Boston-based contemporary duo Transient Canvas is on a mission to revolutionize the modern concert experience. Since 2011, their innovative performances have been praised as “superb” by the Boston Globe and “disarming” by Cleveland Classical, with the San Francisco Chronicle lauding “the versatile imagination they both display and inspire in others.” Bass clarinetist Amy Advocat and marimbist Matt Sharrock relish the creative potential of working with living composers, having amassed a varied repertoire of over 80 commissioned works in addition to working with hundreds of student composers from all over the world. They have released two albums on New Focus Recordings: Wired, “a must-add to any new music lover’s library” according to I Care If You Listen, and Sift, which KLANG New Music called “one of the more refreshing things I’ve heard in recent years.”
Highlights of their 2019-20 season include the world premiere of Exposure, a new chamber opera by Bea Goodwin and Daniel Felsenfeld; concerts with the RED NOTE New Music Festival (Illinois), Tractys New Music (Texas), the Hammert Series (Kansas), Ethos New Music Society (New York), Nextet (Nevada), and New Music at the Short North Stage (Ohio); residencies at Brigham Young, Temple, Lawrence, and Buffalo State Universities and the University of Missouri Kansas City; and collaborations with Semiosis String Quartet and the Peridot Duo. Past seasons include featured performances at the Alba Music Festival, Music on the Edge, Composers, Inc., Charlotte New Music Festival, North Carolina NewMusic Initiative, SoundNOW Festival, Music at the Forefront, Outpost Concert Series, New Music Nights at Spectrum, the Corwin Chair Concert Series, First Fridays, Mizzou New Music, New Hampshire Music Festival, Re:Sound, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the Guerrilla Composers Guild, among others. They have performed and presented at several professional conferences including PASIC, SEAMUS, SCI Region 1, and two New Music Gatherings. In Boston, they have been featured on the Equilibrium, Original Gravity, Opensound, New Gallery, Lowell Lecture, and Times Two concert series.
Equally dedicated to educating the next generation of performers and composers, Transient Canvas has presented masterclasses and composition workshops at colleges, universities, and conservatories around the U.S. including the University of Southern California, Oberlin Conservatory, Baldwin Wallace, Chapman, Cleveland State, Franklin Pierce, Fresno Pacific, James Madison, Kennesaw State, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio Wesleyan, Otterbein, Rutgers, St. Lawrence, and San Jose State Universities, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, University of Maine, Cal Poly Pomona, UNC Pembroke, University of the Pacific, University of Southern Maine, UW Green Bay, and UW Madison. They have also held residencies with the composition departments at Harvard, Northeastern, Brandeis, East Carolina, and Tufts Universities, the University of Georgia, the University of Missouri Columbia, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Divergent Studio at Longy School of Music, and the Alba Music Festival Composition Program. Since 2017, they have hosted their annual paid Composer Fellowship Program that is free and open to composers of all ages.
Transient Canvas proudly endorses Henri Selmer Paris clarinets and Marimba One marimbas and mallets.
For more information, visit www.transientcanvas.com.
Boston-based contemporary duo Transient Canvas is on a mission to revolutionize the modern concert experience. Since 2011, their innovative performances have been praised as “superb” by the Boston Globe and “disarming” by Cleveland Classical, with the San Francisco Chronicle lauding “the versatile imagination they both display and inspire in others.” Bass clarinetist Amy Advocat and marimbist Matt Sharrock relish the creative potential of working with living composers, having amassed a varied repertoire of over 80 commissioned works in addition to working with hundreds of student composers from all over the world. Since 2017, they have hosted their annual paid Composer Fellowship Program that is free and open to composers of all ages. They maintain an active touring schedule with recent performances at the Charlotte New Music Festival, Music on the Edge, Composers, Inc., Music at the Forefront, and People Inside Electronics, among others. Recent educational residencies include the University of Southern California, University of Pittsburgh, North Carolina NewMusic Initiative, and Divergent Studio at Longy School of Music. They have two albums, Sift and Wired, both released on New Focus Recordings. Transient Canvas proudly endorses Henri Selmer Paris and Marimba One. For more information, visit www.transientcanvas.com.
Hailed as “dazzling” by the Boston Globe, Dr. Amy Advocat, clarinetist, is an avid performer of new music having performed with Guerilla Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, [sound icon], Firebird Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, The New Fromm Players at Tanglewood, Boston Microtonal Society’s NotaRiotous, Glass Farm Ensemble, and the Second Instrumental Unit.
Ms. Advocat is a founding member of the bass clarinet and marimba duo, Transient Canvas, with whom she has commissioned and premiered over 75 new works, including pieces by Marti Epstein, Curtis Hughes, and Osnat Netzer. Their recording of Andy Vores’ Fabrication 10: Itch appears on his latest CD One Head, released in January 2013.
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 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.
Equally at home with more traditional classical music, Amy Advocat has also performed with Odyssey Opera, Boston Pops, Harrisburg Symphony, Opera Boston, National Lyric Opera, Boston Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Advocat was twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and has participated at the Spoleto USA Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, Monadnock Music, Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), New York String Orchestra Seminar, Virginia Arts Festival, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Hailed as one of "Boston's best percussionists" by I Care if You Listen and "musical and deftly accomplished" by Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, Matt Sharrock is a versatile marimbist, percussionist, and conductor who tirelessly champions the music of living composers. As half of the bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas, he has premiered over 80 pieces and tours extensively in the United States and abroad. He is also a founding member of the Boston Percussion Group and rides the line between rock band and new music ensemble as a member of the mixed quartet Hinge. As an orchestral percussionist, Matt has performed with some of New England’s finest ensembles, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra.
An advocate for new music, Matt currently serves as Music Director and conductor for the Equilibrium Ensemble, a new music sinfonietta dedicated to promoting the work of New England-based composers, and he is the resident percussionist with Ensemble / Parallax, a multimedia consort dedicated to the music of the European avant-garde. He has performed with many of Boston's premier chamber groups, including the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Sound Icon, Boston Musica Viva, Alea III, the Lydian String Quartet, and the Lorelei Ensemble. Matt has recorded as a soloist, conductor, chamber musician, and orchestra musician on BMOP/sound, Innova, Navona, New Focus Recordings, and Ravello Records.
A passionate educator, Matt is currently on faculty at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the music theory department in addition to teaching applied percussion at Bunker Hill Community College. He has presented his marimba masterclass Learning to Learn across the country at Rutgers University, the University of Georgia, University of the Pacific, and the Interlochen Arts Camp, among others. Dedicated to working with student composers, Transient Canvas was ensemble-in-residence with The Boston Conservatory High School Composition Intensive from 2013-17 and has held residencies with the composition departments at Harvard, Tufts, and Northeastern Universities, the Dancz Center for New Music at the University of Georgia, Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the Alba Music Festival Composition Program in Alba, Italy.
Matt holds an M.M. in Marimba Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a B.M. in Music Performance (Percussion) from Baldwin Wallace University. His primary teachers include Nancy Zeltsman and Jack Van Geem (marimba); Keith Aleo, Josh Ryan, and Sam Solomon (percussion); John Grimes (timpani), Sharan Leventhal (chamber music), and Dwight Oltman (conducting).
Matt proudly endorses Marimba One marimbas, vibraphones, and mallets.
"They were all involving, well-crafted works, played with great confidence by Advocat and Sharrock." — The Boston Globe
"Ever so soft throbs from a marimba synced with gentle soundings from a tantalizing bass clarinet. Every so often, an angular fragment of melody would surface. Halfway through this enchanting duet piece, more pointed, synced syncopations 'excited' though always in a much toned down way. ... Amy Advocat, bass clarinet, and Matt Sharrock, marimba were nothing short of fabulous continually leaning on the threshold of discernibility." — The Boston Musical Intelligencer
True to their name, Transient Canvas — the Boston-based duo of bass clarinetist Amy Advocat and marimba specialist Matt Sharrock — capture the spirit of today’s visual art scene in their performances, curating pieces and assembling them into diverse yet coherent collections. — Cleveland Classical
"In the informal atmosphere, seriousness of the music never wanted. Two friends set up their instruments in a room full of more friends, gathering around to listen to boundless sounds." — The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Sharrock and Advocat played with intimacy and keen attention to one another, even as the music itself kept them in separate worlds, alienated but not alienating." — The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Advocat and Sharrock made for disarming presenters, sharing sophisticated thoughts even as they reset and readjusted between pieces. They acknowledged and took full advantage of the venue’s inherent intimacy on Tuesday, speaking with casual intelligence. Transient Canvas also excelled at musical communication. — Cleveland Classical
"Featuring bowed marimba, brushed percussion, and clicks and blows of the clarinet, Lubkowski’s piece offered debilitating, staggering contrasts, though a fair match for the likes of powerhouse Advocat and steady-handed Sharrock. The duo does not shy away from extended techniques and experimental sounds; instead, they invite new sounds, fearless and unapologetic." — The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Steam Man of the Prairies brought together Sharrock and Advocat, although an unfortunate turn of the weather caused Advocat to stay in the bar, else her clarinet production would not have survived the wind. That did not much stop the ever communicative and poignant duo from performing beautifully, although the usual thrill of seeing the two in proximity went missing." — The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Your session on "Learning to Learn" could not have been any more on the mark... My only regret was that we only had one hour to give you." — John Lawless, Director of Percussion Studies, Kennesaw State University
"Before we met, and without any direct coaching from me, Transient Canvas created definitive interpretations of my music. In “Small World,” clarinetist Amy Advocat mastered the stop-and-go alternation of drunken bent notes and virtuosic display, all the while intuiting the zany sensibility I sought. I first heard Matt Sharrock play in my percussion quartet, where he effortlessly grasped the subtleties of attack and inflection I imagined. Both musicians went far beyond accuracy to create distinctive realizations of my ideas. At Transient Canvas’s recent duo recital, I was taken with their ensemble precision, with their capacity for technical and expressive extremes, and with their adventurous spirit. They work intensively together as an ensemble, as well as with their composer colleagues. Such attentiveness and enthusiasm are as important to me as is performance expertise. These two have it all." — Barbara White, Composer, Professor, Princeton Universtiy