Liquid States


My work is often inspired by the geometry, structure, and textures found in nature - as if writing music could begin by staring with a magnifying glass at solids, liquids or gases, and the reactions that take place between them, and from these impressions create a series of abstract musical landscapes.

This work was commissioned by the Vancouver based ensemble Standing Wave, and while composing for a West Coast ensemble with such an evocative name, I could not help but find my main source of inspiration in water. The ensemble is used in a very percussive way: the violinist, clarinetist and pianist are asked to play inside the piano with mallets and brushes. There is a fluidity to the piece that explores textures and patterns.

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, and this is the approach I have used in this new work as well.

I am very grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting the conception of this new work.

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