The 2014 ARRAYmusic Young Composer's workshop is under way! This year us four young composers are under the mentorship of Vancouver-based composer Rodney Sharman, who brings with him a vast array of compositional knowledge from various forefronts of contemporary music, and Rick Sacks, artistic director of ARRAYmusic. Every year the instrumentation for the Young Composers Workshop varies, and this year the instrumentation has settled on 'cello (Rachel Mercer), clarinet (Colleen Cook) and percussion (David Schotzko).
Click here to listen to a sneak preview of what I'm working on at the 2014 ARRAYmusic Young Composers Workshop.
So far the the workshop has been rewarding and also challenging, as I find myself grappling with a large collection of artistic talent and possibility. The most graceful element of the workshop, is, of course, the extensive amount of TIME we get with such awesome musicians- time to experiment, collaborate, extrapolate and elaborate... anything we can and must do! Certainly countercultural to the limited rehearsal times, hyper-efficiency and overproduction that dominates most new music structures and organizations these days.
You can hear the final product of this workshop on May 31st, at Array Space, 3PM. More info here
Tyler Versluis is a composer and pianist.