ECM+ Generation 2014, Biennial Canadian Composition Contest : the winners
With more than 60 very high-level applications from Canadian composers, aged 35 and under from all over the country, the final choice has proved quite challenging for the jury comprising renowned professionals from the Canadian new music community: Derek Charke (Composer and Associate Professor at Acadia University, Wolfville), Paul Frehner (Composer and Associate Professor at University of Western Ontario, London), Nicolas Gilbert (Composer and Writer, Montreal), Stefani Truant (Assistant Artistic Administrator at the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa), Owen Underhill (Composer, Conductor and Director of the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver), Mark Wold (Managing director at the Banff Center), and Véronique Lacroix (Artistic Director of ECM+ and Professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal).
Over the course of the next 15 months, the four Generation2014 composers will explore their distinctive musical voice, write a new piece commissioned by Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) and join the Ensemble on a tour to introduce their music to audiences across Canada. Public workshops in Montréal in March 2014 will provide the young composers with the opportunity to experiment directly with ten ECM+ musicians conducted by Véronique Lacroix. They will then have six months to complete the composition that will be presented in November 2014 as part of an eight-concert tour across Canada’s major cities. The Generation2014 tour will begin with a five-day residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts (November 2 to 7, 2014) before crossing the country from west to east with concerts in Banff, Calgary, Vancouver, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, London, and Halifax (Wolfville).
ECM+ and its Artistic Director Véronique Lacroix wish to congratulate the winners of the Generation2014 composition contest and are looking forward to present the music of these four talented young composers to Canadian audiences.
About the Generation project...
With a mandate to support and promote young composers, ECM+ developed Ateliers & Concert in 1994 before renaming it Generation, when it expanded into a national event in 2000. The only project of its kind in Canada, Generation discovers young composers and provides them with a unique environment for musical research and exploration involving live experimentation with musicians as well as a large exposure to the Canadian professional musical scene. For the past 19 years, the Generation project has presented a total of 51 Canadian composers, most of whom are currently leading thriving careers. The Audience Choice Award, added in 2010, now allows the audience of each city to vote for their favorite composition. The author of the winning work receives a commission grant of $1,500 for a new piece. In 2012, the prize was awarded to Riho Esko Maimets for Beatitude, a work for violin and chamber orchestra. His most recent composition, Lines suspended, commissioned by ECM+ as a result of the award, will be premiered during the opening concert of the 2013-14 season of the ECM+.
A few words about the Generation2014 composers...
Marie-Pierre Brasset (1981) Quebec
Marie-Pierre Brasset holds a bachelor’s degree in composition from Université Laval (class of Eric Morin), as well as a Master’s degree from Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (classes of Michel Gonneville, in composition, and Serge Provost, in analysis). With the support of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture, she is currently preparing a doctorate on vocal music at Université de Montréal under the supervision of Isabelle Panneton. In addition to her studies in music, she has obtained a bachelor degree with major in History, culture and society from Université du Québec à Montréal.
Her contemplative listening of nature guides her music towards a broad and organic formal breathing as well as a profusion of melodic and motivic inventions. The ideas of directness and clarity imposed themselves little by little to her aesthetic, expressing a will to establish an intimate relationship between composer, performer and listener.
Alec Hall (1985) Ontario/New York
Alec Hall currently lives in New York City where he studies with George Lewis in the doctoral program at Columbia University. His work is frequently performed throughout Europe and North America, with notable premieres by the Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the JACK Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble and Talea Ensemble, among others. He has won five prizes in the SOCAN competition for young composers and was a finalist for the Jules Leger Prize in 2011.
Principal teachers include Tristan Murail, Philippe Manoury and Fred Lerdahl, while he has also worked closely with Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi and Roger Reynolds. He is also the founder and co-director of Qubit, a non-profit organization in New York dedicated to presenting events highlighting new and experimental works with electronics.
Hall holds a M.A. in composition from the University of California, San Diego and a B.Mus. in composition and violin performance from McGill University.
His works are primarily experimental in nature, with a strong focus on semanticity and representation in acoustic structures.
Evelin Ramon (1979) Quebec/Cuba
A native of Cuba, Evelin Ramon completed a Master’s degree in composition from Université de Montréal under the supervision of Ana Sokolovic. She previously studied piano, choir conducting and singing at Santiago de Cuba’s Conservatory, as well as composition at Universidad de las Artes of Havana. She has attended seminars led by Mauricio Sotelo, Beat Furrer, Philippe Leroux, John Rea, Denys Bouliane et Lasse Thoresen.
Her work has been rewarded by first prizes at the Universidad de las Artes music festival, at the national composition contest of Havana and at the Concours de composition d’opéra de l’Université de Montréal (2011). She also won the Concours de composition Serge-Garant 2011 and the 2010 composition contest of the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal. In 2012, Evelin won a residency in composition of the Faculté de Musique de l’UdM, which allowed her to work with the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal.
Her music has been performed in Canada by renowned ensembles and orchestras such as Transmission, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, L’orchestre Symphonique de l’Université de Montréal, l’Orchestre Les Grands Vents de Montréal, and in Spain, Germany, Venezuela, France, Denmark and Cuba.
Her creative work is currently based on her research concerning the idea of noise as main generator of her musical ideas.
Anthony Tan (1978) Alberta/Berlin
Anthony Tan is a Canadian composer now residing in Germany. His music has been performed by Ensemble Recherche, Les Cris de Paris, Ensemble Cairn, L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, Ensemble Moderne Akademie, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.
He has presented his music at the Stockholm Sound and Music Computing Conference, the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, ICMC, Voix-Nouvelles, Domain Forget and Acanthes. Also involved with music for contemporary dance, he has written for the Merce Cunningham School, Tangente, and the Bravo!FACT dance movie commissions.
Awards include a 2012 Stipendium from the Experimental Studio, the 2011 Giga-Hertz Prize from the ZKM and Experimental Studio, laureate of the International Competition for live-electronics of the Hamburg Klangwerktage, and the Médaille d’or in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Anthony is currently pursuing the Meisterklasse at the Musikhochschule Dresden with Mark Andre and Franz Martin Olbrisch. Additionally, he holds a Ph.D. (ABD) from McGill University in Montreal, under the supervision of John Rea (Composition) and Steven McAdams (Psychoacoustics). From 2009 to 2010 he studied mixed music with Philippe Leroux and the analysis of electroacoustic music with Robert Normandeau at the Université de Montréal.
The interplay between poetic intent and musical structure remains a central question in his work