Composition Concert 2017

April 20th 2016, 8pm

D.B. Clarke Theater

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Classes of Georges Dimitrov and Sandeep Bhagwati.

Samuel Rae Mercier

Rondo pour le roi

Samuel Rae Mercier – Electric bass and voice
Simon Fortin-Deschênes – Electric Guitar
François Dion – Drums

The composer S. R. Mercier has been commissioned by the King Crab to write the following piece. Fond of classical forms and odd time signatures, his majesty has yet to find a composer that will match his taste. Will Mercier’s ‘Rondo pour le roi’   be deemed worthy by the King or will the orchestra Mumu Rae be sentenced to death by claw?

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Sean Popowczak

Of Swipes And Matches – A 21st Century Romance

Bozzini Quartet:

Clemens Merkel & Alissa Cheung – Violins
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téphanie Bozzini –Viola
Isabelle Bozzini – Cello

Through technology we can connect to anyone, anywhere, finding possible relationships in ways our ancestors could not have imagined. And then we swipe left or right and find another. And another. And another.

Tony Bali

Tiramisu Dance

Alissa Cheung – Violin
Matthieu Bélanger – Clarinet
Georges Dimitrov – Piano

Tiramisu Dance is a composition written for a Wind Trio, in specific Flute, Oboe and Bassoon. However, for the purpose of this concert instrumentations were changed to Violin, Clarinet and Piano. In this piece I am not actually referring to the cake (Tiramisu) but the expressive meaning of the term. The word Tiramisu’ as an expression is used when someone wishes to demonstrate a sentiment being misjudged by another person. The term is also generally utilized when one wishes to pass on a genuine level of validity in their activities, words, the music in this case with no bad expectation or plan to play with others feelings. When composing this piece my focus was to bring out the meaning of the term in a musical setting only adding a touch of attitude to it by the usage of irregular meters in order to make it dance. The focus on the independency between each of the instruments is all over the B section of the piece and the idea of it is basically based on few motives that were used interchangeably between the voices. This kind of interchangeable dialogue between the instruments creates the expression of Tiramisu, from which all of the voices are communicating with one another without any intention to change the main direction of the conversation. Stating an idea and building a conversation around it is what this piece is all about. The beauty of cultivating a wonderful harmony and rhythmic direction out of the input of few basic musical ideas.

Yinan Zhao

String Quartet No.1 “Timer”

Bozzini Quartet:

Clemens Merkel & Alissa Cheung – Violins
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téphanie Bozzini –Viola
Isabelle Bozzini – Cello

The prototype of “Timer” idea came from a clock. Since there are 12 numbers on a clock, 12 notes in music, why not present time by music? So here are some basic principles of the setting: C stands for no. 12 on the clock, successively goes one by one.  Four instruments alternately do their own jobs. There is always a whole note chromatic scale standing for steady second hands going. Pizz. accompany parts follow a certain harmony progression. Then an improvised melody in pentatonic scale gives a musical element to this “mechanical” piece.

Nicholas Ryan

String quartet No. 00110001

Bozzini Quartet:

Clemens Merkel & Alissa Cheung – Violins
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téphanie Bozzini –Viola
Isabelle Bozzini – Cello

This piece was written in something of the following manner: everyday, for about two weeks, I would  listen to a 20 minute loop of an acoustic cello playing the the low, open, C and then to a free, low-end, midi cello perform the same note on a loop of the same length.  Whereas the former presented me with a  rich palette of overtones and combination tones, the latter did not make these nuances as available to my naked, all too human, ear. ( It was only after I figuratively listened to the midi cello through the robotic ear of a  spectrogram analysis that I heard just how “human” my listening had been).

My string quartet represents a personal response to the midi cello’s comparatively barren, and robotic, sonic landscape as I experienced it during this whole process. The piece attempts to render and dramatize some of the mirages (both sonic and visual) I experienced in my mind as I slowly traversed this arid, electronic, geography in a failed attempt to carve out a home for myself there. In this sense, String Quartet 00110001, with it’s apocalyptic tone, emphasis on malfunction, and brief but vivid moments of musical colour,  speaks to my ambivalence towards our contemporary dependancy on certain computerized technologies while at the same time offering no easy solutions.

Jad Chami

‘Rêverie d’un été Lointain’ Impromptu

Jad Chami – Piano

Un morceau qui essaye de retranscrire la nostalgie et son expression musicale.

A piece that aims to transcribe nostalgia and its musical expression.

Nazar Klepatskyy

Diamond Sphinx

Bozzini Quartet:

Clemens Merkel & Alissa Cheung – Violins
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téphanie Bozzini –Viola
Isabelle Bozzini – Cello

This piece is meant to embody the fast pace and intensity of everyday life as well as demonstrate the lack of breathing room that we are faced with in this bustling, money-driven big-city life. It is not to say that life cannot be exciting at such a pace. The rising and accelerating nature of the piece are meant to represent a ‘day in the life’ where things start slow and constantly get faster and faster and finally gets resolved with a cadence which is like a breath of air before falling asleep and embarking on the same journey the next day.

Danielle Savage

Clickbait

Bozzini Quartet:

Clemens Merkel & Alissa Cheung – Violins
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téphanie Bozzini –Viola
Isabelle Bozzini – Cello

Links that lead to irrelevant places, striking ideas that aren’t satisfied; the luring of the attention span for no other reason than to lead a person to the site of the clickbait, where the objects of the peruser’s curiosity go unfulfilled. Once you click, you probably aren’t going where you thought you were. Content, eluded to but not fleshed out, drifts around cyberspace- a ghost of the potential promised by the bait.

Intermission

Kate Markle

Will-O-the-Wisp

Short animated film

Kate Markle – Soundtrack
Laura Lucic – Animation

Created by Animation student Laura Lucic, this piece plays with our conceptions of human relationships, imaging them as a dance between individuals. I hope the music captures this dance.

Isaac Purcell

States of Delusion

Bozzini Quartet:

Clemens Merkel & Alissa Cheung – Violins
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téphanie Bozzini –Viola
Isabelle Bozzini – Cello

Playing with the idea of binary thinking and portraying it through states of music which are also then represented as physical placement on stage. It quickly moves from the 0 and 1 states into smaller subdivisions. Then eventually breaking free. Thanks to Harriet for brainstorm on the physical from of the piece.

Eric Au

Two Kids

Alissa Cheung – Violin
Matthieu Bélanger – Bass Clarinet

The music was inspired by a popular children’s game – hide-and-seek. In the music I wanted to portray a playing scene by two kids who were playing the game.

Daniel Marquez

Garcita (or An Homage to Synthesis)

Bozzini Quartet:

Clemens Merkel & Alissa Cheung – Violins
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téphanie Bozzini –Viola
Isabelle Bozzini – Cello

Musically, ‘Garcita (or An Homage to Synthesis)’, is a piece that uses the String Quartet as a medium to synthesize the spectral subtleties encountered in the voice of iconic Venezuelan composer, Simón Díaz, as recorded in his song, ‘Garcita’ (1989, Sus Grandes Éxitos)’. However, it is for the composer, Daniel Marquez, a synthesis of various aspects of his life: his Venezuelan identity, his training in electroacoustic music, and his new-found goal of writing classical and contemporary music.

Sylvain Gilbert

Battery Shenanigans

Bozzini Quartet:

Clemens Merkel & Alissa Cheung – Violins
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téphanie Bozzini –Viola
Isabelle Bozzini – Cello

Batteries are in virtually anything technological and they govern our habits by their limitations.
#Tech4Life #NeverEnough #FML #Back2Basics

Jesse Shallcross

Time Will Pass

Jesse Shallcross – Guitar
Estelle Roy – Guitar

The piece is derived from a combination of a motive from final fantasy’s main theme and a seven note motive on a Bmaj 7, seven being the age when I first played the game.

Karine Topalian

City Lights

Bozzini Quartet:

Clemens Merkel & Alissa Cheung – Violins
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téphanie Bozzini –Viola
Isabelle Bozzini – Cello

Various technological advances have pushed the pace of life to dizzying speeds. With engines, computers, notifications and networks, we have optimised, maximised and compartmentalised our existence in such a way that a moment of undisturbed quiet is an unusual – sometimes even unwelcome – occurrence. Moments of solitude and introspection should be prised and, to that end, here is a contemplative tableau inspired by the view of the city on a clear night.

City Lights is based on a video taken of downtown Montreal at night. The visual elements of the image – streetlights, buildings, pedestrians, and cars – as well as the unfolding of the emotions of the observer, are each represented musically by a specific collection of pitches. A combination of techniques (bowing on different parts of the instrument, using the wood of the bow, etc.) creates focused and unfocused sounds to mirror the sharpness and blurriness of the visual elements, depending on their distance from the observer. Many musical elements – tempi, etc. – are also based on cues from the video.

Shant Abralian

Battle theme RPG

Bozzini Quartet:

Clemens Merkel & Alissa Cheung – Violins
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téphanie Bozzini –Viola
Isabelle Bozzini – Cello

The piece is written with the idea of a video game. Suspense, excitement, battle, tragedy, triumph. Different feelings a game can bring up based on the story and content, and this piece captures a story of its own.