Vida II: Rondeau

On November 18th, I embarked on a microtonal voyage. It was an honour and absolute pleasure to share it with soprano and new music advocate, Cathy Fern Lewis, to whom I am incredibly thankful for her participating in this new piece of mine.

Vida II: Rondeau, is inspired by life itself, in which the micro changes of our daily lives are barely perceived by us, but at the end of the journey, it is possible to notice that you are not the same person you were when you began.

There is also a Rondeau form in the piece, hence, the name.

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International Compilation – Urban Arts Berlin

I am pleased to announce that the Sanctus movement of my Electroacoustic Mass has been recorded in a new album (track 22), produced by the Urban Arts Berlin collective. The same piece will also be streamed on a series of radio shows at Resonance Extra, in London.

Thank you very much, Urban Arts Berlin, for giving opportunity for female identified artists to show their work and resonate their artistic voices for diverse audiences around the world!

https://urbanartsberlin.bandcamp.com/album/female-identified-producers

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The Fall – Victoria B.C.

I am truly happy to participate in “The Fall”, concert of new music for voice, featuring new poetry and new compositions by artists from the West Coast of Canada.

East Vancouver Opera came to Victoria B.C., to pair up with composers from the Victoria Composers Collective, in order to find artistic voices to collaborate with here, and in the lower mainland.

If you would still like to attend this concert, it will happen today, at the Baumann Centre (925 Balmoral Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 1A7).

Or, if you would like to know more about this coming production, please, check out the two interviews that I gave to the francophone radio station 107,9 CILS FM Victoria:

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Music Renaissance on the West: Victoria, A Place to Listen.

Canadian magazine Music Works featured, in its most recent edition, an article written by Nick Storring (Toronto) about the New Music scene being developed on the West Coast of Canada.

The article features the work of the concert series A Place to Listen, concert promotions of the group of composers/performers Victoria Composers Collective, as well as about artistic/aesthetic visions of local composers who have their signature on the artistic production the town has experienced over the past few years. Some of these composers include Alex Jang, Kristy Farkas, Chris Reiche, and myself!

If you would like to have a fine, fun, and informative read about Canadian West Coast’s musical scene, I invite you to access the link:   

https://www.musicworks.ca/victoria-composers-cultivate-place-listen

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The Electroacoustic Mass: Liturgic Tradition and Electroacoustic Music

The Rádio Arte! (radio art) produced by EBC (Brazil’s communication company) in collaboration with UFMG Educativa (educational radio from federal university of Minas Gerais) presented, on January 23rd, movements of my Electroacoustic Mass, composed in 2011.

The two movements selected from the whole work were the Electroacoustic Kyrie and the Electroacoustic Credo, which were streamed to the state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil.

If you would like to listen to these movements, the access link for the program is:

http://radios.ebc.com.br/radioarte/2018/01/2201-missa-eletroacustica-tradicao-liturgica-e-musica-eletroacustica

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Le Piano Parlant in Vancouver

Luciane Cardassi, Brazilian/Canadian pianist who performed a solo concert for piano and spoken voice in Banff (Canada), travelled further with her ideas and brought a big part of the concert to Vancouver, this past October 5th.

The performance was brilliantly vivid and full of energy, and the pieces, for many moments highly demanding, showed clearly the musical capability of the pianist who presented them.

The space for the performance was the newly inaugurated room Murray Adaskin at the CMC Vancouver, and the well resonating piano in which the concert was played on, belonged to Mr. Adaskin himself.

It is a joy to see performers around this country and the world who are so committed in bringing new music and new ideas from people who are among us, having these ideas in real time, which usually concern our current lives and daily (inner or outer struggles). It is so reassuring to see the efforts of some performers to bring musicians and thinkers together.

Thank you very much once again, Luciane Cardassi. 🙂

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Luciane Cardassi, Nova Pon, and Maria Eduarda Mendes Martins at the Murray Adaskin room

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Generations of Canadian Music 2017: BC Composers

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Maria Eduarda Mendes Martins and the Victoria Composers Collective are launching a new concert series to celebrate diverse generations of Canadian classical music.

The 2017 edition of this concert series will feature composers who are born or based in British Columbia, including pieces by Rudolf Komorous, Sylvia Rickard, Christopher Butterfield, Jocelyn Morlock, and emerging composers from Victoria and Vancouver.

The British Columbia concert will happen on November 18th 2017 at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, as part of Oak Bay Music.

The project envisions the performance of music by Canadian classical composers from each province and territory of Canada per edition, in which pieces may be selected either through personal invitations or through calls-for-scores/proposals.

As a new project taking shape, the Generations of Canadian Music concert promises to be a way to promote classical music made in Canada, as well as to highlight music by living composers for local audiences on the West Coast. We are looking forward to seeing how this project will impact our community, and how it will connect with the diverse artistic communities throughout Canada.

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