ZOOM IN…Tuckamore Festival

Tuckamore Festival

AUGUST 8-23, 2015

Andrew Staniland, St. John’s – St. John’s is home to a thriving new music scene that seems totally out of proportion given its remoteness and relatively small population. New music, and art in general, abound here, cultivated by the venerable Sound Symposium, the Newfound Music Festival, the Tuckamore Festival, the Ora Ensemble, and numerous other chamber groups and concert series.

This summer, I am thrilled to be working with three talented emerging Canadian Composers at the Tuckamore Festival’s Young Composers Program: Sarah-Beth Cormier (NS), Alexander Simon (BC), and August Murphy-King (ON). Tuckamore itself is in its 15th season, with the Young Composers Program now entering its 4th year. At the festival, we immerse ourselves in daily composition master-classes where we engage in composition exercises, score study, analysis, and discussion. In addition, each of the composers is asked to write a new piano trio which is carefully rehearsed and presented at the culminating Meet the Composers concert. There is always a hearty helping of contemporary repertoire on the festival, and the young composers are given ample opportunities to work with faculty, visiting artists, and fellow performers participating in the Young Artists Program.

The highlight of this year’s festival will be the premiere and touring of my new work The Ocean is Full of its Own Collapse, commissioned by Duo Concertante and the Canada Council for the Arts. It is scored for narrator and piano duo, and is based on Lisa Moore’s book February, an award-winning novel about the Ocean Ranger disaster. The St. John’s performance will be the last of the tour, following gigs in Ottawa, Port Rexton, and Admiral’s Cove.

New music is alive and well out here on the edge of North America!

Check out the Tuckamore Festival here.

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Composer Andrew Staniland has firmly established himself as one of Canada’s most innovative musical voices. The New Yorker magazine has described his work as “an alternately beautiful and terrifying instrumental meditation”. His music has been broadcast internationally in over 35 countries. His work has received numerous accolades, including the 2009 National Grand Prize in EVOLUTION, a contemporary music competition presented by CBC and The Banff Centre. Andrew is on currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland.