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Hailed as "superb" by the Boston Globe, and "nothing short of fabulous" by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Transient Canvas is elevating the roles of the bass clarinet and marimba in contemporary music by commissioning new repertoire that expands their limits and explores their seemingly limitless tapestry of color. Amy Advocat and Matt Sharrock have premiered over 80 pieces by emerging and well established composers from all over the world, and they continue to tour extensively in the U.S. and abroad. In August 2017, TC released their first album Sift on New Focus Recordings to rave reviews. KLANG New Music called it "one of the more refreshing things I've heard in recent years."

Dedicated to spreading their repertoire, Transient Canvas has performed across the United States and Europe. They have been presented by the Alba Music Festival (Alba, Italy), SoundNOW Festival (Atlanta, GA), Music at the Forefront (Bowling Green, OH), Composers, Inc. (San Francisco, CA), Classic City New Music Festival (Athens, GA), Outpost Concert Series (Los Angeles, CA), Moore Hall Recital Series (Pembroke, NC), New Music at the Short North Stage (Columbus, OH), Music on Madison (Evanston, IL), New Music Nights at Spectrum (New York, NY), Clocks in Motion (Madison, WI), the Corwin Chair Concert Series (Santa Barbara, CA), First Fridays (Providence, RI), New Hampshire Music Festival (Plymouth, NH), Re:Sound 2018 (Cleveland, OH), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY), and the Guerrilla Composers Guild (San Francisco, CA). 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, and Lowell Lecture concert series.

Equally dedicated to educating the next generation of performers and composers, Transient Canvas has presented masterclasses and composition workshops at Baldwin Wallace, Bowling Green State, Cleveland State, Franklin Pierce, Fresno Pacific, James Madison, Kennesaw State, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio Wesleyan, Otterbein, Rutgers, and San Jose State Universities, UC Berkeley, University of Maine, UNC Pembroke, University of the Pacific, UW Green Bay, and UW Madison. They have also held residencies with the composition departments at Harvard, Northeastern, Brandeis, and Tufts Universities, the University of Georgia, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the Alba Music Festival Composition Program.

Transient Canvas proudly endorses Selmer clarinets and Marimba One marimbas and mallets.

For more information, visit www.transientcanvas.com.

 

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Praised by the Boston Globe as "superb", Amy Advocat and Matt Sharrock have been blazing their own trail as the bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas since 2011. In that time they have premiered over 80 works and continue to perform across the United States and abroad. They have been presented by the Alba Music Festival (Alba, Italy), SoundNOW Festival (Atlanta, GA),  Composers, Inc. (San Francisco, CA), New Music at the Short North Stage (Columbus, OH), and Outpost Concert Series (Los Angeles, CA), among others. Additionally, they have held residencies with the composition departments at Harvard, Northeastern, Brandeis, Otterbein, and Tufts Universities, the University of Georgia, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Their debut album Sift is available on New Focus Recordings.

Transient Canvas proudly endorses Henri Selmer Paris clarinets and Marimba One marimbas and mallets.

For more information, visit www.transientcanvas.com.

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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 VoresFabrication 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.

 
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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 75 new works and toured extensively in the United States and Europe. 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. 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.

An advocate for new music, Matt currently serves as Music Director and conductor for the Equilibrium Ensemble, a new music sinfonietta in residence with the Equilibirium Concert Series. He has performed with many of Boston's premier chamber ensembles, including the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Sound Icon, Boston Musica Viva, Alea III, the Lydian String Quartet, and Lorelei. In addition to live performances, Matt has recorded as a soloist, chamber, and orchestra musician on BMOP/sound, 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 and Northern Essex Community Colleges. He has presented his marimba masterclass Learning to Learn at colleges and universities throughout the US, including Rutgers, Marshall, and Northern Illinois Universities and the University of Georgia. Dedicated to working with student composers, Transient Canvas has been ensemble-in-residence with The Boston Conservatory High School Composition Intensive since 2013 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.