The Seeker
The “Seeker” is an archetype—a person who pursues dramatic experiences in search of meaning, pushing the limits of his/her abilities (and skirting the edge of danger in the process) in order to do find transcendence. The music is a sonic and physical exploration of the ‘daredevil’ spirit, found particularly in high-level athletes and performers. The playful, quick-footed tune that opens the piece unfolds largely without a harmonic ‘safety net’, careening through a variety of increasingly daring episodes, before returning to the opening few bars: a tranquil homecoming after a fulfilling journey. I am grateful to Victor Cheng, pianist and athlete extraordinaire, for so perfectly embodying the spirit of the “Seeker."
Bathymetric Terrains
East Coast Music Award winning ensemble, Charke-Cormier Duo's sophomore album entitled 'Bathymetric Terrains' is a true departure from the conventional flute and guitar duo. JUNO award winning composer and flutist Derek Charke writes "Bathymetric Terrains muses on the ecology of oceans and tidal bays. Bathymetry is the measurement of water depths. This is a work about underwater terrains. It is a work which contemplates the fragile nature of underwater topographies and ecosystems. Bathymetric Terrains is an exciting journey beneath the ocean to discover new landscapes and sounds you've never heard before.
Vivaldi: Manchester Violin Sonatas
Mark Fewer and Hank Knox are well-known personalities in Canada. Both versatile musicians, they have performed throughout North America and are known for imparting a unique signature to their performances. Offering fresh and exciting interpretation of works from the past. This collection of exciting but little-known works for violin and harpsichord is thought to have been first penned by Antonio Vivaldi in 1726. However, the works were unknown until a manuscript was found in Manchester’s Central Library in 1976 and to date, few recordings of the complete collection exist. This is the first recording of the works by Canadian artists. The Sonatas were arranged and recorded by Fewer and Knox in January 2019 at Église St. Augustin, Mirabel, QC.
Resonance
Resonance is the debut album of Canadian cello-marimba duo Stick & Bow. These classically trained musicians present original arrangements that span a wide spectrum of musical styles, from Bach to Radiohead. This album transforms the listening of familiar works in refreshing and unexpected ways while introducing the audience to daring new music from active composers.
Orchestrated Neighbours
Propelled by the creativity of African Nova Scotian and Indigenous youth, Orchestrated Neighbours combines Urban contemporary music with the Classical genre. The Orchestrated Neighbours project braids artistic and community goals through outreach, collaboration and partnerships to improve Music Nova Scotia’s representation of African Nova Scotian and Indigenous music communities. These artists, aged 16-28, composed original music in team settings. The songwriting teams collaborated with professional arrangers and the Bela String Quartet to and record four new songs.
Origins
The title of this album, Origins, is meaningful to us on many levels. It’s our debut album, recorded in Montreal where we first met in 2012. It reflects our Canadian origins by including music by two of our favourite Canadian composers. It is inspired by the heritage of our instruments, as the traditions of both flute and harp were greatly influenced by French music. And it marks the beginning of our journey towards more recording projects, repertoire commissions, and new collaborations. We hope you enjoy listening to this album as much as we loved making it. --- Le titre de cet album, Origins, est significatif pour nous à plusieurs égards. Il s’agit de notre premier album et il a été enregistré à Montréal, où nous nous sommes rencontrés pour la première fois en 2012. Il reflète nos origines en tant que Canadiennes puisqu’il comporte de la musique de deux de nos compositeurs canadiens favoris. Cet album est aussi inspiré de l’héritage de nos instruments ; en effet les traditions de la flute et de la harpe ont été fortement influencées par la musique française. Il marque le début d’une série de projets d’enregistrement, de commandes auprès de compositeurs actuels, et de nouvelles collaborations. Nous espérons que vous prendrez autant de plaisir à écouter cet album que nous en avons eu à le faire. <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1770" src="http://leaf-music.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/FACTORCANADA-300x50.png" alt="" width="300" height="50" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1771" src="http://leaf-music.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/CCFA_RGB_colour_e-300x55.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="55" />
Into the Stone: Music for Solo Violin by Canadian Women
<iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://open.spotify.com/follow/1/?uri=spotify:artist:2OOJDYJuFiRHflh0cfHIzE&size=detail&theme=light" width="300" height="56" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> A dynamic and intuitive performer, Gillian Smith enjoys a varied and exciting performance career as a violinist. Deeply committed to performing music by contemporary composers, she has recorded two CDs with members of the Acadia New Music Society on the Centrediscs label: <i>Live Wired, </i>which features the music of Derek Charke, Jérôme Blais, and Anthony Genge, and <i>I</i><i>n Sonorous Falling Tones</i><i>,</i> which features the music of Derek Charke and which was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year in 2018.  She can also be heard on a recording of the chamber music of Carmen Braden that will be released in November 2019. Gillian Smith has appeared at such series and festivals as the Acadia Performing Arts Series, the East Coast Music Awards, Inner Space Concerts, the Music Room Chamber Players, Open Waters Festival, Shattering the Silence Festival, and Sunday Music in the Garden Room.  She has also performed and recorded as an orchestral musician with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia. A dedicated teacher, Gillian Smith serves as instructor of violin and viola at the Acadia University School of Music and as head of the upper strings department at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.  Her students have won top prizes and awards in regional and national competitions. Gillian Smith holds degrees in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music (B.Mus.), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.Mus.), and the University of Minnesota (D.M.A).  Her teachers have included Jorja Fleezanis, Camilla Wicks, Peter Salaff, and Philippe Djokic. <div id="jp-post-flair" class="sharedaddy sd-like-enabled sd-sharing-enabled"> <div id="like-post-wrapper-113603533-3-5d4a3e2faf995" class="sharedaddy sd-block sd-like jetpack-likes-widget-wrapper jetpack-likes-widget-loaded" data-src="//widgets.wp.com/likes/index.html?ver=20190321#blog_id=113603533&post_id=3&origin=gilliansmithviolin.wordpress.com&obj_id=113603533-3-5d4a3e2faf995&domain=gilliansmithviolin.com" data-name="like-post-frame-113603533-3-5d4a3e2faf995"></div> </div> <img src="http://leaf-music.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/support-300x96.png" alt="" width="300" height="96" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1833" />
Doolittle: Minute Études “Excerpts” (Live)
<iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://open.spotify.com/follow/1/?uri=spotify:artist:3BEEh34pFj6cB5cs1WUPNp&size=detail&theme=light" width="300" height="56" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" data-mce-fragment="1"></iframe> Energetic and insightful, Jennifer King is a versatile pianist and educator who is equally at home on the concert stage and in the classroom. Her album O Mistress Moon received a 2019 East Coast Music Award nomination for 2019 Classical Recording of the Year. Doolittle: Minute Études "Excerpts" (Live) features excerpts from a series of piano pieces by composer Emily Doolittle. Each pieces explores one idea, whether it's an interval, a rhythmic pattern, or an effect.
Canadian Hits: Unplugged
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Skye Consort & Emma Björling
Skye Consort & Emma Björling perform a mix of traditional music from Québec, Sweden, Norway, and Celtic music. Each musician brings their own interpretation to these traditions, creating this awesome collaboration, consisting of voices, fiddle, nyckelharpa, cello, and cittern. An assortment of whirling polkas, groovy reels, passionate love songs, breathtaking hymns, and original compositions. <a href="http://leaf-music.ca/?attachment_id=1833" rel="attachment wp-att-1833"><img class="wp-image-1833 alignnone" src="http://leaf-music.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/support.png" alt="" width="288" height="92" /></a><a href="http://leaf-music.ca/?attachment_id=1833" rel="attachment wp-att-1833"><img class="wp-image-1771 alignleft" src="http://leaf-music.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/CCFA_RGB_colour_e.jpg" alt="" width="278" height="51" /></a>

Leaf Music is an independent recording label based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that specializes in high quality classical music recordings by artists and composers from Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.)  Our growing catalogue of solo, orchestral and chamber music is distributed by Naxos of America to the world’s most important music retail, download and streaming providers.

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Leaf Music est une étiquette d'enregistrement indépendant à Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse, qui se spécialise dans les enregistrements de musique classique de haute qualité par des artistes et compositeurs du Canada atlantique (Nouveau-Brunswick, Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Nouvelle-Écosse et Terre-Neuve.)  Notre catalogue d'enregistrements croissant de musique solo, orchestrale et de chambre est disponible dans le monde entier sur tous les grands services de téléchargement et de streaming.

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VIVALDI MANCHESTER SONATAS

Exceptional Duo Becomes First Canadian Artists to Record Exquisite Sonatas Unearthed from a Manchester, UK Library in 1973.


“I’d be glad to hear these gentlemen play anything … they make me want to hear whatever else they want to do. The ensemble and intonation are perfect …” – American Record Guide

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