Composer Interviews

Canadian Composer Nicolas Gilbert Quebec

Winner of the 2008 “Composer of the Year” Opus Prize, Montreal-based composer Nicolas Gilbert was inspired by the St-Lawrence river: “Ilôts is designed as a voyage from the city of Montreal to the St-Laurent Gulf, passing alternatively through a few cities and across increasingly long stretches of countryside. What binds the work together is the St-Lawrence river itself, represented literally by waves of sound.”

Canadian Composer Darren Sigesmund Prince Edward Island

Introducing composer Darren Sigesmund, known primarily for his #jazz compositions. Darren took on the Prince Edward Island in our #MosaiqueProject Suite: “The piece itself is very inspired by the idea of land and sea, how the island is inextricably linked to land and sea and its connection to nature and images of pastoral landscapes, and also I think there’s kind of a haunting beauty to the island”

Canadian Composer Nicole Lizée Saskatchewan

“I started thinking of Saskatchewan, there is a lot of folklore there that a lot of people don’t know about – there are ghosts…I immediately thought of the Bessborough Hotel because it’s followed by this folklore – it has stories of #ghosts and it’s part of its charm, it’s part of its appeal and I love that, so I wrote a piece that sort of harnesses this idea of phantoms in this iconic hotel in Saskatoon” – Nicole Lizée talking about her contribution to our #MosaiqueProject.

Odawa Composer Barbara Croall St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes

Acclaimed Odawa composer Barbara Croall on her piece for the #MosaiqueProject (St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes): “For Anishinaabeg people, water is not just a substance. It is a spirit being deserving honour and respect, and different bodies and channels of water have distinctly different personalities and ways of expression. The St. Lawrence Seaway and River has been an essential part of Indigenous peoples’ lives.”

Canadian Composer Sarah Slean Newfoundland

Sarah Slean on her inspiration behind her composition for the #MosaiqueProject (she took on Newfoundland): “I spent a lot of time in Pouch Cove when I was writing scores and songs for my Land & Sea album. I lived in Pouch Cove for a few months, for a summer, and I was totally charmed by the characters there, by the landscape – absolutely indescribably beautiful” check out the vid for more!

Canadian Composer Richard Mascall Ontario

#MosaiqueProejct: Composer Richard Mascall​ wrote our #Ontario chapter. Here he tells us a bit about what inspired him and his process:
“What I love about #Toronto and about #Canada is how all the nations of world can come here and how we can co-exist and bring ​a little bit of the flavour of our civilization, our own culture, and how we can all intermingle and how we can express ourselves, and how it all works. We can create a hybrid culture that’s informed by all of it” -Richard Mascall

Canadian Composer Andrew Downing Manitoba