo, György Kurtág, Kunsu Shim, Kaija Saariaho, Peter Maxwell Davies and Donnecha Dennehy; and Americans Elliott Sharp, Larry Nelson, Peter Blauvelt and Beth Wiemann.