McGill Digital Composition Studio Concert Sunday

Subject: McGill Digital Composition Studio Concert Sunday
From: Sean Ferguson (
Date: Wed Nov 10 2004 - 00:32:01 EST


I would like to draw your attention to the
following upcoming concert presented by the
McGill Digital Composition Studio.

Sean Ferguson


McGill Digital Composition Studio
Concert Program 1: Sunday, November 14, 2004
8:00 p.m.
Pollack Hall
McGill University Faculty of Music
Montreal, Canada
555 Sherbrooke St. West
Cost: $5.00

*Payton MacDonald Hazel,
Orange, and Optimism (2004) 5 min.
                                Mystic Woods of Shadows (2003) 4 min.
                                Bant 1 (2003) 5 min.
                                Spider (2003) 6 min.

                Payton MacDonald, Super Marimba


*Henry J. Ng Blocks (2004) 10 min.
                                for Clarinet and Quadrophonic Audio

Daniel Hasznos, Clarinet

*Emily Hall, Niklas Kambeitz AgauŽ (2004) 25 min.

Kristie Ibrahim, Percussion; Julieanne Klein,
Soprano; Charles Gagnon, Sound Engineer


McGill Digital Composition Studio Concert
Concert Program 1: November 14, 2004

Program Notes


Super Marimba

Super Marimba is the nexus point of all of my
artistic activities. Here I combine my study of
tabla drumming, Western classical composition,
and Jazz improvisation. I notate my Super Marimba
compositions, but the scores allow for
improvisation. Sometimes the improvisation is
free and spontaneous, but often it is of a
unique, disciplined sort that I have developed
over the past couple years, based on the
kaida/palta theme and variation processes used in
tabla drumming. These allow me to build up an
infinite melodic flow at multiple rhythmic
levels, creating a dense tangle of sound that
grooves and sings. I see my work as the
continuation of a nascent keyboard tradition
unique to America. LaMonte Young and Terry Riley
started this tradition. Artists like Michael
Harrison and I are continuing in new, personal
directions. (source: Payton MacDonald)



This work was originally written as a 3 minute
solo clarinet piece based on abstract musical
objects. These objects were composed in such a
way that they contained opposing characteristics.
For example, if one object was loud, the next
object was soft. The work comprised of numerous
independent objects arranged together in a
somewhat random but coherent fashion.

In this revised and expanded version, with the
addition of electronics, the focus turns toward
gesture. The clarinet and the electronics form a
relationship through different (and/or similar)
gestures. Remaining true to the original idea,
this composition consists of various gestures
arranged together.

Electronics realised at the composer's studio,
the McGill Digital Composition Studio, and the
Royal College of Music Studios.

The composer wishes to acknowledge the Royal
College of Music, London, who have generously
contributed funds towards travel expenses.
(source: Henry J. Ng)



New Modes is a collaborative, creative process
that combines performers, composers and digital
music technology. AgauŽ is a musical drama for
soprano, percussion and multi-channel tape. The
text consists of fragments from Euripides'
tragedy "The Bacchae". The drama centers on the
Queen AgauŽ, who has returned from a frenzied and
bloody hunting spree. She boasts over the great
beast she has slaughtered with her bare hands.
Her father (represented by a multitrack chorus in
the tape part), gradually brings her back to her
senses, helping her understand that it was her
son that she killed while under the spell of the
god Dionysus. With this realization, AgauŽ is
consumed with despair.

Praise me
See this prize
Here in my arms
See the beast
I am looking
See the beast
I caught him
Young and wild
With my bare hands
Young and wild
Praise me
(Look at the Sky)*
I am looking
I have forgotten
I feel a change
(Listen to me)
I have forgotten
(Listen to me)
I must know
I bore a sonHis father lay with me
(Come closer)
I touch his body
I bore a son
(Come closer to the truth)
His life blood
I must know
(It was you AgauŽ)
I caught him
My bare hands
His life blood
My own body
I bore a son
I touch his body
Here in my arms
With my bare hands
My whole life
Now I understand

*Bracketed words are sung by the 'chorus'. Text
is composed of fragments from The Bacchae by
Euripides (404 B.C.E.), lines 1168-end. (source:
New Modes)



Payton MacDonald performs with Alarm Will Sound,
a professional new-music group based in New York
City and Verederos, a flute and percussion duo.
Alarm Will Sound is currently regarded as one of
the foremost new music ensembles in the country
and has recorded two discs, on the Nonesuch and
Cantaloupe labels. The New York Times wrote that
they are "the future of classical music." With
Verederos MacDonald has performed concerts
nationwide and recorded two CDs under the
Equilibrium label. Verederos won the 2002
National Flute Association chamber music
competition. He has also appeared as a soloist
in England and Croatia, performed with Present
Music, and toured Japan with Keiko Abe and the
Galaxy percussion group. He received the Barbara
S. Butler composition award, as well as
fellowships from Yaddo and Ragdale. Numerous
professional and academic ensembles have
performed his music in the U.S., Japan, Canada,
and Europe. MacDonald has published articles in
Percussive Notes, Twenty First Century Music, and
he is a new music critic for American Record
Guide.MacDonald earned his BFA from the
University of Michigan, where he studied
percussion with Michael Udow. He earned his MM,
DMA, and the Performers' Certificate from the
Eastman School of Music where he studied
percussion with John Beck and composition with
Robert Morris and Augusta Read Thomas. Further
studies include tabla with Bob Becker and Pandit
Sharda Sahai. MacDonald is a disciple of Mr.
Sahai. In 2004 MacDonald was awarded a grant
from the American Institute of Indian Studies for
further study in India. MacDonald teaches music
at William Paterson University.

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Henry J. Ng Born in Toronto, 1981, Henry J. Ng
began his musical training by studying piano and
trumpet, during which he performed in various
amateur music theatre, jazz and rock groups. He
completed a Bachelor of Music in Composition at
McGill University, studying composition with Sean
Ferguson and Christoph NeidhŲfer, and piano with
Richard Raymond. Henry was the recent recipient
of the McGill Eric Award for outstanding
achievement in electroacoustic music and
currently lives in the United Kingdom where he is
pursuing graduate studies at the Royal College of
Music, London.


Daniel Hasznos Clarinetist Daniel Hasznos
recently graduated from the University of Toronto
with a Bachelor of Music in Performance, which he
attained under the guidance of Joaquin
Valdepenas. Some of his principal teachers
include Yehuda Gilad, Max Christie and Ray
Spasovski. Mr. Hasznos has been a participant of
numerous music festivals such as the Bowdoin
Music Festival, The Rackeve Music Festival in
Hungary, Domaine Forget, and the Boston
University Tanglewood Institute. He has performed
with the Toronto Philharmonia in Canada and has
also given performances in the United States, and


Charles Gagnon A freelance guitarist on the
Montreal scene for the over ten years, Charles
has performed in shows, festivals, and radio
broadcasts across Canada and in Europe, as well
as making countless club and restaurant
appearances in the company of jazz, pop, and
world music performers. He has accompanied
artists such as Eval Manigat (1995 Juno Award,
World Beat album) and Lilison Cordeira (1999
Felix Award, World Beat Album), among many
others. Charles is currently studying sound
recording at McGill University, and has worked as
recording and live sound engineer on jazz, pop
and classical music projects in the Montreal
area. He has recently returned from Germany,
where he was working at Emil Berliner Studios for
the Deutsche Grammophon label.


Emily Hall was born in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Her undergraduate studies in piano performance
and composition were completed at Mount Allison
University (Sackville, N.B.). Her works have been
performed, among others, by ARRAYMUSIC, the
McGill PercussionEnsemble, Ensemble Synapse, the
Group of the Electronic Music Studio of McGill
(GEMS), Derek Oger (New Music North Festival),
Kinza Tyrrell, the McGill Contemporary Music
Ensemble, and the Allegra Choir. Hall was the
composer for the ongoing McGill-Concordia 2002
FQRSC project, New Directions in Chamber Music.
The multidisciplinary research involved
musicians, computer programmers, writers, and
visual/digital artists. She continues with the
03-04 edition. Emily is pursuing a Master's
degree in composition at McGill University under
the supervision of Jean Lesage. She is writing
her thesis, Inside is the Sky, for chamber
orchestra and mezzo-soprano, with text by
renowned Canadian poet Lorna Crozier.


Kristie Ibrahim was born in Swift Current,
Saskatchewan. She received a Bachelor of Music
degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova
Scotia in May 2000, and is a graduate of the
Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba
Seminar. Kristie is a former member of New
Zealand percussion ensemble Strike. She has
performed as a guest artist with Halifax-based
Blue Engine Music, and the Scotia Festival of
Music. She has also performed with Symphony Nova
Scotia, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada,
the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Wellington
Sinfonia. She has played on recordings with The
Heavy Blinkers (Hfx., NS), Verona (Wgn., NZ),
Mere Boynton (Wgn., NZ), the New Zealand Symphony
Orchestra (the Spirit project), and the NZSO
Chamber Orchestra. Kristie is currently pursuing
a Masters degree in Chamber Music Performance at
McGill University.


Niklas Kambeitz was born in Sweden in 1977, and
raised in British Columbia, where he studied
composition and classical guitar at the
University of Victoria. He is currently pursuing
doctoral studies in composition at McGill
University under the supervision of John Rea. He
has also studied with Denys Bouliane, Jean
Lesage, alcides lanza, John Celona and
Christopher Butterfield. In 2003, his work for
chamber orchestra, The Days of Victory, was a
finalist in the CBC National Competition for
Young Composers. His works have been performed by
le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l'Ensemble
Contemporain de Montrťal, the National Youth Band
of Canada, the McGill Wind Symphony, l'Ensemble
Synapse and the McGill Contemporary Music
Ensemble. He is currently composer-in-residence
for the McGill Symphony Orchestra and the McGill
Choral Ensemble.


Julieanne Klein, hailed by the Los Angeles Times
as "expressiveä", is a versatile singer who has
performed in numerous cities throughout North
America. Specializing in contemporary music, she
was the 2002 featured guest artist of Music of
Changes, a chamber orchestra established to
assist contemporary composers in the presentation
of their music. That year Ms. Klein also made her
debut with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony,
singing Ernst Toch's Cantata of the Bitter Herbs,
which was broadcast on the Los Angeles radio
station K-Mozart 105.1 FM. In 2003, Ms. Klein
toured several cities in Croatia, performing
Shostakovich's Seven Romances on Texts of
Alexander Blok with the Dora Schwarzberg trio.
Ms. Klein is currently obtaining her Doctorate of
Music at McGill University, where she was a
finalist in the McGill Concerto Competition. She
is also a recipient of the McGill Major
Fellowship award.

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