Breakdown of System (and Malfunction in 5 different ways)

2004

As the title suggests, it is about breakdown of coherent systems or structures.  This piece could be thought of as a malfunction, and the aftermath.  Some sections will sound like they are falling apart; others (especially the ones with  piano) should sound dream-like.  The musicians are not to concern themselves with making the piece "tight" or "together" like a traditional chamber piece.  It is intended to sound disjointed, meandering and perhaps on the verge of collapse.  Breakdown of system was premiered in Utrecht by the Rosa Ensemble.


Rose Bolton CA

Based in Toronto, Rose Bolton is established as a composer who creates and envisions new sounds in the areas of classical and electronic music.  In addition to her work as a concert composer, she has written and produced full scores for five hour-long television documentaries for the CBC main network: Who’s Sorry Now?, The Disappearing Male, Surviving the Future, End of Men and Why Men Cheat. In 2011 she was commissioned by the Canadian Music Centre to create a sound and video installation for Toronto’s 2011 Nuit Blanche. The finished work, The Crown of the Bell, was produced in collaboration with film artist Marc de Guerre, and over 1000 people experienced the piece during the all-night event. Her concert music has garnered awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council; her work has been performed across Canada by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Esprit Orchestra, Tapestry New Opera, L’ensemble contemporain de Montréal, and Aradia Ensemble. Her music has been broadcast extensively on CBC radio and has been performed throughout Europe and North America. Assisted by a grant from the Canada Council, she has recently completed a series of ambient electronic “soundscapes” titled “Music for Headphones”.

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Rose Bolton