Three Recitations (2022)
Three Recitations was commissioned by Qu’ART and Ottawa WritersFest for ARC Poetry Magazine’s Spring issue launch on April 29th, 2022, to accompany the poetic recitations of poet John Barton. This event was also intended to honour Diana Brebner’s legacy; I thank both John and Diana’s family for allowing me to compose music on their important, recent poetry.
The work brings three conceptual angles to Barton’s poems “Lifedrawing”, and “My Ackerley, Myself” and Brebner’s poem “Snow Angels” which was dedicated to John Barton. Each miniature was composed to augment the performance experience of poetry recitation in its most traditional nature by providing an aural environment in which the poetry can be musically contextualized, conceptually recontextualized and understood through multiple artistic disciplines simultaneously. Each piece highlights one of three ensemble members playing with me, violin, viola and guitar respectively.