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New recordings

Contemporary chamber music ensemble Standing Wave released their latest album, New Wave, on Redshift Records this January. The album features School of Music lecturers Christie Reside (flutes) and Vern Griffiths (percussion). The album includes compositions by Michael Oesterle (BMus'92) and was recorded and produced by Will Howie (BMus'04).
 

 

Redshift Records' brand-new compliation, Redshift XVfeatures works by Prof. Keith Hamel, alumnus Benton Roark (MMus'07, DMA'13). With performances by School of Music ensemble-in-residence PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) as well as Standing Wave and Saxophilia. Performers include Corey Hamm (piano), Paolo Bortolussi (flute), Christie Reside (flute), Vern Griffiths (percussion), Julia Nolan (soprano sax), and Mark Takeshi MacGregor (DMA'12) (flute).

 
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In 2016 Chrystal Records released Double Concertos for Violin and Clarinet, part of their "Making of a Medium" series, which features Prof. Stephen Chatman's 20-minute concerto in four movements for clarinet, violin, and orchestra. One reviewer describes the piece as "a joyous, rhapsodic work that lives up to its putative subject matter." 

 
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In 2016, the chamber duo Couloir — featuring UBC lecturer Heidi Krutzen (harp) and Ariel Barnes (cello) — teamed up with composers James B. Maxwell and Nico Muhly to release Maxwell Muhly & Couloir, a recording that features "gossamer, glacial sonorities as well as aggressive, pounding rhythmic structures, all bound together over the course of an epic sonic journey."

In October Couloir won a Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Music Artist/Ensemble of the Year.

 

In March, Dálava — the award-winning duo of Ph.D. student Julia Ulehla (vocals) and Aram Bajakian (guitar) — released The Book of Transfigurations, a new album of Moravian folk songs channeled through 21st century jazz, world, and post-rock music. The Georgia Straight calls it "astonishing music."

 
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Also in March, composer Matthew Emery (BMus'14) released Sing Your Song, an album of choral works performed by Amabile Choirs of London, Canada and released on the Canadian Music Centre's Centrediscs label. 

Amabile’s performances and Emery’s writing "question and challenge the human spirit and exemplify why Canadian choral music is renowned around the world." 

UBC Music nominations from 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards

Congratulations to UBC School of Music faculty and alumni for their 2016 Western Canadian Music Award Nominations!

Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year

  • Couloir: Ariel Barnes and Heidi Krutzen (faculty)
  • Turning Point Ensemble and musica intima
  • Paolo Bortolussi (faculty)

Turning Point Ensemble includes several UBC Music faculty:
Jeremy Berkman trombone
Brenda Fedoruk flute
Vern Griffiths percussion
François Houle clarinet
Benjamin Kinsman horn
Heidi Krutzen harp

The nominated recording, Thirst (Redshift Records), includes Karen Wilson (BMus’74), producer and Will Howie (BMus’04), recording engineer and digital editor.

Classical Composition of the Year

  • Songs from the Rainshadow’s Edge – Benton Roark (MMus’07, DMA’13)
  • Birds of Paradise Lost – John Oliver (BMus’82)
  • 15 for Piano – Howard Bashaw (MMus’84 and DMA’89)

World Artist of the Year

  • Mazacote

Malcolm Aiken (MMus’09) is a member of Mazacote.

The 14th annual Western Canadian Music Awards show will be hosted on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at Casino Regina.

Congratulations to all our friends nominated by BreakOut West!