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9:30 The Canadian Mosaic - Listening for Canada

R Murray Schafer teaching a the University of Montreal in 1971

R Murray Schafer teaching a the University of Montreal in 1971 Photo: Supplied

In this first programme of a six-part series on Canadian composers, David Houston interviews Eitan Cornfield, a producer of the expansive documentary series, Canadian Composer Portraits, about the multi-faceted history of Canada’s composers and their impact.  They discuss seminal figures, from the Canadian League of Composers founder John Weinzweig, to sound ecology theorist R Murray Schafer.  From immigrant composers who brought influences from their homelands (Morawetz, Forsyth) to women who blazed a trail in a male dominated profession (Pentland, Archer, and Coulthard).


STEVE BARRY: Avian Bagatelle; Meander; Interlude 3, Colonial Echoes, from the album Hatch
Steve Barry (pno)
Rattle RAT D081

FRASER/BONIFACE: Putorino Suite, from the album Ponguru
Al Fraser (taonga puoro), Phil Boniface (dbass)
RAT D079

Al Fraser

Al Fraser Photo: 2017 Ben Woods

TIM HECKER: Obsidian Counterpoint, Music of the Air, Violet Monumental I, from the album Love Streams
Tim Hecker (electronics)
4AD CAD 3614

11:05 Relevant Tones - World Music Days in Vancouver Part 1

The International Society for Contemporary Music holds arguably the world’s most important contemporary music festival in a different city each year. Much like the Olympics, cities bid to be the host and this year it’s in Vancouver. We’ll be there to interview composers, performers and the festival producers and of course to bring back scads of live music. (WFMT)

World Music Days, Vancouver

World Music Days, Vancouver Photo: Supplied