October 11, 2020 – Musical Language

Through September we have been digging into a new project in collaboration with the Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa New Music Creators, and three Ottawa-based composers in the world premieres of three new works inspired by literature featured at the festival. This project was initially slated to take place in May, but COVID restrictions and postponements have seen it delayed until October 18th (next Sunday at 8pm EST).

The three works are:

  • “Good Citizens” by Kevin Reeves was inspired by Maria Reva’s novel Good Citizens Need Not Fear. Using Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Sonata as a point of departure, Reeves’ work is a driving and unique piece for marimba and piano.
  • “Motel of the Opposable Thumbs” by Adam Saikaley was inspired by Stuart Ross’ poetry collection of the same name. Motel makes use of undulating, psychedelic, rhythmic dissonances and harmonies, following the equally esoteric arc of Ross’ collection (which he based on the structure of Bartok’s 4th string quartet!)
  • ” Echoes of the Past” by Noora Nakhaei was inspired by Martha and Christina Baillie’s collection Sister Language which is a catalogue of the correspondence between two siblings. Martha is a multimedia artists and Christina was a writer challenged by schizophrenia on a daily basis. Their writings give us a rare window into the struggles and triumphs that attend a serious neurological disorder, the urge of two humans to communicate even in the hardest of times, and the love that can grow and flourish under conditions of adversity.

[October 18th EDIT] You can now view the concert via the following link: https://writersfestival.org/events/fall-2020-live/musical-language