Timepoint is a new music ensemble in Calgary, dedicated to performing works by living composers.
Meet the Core Artists:
Holly DeCaigny – Saxophones
Nia Devetzis – Percussion
Mathew James – Horn
Jiajia Li – Flutes
Andrew Morrow – Clarinets
Darren Young – Guitar
Timepoint regularly uses the following musicians
Osmand Chiu – Viola
Jeff Faragher – Cello
Mark Harding – Trombone
Eileen Kosasih – Violin
Mark Michalak – Saxophones
Cole Morrison – Double Bass
Liz Morrison – Bassoon
Kira Palmer – Oboe/English horn
Laura Reid – Violin
Greg Robertson – Bass Trombone
Nathaniel Schmidt – Piano
Johnny Summers – Trumpets
2019 New Music Festival Program Notes
Nostalgia, originally from movement II of The Shaman, a concerto for percussion and orchestra, has been arranged here for solo vibraphone. This version, intended as an encore piece for The Shaman, is also considered a stand-alone work by the composer. Nostalgia also exists in a version for solo piano. “Nostalgia,” was initially inspired by three things: a photo taken by Doug Barber of an old man looking out of a window during sunset, a painting by Luc Leestemaker titled Voyager #7, and an accompanying poem to the painting by the same artist titled “Voyager” (about an endearing childhood memory). These three works shared a nostalgic quality that warranted musical interpretation. However, in order for me to capture this emotion, I had to search through my own personal history to find the one memory that brought me the same bittersweet longing; a moment in my life that I have treasured and kept close to my heart. Once I had found it, I was brought back to that sacred emotional space and the music soon wrote itself.
When I was a little boy
I’d be in the street with my father
On a Saturday afternoon
He washed the car and
I played with a boat, in the river of water and soap
That gulped down the road.
By laying my head on the ground I imagined the boat being a steamer
I stepped on board and took off.
Sitting in my studio today I imagined again getting into that boat
– Luc Leestemaker
This work was written for USC Thornton horn professor Kirsty Morrell. It is a three-movement work revolving around text by André Alexis that describes the surreal dreams of a woman’s trip to Canada.
Hello is an audio-visual piece in which the projection serves as a score to be interpreted by the ensemble. The video consists of gestures performed by the composer in his living room. The piece comes in eight movements and is an invitation into the personal world of Alexander Schubert. Please enjoy.
Sandman’s Castle was written for Dame Evelyn Glennie as part of the “50 for 50” project to celebrate her 50th birthday – 50 composers would compose 50 measures of music for a solo percussion instrument. For this project, I chose the tam-tam as my instrument of choice. For years I had been quite drawn to its sonic beauty and its many expressive possibilities. As well, writing for such an instrument would allow me to explore unchartered territories and open up new directions in my creative thinking.
In order to ensure the work would be tailored to Ms. Glennie’s talents – something I always think about when composing for a virtuoso performer like her – I requested to have her video-record herself improvising on the tam-tam while using as many different mallets, sticks, and items she could think of. This helped open my eyes and ears to the variety of sounds she was be able to create from the instrument. It truly was mesmerizing watching her interact with the instrument, like witnessing a shaman drawing up otherworldly sounds from a primordial realm. From viewing her improvisation, I was inspired by the many techniques she used and sound colours she created. It did not take long for me to draft up a musical narrative based her natural gestures and imaginative soundscape. For me, I view this work as a mystical journey into the world of dreams, ruled by the mystical Sandman, and Ms. Glennie is our guide.
Under An Open Sky – sous le ciel ouvert (1997) for solo bassoon was written for bassoonist Yueh Chou.
It is a meditation as if performed under an open sky.
A Trinidadian Ghost story set as a monologue for Narrator with two percussionists and dance. (The dance is optional and may be performed as a percussion work with narrator.) This is the premiere recording from 1991 with librettist André Alexis narrating the grandfather. Original choreography by Youri Thomas performed with Herve Anglerot at The Music Gallery in Toronto by the Mongoose Collective.