Joint Venture


Joint Venture is commissioned by and dedicated to the Ives Ensemble in Amsterdam and Continuum in Toronto who are joining forces and performing this work together. Frequently my pieces start abruptly as if the music has been going on for a while; there is no introduction, no development, just the most condensed version of the untransformed material. There is a dramatic quality to this approach. Whether the shifts from section to section are spare or complex, I am looking to evoke something that is in its own right complete: the reconstruction of an imagined emotional event that unfolds in a compressed time frame. In Joint Venture all the instruments – including the piano which is played by 2 pianists – are used as percussion instruments. There is very little melodic activity here – most of the action is taking place in the variations in the textures, colors and superimposition of rhythmic patterns that shifts the pulse.  It is the live instrumentalists that create the alchemy. We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for its support with a Commission Award and for the Travel Assistance Program, which allowed me to rehearse with the musicians and to be here tonight.

Linda Bouchard CA

Linda Bouchard has composed over 70 works in a variety of genres, from orchestral and chamber works to dance scores, concerti, and vocal pieces. Her works have been heard on both sides of the Atlantic and have been recorded by the CBC and Analekta in Canada, ECM in Germany, and CRI in the US.  A full compact disc of her orchestral works, Exquisite Fires, was released in 1998 on the Canadian label Marquis Classics. She has won awards in Canada and in the US including a Prix Opus from Quebec for Best Composer of the Year and a Fromm Foundation Award. Bouchard studied with Henry Brant at Bennington College and then moved to New York City where she lived from 1979 to 1990. In 1990, she returned to Canada for the premiere of her first orchestral work Elan; in the fall of 1992 she accepted a three-year position as the first composer-in-residence for the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. She has lived in San Francisco since the spring of 1997.  Bouchard has been active as a freelance musician, composing, conducting and orchestrating since graduating from school in 1982. After 25 years of composing strictly acoustic music she has become increasingly interested in how artistic traditions are evolving through the integration of electronic and digital tools, and she pursues this exploration through her own projects, integrating multimedia into her work. Linda is the founder and artistic director of NEXMAP, a non-profit arts organization based in San Francisco, which produces international events in all media.

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Linda Bouchard