July 11, 2013 Respond
I’m currently revising À la Fois, the work I wrote last year for violin and cello. The amazing violinist Leslie Ting, who happily moved from Montreal to Toronto this year, will be performing it on a concert at the Canadian Music Centre next season. A second performance of a piece is a real luxury for
June 26, 2013 Respond
I had a great rehearsal today with Mark McGregor at the Toronto’s beautiful Array Space. He’s performing my piece Surface at a 5:30pm concert tomorrow at the CMC, along with Duo Cordei. Tickets and info available here. There will be wine! It’s fascinating to see how different certain aspects of the piece sound in his
June 20, 2013 Respond
I’m thrilled be commissioned by the Sudbury-based Silver Birch String Quartet to write a new work for their 10th Anniversary Season.
I worked with these amazing musicians as part of a septet that performed my piece Sanctuary this past March. I haven’t written a string quartet in a very long time, so I’m looking forward to digging in to this project this summer.
The proposed concert program is rather humbling!!
Haydn: Quartet Op. 20 #6
Harman: Premiere title TBA
Beethoven: Op. 131
June 20, 2013 Respond
It turns out that my article analyzing Ana Sokolovic’s work Géométrie Sentimentale, published by the journal Circuit earlier this year, will be translated and published as part of a new book about contemporary music in Québec, entitled ‘Écouter le modernisme musical au Québec’, as part of the Paramêtres series at Publications Université de Montréal. I’m thrilled to be a part of this great educational project, and I’ve been working on revising the article this week.
May 25, 2013 Respond
Here is the formidable Jane Wood in a teaser for tonight’s concert at the Music Gallery!
May 22, 2013
Happy Spring! Time for renewal. I’m currently working on this new website, and looking forward to sharing more recent music here, as well as doing some more frequent writing and blogging. Stay tuned. For now, my old website is still live, with lots of audio excerpts and more info about me: www.brianharman.ca. contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 21, 2013 Respond
Last week I had an amazing experience at the Impuls Academy in Graz, Austria. For two weeks, I attended many concerts, lectures and workshops, met composers and performers from (literally) around the world, and had the chance to work with some incredible musicians on my piece Leaning and on a new theatrical work for percussion trio.
The highlight for me was this last project. I worked almost daily on the piece with the percussionists, and with one of my musical idols, Georges Aperghis, who provided great feedback and ideas as the piece came together. In the end, the piece is called Bouffe, and is inspire by communal rituals of cooking, eating and socializing. In effect, the percussionists were co-authors, since they contributed many ideas to the piece over the course of the week I composed it. Christian Dierstein, the percussion teacher at Impuls, was also a fantastic resource for all of us composers.
I also had the opportunity to meet with Georg Friedrich Haas and Pierluigi Billone about my music. We had some amazing discussions about microtonality, temporality and different types of musical material.
February 2, 2013 Respond
Thanks to New Music Concerts and Paul Steenhuisen, I’m the featured composer in the most recent SOUNDLAB Podcast series. I had a great conversation last week with Paul Steenhuisen about everything from Inuit throat singing to personal rituals, and the podcast turned out wonderfully, thanks to his amazing editing skills. It is free for download,