Sederunt Principes (Part I)

Home-made video, June 2020,

A four-voice chant setting (organum quadruplum) composed by Perotinus Magnus, around 1200 A.D., for the Feast of St. Stephen.

High voice (quadruplum)/Electronics: Maria Eduarda Mendes Martins
Middle voice (triplum): Alex Jang & Maria Eduarda Mendes Martins
Low voice (duplum): Alex Jang

 

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Omni Temporum Duo

Over the years, Alex Jang and I have had lengthy conversations about forming a duo to play Early Music with electronics.

When the pandemic hit and we had to quarantine like everybody else in the world, we looked at each other one day and said: “Okay! It’s going to be now!” We gathered some videos of us playing this repertoire in a Victoria Composers Collective concert and created a YouTube channel, called Omni Temporum Duo.

I would like to share this brand new project of ours with you! Please, feel free to comment, subscribe, or interact with our channel as you wish. New videos videos will be coming very soon!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVaf0c9LFKs_W1L32v5LtLg

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Omni Temporum – Stella Splendens in Monte (Excerpt)

The last (and loudest) arrangement of our Omni Temporum show! 😉

Presented by the Victoria Composers Collective.

Piece: Stella Splendens in Monte (1399 A.D.)
Voice & arrangement: Maria Eduarda Martins
Classical guitar: Alex Jang
Electric guitar: Nolan Krell
Electronics: Nathan Friedman
Video: Erik Abbink

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Omni Temporum – El Rey de Francia

El Rey de Francia (Spanish chant) is one of the only surviving pieces from the medieval Sephardic tradition nowadays!

It was presented by the Victoria Composers Collective this year, featuring new music elements and an explosion of live-electronics by the end of the video!

This is my personal favourite piece of our Omni Temporum show! I’ve been looking forward to sharing it for a long time!

Piece: El Rey de Francia (13c-14c Andalusia)
Voice & arrangement: Maria Eduarda Martins
Classical guitar: Alex Jang
Electric guitar: Nolan Krell
Electronics: Nathan Friedman
Video: Erik Abbink

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Douce Dame Jolie (Mendes Martins) Crossing Borders (Toronto)

I am absolutely proud to share this performance of my piece as part of the Canadian-Colombian tour Crossing Borders, promoted by soprano Maureen Batt, pianist Claire Harris, and tenor Fabián Arciniegas!

Douce Dame Jolie was originally composed for the Brazilian-Canadian avant-garde pianist Luciane Cardassi, as part of her multifaceted performance Le Piano Parlant!

This piece is an avant-garde rendition of the famous song composed by Guillaume de Machaut, in ca. 1350. In a curious way, Douce Dame Jolie is an inquiry of what Machaut’s song could sound like, if it had been composed in the 21st Century.

Thank you very much, Maureen, Claire, and Fabián, for having performed my piece on your tour!

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Omni Temporum – Quand je bois du vin clairet

Really proud to present this performance of a 15th Century dance, featuring electronics and other contemporary music elements.

Presented by the Victoria Composers Collective, at the Omni Temporum show of 2020.

Piece: Quand je bois du vin clairet (anonymous)

Voice & arrangement: Maria Eduarda Martins

Classical guitar: Alex Jang

Electric guitar: Nolan Krell

Electronics: Nathan Friedman

Video: Erik Abbink

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Omni Temporum – Amarilli, Mia Bella

Very proud of this performance with my husband Alex Jang, of ‘Amarilli, mia bella’ by Giulio Caccini (1551–1618).

This was one of the pieces presented at our Omni Temporum show, devoted to bringing music from the past into contemporary music environments.

Promoted by the Victoria Composers Collective

Video: Erik Abbink

 

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Maria’s New Song

I am not very widely known as a songwriter. In fact, this may be the second or third song I’ve ever written in my life.

However, while coming back from the opening night of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood, Alex Jang and I decided to write a song on a random theme, in order to push the boundaries of our compositional experiences.

The theme ended up being about the flat Earth theory. We came up with a couple of verses on our way home and I finished composing the song after we arrived.

P.S.: just to make it clear, the detuning moments of the song are purposeful (understanders will understand it! )

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5th Oak Bay New Music Festival

It was an honour and a pleasure to be part of the 5th edition of the Oak Bay New Music Festival this year!

We celebrated this milestone by performing under performed (or world premieres) pieces written by established composers from several places in the world and throughout 20th century music history! We also welcomed the Dutch accordionist and friend Erica Roozendaal who performed folk Dutch music, Klezmer Music, as well as pieces by local composers, such as yours truly (recordings soon to come)!

http://oakbaymusic.ca/oak-bay-new-music-festival-2019/
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The Victoria Composers Collective is really grateful for our community’s support, for everyone who came to our festival from different places in British Columbia, to our partners and sponsors (Oak Bay Music Society, Canadian Music Centre in B.C., University of Victoria, School of Music, and Thrifty Foods), and to the local news, Oak Bay News, Victoria News & Monday Magazine!

Dutch accordionist headlines 2019 Oak Bay New Music Festival

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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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