Parting wins a prize

Parting has been awarded the third prize of the 11e Prix collégien de musique contemporaine!

Parting is based on Parting Friends from the American Sacred Harp tradition, and in particular, transformations I made of a recording of the song. Sacred Harp music is characterized by its participatory nature, full volume and frequent nasal timbre, aspects of which I play with in Parting, written for the Piano Erhu Project (PEP).

Parting was premiered during a PEP feature concert at the 2017 World Music Days in Vancouver, BC on November 7. Here is a wonderful recording by Brian Chan of PEP’s performance that day: