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03.30.2014 2:00 p.m.

The Montreal-New York Quartet presents Brady, Cage, Encarnacao, Griswold, Lockwood, and Wolff

The Montreal-New York Quartet (Tim Brady, guitar; Thomas Buckner, voice; Lori Freedman, clarinet/bass clarinet; Pemi Paull, viola) brings together four internationally prominent new music soloists in special collaboration. The ensemble explores an expansive and challenging variety of musical language with the unusual combination of voice, electric guitar, bass clarinet and viola. American experimentalism is the point of departure, with works by John Cage and Christian Wolff, in contrast to Brady's own guitar-influenced post modern chamber music. New Zealand composer Annea Lockwood's meditative composition forms another counterpoint, balancing cutting edge premiers by two of Australia's leading younger composers, John Encarnacao and Erik Griswold.

John Cage - Music for Four
Tim Brady - Road Songs
Tim Brady/Pemi Paul - Improvisation for Guitar and Viola
Annea Lockwood - For Richard
Erik Griswold - Mendax Redacts
Christian Wolff - Edges
Tim Brady/Lori Freedman - Improvisation for Guitar and Bass Clarinet
John Encarnacao - No Direction Home
Montreal-New York Quartet - Improvisation

Brady regularly tours North America, Europe, Asia and Australia as an electric guitar soloist, performing his own music as well as new works which he commissions from other composers in his effort to create a new voice for the electric guitar.  In 2004 he was awarded the Prix OPUS for "Composer of the Year" by the Conseil québécois de la musique, for the outstanding quality of his work as a creative artist. In Nov. 2006 he was awarded the Jan V. Matejcek Award by SOCAN, for the most concert music performance royalties in Canada for 2005 (francophone category). Tim’s latest CD –  Atacama: Sympnonie #3  (ATMA Classique) – has been nominated for a prestigious JUNO Award in the category of Best Classical Composition of the Year.   (The JUNO Awards are the Canadian Grammy Awards.)  In January 2013 Atacama: Symphonie #3 was named "Best New Composition of the Year" at the Prix OPUS.

For more than 40 years, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the world of new and improvised music. Buckner has collaborated with a host of new music composers including Robert Ashley,  Noah Creshevsky, Tom Hamilton, Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching Lam, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Wadada Leo Smith, Chinary Ung, Christian Wolff and many others. He has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Herbst Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Ostrava Days Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Buckner is featured on over 40 recordings, including 6 of his own solo albums. He also created the Mutable Music record label to produce new recordings and reissue some important historic recordings, previously unavailable in CD format.

One of Canada's most prominent new music soloists, Lori Freedman is equally comfortable with complex chamber and orchestral works and with jazz, free improvisation and music with electronics. She was the 1998 recipient of the Freddie Stone Award for the "demonstration of outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of Contemporary Music and Jazz".   She has played as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, at the DuMaurier Jazz Festival (Toronto) , the Guelph Jazz Festival, as well as international collaborations with the Gaudeamus Muziekweek and STEIM in the Netherlands. She is also an accomplished composer for theatre and chamber music.

Pemi Paull studied viola at McGill University, followed by further studies at the University of Indiana, where he received a full scholarship to work with the acclaimed Atara Arad. A two-time winner of the National Arts Centre Competition, he can be heard frequently as a chamber musicians with the Redpath Quartet on CBC Radio. In 2000 he premiered the viola concerto "Débacle" composer by Denis Dion, with the Orchestre symphonique du Québec. In 2002 he was the recipient of the CBC Prix Galaxie Award for chamber msuic, and in February 2003 he gave the Quebec première of Gyorgy Ligeti's "Sonata for Solo Viola".