Betwixt the Bananas: New Music in Victoria

Anna Banana
Anna Banana’s exhibit at Open Space. Photo credit: Jacquelyn Bortolussi

I actually came up with at least half-a-dozen banana jokes for the opening of this post — all of them in poor taste. At best they were a little green; at worst they were highly un-apeeling. So suffice to say that Open Space in Victoria is presently exhibiting an Anna Banana retrospective, and on October 16th you can expect the oblong imagery to increase ever so slightly… when I present a concert of new and recent works for solo flutes, with and without electronics.

The lion’s share of the programme is the result of a Call for Scores from Victoria-based composers. I was thrilled by the response and blown away by the diversity, skill, and beauty of what was submitted. My concert on October 16th will include:

Diane Berry: Calling
Liova Bueno: Poema para Paola
Brandon Chow: Asthma 
Nathan Friedman: La double a remplir
Julio Lopezhiler: Lip, Stitch, Tether
Maria Eduarda Mendes Martins: Wandering Somewhere for bass flute
Marcilio Onofre: Marionette de Vento
*                    *                    *                    *
The programme will also include two newly commissioned works for flute and electronics: a new work by Stefan Maier; and Ambitus for solo alto flute + Max/MSP, by Gregory Lee Newsome. Ambitus was commissioned by Daniel Cooper, a Toronto-based philanthropist who has commissioned a number of new solo works by key Canadian composers. Maier lives in New York now and Newsome lives in Toronto — but they both used to called Victoria home, which ties the programme together very nicely. Special thanks to Chris Reiche, Open Space’s new music coordinator (and a formidable composer in his own right), for initiating this event and organizing the Call for Scores. The concert takes place at 8pm, Friday October 16th, 2015 at Open Space (510 Fort Street), Victoria, BC.
Gregory Lee Newsome, whose piece Ambitus will be premiered on October 16th
Gregory Lee Newsome, whose piece Ambitus will be premiered on October 16th
So, Lots. Of. Music. Fortunately on Sunday I’m off to spend a week at the Leighton Artists Colony at the Banff Centre, thanks to generous assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts. The English language is insufficient to accurately describe how much I’m looking forward to hiding away in the Cardinal Studio in preparation for this programme as well as another, very special programme with pianist Rachel Iwaasa (who’ll be nestled away in the Valentine Studio, just a few trees away). But more on that later…
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