2004 listen

With the help of neighbours and a precarious arrangement of plywood and castors, we hauled an old cast iron bath tub from the back garden to the curb. Within hours it had vanished. Scooped up by scrap metal scavengers the tub was on its way to a new life as...girder, park bench, pipe, rebar, nail, hammer...who knows. This piece is a musical foundry. My focus is on metal: sawn, hammered, melted, poured, moulded, cast, polished... The melodic material is based on pitch analyses of the sounds of drilling, hammering and sawing. I want to melt the material down to a metallic gleam.

Juliet Kiri Palmer CA

Composer Juliet Palmer is known as a “post-modernist with a conscience” (The Listener) whose work “crosses so many genres as to be in a category of its own” (Toronto Star). Recent premieres: Vermillion Songs for tenor Simon O’Neill and NZTrio; and Sweat (Center for Contemporary Opera, New York). Juliet is the Artistic Director of Urbanvessel, a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration: Boots (Opera Peepshow); Singing River (Pan Am Path); Stitch (Dora nominations Best New Opera and Best Production); Slip (Best Experimental Short, Toronto International Short Film Festival); and Voice-Box (Harbourfront World Stage). Upcoming: Invicta (NYO Canada tour with spoken word artists Pricelys and Eekwol); Sweat (Bicycle Opera tour); On the Brink (Urbanvessel, Toronto); Inside Us (Western Front, Vancouver); The Iran Project (Instruments of Happiness).

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Juliet Kiri Palmer