CMC Associate Composers Marcus Goddard and Peter Hannan Win at Western Canadian Music Awards
The Canadian Music Centre is proud to announce that CMC Associate Composers Marcus Goddard and Peter Hannan received Western Canadian Music Awards for Classical Composition of the Year and Classical Recording of the Year, respectively. Marcus Goddard’s Allaqi appears on the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s album Sea to Sea, on the Canadian Music Centre’s own Centrediscs label. Allaqi was commissioned by Chamber Music Kelowna and by the CBC for the St. Lawrence String Quartet‘s 20th anniversary. Peter Hannan’s Rethink Forever was recorded by Musica Intima, who also commissioned the title work in 2005, and the Vancouver Cantata Singers. This disc is available on the Artifact Music label.
The media has praised Goddard’s Allaqi as ‘highly satisfying.’ (Richard Todd, Opuspocus.ca) Goddard’s Allaqi was heard during the recently produced 10x10x10 collaboration between The Dance Centre and the CMC BC Region in Vancouver as part of the Canadian Music Centre’s New Music in New Places project. Sea to Sea is available for purchase through the CMC website (www.musiccentre.ca) where audio samples can also be found.
The media has said of Hannan’s Rethink Forever, ‘Musically, he draws on diverse influences, from ethereal harmonies, to traditional African music to the beats of pop. His words are drawn from his experiences living in Africa to Christopher Columbus to the happy gal at the checkout counter.
Hannan need not search for “happiness” anymore. He’s got it right on his own CD!’ (Tiina Kiik, The WholeNote.com)
The awards were presented on Sunday, October 23rd, at the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, as part of the Breakout West Festival.
Marcus Goddard received his undergraduate training from the University of Michigan and pursued graduate studies at Indiana University. He has participated in seminars with William Bolcom, William Albright and Krystof Penderecki and has attended lectures of Philip Glass and Samuel Adler. Marcus is an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
As a composer, Goddard has over thirty-five works in his catalogue and many of his works have been broadcast by CBC. Prior to his focus on works for orchestra and large ensemble, Goddard composed many pieces for chamber ensemble. Goddard composed and produced the score to the film, Breakfast at Sharkey’s, and has composed two modern dance works, which were staged in Indiana. Many of his compositions have been premiered by some of North America’s pre-eminent orchestras and ensembles.
Peter Hannan composer, performer, b. Montréal 19 March 1953; B. Mus. (University of British Columbia) 1975, Certificate of Advanced Studies (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London) 1978. In 1979-1980 he studied recorder with Kees Boeke at the Sweelink Conservatory under a Netherlands Government Scholarship and lived in London from 1984 to 1985. He has taught at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Community College but is primarily a freelance composer/performer.
Peter has composed numerous works in both acoustic and electronic media. He has written more than 50 commissions over the past 20 years, including large scale works for the Vancouver Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the CBC Orchestra and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra; works for the experimental large ensembles Icebreaker (London) , the Hardrubber Orchestra, and Toronto based Hemispheres. His recent piece for the Vancouver Symphony, side with entropy received a raucus reception at its premiere in March 2005. As a performer, Hannan is well known for his work as an electronic instrumentalist and recorder soloist. He has performed as a soloist on many major new music events and series including: Ijsbreker Amsterdam, the Holland Festival, Almeida Festival, Freunde Guter Musik Berlin, the Bourges Electronic Music Festival, New Music America, New Music Concerts and Arraymusic. For more information please go to www.hannanmusic.com
Centrediscs was created in 1981 as Canada’s foremost label of Canadian contemporary concert music, recording the works of composers associated with the CMC. Visit www.centrediscs.ca for more information.
About the Canadian Music Centre
The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) is Canada’s largest community of professional composers. It promotes, publishes and distributes the music of Canada’s contemporary music composers across the country and around the world. With over 800 established Associate Composers to date, the CMC is Canada’s primary resource for scores, parts, recordings and information about Canadian composition. It plays an essential role in documenting, preserving, and facilitating the growth of Canadian musical culture through its Centrediscs recording label, libraries, events, and online. Learn more about the CMC at www.musiccentre.ca, www.Facebook.com/canadianmusic, www.twitter.com/CMCNational, or visit one of its five regional centres across Canada.