As mentioned in a previous post, our first Contemporary Classics concert of the season takes place on Tuesday, November 26th. Eve Egoyan will play several pieces including The Underfolding by Linda C. Smith, and Folklore 2 by Michael Finnissy.
The Underfolding by Linda C. Smith is a 2001 piece for Stephen Clarke, through a Canada Council commission. Linda was born in New York City in 1957. She currently lives in Toronto, having moved here in 1981. She studied both in New York and at the University of Victoria in BC. From 1988 to 1993, she was the Artistic Director of Arraymusic. Currently she is a member of URGE, a performance collective whose mandate is “to co-create original musically-driven performance works, which use the variety of skills, techniques and sound worlds of the members of the ensemble” http://www.vex.net/~rixax/Urge/index.html To read more about Linda C. Smith’s works, you can visit her website at http://www.catlinsmith.com
From Michael Finnissy, we have the work Folklore 2 from 1993/94. Born in London in March of 1946, Michael started to play the piano around the age of 4 and a half. Without very much formal music teaching, he was awarded a Foundation Scholarship, allowing him to study at the Royal College of Music. Later he was able to travel to Italy and study with Roman Vlad on an RMC Octavia Travelling Scholarship. Additional money for his studies came from playing piano for dance classes. This led to an association with the London School of Contemporary Dance, where he founded their music department. Currently he is the Chair of Composition at the University of Southampton. To read more about Michael Finnissy, visit his website at http://www.michaelfinnissy.info/