I’m pleased to announce my piece Letters will be performed on December 7th at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education. The performance is presented by The Music Gallery, working with the Sounds of Silence Initiative.
The Sounds of Silence Initiative was formed just last year, and has brought together over fifty musicians, composers, and poets together to create new art song that celebrate the diverse cultural identities of Canadians. The concert features four sets of song cycles.
Letters is the setting of three works by transgender poet Charlie Petch for piano and tenor. Each poem is addressed to a different person. They are filled with comedy, tragedy, and bittersweet feelings.
I was very excited to write this piece as soon as I read the text. I haven’t had much opportunity to write vocal pieces using comical texts, and it proved to be a welcome challenge. Another interesting challenge was in setting the poem “Dear Ivan,” which featured a long text and varying emotions. The question then became “how do I keep this piece fresh despite its length? Which parts of the text should be spoken, and which should be sung?” In the end, I’m quite pleased with the answers I found to these questions.
For more information on the event, check out the Facebook page here.