Fresh Sounds from the Next Generation of Contemporary Jazz Writers in Canada
Spectrum Music is pleased to announce the inaugural year of our New Voices Composer Residency. Developed in partnership with the Humber Community Music School, and facilitated by Spectrum Artistic Advisor, Daniel Jamieson, this initiative allows a promising young composer the opportunity to develop and present a new work at an upcoming Spectrum concert through a guided mentorship process.
Six outstanding candidates from the Humber Community Music program took part in an all day workshop with NYC-based composer Daniel Jamieson. During this intensive workshop participants received individual instruction from Jamieson, along with collaborative peer feedback. One outstanding candidate from this group was selected as the 2013-’14 Spectrum Music Young Composer in Residence.
Guitarist Nick Lavkulik has been selected as the 2014 Spectrum New Voices Composer. In the next two months Nick will complete a work for piano quintet under the tutelage of Daniel Jamieson, to premiere at Early Expressions on April 17th, 2014. Lavkulik will workshop the piece hands-on with the Ton Beau String Quartet and NYC-based pianist Florian Hoefner.
Spectrum is pleased to welcome Nick, as the first participant in what we hope will become an annual program. Our goal is to support and connect with the next generation of contemporary Jazz composers in this collaborative education initiative.
The Spectrum Young Composer Residency is made possible with the support of Catherine Mitro, Director of the Humber Community Music School, and Daniel Jamieson, Artistic Advisor for Spectrum Music in 2013-’14.
Born and raised in Toronto, guitarist and composer, Nicholas Lavkulik, shows a musical maturity well beyond his years. Already at the age of 18, he has received international recognition for his work as a composer. An active collaborator in various musical genres, Nicholas’ influences include such diverse artists as Mark Guiliana, Radiohead, Wayne Shorter and The Books.
His formal musical education included early studies on violin, saxophone and bouzouki by age 9. As time went on he became increasingly drawn to the guitar. In his early teens, Nicholas enrolled in the highly regarded Humber College Community School. Over the following 6 years, Nicholas studied jazz improvisation and theory in the program’s vigorous Saturday and summer jazz studies. The invaluable direction with the school’s elite faculty included private instruction from world renowned jazz guitarist, Lorne Lofsky.
At age 17, Nicholas wrote “B.E.T. on Yorke.” The song was featured in numerous performances thereafter including at Canada’s National Musicfest competition in May of 2013. The piece’s score was compared to Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” The composition was recognized in the international Downbeat Magazine 2013 Student Awards. The piece receiving an award of “Outstanding Performance” in the High School Jazz Composition (Lead Sheet) category.
Awarded the Moe Koffman and Paul Read Memorial Scholarships to the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, Nicholas is currently enrolled in his first year of Jazz Performance and studying with remarkable guitarist and composer David Occhipinti.