Posted on Leave a comment

“The Seeker” from Canadian composer Kevin Lau

May 20, 2020 (Halifax, NS) “The Seeker” from celebrated composer Kevin Lau – performed by pianist Victor Cheng, is released June 5, 2020 through Halifax, NS – based classical record label, Leaf Music.

Kevin Lau

Kevin Lau is one of Canada’s most active young composers. A prolific composer of orchestral, chamber, ballet, and film music. Described as a “self-assured voice” (Barczablog) with a “masterful control over his idiom” (Classical Music Sentinel), Kevin Lau has established himself as one of Canada’s leading young composers. Awarded the 2017 Victor Martyn Lynn-Staunton Award by the Canada Council for Outstanding Achievement, Kevin’s music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles across North America, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Major works include Le Petit Prince, commissioned by the National Ballet of Canada and choreographed by Guillaume Côté.

“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 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”.” – Kevin Lau

Kevin’s discography includes the JUNO-nominated “Spin Cycle” (Centrediscs), featuring the Afiara String Quartet and DJ Skratch Bastid; “Encount3rs” (Analekta) featuring the NACO; “Solo Seven” (ATMA Classique) featuring violinist Marc Djokic; “The Sounds of Our Time” (Naxos) featuring cellist Rachel Mercer, “Premieres” (Cambria Records) featuring violinist Conrad Chow and “A Dream of Dawn” (Leaf Music) premiered by the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra at Musikverein, Vienna, Austria . In addition to composing concert music, Kevin is also active as a film composer, arranger, and pianist. He has written the scores to over a dozen films, including Charles Officer’s feature documentary Invisible Essence: The Little Prince (2018), and has created arrangements for artists such as Sarah Slean, Suzie McNeil, Christos Hatzis, and groups such as the Art of Time Ensemble. He has performed many of his own works and collaborates frequently with artists such as Scott St. John (violin), Lynn Kuo (violin), and Victor Cheng (piano).

kevinlaumusic.com

Posted on Leave a comment

Nova Scotia pianist Jennifer King releases new EP Emily Doolittle “Minute Études”

Leaf Music is thrilled to announce the release of pianist Jennifer King’s EP of “Minute Études: Books 1&2: (Excerpts) [Live].  The six short piano works are from a pair of volumes published by Halifax-born composer Emily Doolittle in 1998 and 2002.  The selections chosen by Jennifer King include, “Lonely,” “Furtive,” “Fleeting,” “Glassy,” “Languid,” and “Tranquil.”  Each selection offers listeners a “bite-sized” exploration of a programmatic mood or idea, whether it’s an interval, a rhythmic pattern, or an effect.
The recording was produced by Nova Scotia composer and former CBC radio producer Bob Bauer at the Halifax Central Library.  The live performance was part of an event titled ‘A Little Night Music’ presented by the Canadian Music Centre: Atlantic Region and Arts Nova Scotia.  Pianists Simon Docking, Jennifer King, Janet Hammock, and Barbara Pritchard were all part of the larger event.
The Minute Études EP follows her début album “O Mistress Moon” which received a 2019 East Coast Music Award nomination for “Classical Recording of the Year.”