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IN 2014

I will be busy as a composer and conductor in the first half of 2014 including the following events.


January 26 – 2 p.m.
Owen Underhill - Looking Back, Looking Forward
Pyatt Hall, Vancouver – 843 Seymour St.

Concert of my music by Novo Ensemble including premiere of “Ten Miniatures” for flute, cello and piano and other solos, duos and trios.
More information at: http://novoensemble.com/

February 20, 21 & 22, 2014 – 8 p.m.
Grace Symmetry – Turning Point Ensemble & Ballet BC
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver

I will be conducting new music from John King from New York, and a reprise of Wen Wei Wang’s “In Motion” with my composition “Geometry of Harmony”
More information at: http://turningpointensemble.ca/tpe-concerts/grace-symmetry/

March 12, 2014 – 12 p.m.
Trombone Interactive - Recital by Jeremy Berkman – UBC School of Music
My friend and colleague Jeremy Berkman will give a noon hour concert at UBC which will include my piece “Trombone Walking”

March 29 & 30, 2014 – 8 p.m. & 2 p.m. on the 30th
Thirst – Turning Point Ensemble, musica intima and Nu:BC Collective
Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre at UBC, Vancouver

I am very pleased to be conducting the premiere of a new work by Ana Sokolovic commissioned by the Turning Point Ensemble as well as “Thirst” by Julia Wolfe for choir and ensemble.
More information at: http://turningpointensemble.ca/tpe-concerts/thirst/

April 12, 2014 – 8 p.m.
Sequitur – Vancouver New Music
Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour St., Vancouver
Concert by Vancouver New Music including the premiere of my composition “The Curio Box” for solo cello (Rebecca Wenham) and ensemble of ten instruments.
More information at: http://newmusic.org/events/sequitur/

May 2 & 4, 2014 – 8 p.m.
TPE HyperEnsemble
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Simon Fraser University

Concert by Turning Point Ensemble with interactive electroacoustics and generative composition. Works by David Eagle, Arne Eigenfeldt, and Keith Hamel.
More information at: http://turningpointensemble.ca/tpe-concerts/tpe-hyperensemble/

May 2014, date TBA
Premiere of “Duotone for clarinet and piano”, written for my friends clarinetist François Houle and pianist Jane Hayes. The work will also be recorded for future release.


Recently Released:

Still Image CD Release

"Still Image" is a new CD of my music on the Centrediscs label.The CD features the Quatuor Bozzini on all four works. They are joined by clarinetist François Houle on the title work, and by trombonist Jeremy Berkman in the "Trombone Quintet." There are two string quartets: "String Quartet #3 - The Alynne" and "String Quartet #4 - The Night." This is a project that I have been working on for a number of years.

Please consider getting a copy of the CD. You can order it through Centrediscs at: http://www.musiccentre.ca/

Still Image CD Review in the Globe and Mail

"Owen Underhill’s music is a sea of fluid contrasts: the busy clockwork time of action and dance and the suspended time of contemplation; bold gestures that cut across static, glassy textures; counterpoint one can see through, like a forest of bare trees, yet folded into consonances. The Bozzini Quartet provides haunting interpretations of Underhill’s third and fourth string quartets, which sneak up on the heart via the head. Superb soloists grace the two wind quintets: Jeremy Berkman, who turns phrases into characters with eloquent tone and smooth line in Underhill’s stunning Trombone Quintet, and clarinetist François Houle, whose cultivation of unorthodox techniques – liquid quartertones and multiphonics like fine sandpaper – heightens the sense of a music in which the detail is almost tactile, and none of it is expendable."

I Remember

Brenda Fedoruk, flute and Sarah Fryer, mezzo-soprano

This disc includes my 2007 composition "Remember" for alto flute and mezzo-soprano. "Remember" was commissioned by Brenda Fedoruk for this recording. The poem I set is by Christina Rossetti. For information on recording, see http://www.fedoruk.ca/cd-info-sales.html
The disc is for sale at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/flyerfedoruk


featuring clarinettist, François Houle

* Liquid - John Korsrud
* Schrift - Yannick Plamondon
* Concerto - François Houle
* Kya - Giacinto Scelsi

Liquid is an exciting new ATMA recording consisting of four substantial new works featuring the solo clarinet of François Houle and Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble under the direction of Owen Underhill. Three of the works are recent commissions by John Korsrud, Yannick Palmondon and Houle himself. The fourth is Giancinto Scelsi’s 1959 Kya. Liquid is inspired by the multi-dimensional and unique world of the solo clarinet as it merges and collides with that of a large chamber ensemble in ways that are unpredictable.