Fanfares

UBC student compositions to welcome audiences, commissioned by the Chan Centre.

Collidoscope Robert Humber

Robert Humber

Robert Humber is a Canadian composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. His music is often built around very simple gestures and harmonies which he manipulates in imaginative ways. Robert is now completing his masters degree in music composition at UBC, studying with Dr. Stephen Chatman.

Collidoscope

Collidoscope combines three elements that are prevalent in any circus act: a sense of awe, acrobatics, and a hint of danger. Endlessly rising and falling arpeggios are interrupted by jagged, contorted rhythms. Listen closely and you will hear a very familiar Shostakovich quote hiding within the madness!

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Eric Toombs, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Circa: Opus on April 28, 2018.

Torschlusspanik Mariah J.E. Mennie

Mariah J.E. Mennie

Mariah J.E. Mennie is an emerging composer based in Vancouver. Also an active pianist, vocalist, arranger, drummer, fire dancer, traveler, and educator, her artistic endeavors are wide-ranging. She is currently majoring in music composition at UBC, and has collaborated with the Plastic Acid Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, the Plastic Acid Band, Redshift, Hard Rubber Orchestra, VEE, Aventa, the End Tree, the Living, Maria in the Shower, and others.

Torschlusspanik

A German word—literally meaning “gate closing panic”— Torschlusspanik is the overwhelming, frenzied feeling that time is running out; a deadline is fast approaching; life is passing you by. This groovy Latin jazz-infused saxophone quartet is characterized by its sense of urgent movement and funky “panik.”

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Eric Toombs, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Dayme Arocena and Roberto Fonseca on April 15, 2018.

Painting with Fire Carolyn A. Quick

Carolyn A. Quick

Carolyn A. Quick is a Vancouver-based composer finishing her Masters of Music in Composition at the University of British Columbia. Since entering university in 2012, she has studied with many composers including David Crumb, Stephen Chatman, and Jocelyn Morlock, and is a student of Dorothy Chang.

Painting with Fire

This piece evokes the vivid, militaristic imagery within Sara Teasdale’s work “In a Garden.” Drawn from a line in her poem, Painting with Fire employs jazz-like syncopations and colourful harmonies to highlight the juxtaposition of the calm Connecticut hills and the clamorous soldiers that traverse them.

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Eric Toombs, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of The Jazz Epistles: Abdullah Ibrahim with guest Terence Blanchard on February 18, 2018.

Desperate Poetry Aaron Graham

Aaron Graham

Aaron Graham is an award-winning performer, composer, and music educator pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia, where he is currently a doctoral fellow. He has travelled the world playing percussion, has seen his compositions performed all over North and South America, and has had research published in several prominent publications.

Desperate Poetry

“I still believe in the need for guitars and drums and desperate poetry, and the sound that has the power to raise a temple and tear it down.” – Frank Turner

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Eric Toombs, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Texas Troubadours: Ruthie Foster, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Carrie Rodriguez on November 8, 2017.

Reply All John Stetch

John Stetch

John Stetch pushes the edges of his jazz and classical training to fuse melodies from Mozart to Ukrainian music to pop culture anthems. Originally from Edmonton and then New York, Stetch started piano at age 19, and is now a 6-time Juno nominee who just released his 15th album this fall.

Reply All

“As a child, I played saxophone for many years, in mostly jazz and eastern European styles. When composing this piece, I wanted to feature sounds of east-meets-west, especially since it opens a concert of Dave and Zakir, two huge stars of disparate worlds.” – John Stetch

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Eric Toombs, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland: Crosscurrents on October 15, 2017.

Prelude and Fiddle Tune in g minor Walker Williams

Walker Williams

Walker Williams is a composer, oboist, and singer from Morgan County, West Virginia. Walker graduated summa cum laude from Shepherd University with a Bachelor of Arts in music composition, and is currently pursuing graduate studies in composition at UBC. Walker’s compositions have been performed at events including the US National Saxophone Symposium, the West Coast Composer’s Symposium, and the Alba International Music Festival in Alba, Italy.

Prelude and Fiddle Tune in g minor

“This composition is modeled after the baroque prelude and fugue genre; instead of a traditional fugue subject, however, I used an original slip jig melody. The style of counterpoint used means that the melody and countermelody are almost always present at any moment in the music: sometimes in an obvious way, sometimes concealed under layers of other material, and occasionally in multiple voices at the same time.” – Walker Williams

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Eric Toombs, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of The Gloaming on October 15, 2017.

Fanfarria Nova Pon

Nova Pon

Nova Pon holds degrees from University of Calgary and University of British Columbia, and continues exploring connections within music, psychology and philosophy.  Her music has been performed on four continents, and she is a recent winner of the CMC’s Emerging Composer Competition and a nominee for a Western Canadian Music Award.  She is also a passionate music teacher and flutist.

Fanfarria

Fanfarria is a short piece composed to announce and celebrate the start of an exciting performance event. The fanfare takes inspiration from a taste of the immense world of flamenco, from the saxophones who bear the music, and from the composer’s own musical language.

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Eric Toombs, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Max Raabe and Palast Orchester on April 9, 2017.

Dancing Flames Katerina Gimon

Katerina Gimon

Katerina Gimon is an award-winning emerging composer currently based in Vancouver where she is pursuing her Masters of Music Composition at the University of British Columbia. Her music has been performed and broadcast across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Dancing Flames

Dancing Flames evokes the vigour and curiosity of fire. The piece’s interweaving melodic lines and rhythmic energy playfully characterize fire in its many forms: from glowing embers to raging flames.

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Eric Toombs, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Anda Union on March 26, 2017.

Aquilegia Love Dance Jeff Groh

Jeff Groh

Jeff Groh studies composition under Fred Stride at the UBC School of Music, and is pursuing an honours degree in plant biology in the Faculty of Science. In addition to writing music for his peers to perform, Jeff enjoys bird watching, gardening, and distance running.

Aquilegia Love Dance

“I named this piece in honour of the breeding systems of the flowering plant genus Aquilegia, known commonly as Columbine. Through millions of years of evolution, these flowers have diversified by specializing on specific pollinators, such as bees, hummingbirds, or hawk moths in order to successfully transfer pollen between flowers of the same species.” – Jeff Groh

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Eric Toombs, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Dianne Reeves on February 22, 2017.

Tango Fanfare Walker Williams

Walker Williams

Walker Williams is a young composer from rural West Virginia. Walker graduated summa cum laude from Shepherd University with a BA in music composition, and is currently pursuing his MM in composition at UBC under the instruction of Dr. Stephen Chatman. Walker’s compositions have been performed at such events as the US National Saxophone Symposium and the Alba International Music Festival in Alba, Italy.

Tango Fanfare

This tango-inspired fanfare was written as a nod to a genre frequently utilized by vocalist Diego El Cigala. After the initial ‘fanfare’ statement, the piece moves into a fairly straightforward tango form, with a few elements borrowed from various Latin dance styles.

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Eric Toombs, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Diego El Cigala on November 20, 2016.

Angelus Novus Harrison Kuettel

Harrison Kuettel

Harrison Kuettel studied music at Capilano University and is currently studying Composition at the University of British Columbia.

Angelus Novus

A large portion of Swiss painter Paul Klee’s work evidences his fascination with angels, as in his monoprint Angelus Novus. Without illustrative intent, this piece draws from general aspects of Klee’s style, such as formal balance, colour use, and flat shapes.

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Chinley Hinacay, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Mariza on November 2, 2016.

 

Crush Riley Koenig

Riley Koenig

Riley Koenig is a Canadian composer living in Vancouver, BC. He recently completed his masters of music in composition and is currently working on his DMA at the University of British Columbia. Riley has spent the past few years writing music for social/casual video games in Vancouver with Power Up Audio, as well as writing for film and documentaries.

Crush

Crush, written for saxophone quartet, explores tritone relationships moving in and out of tonal frameworks.

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Chinley Hinacay, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Cecile McLorin Salvant on May 1, 2016.

St. James Infirmary/Farewells Duncan Maunders

Duncan Maunders

Duncan Maunders is a Vancouver-based composer of choral and instrumental music. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies from Capilano University and is currently pursuing his Masters at UBC. His music is eclectic, understated, and austere.

St. James Infirmary/Farewells

Drawing on the rich colours of jazz harmony and the plaintive, expressive quality of the saxophone quartet, Farewells is a brief meditation on the melancholy of goodbyes. It is preceded by an arrangement of St. James Infirmary, an American traditional song of disputed authorship, often attributed to Irving Mills, and made famous by Louis Armstrong in 1928.

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Alex Toa, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on February 27, 2016.

You'll Come Around Chelsea Forster

Chelsea Forster

Chelsea Forster is a fourth year composition major at the University of British Columbia. Her pieces have been performed by the Madrigal Singers, UBC Orchestra, and many other instrumental groups as well as published by Mayfair Publishers. She aspires to achieve her Masters and her DMA in Music Composition.

You’ll Come Around

“I tried to put a twist on the classic jazzy saxophone quartet by switching up the metre, using unconventional harmonies, and giving it an overall more edgy feel. This piece is for that person in your life who just won’t listen. They’ll come around.” – Chelsea Forster

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Alex Toa, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of the Branford Marsalis Quartet on February 13, 2016.

Quadra Brian Topp

Brian Topp

Brian Topp is a second year doctoral candidate in the DMA in Composition program at UBC.  His research includes developing software and interfaces for live electronic music performance.

Quadra

This piece finds it inspiration in both the jazz roots of the saxophone as well as the works of more avant-garde composers who have written extensively for the ensemble, such as Dutch composer Jacob Ter Veldhuis.  The piece moves through a series of rhythmically charged textures with small soloistic lines emerging from the ensemble.

Performed by the Azura Quartet – Chinley Hinacay, Mo Miao, Haley Heinricks, and Mia Gazley. Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the presentation of Carminho and Sara Tavares on November 21, 2015.