Questions+Artists: David T. Little

Questions+Artists: David T. Little

At Musiqa, we're always on the lookout for composers who challenge the status quo. David T. Little's raw power for saxophone quartet will be performed on our final concert of 2019 at CAMH, and when I first heard it, I was on the edge of my seat for the entire piece....

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Questions+Artists: LJ White

Questions+Artists: LJ White

LJ White's "Big Fish" for two saxophones effortlessly evokes a story, but it is also abstract enough that each listener's vision of the piece's journey is completely unique. Its title may conjure a vision of a school of fish in a pond, scrambling to catch mayflies on...

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Questions+Artists: Bill Morrison

Questions+Artists: Bill Morrison

My expertise as Artistic Administrator at Musiqa lies in the field of… well, music. When it came time to interview an acclaimed director and filmmaker, I was stumped at how to approach an interview without even a modicum of film knowledge. I figured since I wouldn’t...

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Questions + Artists: Karim Al-Zand

Questions + Artists: Karim Al-Zand

We had a few nagging questions for Karim Al-Zand, a member of Musiqa's Artistic Board whose piece "Six Bagatelles" will be premiered at Traces of Blue. How does one become a composer? What is his piece going to be like, especially since it's based on abstract art? And...

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Performance Preview: “Six Bagatelles” by Karim Al-Zand

Performance Preview: “Six Bagatelles” by Karim Al-Zand

Musiqa will premiere Six Bagatelles as a part of the in the upcoming concert, Traces of Blue, at the MATCH on January 12, 2019. Program Note Six Bagatelles is inspired by the work of abstract artist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991). The six short pieces which make up...

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Inner Chamber Ep. 3: Improv Art and Guitar

Inner Chamber Ep. 3: Improv Art and Guitar

Although our Speed-Composing Challenges have resulted in two wild world premieres, for our latest episode of Inner Chamber, I sat down with not a composer, but an artist. It came to me in a flash of divine inspiration: ever since I met Geraldina for the first time to...

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Questions + Artists: Geraldina Interiano Wise

Questions + Artists: Geraldina Interiano Wise

When I met Geraldina Interiano Wise for the first time at her studio just a few blocks from Musiqa’s Silver Street office, the first thing I noticed was her hands. They were constantly in motion — graceful, sweeping gestures and small, twitching movements. Her fingers...

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Introducing “Inner Chamber: A Musiqa Podcast”

Introducing “Inner Chamber: A Musiqa Podcast”

For Musiqa’s inaugural episode of our podcast, Inner Chamber, Artistic Administrator Emma Wine sits down with saxophonist Dan Gelok and composer Joel Love to chat about their most inspired and embarrassing musical moments, what it’s like for a composer to write for...

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Niko Yamamoto is named 2018-19 Emerging Composer Fellow

Niko Yamamoto is named 2018-19 Emerging Composer Fellow

Nicholas "Niko" Yamamoto (b. 1995) is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His music is largely concerned with the abstraction and juxtaposition of sound and action to transform aural image, subject, and environment. Recent compositions explore the...

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