Laurier Music Composers (CIA)

Laurier Music Composers (CIA)

CIA focuses on Laurier students/faculty music and composition. Interviews and showcases, closely related with the Music Program here at Laurier. Tune in on Sundays from 3pm-4pm.

CIA “The Sound” Mar. 12
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CIA “The Sound” Mar. 12

Good afternoon, Golden Hawks! On our show this week we aired the March 8th Electro-Acoustics Concert, which took place in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall. Works included a broad spectrum of electronic sound sources mingling with carefully written acoustics instruments. Some were emotional, others invigorating, and then we heard some comedic works. Be sure to come on out to the Student Composer Concert on March 22nd!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

“ICE Does Storytelling” Concert in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Mar. 15 at 8PM.

 

Student Composers Concert in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Mar. 22 at 8PM

Graduation Recitals are running throughout March and April, so keep your eyes open for posters and CIA events on Facebook!

 

The Sound is a show run by the Wilfrid Laurier University CIA (Composers and Improvisors Association), a group of students on campus that represent student artists.  The Sound features music, sound art, poetry, spoken word, short stories (anything really!) that is written by Laurier student, alumni, and faculty.  We would love to have some of your works on the show, if you are an artist at Laurier and what to get your work on The Sound, please do so by sending your file(s) here:          www.facebook.com/laurier.cia          and send us a brief description of your piece.

CIA “The Sound” Feb 12th
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CIA “The Sound” Feb 12th

This week was another exciting week for your hosts, James and James.  We were able to get our hands on another “bootleg” CD of a past Student Composer’s Concert back from 2010.  There were some familiar names on the CD, but for the most part it was all fresh material for The Sound.  Back in the day, the Student Composer Concerts were more than just compositions; they also featured improvisations from both FIRE and ICE improv groups.  The CD is 9 tracks long, and features two improvised pieces by FIRE.  But before we played the music of the concert, we talked about the previous, more recent Student Composer Concert that took place last Wednesday.  There was a ton of variety on this concert, which consisted of 13 pieces.  There was piano solos, sound installations, and much more.  Anyways, here is a track listing that was played today, all of which were debuted in 2010:

Small FIRE – Small FIRE 1

Daniel Turner – Ode to a Bullfrog

Erik Scheele – Sarabande

Ivana Jokic – GAIA I. Fire

Amanda Lowry – Deep Thought

Narim Kim – On Uncompromisable Vanity

Small FIRE – Small FIRE 2

Esther Wheaton – Hundred Metre Butterfly

Matt Donnelly – Journey with the Outsiders

 

There are no upcoming concerts this week.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

CIA facebook page:  facebook.com/laurier.cia

CIA Soundcloud page:  soundcloud.com/wlu-cia

NUMUS page: numus.on.ca

CIA “The Sound” Feb. 5
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CIA “The Sound” Feb. 5

We kicked February off with an hour-long recording of Laurier’s own Free Improv Renegade Ensemble (FIRE). The concert was held at the Button Factory in April of 2010, the final FIRE concert of that season. FIRE is still continuing today, with workshops every Monday night in the John Aird Building. For all those interested in checking it out, here’s a link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wlufire/

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Student Composers Concert in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Feb. 8 at 8PM

“Music at Noon with violinist Jerzy Kaplanek and pianist Leopoldo Erice” in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Feb. 9 at 12PM

Laurier Choirs Concert at Waterloo First United Church on Feb. 11 at 7PM

 

The Sound is a show run by the CIA (Composers and Improvisors Association), a group of students on campus that represent student artists.  The Sound features music, sound art, poetry, spoken word, short stories (anything really!) that is written by Laurier student, alumni, and faculty.  We would love to have some of your works on the show, if you are an artist at Laurier and what to get your work on The Sound, please do so by sending your file(s) here:          www.facebook.com/laurier.cia          and send us a brief description of your piece.

CIA “The Sound” Jan. 29th
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CIA “The Sound” Jan. 29th

This week the CIA played an hour long piece by Manuel Gottsching, titled E2-E4.  The piece is very minimalist, and shows off Manuel’s guitar skills.  The constant driving pulse of the piece is very similar to Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich.  The reason why we played such a piece is because we wanted to give the listener a very ambient feel for a long duration of time, which is something that is not often heard on the radio.  Its meditative repetitiveness puts listeners in a trance while Gottsching rips guitar solos.

This past Friday there was a NUMUS Mix Series concert that featured Linsey Wellman, an improv alto saxophone player.  Your hosts, James and James attended this concert, and it was well worth the price of the admission ticket.  Wellman played numerous solo improvisations while using a technique called “circular breathing”.  It was really quite impressive, he went upwards of 10 minutes straight without pausing to take a breath.  If you got the opportunity to seem him in the future, I highly recommend it.  That evening also featured this year’s winner of the NUMUS Student Improviser contest Jasmine Michel.  Michel is a 5th year WLU student that studies the violin.  She did a superb job that evening, and was apart of Wellman’s first act.  The duo played three improvisations total.  Michel showed off her talents, proving to the audience that she deserved the first place selection.

Keep your eyes peeled and ears open for this weekend, Jessica Kun and the WLU Wind Orchestra will be having their 3rd concert of the year this Saturday.  Further details will be below.

 

UPCOMING CONCERTS:

WLU Wind Orchestra

8 pm, Feb. 4th, 2017

General admission – $15
Seniors/Non-Laurier students – $7
Laurier and high school students – FREE*

Theatre Auditorium

 

USEFUL LINKS:

www.numus.on.ca

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CIA “The Sound” Jan. 8

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Well Radio Laurier listeners, it’s a new year and that means plenty of new music and discussion with James & James. Our first show back on the air saw guest host Hilary Whiskin posing thoughtful questions regarding the modern musician’s life.

If you happened to miss this one, check it out on our soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/wlu-cia

It was an afternoon of great conversation, we look forward to much more in the months to come!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

“Music at Noon with Mark Joelson Daboll (baritone) and Beth Ann De Sousa (piano)” in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Jan. 12 at 12PM

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Multi-Day Event) in A431 (Aird Building) on Jan. 13 at 8PM and Jan. 14 at 2PM and 8PM

 

The Sound is a show that is run by the CIA (Composers and Improvisors Association), a group of students on campus that represent student artists.  The Sound features music, sound art, poetry, spoken word, short stories (anything really!) that is written by Laurier student, alumni, and faculty.  We would love to have some of your works on the show, if you are an artist at Laurier and what to get your work on The Sound, please do so by sending your file(s) here:          www.facebook.com/laurier.cia          and send us a brief description of your piece.

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CIA “The Sound” Nov. 20

Another great show has come and gone, but if you missed it here is a quick overview of the sounds we were talking about:

This year’s second Laurier Student Composers Concert was held in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall and saw a diverse range of styles on display. The program went as follows:

West Side Theory by the Seagram Synth Ensemble (AKA your hosts James & James)

Triptych by Isaac Page

Septet by Sergei Kofman

The Deep by Sophie Vogan

Improvisation by Maria Kouznetsova

Through the Fungi Forest by Rinor Baresha

Order In Chaos by Joseph Chiu

The Singing Part from To Know A Fly’s by Arie van de Ven with text by Erika Verhagen

It was an evening full of large ensembles: We heard a septet, a vocal duo with percussion, piano, and strings, and finally a Philip Glass-esque chamber ensemble. Smaller ensembles included two acts heavily using electronics and acoustic instruments in interesting combinations, as well as many instances of improvisation from soloists and small groups. We look forward to seeing you all at the next one, thanks to all who were in attendance! AS always you can listen to and download our weekly show for free on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/wlu-cia

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Improvisation Concerts Ensemble (ICE) “Does Aleatory” in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Nov. 23rd at 8PM

Laurier Percussion Ensemble Concert in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Nov. 26th at 3PM

The Sound is a show that is run by the CIA (Composers and Improvisors Association), a group of students on campus that represent student artists.  The Sound features music, sound art, poetry, spoken word, short stories (anything really!) that is written by Laurier student, alumni, and faculty.  We would love to have some of your works on the show, if you are an artist at Laurier and what to get your work on The Sound, please do so by sending your file(s) here:          www.facebook.com/laurier.cia          and send us a brief description of your piece.