As facilitator of the New Voices Composer Residency, which this year also featured Sundar Viswanathan as our guest mentor, I am so privileged to be able to work each season with some of the finest emerging composers we have in Toronto and abroad. So of course, I’m thrilled to announce that we have chosen our 2017 New Voices Composer in Residence: Kristian Podlacha! Read on for more about him & what he’s most looking forward to about working with Spectrum.
Composer-Pianist Kristian Podlacha’s real strength is in marrying disparate worlds, which can be felt both in his playing and compositional work. Trained as a jazz and classical pianist, he currently studies baroque continuo and harpsichord with Tafelmusik. While at the University of Toronto, he studied privately under Dave Restivo, Andrew Downing, David Occhipinti and free improvisation with Dani Oore.
Recent genre crossing works include works for jazz string sextet (vln/vln/vla/vcl/e. gtr/db), Ocean for breath controlled guitar and live electronics, Veritas for 7-15 improvising musicians and his upcoming work for Tafelmusik Quartet (Opus:Testing). He is one half of the Improvised Art Song Project, and co-founder of a new quartet (vln/vla/pno/db) featuring all ‘bilingual’ personnel with significant classical and improvising training. 2017 will feature the debut of Loopback4 for Improvising Musicians, Audience, 4 Loopers, and 4 Loudspeakers.
As a composer, he seeks to synthesize and create compelling new sounds, to find the “unusually beautiful” and the music that embodies our time.
When asked what he most looks forward to about composing for Tales From Turtle Island this season, Kristian said, “Spectrum beautifully embodies the celebration of difference, the communal, and the inclusive – values so important to me in connecting New Music with the people of today. Besides, it’s a concert that combines aboriginal, classical, jazz, and electronic dance music. How cool is that!”