DEAR LIFE

2015

For soprano, recorded narrator, and orchestra

2/2/2/2; 4/2/3/1; Timp; 2 Perc; Sop; Elect; 10/10/6/6/4

25 minutes

Commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Premiered September 16, 2015 by the NACO, directed by Alexandre Shelley, with Erin Wall

Based on the short story "Dear Life", by Nobel prize laureate Alice Munro. This piece can be performed independently as concert music, or as part of a larger multimedia show involving projections by Normal, featuring the stunning black and white photography of Larry Towell (directed by Donna Feore). In the show, the piece is partnered with three other pieces including works by John Estacio, Jocelyn Morlock, and Nicole LizĂ©e. To learn more about the multimedia show, watch the promo video below produced by the NACO. Audio recording forthcoming.


Serifiniana

2014

For amplified solo violin, amplified harp, orchestra, and electronics

2/2/2/2; 2/2/3/1; 3 Perc; Hp; Pn; Vn; 6/6/4/4/2 + elect.

15 minutes

Commissioned by Esprit Orchestra. Premiered May 25, 2014 by Esprit Orchestra, directed by Alex Pauk, featuring Claudia Schaer on vn

A surrealistic sonification of Luigi Serifini's Codex Serifinianus.


Lineage

2013

For orchestra

3/3/3/3; 4/3/3/1; Timp; 4 Perc; Hp; Pn; Cel; 14/12/10/9/7

11 minutes

Co-commissioned by San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony. Premiered April 20, 2013 by NWS, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas

A reflection on what is passed down. Combining change and consistency, Lineage re-imagines places and traditions I've known only second-hand. It is the sound of a fictitious culture one dreams up to keep the memories of another generation alive.


ALBA

2011

FOR ORCHESTRA

3/3/3/3; 4/4/3/1; Timp; 4 Perc; Hp; Pn/Cel; 10/8/6/6/4

8.5 minutes

Commissioned by John Adams for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Premiered August 13, 2011 by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, directed by Marin Alsop

Taking inspiration from the frozen landscapes of the prairies of Northern Alberta, Alba is an orchestral investigation of the idea of dawn in the dead of winter. This represents a turning toward the stark quilted silences and stunning flatness of my homeland.