(photo: Lauren Lavery)
Spectrum Music is pleased to announced that Nathan Marsh has been selected as the 2016 New Voices Composer in Residence. Nathan will mentor with Spectrum Visiting Guest Mentor Daniel Jamieson and Education Programs Manager Chelsea McBride to produce a work for our June 4 concert. We’re excited to work with him and look forward to hearing his new piece.
Nathan Marsh is an emerging composer from the Vancouver area who has recently completed his B.F.A. in Music at Simon Fraser University. He has studied acoustic music composition under Owen Underhill, David MacIntyre and Janet Danielson at Simon Fraser University’s School for Contemporary Arts, and electroacoustic music composition and sound design under Barry Truax at Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication.
Aesthetically, Nathan Marsh’s interests as a composer of contemporary music lie in seeking to subvert the traditional view of music as being primarily about tonality, as in which musical notes are being played and with what other notes they are played with. He believes that the subtle nuances, the microelements of music, or the sonic texture of music, are the elements that are most important in engaging an audience and formulating their view of a musical piece from a macro level.
Ultimately, the compositional theme that Nathan is interested in expanding upon in his most recent work is the fabrication of sonic “spaces“ that emphasize texture over tonality. He seeks to do this by mixing elements of multi-channel acousmatic soundscape music with extended acoustic and electroacoustic techniques presented through systems of alternative notation in order to create in the audience a profound sense of physical and mental spatial presence within live performance that could not be achieved via the traditional structure of tonal music performance.
Spectrum Music wishes to thank Array Space, the SOCAN Foundation and the Ken Page Memorial Trust for their support of this program.