The 2016 Spectrum Music New Voices Composer Residency
Fresh Sounds from the Next Generation of Contemporary Jazz Writers in Canada.
Offered in partnership with Array Music.
The NVCR program allows a promising young composer the opportunity to develop and present a new work at an upcoming Spectrum concert through a guided mentorship process. The New Voices Composer Residency is aimed at composers at the high-school and undergraduate levels working in jazz, chamber jazz, and other crossover genres.
Workshop participants have the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed New York based Canadian composer Daniel Jamieson (www.danjam.ca). Jamieson, who serves as Spectrum’s Visiting Guest Mentor, has attained international recognition for his work as a composer, arranger, and conductor. He has worked with Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Kurt Elling, Marcus Miller, Anthony Hamilton, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropole Orchestra, among others.
Of 8 workshop participants last years, one outstanding candidate from this group was selected as the 2015 Spectrum New Voices Composer in Residence. Saxophonist Ben McCarroll-Butler was selected to compose a work for soprano voice (Erin Cooper-Gay of the TSO), C clarinet (Peter Lutek), and two percussionists (Jamie Drake and Dan Morphy of TORQ Percussion Quartet) under the tutelage of Daniel Jamieson. The completed work, “Until,” was based on the audience-suggested topic of coping with a friend’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s, and premiered at Your Wish Is Our Concert on May 29th, 2015.
Through these past months I’ve had the pleasure of working under the tutelage of Dan Jamieson, workshopping ideas, discussing composing and talking about the importance of storytelling. Dan has been a great resource for me and has opened me up to some new ways of thinking. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with him as the Spectrum New Voices Composer and I’m really looking forward to premiering ‘Until’ at the upcoming concert beside some composers and musicians I really respect.
– Ben McCarroll-Butler, 2015 New Voices Composer in Residence
Fostering the next generation of contemporary jazz composers
All applicants are invited to attend the two-day workshop. To ensure an impactful and enriching experience, only a maximum of 10 participants will present their works for feedback, each of whom are selected through an application process reviewed by a panel of arts professionals. Chosen participants present their compositions and receive direct feedback from Mr. Jamieson on relevant writing techniques and artistic considerations. Given the high calibre of these emerging talents, participants also gain valuable insights and techniques from their peers by presenting their works to the group and by observing and discussing the material of others.
In an accompanying session, the Spectrum composers will present their own works for the Spectrum collective, and cover a wide range of compositional techniques, artistic considerations, and practical considerations for the various ensembles. This allows the New Voices Composer in Residence candidates a more specific look at the music Spectrum presents and how it gets created.
At the end of the two-day workshop, one individual will be selected as the 2016 New Voices Composer and will be awarded the opportunity to compose a new work to be performed as part of the Spectrum Music’s June 4, 2016 concert programme, Tower of Babel. This individual will also receive a series of private lessons leading up to the concert, and mentorship sessions with the Spectrum composers. The concert will feature works by: Spectrum composers, guests, and the 2016 New Voices Composer. Performers will include Toronto-based pianist/composer Noam Lemish and NYC-based oud player Amous Hoffman.
Application Fee: $0
Application Deadline: December 1st 2015
Participants Selected: January 1st 2016
Workshop fee: $40 (open to all applicants)
Workshop dates: January 10 & 24, 2016, 11am-5pm at Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto)
All participants will receive a ticket for the Spectrum Music June 4 2016 concert.
- Only original works will be accepted, no arrangements
- 2 contrasting works for any instrumentation
- PDF of full score (typed, not handwritten)
- Recording (midi rendering is fine) must be mp3 file
- Short description of each work
- Although lead sheet style compositions will be considered, preference will be given to students who demonstrate the ability to orchestrate for an ensemble of instruments.
All applicants must upload all required materials the Spectrum website and submit the application no later than midnight on Tuesday December 1, 2015 in order to be considered.
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The New Voices Composer Residency is offered in partnership with Array Music and made possible with support from the Ken Page Memorial Trust and the SOCAN Foundation.