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Recent Past Projects:

Compositions:

Sept. 29, 2011 – Bozzini Quartet, Chapelle historique du bon Pasteur, Montréal – The concert included a premiere of my new piece “String Quartet #4: The Night” which was commissioned by the Bozzini Quartet. Also on the program were “Still Image” for clarinetist François Houle and string quartet, “Trombone Quintet” with trombonist Jeremy Berkman and “String Quartet #3: The Alynne.” From Oct. 3 – 6, recorded all four works for a disc called Still Image which will be on the Centrediscs label. CD release concerts will be in Vancouver in late February and Calgary in early March 2012. For further information on the concert and the Bozzini Quartet, please see http://www.quatuorbozzini.ca/accueil.e

June 16, 2011 - Seven Deadly Sins solo flute project – Mark Takeshi McGregor I composed a flute solo for Mark Takeshi McGregor as part of his Seven Deadly Sins project. The concert included premieres by seven composers, each writing a piece based on one of the deadly sins. My solo, titled Three Reflections on Pride, was scored for flute (1st movement), piccolo (2nd movement) and alto flute (third movement). For further information on Mark McGregor, see http://www.markmcgregor.ca/bio.htm

April 14, 15 & 16, 2011 – Ballet BC & Turning Point Ensemble Double Anniversary – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver 8 p.m. This was a wonderful project with live performances of the Turning Point Ensemble with Ballet BC. Included on the program was a new choreography by Wen Wei Wang set to my composition Geometry of Harmony. I also composed Epilogue for cellist Ari Barnes and pianist Corey Hamm which was the final section for the piece choreographed by Donald Sales.

March 19, 2011 – Three Sitka Portraits premiere – Vancouver Bach Choir, Orpheum Theatre Vancouver Three Sitka Portraits was commissioned by the Vancouver Bach Choir utilizes excerpts of poems from my friend from Sitka Alaska, the carver and poet Robert Davis Hoffmann. The three movements are: Carving, He was a Dancer and Reconstruction. Robert Davis Hoffmann came from Sitka for the premiere and read his poems in advance of the performance of each movement.

February 18, 2011 – Slender Gold premiere, Roy Barnett Recital Hall, UBC School of Music, 8 p.m. Slender Gold was written for a cross-cultural ensemble consisting of members of the B.C. Chinese Music Ensemble and the Nu:BC Collective. Slender Gold is scored for dizi, zheng, zhong ruan, pipa, sheng, percussion, alto flute, bass clarinet, piano, violin, viola, cello and bass. Other premieres in this project are by Cheng-Long Zhuo, Ning Wang, Dorothy Chang, Jian-Ping Tang and John Oliver.

September 6, 2009 - Anchorage, Alaska - Performance of Sakalaka in "Refugium" (CrossSound Festival 2009). For information, see http://www.crosssound.com

April 17, 2009 – One Page Sonata performed by pianist Jane Hayes on Turning Point Ensemble concert. The work is an homage to the Ives Three Page Sonata.

March 19, 2009 – Cloud over Water was commissioned and premiered by percussionist Daniel Tones at Simon Fraser University. The work is a vibraphone solo. The title derives from a painting by Paterson Ewen. Daniel Tones will be performing the work again in the 09/10 season. Further information on Daniel Tones at http://www.danieltones.com

February 13, 2009 – In Ecclesiis for a spatially distributed choir and trombone quintet was premiered at the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver by the Vancouver Cantata Singers and I Tromboni. The work utilizes the same Latin text as the Giovanni Gabrieli’s early seventeenth century composition of the same name. This work was commissioned by Redshift Music Society – see http://www.redshiftmusic.org

April 26, 27, 28 2008 - World of Light for tenor and orchestra was premiered by tenor Benjamin Butterfied, conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama and the Vancouver Symphony. The work was recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio Two.

September 5, 6 2008 – Aleutian Madrigals, four songs for four voices and ensemble, was premiered in Juneau and Sitka, Alaska as part of the CrossSound Festival, Owen Underhill conductor. This piece was collaboration with Alaskan poet Jerah Chadwick.

Conducting:

September 10 and 11, 2011 – Vancouver Snapshots 125 project with Turning Point Ensemble at Roundhouse Community Centre and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens

April 14, 15 and 16, 2011 – Double Anniversary – Turning Point Ensemble with Ballet BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre – included premieres of music by Anthony Genge and Michael Oesterle

Mar. 2 – 5, 2011 – Firebird 2011 – Turning Point Ensemble Rio Tinto Alcan award winning performances at The Cultch, included premiere of work by choreographer Simone Orlando and composer Jocelyn Morlock, and the premiere of a new Firebird arrangement by Michael Bushnell

Oct. 1 & 3, 2010 - Revolutions – Turning Point Ensemble and Vancouver Cantata Singers, Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre UBC, Stravinsky, Weir, premiere Kristopher Fulton

June 17 – 20, 2010 – Imprint – Turning Point Ensemble, Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Woodward’s, premieres by Rudolf Komorous, Linda Catlin Smith and Daniel/Underhill

April 16 and April 18, 2010 – musica intima – conducted performance of Jocelyn Morlock Exaudi and work by Jeffrey Ryan for choir and solo cello, Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre UBC

February 24, 2010 – Son of Chamber Symphony concert, Turning Point Ensemble Cultural Olympiad concert, music by Schoenberg, John Adams and premiere by John Oliver, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, part of Cultural Olympiad

January 27, 2010 – Music of George Lewis for Eric Metcalfe sculptures, live performance with Turning Point Ensemble as part of Cultural Olympiad

January 23, 2010 – Imprint I with Turning Point Ensemble, Museum of Anthropology, UBC with choreography by Henry Daniel

October 2 & 4 2009 - Ryerson United Church, Vancouver - The Turning Point Ensemble celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Music Centre in a colourful program featuring R. Murray Schafer’s magical Egyptian-inspired Arcana for solo voice and ensemble, and José Evangelista’s thrilling Alap and Gat, a work referencing the classical music of North India. TPE also unveiled two premieres by Vancouver composers, Remember to Forget by Jaap Hamburger and Variations on Exact Tension by Jacqueline Leggatt. Further infomation on Turning Point Ensemble at http://www.turningpointensemble.ca/

August 11, 2009 - conducted performances of "Labyrinth" - Music of John Burke for MusicFest Vancouver

September 5, 6 2008 – served as Music Director for Maroon Settings, a festival involving collaborations between composers and poets organized by CrossSound in Juneau and Sitka, Alaska. The project featured four premieres and a theatrical performance of a work on Vitus Bering. Performers were from Canada, Denmark, Korea, and the United States.

November 28 & 30 2008 – End of Time Turning Point Ensemble concert, conducted three large ensemble works of Alexina Louie with soloists Jeremy Berkman, trombone and David Harding, viola

April 17 2009 – Living Toys Turning Point Ensemble concert, conducted program of music by Charles Ives and Thomas Adès. Highlights included Living Toys by Adès and the premiere of a new arrangement of Charles Ives Three Places in New England by Marcus Goddard, Michael Bushnell and Owen Underhill.

Interdisciplinary Projects:

June 17 – 20, 2010 – Imprint II – Turning Point Ensemble, Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Woodward’s, Imprint II is an interdisciplinary work created by Henry Daniel and Owen Underhill for dancers, large music ensemble, languagescapes, projections and other technological elements See Henry Daniel’s website for more information: http://www.sfu.ca/~hdaniel/touched.html