About


Praised by the Boston Globe as "superb", the dynamic bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas has been blazing its own trail in the world of contemporary music since 2011. In four short years, they have premiered over 40 new works, essentially creating an entirely new repertoire for their unique instrumentation. Fearless in their programming and hungry for new collaborations, TC has performed anywhere from microbreweries to Jordan Hall and actively seeks out new composers who will stretch their instrumentation to its limits.

Transient Canvas performs almost exclusively works written for them. Their mission is to provide a blank slate or canvas for composers to explore while simultaneously making bass clarinet and marimba a new standard ensemble. They have worked with a wide variety of composers, including well established artists such as Marti Epstein, Curtis Hughes, John McDonald and Andy Vores and emerging voices such as Victoria Cheah, Peter Van Zandt Lane, Adam Roberts, and Tina Tallon.

Dedicated to spreading their repertoire, Transient Canvas has performed across the United States. Their 2014-15 season included a featured performance on the closing concert of the first annual New Music Gathering at the San Francisco Conservatory, a shared recital with pianist Taka Kigawa on the Firehouse New Music Series in Brooklyn, and a collaborative concert with Chamber Cartel and the artwork of Igor Korsunskiy at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta. In their hometown of Boston, they have been featured performers with the Equilibrium Concert Series, the Fifth Floor Collective, Opensound, and the innovative new Original Gravity Concert Series which pairs local composers with local beers at Aeronaut Brewing Company. 

Transient Canvas's recording of Andy Vores' "Fabrication 10: Itch" appears on his latest CD "One Head", released in January 2013. 


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.


Noted for his “intense directness” with an “expert and vivid” style by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Matt Sharrock is a mover and a shaker tirelessly championing the works of living composers. Always looking for innovative ways to connect with new audiences, he melds drama and music with his solo project Narratives and rides the line between rock band and new music ensemble as a member of the Boston Percussion Group. Matt has also performed with some of New England’s finest ensembles, including [sound icon], Boston Musica Viva, and the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and serves as Music Director for the EQ Ensemble. He holds degrees from The Boston Conservatory and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.