Last week we had the pleasure of premiering two new works by our friends and composers Daniel Mehdizadeh and Edward Enman at Chamberfest’s New Music Now! We have known both composers since our student days at the University of Ottawa in the early 2010s! The concert was made even more special as we shared the program with music by fellow SHHH!! friends, collaborators, and Ottawa connections John Gordon Armstrong and Kelly-Marie Murphy.
Mehdizadeh’s Ritual is an abstract exploration of an imagined and nameless ritual… dark and brooding, at times groovy and at other times spacious and sinister.
Contrastingly, Enman’s That Star is Awake explores “the idea of a child experiencing the sight of the stars, the moon, the sun, and discovering what they are, and how they are what they are… stars are big exploding balls of gas… they can also be a smiling character in a children’s book… this piece is somewhere in between.”
We look forward to performing these two beautiful new works again in a couple of weeks at Été Musical de Barachois in New Brunswick!
Photos by Curtis Perry: