Brush Line


I’ve always been drawn to texts or writings which are fragmented, incomplete - unfinished in some way.  For some years I’ve been informality studying the painting of J.M.W. Turner.  I’m drawn to his seascapes and landscapes, especially to his so-called unfinished paintings - those layered backgrounds with their subtle shadings of ambiguous skies and seas.  In my research I found writings by Turner that appeared in his sketchbooks: though to himself about what he was seeing, many of them in the form of questions.  I use a selection of these as the text for this work.  Brush Line was comissioned by Continuum through the Canada Council for the Arts and the Laidlaw Foundation.  I want to thank conductor Kevin Mallon, the Continuum musicians and mezzo-soprano Marion Newman for their work on my music.

Linda C. Smith CA

Linda Catlin Smith grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. She studied music in NY, and at the University of Victoria. Her music has been performed and/or recorded by: Tafelmusik, Other Minds Festival, Trio Arbos (Madrid), Victoria, Kitchener-Waterloo and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, Arraymusic, Tapestry New Opera, Via Salzburg, Evergreen Club Gamelan, and the Del Sol, Penderecki, and Bozzini string quartets, among many others.  In 2005 her work Garland (for Tafelmusik) was awarded Canada’s prestigious Jules Léger Prize. Recently two solo discs of her music have been released: Thought and Desire, with Eve Egoyan, and Dirt Road on the Another Timbre label. A new CD, Drifter, will be released by Another Timbre in February 2017.

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Linda C. Smith