Adam Scime (composer)
– Featured a piece for two violins in Synesthesia I (AUG, 2012)
– Featured Voice of Eru for contrabass and electronics in Synesthesia II (MAR, 2013)
– Composer for the up-coming FAWN Opera production, L’homme et le ciel (FEB, 2014)
As a young composer and performer living in Toronto, Adam Scime has been praised as “…a fantastic success…” (CBC) and “Astounding, the musical result was remarkable” (icareifyoulisten.com). His work has received many awards including The Socan Young Composer’s Competition, and The Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music. Recently, Adam’s orchestral piece “Mirage” was selected as the winning composition in the Esprit Orchestra composition competition. “Mirage” was subsequently performed as part of Esprit’s regular 2011/12 season and broadcast on CBC Radio. In November of 2012, Adam’s work was featured in the Emergents Concert Series, a series that showcases emerging artists from across Canada and is hosted by the Music Gallery. In early 2012, Adam (along with three other composers) wrote music for “Rob Ford An Operatic Life” an opera that attracted an audience of over 800 people, and was received with much critical praise. In March of 2011, New Music Concerts premiered Adam’s new trio, “After the rioT,” for Flute, Double Bass, and Piano” for a concert celebrating the music of the prominent late English composer Jonathan Harvey. New Music Concerts subsequently commissioned from Adam a piece for large ensemble and soprano to be premiered in the 2012/2013 season.
In the summer of 2010, it was announced that Adam’s piece “Vagues, a Prelude for Piano and Electronics” was selected as the winning composition for the Electro-Acoustic Composer’s Competition hosted by acclaimed American pianist Keith Kirchoff. Subsequently, Mr. Kirchoff performed “Vagues” as part of his 2011 North American Tour. In January of 2011, esteemed Canadian soloist Nadina Mackie Jackson premiered Adam’s “Concerto for Bassoon, Electronics, and Chamber Orchestra.” Adam was also appointed Composer in residence with the GamUT contemporary ensemble for the 2010/2011 concert season, a residency that saw the commissioning of two new works, and one new installation.
Adam has been selected for numerous workshops with renowned soloists and ensembles. Recently, Adam was selected for the Vocalypse Opera from Scratch workshop held by renowned soprano Janice Jackson and guest composer James Rolfe. Adam was also selected to participate as a fellow in the 2012 National Arts Centre composer training program in Ottawa. In the spring of 2011, Adam was selected by The Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop to write a piece for a concert commemorating the passing of Canadian composer Ann Southam. In 2010, Adam was selected to participate in the Chrysalis Composers Workshop with the Continuum Contemporary Ensemble, during which his piece Fixity was performed under the baton of Christopher Butterfield.
In addition to his activities as a composer, Adam also works frequently as a freelance double bassist specializing in new music. Interesting performances include Nuit Blance 2009 when Adam performed under music director Brian Current in James Tenney’s installation, “In a large open space.” In 2011, Adam performed in Juliet Palmer’s massive theater creation “Like an Old Tale.” Recently, Adam travelled with the Ontario Festival Orchestra to China for a tour of six cities. Adam was asked to perform as part of New Music Concert’s “Composers Play” fundraiser. Adam also makes regular appearances performing with the Array Contemporary Ensemble and with New Music Concerts.
Adam is continually seeking new ways to become involved in the local new music community. He recently created a new concert series, known as “Fuze,” in Toronto as a vehicle to promote the creation and performance of new Canadian works that feature electronics. Adam is currently studying with Gary Kulesha at the University of Toronto where he has been awarded a full fellowship to study as a Doctoral student in composition. Previous to his current position at U of T, Adam studied composition at The University of Western Ontario, where his teachers included Peter Paul Koprowski and Paul Frehner. Adam has also received private lessons with Anders Hillborg, Vinko Globokar, Colin Mathews, Chen Yi, and Osvaldo Golijov.
Check Adam out at http://www.adamscime.com/
Read FAWN’s interview with Adam here.
Ian Koiter (librettist)
– Librettist for the upcoming FAWN Opera production, L’homme et le ciel (FEB, 2014)
Ian Koiter studies the history and literature of Early Christianity and Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. Before turning to religious studies, however, Ian studied music Theory & Composition at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University). In addition to his studies, Ian performs, records, and produces music with such Juno- and Polaris Prize-nominated artists as Shad, Cadence Weapon, Basia Bulat, and Brian Melo, as well as many other artists and bands.