About


Fusing a love of new music and atypical concert settings, Transient Canvas (bass clarinet and marimba) has commissioned and premiered over 30 new works. Their concerts are eclectic with music ranging from the beautiful to the strange, and the calm to the violent. They have been featured at the Equilibrium Concert Series, Chamber Cartel (Atlanta), Percussive Arts Society, and the Fifth Floor Collective. Upcoming projects include concerts with Original Gravity Concert Series, New Music Gathering (San Francisco), The Firehouse New Music Series (Brooklyn), and Open Sound.  Their recording of Andy Vores' Fabrication 10: Itch appears on the album One Head released on the Vera label.

Transient Canvas aims to participate in a musical exchange of ideas across the United States and beyond. While on the road performing, they also offer masterclasses to young composers. They have presented concerts, classes, residencies and recording sessions at Tufts University, The Boston Conservatory High School Composition Intensive, Kennesaw State University, and The College of The Holy Cross.


Hailed as “dazzling” by the Boston Globe, Amy Advocat, clarinetist, is an avid performer of new music having performed with Callithumpian ConsortFirebird Ensemble[sound icon]Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The New Fromm Players at Tanglewood, Boston Microtonal Society’s NotaRiotous, Glass Farm Ensemble, and the Second Instrumental Unit. Always looking for the most innovative projects, Ms. Advocat was recently highlighted in the Boston Globe for her work at the Bohlen-Pierce Symposium in Boston, during which she premiered six new pieces on the newly invented Bohlen-Pierce clarinet.  This instrument plays in a non-octave-repeating tuning system which offers an alternative to our own, and was the basis of Ms. Advocat’s studies toward her DMA at McGill University in Montréal.


An advocate for new music, Matt Sharrock currently serves as principal conductor for Equilibrium Concert Series’ resident ensemble, the EQ Ensemble, and the Fifth Floor Collective. He concertizes regularly as a founding member of the Boston Percussion Group and with his solo project Narratives. Matt has also performed with new music groups such as [sound icon], Boston Musica Viva, and Juventas New Music Ensemble. Also active in more traditional concert settings, past seasons have included performances with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, and the Metropolitan Chorale, among others. Matt holds degrees from The Boston Conservatory and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.