Along with supporting Canadian artists, Music Toronto is often honoured with world premieres of new pieces. This coming Thursday, December 19th, Phillip Addis will sing the world premiere of Waypoints composed by Erik Ross, with text by Zachariah Wells.
Wells’ original poem was published in the summer 2012 edition of The Fiddlehead, a literary journal published at the University of New Brunswick. In existence for more than 65 years, The Fiddlehead has a mandate “to publish accomplished poetry, short fiction, and Canadian literature reviews; to discover and promote new writing talent; to represent the Atlantic region’s lively cultural and literary diversity; and to place the best of new and established Canadian writing in an international context.” (http://www.thefiddlehead.ca/aboutus.html)
Born in PEI, Zachariah Wells has lived and travelled across all of Canada. He currently resides in Halifax. To find out more about his writing, visit his website at http://www.zachariahwells.com
Composer Erik Ross completed his Doctor of Music degree at the University of Toronto back in 2002. He has composed commissioned pieces for several well known groups including The Gyphon Trio. His work has been performed across Canada, and in the U.S., Australia, England, and Japan. With a passion for education, he teaches piano and composition lessons, along with theory and improvisation. In the years 2000, 2004, and 2005, Ross was an instructor with the Gryphon Trio in their composition program at Earl Haig Secondary School. You can learn more about Dr. Ross and hear some of his previous works on his website at http://www.erikross.com/index.html