Composer | Arranger | Guitarist
For the foreseeable future my head will be in the compositional sand as I undertake a dream project of working on my first full-length opera with my librettist partner-in-crime, Michelle Telford. That's right - HARDER & TELFORD are working together again!! Hooray! We will also be joined by the amazing dramaturg extraordinaire, Cori Ellison, who will make sure we don't steer our operatic ship underwater (which would be rather on point for an opera); and to help instruct me in writing beautiful story through song, I will be under the tutelage of Niloufar Nourbakhsh later this year. All of this operatic glory is being made possible thanks to SK Arts and Canada Council for the Arts (thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!).
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A commission consortium allows multiple performing groups or avid arts supporters to contribute to a commissioning fee without having to shoulder the whole cost. This ensures that the composer and librettist are properly compensated, and the commissioners can still afford lunch.
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This collaborative concert reimagines the music of opera in multiple ways! First, by giving four classic arias to contemporary composers and getting them to tear them apart and create something new (cue my part!). Second, by giving Danika Lorèn free reign on creating a new story with these new arias and Mozart originals. Then mix in a pandemic, and a re-reimagining of all these stories and wallah! You get Mozart Re-Reimagined!
I arranged a few Wolfie originals for a smaller subset of orchestra, and then a COVID-sized orchestra - so definitely tune in to hear some of my arranging handy work. Oh yes, and I also reimagined É Amore un ladroncello into a sarcastic and absolutely charming aria for mezzo-soprano.
It will be premiering Thursday, June 24, 2021 and available to stream until August 4 (same year)! Visit Saskatoon Opera for tickets and more information.
On Wednesday, June 16, 2021 I have the honour of mediating a panel discussion with five outstanding Trans and Non-Binary Composers & Artists being hosted by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. For an hour we'll get to hear about the experiences of these individuals navigating the world of music.
On the panel are Theo Baer (iT Boy) (he/his), Camille Rogers (they/them), Dr. CN Lester (they/them), inti figgis-vizueta (she/hers), and respectfulchild (they/them).
Visit https://fb.me/e/3zeeVGlRJ to learn more. Or here (SSO's page). Whichever one floats your boat!
And it wouldn't be an hour of learning without an excellent playlist to go along with it. Click here for a list of some of my favourite works by our esteemed panelists!
Some fav pieces
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