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Having completed my masters degree in the spring of 2015, and what with taking an indefinite break before pursuing my doctorate, I've been very apprehensive about maintaining a presence in the Canadian music scene. With that said, I consider myself extremely fortunate that the coming 2016 season is looking very exciting - I'm so lucky to still have all of these opportunities to write! - Lucas
Basklarinet Festijn 2016
Earlier this year, my Sugar Tree for solo bass clarinet was performed in the Netherlands by Fie Schouten.
Arc - a shortfilm
Arc, a shortfilm by Amartei Armar with music by myself, has received a few screenings - most recently at the Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) on January 29th.
Lyrie Duo (www.lyrieduo.ca)
This brand new flute / percussion duo will be playing my Degung II for flute/marimba on their first recital in April 2016, as well as on a benefit concert at the end of February. Based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, they're focused on performing works by Canadian and women composers.
Sonic Boom Festival 2016
They Cut Down The Mountains, commissioned by trombonist/educator Shauna DeGruchy, will be receiving it's second performance at this year's Sonic Boom Festival in downtown Vancouver. Sonic Boom is a 20+ year old annual project of Vancouver Pro Musica, dedicated to presenting the works of BC-based composers.
Erato Ensemble presents WHOOSH!
Erato Ensemble will present SUPER DUPER SPIN on April 2nd, a competitive double concertino for flute v.s. clarinet; music by myself, and text by Dr. Ray Hsu (www.thewayofray.com). Inspired by the intense ping pong rivalry of soloists Jeff Pelletier (flute) and Julie Begg (clarinet).
2nd Annual Sound of Dragon Music Festival
My new quartet PM2.5 (for dizi, erhu, 'cello, percussion) will be presented on April 24th as part of the 2nd annual Sound of Dragon Music Festival.
University of British Columbia Centennial
Thunderbird: UBC Centennial Fanfare, a brass quintet fanfare commissioned by the UBC Centennial Initiatives, will be receiving two performances later this academic year as part of the celebration of 100 years of classes at UBC.
NSYO feat. Nadina Mackie Jackson
I'm so excited to have been invited by the director of the NSYO, Dinuk Wijeratne (dinukwijeratne.com), to write again for the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra (I wrote for them once before during the final year of my undergrad at Acadia University, as their 2012/13 Featured Student Composer). And, I am all the more grateful that it will be with the virtuoso bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson (nadina.ca); a short c. 5minute ballad for solo bassoon & orchestra. Performance is tentatively slated for sometime in August.
2016 Via Choralis Composition Competition
Through the azure skies, my setting of poet Colin Wood's Life and Love, for SATB, 'cello, & piano, has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 Via Choralis composition competition. It will be performed on November 6th by Via Choralis on Vancouver island (location & details TBA), where the first and 2nd place prizes will be determined. Via Choralis (viachoralis.ca) is directed by Nicholas Fairbank.
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Posted by Lucas Oickle.