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Jan Tait and the Bear at the CCA

Jan Tait and the Bear at the CCA

I’m so thrilled that Ensemble Thing, conducted by Tom Butler, will be premiering the fully staged version of Jan Tait and the Bear at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow on Oct. 6 (8 PM) and Oct. 8 (1 PM). This performance stars Alan McHugh, Catherine Backhouse, and Brian McBride, and is directed by Stasi Schaeffer, with costumes by Vicki Brown.

For a little preview, here is a trailer, with beautiful illustrations by Meilo So and animations by Jason Brown of Greenlight Creative.

Tickets are available from the CCA, in advance or at the door. I hope to see you there!

An enormous thanks to Opera America, the Hinrichsen Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts for making these performances possible!

 

Fair Trade Chamber Music Society

Fair Trade Chamber Music Society

I’m really looking forward to writing a new piece for the Fair Trade String Trio (Ashley Windle, Kallie Ciechomski and Jeanette Stenson), commissioned by the Fair Trade Chamber Society. The piece will be premiered on their summer 2017 tour of the Pacific Northwest, and in New York in fall 2017.

Cherry Street Duo

Cherry Street Duo

I’m really looking forward to writing a new piece for the Cherry Street Duo (Sophia Tegart and Krista Jobson)! They will be performing this piece beginning in winter 2017, and recording it on an upcoming album of duos by women composers, with funding they were awarded from the Mu Phi Epsilon James and Lola Faust Chamber Music Scholarship.

Composing and Entrpreneurship

Composing and Entrpreneurship

In the 25 (!) years that I’ve been a composer, I’ve noticed a transformation from a general feeling that being a composer (or any kind of artist) was the opposite of being a business person to the expectation that all composers should be entrepreneurs, and not only that, we’re supposed to like that. I had the chance to write about this for VAN Magazine, in my article Performing Creativity: Composing in the Entrepreneurial Age.

Canadian New Music Network

Canadian New Music Network

I’m so excited to have joined the board of the Canadian New Music Network as a Non-Regional Representative. I’m looking forward to working with everyone on the board, on behalf of new music in and out of Canada. More information can be found here.

Opera America Discovery Grant

Opera America Discovery Grant

I’m so excited to announce that I’ve been awarded an Opera America Discovery Grant to have my chamber opera Jan Tait and the Bear premiered  by Ensemble Thing at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow on October 6 and 8, 2016. More details of the upcoming performances to follow soon.

(The Lovely and) Talented?

(The Lovely and) Talented?

I’m thrilled to have a guest post on Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog about how the word “talented” is disproportionately used to describe composers who are women. Click here to read the post.

UK premiere of green/blue

UK premiere of green/blue

On February 7 at 3:00, the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ken Woods, will be performing the UK premiere of green/blue at Shirehall in Hereford, England. The piece was commissioned by Ken in 2003 for the Oregon East Symphony, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to hear it again.

My CD is now available!

My CD is now available!

My CD all spring, performed by the Seattle Chamber Players and friends, and recorded on the Composers Concordance label is now available from Naxos, Amazon, the Canadian Music Centre, the Scottish Music Centre, and probably elsewhere!

The first review of the CD is here, on Gapplegate Classical-Modern Review.

Jan Tait in the News!

Jan Tait in the News!

Here is some coverage of Jan Tait and the Bear in The Scotsman. Please note that the bear was not actually drunk, he was put to sleep with a complicated mixture of butter and Shetlandic and Norwegian herbs. And he did not starve to death: Jan Tait kept him well fed with buttered oatcakes. We’re planning a concert performance of Jan Tait this summer, and staged performances in the winter.

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