#ElliottCarter : String Trio (2011)

A German pre-Romantic philosopher, Johann Georg Hamman, held that the sense of music was given to man to make it possible to measure time. The composer Elliott Carter’s fame comes partly from a reconception of time in music that fits the world of today (although there are many other aspects of his music to enjoy). … Continue reading #ElliottCarter : String Trio (2011)

Latest from Francis Dhomont : … et autres utopies

  Utopian, these aural mirages surely are — not in the political sense of the Ideal City, but in the etymological sense of ou-topos: belonging to no specific location, except for imaginary territories; creatures of illusion and, in this case, sound. These aural “non-lieux,” these chimeras of perception, resulting from treatments and made from unlikely … Continue reading Latest from Francis Dhomont : … et autres utopies

Laura Karpman’s “Ask Your Mama” : a grand multitude of American voices

Laura Anne Karpman (born March 1, 1959, in Los Angeles) is an American composer, whose work has included scoring for film, television, video games, theater, and concert.  She has won four Emmy Awards for her work.  Karpman was trained at The Juilliard School, where she played jazz, and honed her skills scatting in bars. Karpman … Continue reading Laura Karpman’s “Ask Your Mama” : a grand multitude of American voices

Robert Normandeau’s cinema for the ear

Ater a BMus in Composition (Electroacoustics) from the Université Laval (Québec City, 1984) Robert Normandeau moved to Montréal and completed an MMus in Composition (1988) and the first PhDMus in Electroacoustic Composition (1992), under Marcelle Deschênes and Francis Dhomont. He is a founding member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC, 1987). From 1986 to ’93, he … Continue reading Robert Normandeau’s cinema for the ear

Bernat Vivancos : a search for a spirituality

The musical personality of Bernat Vivancos (Barcelona, ​​1973) is marked by the impressions received during his school years at the Monastery of Montserrat, by some reckonings the oldest existing music conservatory in the Western world.  Singing, indispensable for all good musicians, has been of great importance in his career. Returning to Barcelona, Vivancos studied piano … Continue reading Bernat Vivancos : a search for a spirituality

Responsio : Peter-Anthony Togni meets Machaut

I posted an overview recently in this blog on Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame - but this recording/work reflects, comments, refutes, challenges and embellishes the medieval voice of Guillaume de Machaut and his medieval masterpiece. RESPONSIO  by Peter-Anthony Togni A contemporary response to Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame Jeff Reilly – bass clarinet Suzie Leblanc … Continue reading Responsio : Peter-Anthony Togni meets Machaut

Anna Thorvaldsdottir : composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound, surrounding the listener in a dark and forbidding landscape. Anna thinks sonically; her music comes from a deeply non-verbal place, and she has developed a brilliant workflow which allows these ideas to remain mostly whole and unmolested through her creative process. Anna … Continue reading Anna Thorvaldsdottir : composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound