The amount of concerts happening in this city, combined with my day job, and my work as a composer, I occasionally have to call in guest writers to cover the events I want to review, but for one reason or another, cannot. Here is a page introducing the writers who will work with me.
Jay Caron is a Toronto-based composer. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he studied at Lakehead University before moving to Toronto to pursue gradate studies in Composition. His teachers have included Aris Carastathis and Norbert Palej. Notable projects have included participation in The U of T Opera Composition class, where he collaborated with other U of T composers to write Antigone the opera. He was also commissioned by the U of T gamUT New Music Ensemble, for which he wrote Insomniac for large chamber ensemble.
As a volunteer and the Canadian Music Centre, Jay also writes for Notations, the Canadian Music Centre’s online newsletter. He reviews concerts and CDs, but also is a regular contributor to Generations/Conversations, a series of interviews between composers of the past and current generations.
Brian Harman is a composer, teacher, scholar and music critic. His compositions are frequently inspired by extra-musical ideas such as architecture, dance, human speech and concepts of ritual, and have been performed by such ensembles as Vienna’s Wiener Jeunesse Kammerchor, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. In 2013 he worked closely with Georges Aperghis at the Impuls Festival (Austria) and was a featured composer in the Soundlab podcast series. His orchestral work Supposed Spaces was selected to be part of Canada’s 2013 submission to World New Music Days, and in 2011 he was a winner in the ISCM International Vocal Music Competition. His research focuses on elements of ritual in music, intersections of music and architecture, and the analysis of 20th and 21st Century Canadian Music, especially the music of Ana Sokolovic and Claude Vivier.