2010 listen

Strata was commissioned by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and Continuum Contemporary Music (Toronto) in 2010 with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council. The title refers to the layering of musical material found throughout the work. Often there are layers or patterns that overlap with themselves. Musical shapes are sometimes created by widening glissando lines played by the strings. In writing the piece I was looking for music that was very energetic and virtuosic, but also moments that are calm despite the surging activity.

Continuum performed the Canadian premiere of Strata on February 12, 2012.

Brian Current CA

Brian Current studied music at McGill University and UC Berkeley (PhD 2002). His music, lauded and broadcast in over 35 countries, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barlow Prize for Orchestral Music (USA), the Italian Premio Fedora for Chamber Opera and a Selected Work (under 30) at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.  Brian Current’s pieces have been programmed by all major symphony orchestras in Canada and by dozens of professional orchestras, ensembles and opera companies world-wide. He is in demand as a guest conductor and regularly leads orchestral programs of contemporary music. 

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Brian Current