Praised by the Boston Globe as "superb", the dynamic bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas (Amy Advocat, bass clarinet & Matt Sharrock, marimba) has been blazing their own trail in the world of contemporary music since 2011. In that time they have premiered over 75 new works, essentially creating an entirely new repertoire for their unique instrumentation. Fearless in their programming and hungry for new collaborations TC performs anywhere from microbreweries to concert halls and actively seeks out new composers who will stretch their instrumentation to its limits.
Transient Canvas almost exclusively performs music written for them, preferring to work closely with living composers. Their recording of Andy Vores' Fabrication 10: Itch” appears on his album “One Head", released in January 2013. Their debut album “Sift”, featuring music by Adam Roberts, Curtis Hughes, Tina Tallon, Daniel T. Lewis, and John Murphree, will be released in summer 2017 on New Focus Recordings.
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), Classic City New Music Festival (Athens, GA), New Music Gathering (San Francisco, CA), Moore Hall Recital Series (Pembroke, NC), New Music at the Short North Stage (Columbus, OH), Music on Madison Series (Evanston, IL), New Music Nights at Spectrum (New York, NY), Clocks in Motion (Madison, WI), First Fridays (Providence, RI), New Hampshire Music Festival (Plymouth, NH), Society of Composers, Inc. (Orono, ME), the Guerrilla Composers Guild (San Francisco, CA), and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis, IN). In Boston, they are regularly featured on the Equilibrium, Original Gravity, Opensound, and New Gallery concert series.
Equally dedicated to educating the next generation of performers and composers, Transient Canvas has presented masterclasses and composition workshops at James Madison, Rutgers, Northern Illinois, Franklin Pierce, Baldwin Wallace, Otterbein, Kent State, and Kennesaw State Universities, and the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and Madison. They have also held residencies with the compositions departments at Harvard, Northeastern, 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.
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 40 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 by the Boston Globe as "one of the city's best percussionists", Matt Sharrock is a versatile performer 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 performed across the United States, from San Francisco to Brooklyn and from Jordan Hall to The Goat Farm Arts Center. 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 also 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 for the Equilibrium Ensemble, a new music sinfonietta in residence with the Equilibirum Concert Series. He also performs regularly with many of Boston's premiere contemporary ensembles, including Sound Icon, Boston Musica Viva, and Alea III. 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 where he teaches Time & Rhythm I & II and at Northern Essex Community College where he teaches applied percussion. 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, and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Matt proudly endorses Marimba One marimbas and mallets.