Wired is a portrait of technology's integration into modern life. As people try to emulate computers and we build computers that emulate people, the question of who is controlling whom becomes ambiguous. With musical inspiration ranging from Aphex Twin to electronic dance music, this program includes music by Lainie Fefferman, David Ibbett, Peter Van Zandt Lane, Rudolf Rojahn, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, Dan VanHassel, and Kirsten Volness.
Wired 2.0 draws on themes from our original Wired show, focusing on technology's ability to affect and encompass our social, political, and natural environments. Music by Aaron Cecchini-Butler, Marissa Hickman, David Ibbett, Brian Sears, Dan VanHassel, and Kirsten Volness.
Embodying our mission to work with living composers while curating adventurous and culturally relevant concert experiences, Collage represents a cross-section of current musical trends with a constantly changing selection of repertoire. Our 2018/19 Collage concerts draw on themes of visual art and political resistance. Composers include Anthony Green, Stefanie Lubkowski, Lucy McKnight, Lansing McLoskey, Aaron Jay Myers, Osnat Netzer, Crystal Pascucci, Barbara White, and more.
Exposure is an hour-long adaptation of Thomas Hardy's The Well-Beloved. Set in the New York art world of the 1970s, 1990s, and today, Exposure is a modern retelling of the novel from the feminine perspective confronting and examining different views of "consent.” With music by Daniel Felsenfeld and libretto / stage direction by theatrical provocateur Brittany Goodwin, this powerful (and portable) work pairs the indomitable sopranos Aliana de la Guardia and Emily Thorner with Transient Canvas for an intimate evening of contemporary opera.
Scenes from Exposure will be previewed in our 2018/19 season, with the full production premiering in 2019/20. This work was commissioned with the generous support of the Boston Foundation's Live Arts Boston Grant.
Transient Canvas has presented classes and residencies at colleges, universities, and conservatories across the United States including Tufts University, Northeastern University, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory, University of Georgia, and The Boston Conservatory.
Below are some class offerings.
Examining notation, extended techniques, and more
Workshop and discuss short pieces written by composition students, culminating in a recording session
Problem solving strategies for interpreting modern scores. Developing a toolbox of extended techniques for B-flat and Bass clarinets
Interactive class concerning strategies to absorb pitched music quickly and thoroughly
An open discussion on what it means to be an artist and our role in the creation of music
A dialogue about how to deal with life as a young professional who needs to pay the bills while starting a career in the arts