A new work by Mirko Sablich

Suna no Onna is pleased to announce that we have received a Music Commissioning grant from the Canada Council for the Arts! The funds will allow us to commission a new work from composer Mirko Sablich (Montréal), that we will premiere at LeHum (Moncton) on April 26th. Needless to say, we are really excited to play Mirko’s music; he’s a composer we’ve been wanting to commission for quite a while now, and it’s so great that it’s finally happening this season!

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At the end of November, Suna no Onna met in Moncton to record two pieces; Gegengewicht, by André Cormier, and ô monde sur deux tiges, by Antoine Beuger. We capped off the sessions by improvising together, something we love to do when we get the chance. Release date of the recording is TBA, but should be sometime in 2014.

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Back from Germany!

Suna No Onna has just returned from a whirlwind tour of Germany – Düsseldorf and Munich to be exact. We performed “ô monde sur deux tiges” by Antoine Beuger, and “Gegengewicht” by André Cormier (commissioned with the support of the Canada Council). The two concerts were as different as the cities themselves. In Düsseldorf, we performed in the cavernous Kunstraum, an old factory converted into studios and a giant art gallery. The audience was seated a long distance from the performers, giving us the feeling of being on our own island, or maybe an ice floe?! The delicate sounds of the music were carried along by the incredible echo of the space.

In Munich, the venue was the apartment of our host, artist Christoph Nicolaus. The building was an old army bunker during the war, and in order to convert it into condos, they had to first whittle down the 2-metre thick cement walls. The series is called “Klang im Turm” (Sound in the Tower). The atmosphere was warm, the audience packed in and seated close to the performers. There was a feeling of weight, and of real listening in the room. Afterwards, Christoph served soup and people talked to us and André Cormier about the music, telling us about what they had experienced throughout the performance.

One of the best parts of this trip was getting to work with Antoine Beuger and André Cormier on their pieces. This was inspiring, to say the least! We also got to meet wonderful composers, performers, and listeners.

Thanks to everyone!

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