Brand New Music


Brand New Music looks at the 1972 Stylistics' song You Make Me Feel Brand New from three different angles. For each movement, I cut the song into one-bar sections and re-ordered them randomly, giving me skeletons which I fleshed out in three distinct manners. The original song was played at school dances when I was about 12 and very shy, and I still associate it with unfulfilled yearning, although these three versions mix a good deal of playfulness with the melancholy.

I dedicate this piece to my partners in the Collide collaboration, Jason Baerg and Erin Fortier, as well as to Continuum, with whom I have happily collaborated for so many years.

James Rolfe CA

Toronto composer James Rolfe has been commissioned and performed by soloists, ensembles, orchestras, choirs, theatres and opera companies in Canada and abroad. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the K. M. Hunter Music Award, and the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music. The Canadian Opera Company, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company, Tapestry New Opera, and Toronto Masque Theatre have commissioned and produced his operas. Current projects include a new operatic version of Gogol's The Overcoat with writer Morris Panych, to be premiered in spring 2018 by Tapestry Opera, Canstage, and Vancouver Opera, and a new work for Soundstreams for June 2018.

James Rolfe