Garbage Concerto in Germany
On April 10, 2018, The Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Fabrice Bollon, will give the first German performance of the Garbage Concerto in the Konzerthaus Freiburg. Details t.b.a.
Garbage Concerto in Columbus, Georgia, U.S.A.
On January 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of George Del Gobbo, will perform the Garbage Concerto in the Bill Heard Theater at the RiverCentre for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia. Paul Vaillancourt & Up/Down Percussion will be the featured percussion soloists.
Interview with Jan Jarvlepp
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In Memoriam released on Navona Records Tomorrow's Air CD
On September 8, 2017, Navona Records of New Hampshire, U.S.A released the orchestral CD, Tomorrow's Air, which includes Jarvlepp's string work In Memoriam. It was recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Petr Vronsky in Olomouc, Czech Republic. It is available worldwide through the Naxos distribution. Buy the entire album here, here and here. You can get the mp3 of In Memoriam for only 99¢ here.
Carillon pieces in concert
On July 18, 2017, Gordon Slater performed an all-Canadian carillon recital on the 53-bell Peace Tower Carillon, at the Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, Canada. Included in the program were Morning Music and Afternoon Music from the Time Traveller Suite.
Tarantella at Music and Beyond festival
Tarantella was performed on July 17, 2017 at the gala closing concert of the Music and Beyond festival by Marc Djokic, violin and Roddy Ellias, electric guitar. The event took place at at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, Ottawa.
Suite for Strings and the orchestral version of In Memoriam at Music and Beyond festival
On July 16, 2017, the Junior Thirteen Strings ensemble, conducted by Brigitte Amyot, performed the Suite for Strings and In Memoriam as part of the Ottawa Family Music Expo held on the University of Ottawa campus.
In Memoriam quintet version premiered at Music and Beyond festival
On July 11, 2017 In Memoriam was performed at the Music and Beyond festival by Marc Djokic, Jasper Wood, David Marks, Julian Armour and Paul Mach. The event took place at First Baptist Church, Ottawa as part of a Canada 150 concert.
In Memoriam string orchestra version premiered
The Junior Thirteen Strings ensemble, under the direction of Brigitte Amyot, gave the first performance of In Memoriam on June 30, 2017 at École Trille des Bois, Ottawa, Canada.
In Memoriam sheet music available from J. W. Pepper
The American music publisher J. W. Pepper is making available, at moderate price, the score and parts of In Memoriam either as paper parts delivered by mail or a digital print-it-yourself download. Details:
Premiere of Street Music for orchestra
On April 21, 2017, the Parkdale United Church Orchestra, under the direction of Angus Armstrong, gave the first performance of the orchestral version of Street Music in a concert entitled Canada's 150th: A Celebration of Canadian Composers. This piece started life as the last movement of the Symphony for Brass and Percussion which was also premiered by Armstrong conducting Capital Brassworks. The event took place at the Plant Recreation Centre, Ottawa. The next evening they performed it at their usual venue, Parkdale United Church, Ottawa. See the YouTube video of their performance:
National Orchestra of Mexico performs the Garbage Concerto
On March 17 and 19, 2017, the National Orchestra of Mexico, under the direction of Brazilian conductor Alexandra Arrieche, performed the Garbage Concerto at the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes), Mexico City. Tambuco were the featured soloists. This is the fourth orchestra in Mexico City to perform this piece.
Woodwind music in Lithuania
On May 10, 2016, bassoonist Igoris Kazlauskas performed woodwind music by Jan Jarvlepp in a chamber music concert at the LTMA Academic Theatre, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Lord's Prayer heard in Toronto church service
On May 8, 2016, St. Peter's Estonian Church used the Lord's Prayer setting in their church service. Margit Viia-Maiste conducted the church choir.
ONMC and CLC present a workshop including unfinished Jarvlepp piece
On April 9, 2016 at the MacOdrum Library of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ottawa New Music Creators and the Canadian League of Composers gave a workshop featuring new trios for the unusual combination of flute, tuba and piano. Included was an incomplete new work by Jan Jarvlepp. Performing were Casey Granofsky - flute, Andrew Nowry - tuba and Daniel Medizadeh - piano, also known as the Pft! Trio.
Light in Fog and Daylight premiered in Newfoundland
On March 30, 2016 trombonist Dale Sorensen and percussionist Rob Power gave the first performance of Light in Fog and Daylight at D. F. Cook Recital Hall, School of Music, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
Garbage Concerto in Brazil
On August 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2015, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero, performed the Garbage Concerto in Sala São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (including a free matinée concert). The Mexican ensemble Tambuco were the featured soloists. The program was broadcast on the radio.
All-Jarvlepp concert at the Music and Beyond Festival
On July 13, 2015, a program of Jan Jarvlepp's works was presented at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, Ottawa as part of the Music and Beyond Festival. Trio No. 3 was premiered.
Jan Jarvlepp interviewed by Apt 613 blog
Just before the July 13, 2015 concert, Curtis Perry interviewed Jan Jarvlepp for Apt 613.
The Jan Jarvlepp Channel is now on YouTube
Four videos that document the Jarvlepp@60 concert of January 4, 2013 are now on the Jan Jarvlepp Channel. Made the by the composer's 11-year-old daughter, Karen, they are her first video productions.
Woodwind Quintet in the Now Hear This festival in Edmonton
The 2015 Now Hear This festival, run by New Music Edmonton, presented the Woodwind Quintet on March 21, 2015 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Edmonton, Alberta. The players were Chenoa Anderson - flute, Beth Levia - oboe, Julianne Scott - clarinet, Allene Hackleman - horn and Matthew Howatt - bassoon. The core of this group is the oboe-clarinet-bassoon ensemble The Windrose Trio.
The Garbage Concerto returns home
After nineteen years of successful performances by several orchestras, conductors and percussion ensembles on four continents, the Garbage Concerto returned home to the orchestra that launched it in the first place. The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Alain Trudel, played part of this work on March 2, 2015 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The University of Ottawa Percussion Ensemble (Zachary Pulak, Dominique Moreau, Andrew Harris, Alec Joly Pavelich and Ken Simpson - instructor) were the featured soloists.
New piece for viola d'amore
Jennifer Thiessen gave the first performance of Blinded By Love for solo viola d'amore, a piece written for her. This took place on February 19, 2015 in the Kildare Room of St. Brigid's Centre in Ottawa, Canada in an event sponsored by the ONMC.
Follow the Leader in Wind Reading Project
The TYWO Metropolitan Winds, under the direction of Colin Clarke, read and recorded a demo of Follow the Leader on February 8, 2015 at St. Michael's College, Toronto. The event was sponsored by the Canadian Music Centre and the Ontario Band Association.
Jarvlepp scores now available online at J. W. Pepper's My Score web site
Starting October, 2014 with a handful of pieces, musicians around the world will be able to purchase Jan Jarvlepp scores either as digital downloads for home printing or in printed editions from the publishing giant J. W. Pepper of the USA. Now available are:
Moonscape in the 6th Commixtus Festival, France
On September 27, 2014, bassoonist Franck Leblois and electric guitarist Romulo Goncalves performed Moonscape as part of the 6th Commixtus International Festival of Chamber Music, which featured the music of "Les Amériques". The event took place at the salle des fêtes de Nonac in Nonac, France.
Orchestral Pierrot Solaire premiered in Spokane, USA
The Spokane Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Eckart Preu, gave the first performance of the orchestral version of Pierrot Solaire, which began life as a quintet. The concert took place on August 20, 2014 at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars as part of their Soirée on the Edge summer series. According to the conductor "the audience reception was overwhelming. People loved your music...a really positive and rather enthusiastic response."
Three Cello Duets premiered at Pressed Café
The first complete performance of Three Cello Duets took place on June 1, 2014 at the Pressed Café, Ottawa, Canada. Playing were cellists Raphael Weinroth-Browne and the composer. The concert was presented by Ottawa New Music Creators, Ottawa's new music organization. They repeated the duets at Jarvlepp's cello student recital which took place the same evening at Woodroffe United Church, Ottawa.
Saxophone Quartet in Texas
On May 30, 2014, the Liberty High School Saxophone Quartet performed Cadillac, the first movement of the Saxophone Quartet, as part of their Spring Band Concert. This took place at Liberty High School Auditorium, Frisco, Texas, USA. Performing were Luke Judd (soprano), Minsoo Shin (alto), Andrew Rodriguez (tenor), Spencer Roberts (bari and student director). Listen to their performance in the wind ensembles section:
Onix Ensemble plays Pierrot Solaire in Mexico
On May 19, 2014, the Onix Ensemble performed Pierrot Solaire at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Manuel M. Ponce Hall, Mexico City, Mexico. The players were Alejandro Escuer - flute, Edith Ruíz Zapeda - piano, Fernando Domínguez - clarinet, Abel Romero - violin and Edgardo Espinosa - cello.
String Quartet premiere in Edmonton
The Strathcona String Quartet gave the first performance of String Quartet No. 1 on March 23, 2014 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Edmonton, Canada. This performance was part of the New Music Edmonton Festival. The players were Jennifer Bustin and Shannon Johnson - violins, Laura Vreeze - viola, and Josephine van Lier - cello.
Tarantella in Australia
The Griffyn Ensemble presented Tarantella on February 21 and 22, 2014 in a concert entitled Chapter One - The Lost Mapmaker. The performances took place at the National LIbrary of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra, Australia with Chris Stone on violin and Michael Sollis on guitar. Artist Annika Romeyn drew while the musicians performed, producing a new work which was projected for the audience to see.
Garbage Concerto in Serbia
On December 6, 2013, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Fabrice Bollon, performed the Garbage Concerto at Kolarac Foundation Hall in Belgrade, Serbia in the concert series "Bizarrte". Studio Percussion Graz was the featured percussion ensemble. To see part of the performance:
Garbage Concerto in Mexico
On November 16 and 17, 2013, Tambuco performed the Garbage Concerto at Nezahualcoyotl Concert Hall (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico. The Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM was conducted by Iván López Reynoso. The performance was streamed live on the internet and very enthusiastically received by the audience. For more information:
See their exciting performance on YouTube:
Seagulls premiered in Gatineau
Flutist Jeffrey Ray Miller, alto flutist Pascale Margely and electric guitarist Jan Jarvlepp gave the premiere of Seagulls on October 11, 2013. The performance was part of a flute concert called Flûtes en fugue which took place at Salle Fernand-Graton in the Conservatory of Music in Gatineau, Québec, Canada.
Buoyancy in the Galliate Master Guitar Festival, Italy
On June 7, 2013 the composer's early electroacoustic work Buoyancy was the closing number in Concert II of this new music festival held in the Nineteenth Century Hall of Sforza Castle in Galliate, Italy. This event featured electronic and string instrument sounds which were distributed through multiple acousmatic loudspeakers controlled by Dante Tanzi.
Follow the Leader for elementary school band premiered
On May 16, 2013, the Broadview Avenue Public School Grade 7-3 band, under the direction of Ginger Jacobson, gave the first performance of Follow the Leader for elementary school band. The event took place in a spring concert held in the school's gymnasium. This piece was commissioned by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board as part of the Making Music Project administered by Prof. B. W. Andrews of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Education. What made this educational project unusual is that the students' input was solicited in order to make the kind of piece that interested them.
Lord's Prayer setting in church service
On April 28, 2013, Woodroffe United Church in Ottawa, Canada made use of Jan Jarvlepp's setting of the Lord's Prayer in their weekly church service. Music Director Katarina Jovics conducted the church's choir and an ensemble of congregation members which was joined by the composer on cello.
On January 4, 2013, the day after the composer's 60th birthday, The Composer Performs Series at GigSpace presented Jan Järvlepp and Friends in Jarvlepp@60. This unusual event, which was sponsored by the Canadian Music Centre, consisted of a one hour concert of Jan Jarvlepp's music followed by a question and answer session in which the audience participated. Performing were Pascale Margely - flute and piccolo, Lotta Lundsten - violin, Galina Rezaeipour - violin, Emmanuel Beaudet - viola, Armas Maiste - piano and Jan Järvlepp - cello and electric guitar.
Garbage Concerto in Chicago and Georgia
On December 21, 2012 the Garbage Concerto was performed at the 2012 Midwest Clinic by the Walton Symphony Orchestra directed by Perry Holbrook. This took place in Ballroom W375E at the Hyatt McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The same performers also played the piece at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia on December 10, 2012. To see their YouTube video, click here.
Moonscape in Thunder Bay
On December 6, 2012, Moonscape was performed at the Jean McNulty Recital Hall in The William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The players were Mike Kennedy - alto saxophone, and Daniel Witt - electric guitar.
Stellae Borealis performs Ping Pong Game
On November 24, 2012 the Stellae Boreaiis violin ensemble, organized into two "teams", performed the PIng Pong Game at Centretown United Church, Ottawa, Canada as part of their fundraising concert.
For more information: www.stellaeboreales.ca/
Woodwind Quintet in France
On September 28, 2012, le Quintette à vent Commixtus performed the Woodwind Quintet at the church of Villefagnan, France as part of the 2012 Commixtus Festival. The performers were Caroline Orzan - flute, Alice Clavel - oboe, Dominique Vincent - clarinet, Paul-Henri Astier - French horn and Franck Leblois - bassoon.
Two pieces at the Music and Beyond Festival
The third movement of the Atlantic Salmon Quintet was played by the Chamber Players of Canada at a special event called Music and Dining which blended musical selections with six courses of corresponding culinary selections. The performance of this piece was accompanied by Atlantic Salmon gravlax with gooseberry vinaigrette prepared by three of Ottawa's top chefs. The event took place on July 13, 2012 at Tabaret Hall, Ottawa. On July 14, Capital BrassWorks performed the last movement of the Symphony for Brass and Percussion in the auditorium of Technical High School in Ottawa. To see video, click here
Symphony for Brass and Percussion premiere
Capital BrassWorks, under the direction of Angus Armstrong, gave the first performance of the Symphony for Brass and Percussion on June 12, 2012 at Parkdale United Church, Ottawa. This work is a City of Ottawa Arts Grant commission.
The Chamber Players of Canada at Maxwell's Bistro
On March 19 and 20, 2012 the third movement of the Atlantic Salmon Quintet, Playing with Dice, was performed in the informal bar setting of Maxwell's Bistro in Ottawa, Canada. Performing were Marie Bérard - violin, Guylaine Lemaire - viola, Julian Armour - cello, John Geggie - string bass and Andrew Tunis - piano.
For more information: http://chamberplayers.ca/home_en.html
Ping Pong Game for Young Violinists
On December 17, 2011 violinists Nara Roske-Soda and Karen Jarvlepp gave the first performance of The Ping Pong Game at Trinity Anglican Church in Ottawa, Canada.
Sunset in Memphis
On December 12, 2011 the Luna Nova Ensemble presented Sunset in their Winter Concert at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The performers were Robert Patterson, French horn and David Carlisle, vibraphone.
Click here to listen to their performance: http://www.lunanova.org/podcasts/Sunset.mp3
Lament performed in San Diego
The 2011 Summer Chamber Music Festival presented Lament, the second movement of Quintet 2001, on July 7, 2011 in the French Parlor at Founder's Hall on the campus of the University of San Diego, USA. The performers were mandolinist Gary Payne, violinists Alyze Dreiling and Laura Welch, violist Sarah Welch and cellist Emily Balderrama.
Atlantic Salmon Quintet in Winnipeg
On June 9, 2011, the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society performed the Atlantic Salmon Quintet at the Muriel Richardson Auditorium in the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
More Music for Young Violinists
On May 22, 2011 violinists Nara Roske-Soda and Karen Jarvlepp gave the first performance of The Tennis Game at Sunnyside Wesleyan Church in Ottawa, Canada.
Music for Earth Day
On April 22, 2011 CBC Radio 2 broadcast nationally the Dance of the Wind movement from the Garbage Concerto as part of their Earth Day programming. This was on Tom Allen's FM program called Shift.
Suite for Strings in Toronto
On April 5, 2011, the Suite for Strings was performed at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto at an event called "Ping!" by the Earl Haig/Claude Watson String Ensemble of Toronto conducted by Alan Torok. They had previously performed this suite at the Kiwanis Festival on Feb. 23, 2011 at the Cardinal Carter Academy, Toronto. They had also performed two movements of the suite on Dec. 15, 2011 at the December Music Showcase held at the MacMillan Theatre in Toronto, and on Nov. 23, 2011 at Boris Brott's Orchestral Workshop held at Earl Haig Secondary School in Toronto. For more information:
Garbage Concerto in Phoenix
The Phoenix Symphony, under the direction of Joseph Young, performed the first movement of the Garbage Concerto in a Family Concert on March 19, 2011 at Phoenix Symphony Hall, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The solo players from Arizona State University were percussionists Brandon Blackburn, Joseph Drum, Jordan Millea, Matthew Hand and Joseph Perez . For more information:
Music for Young Violinists
On March 12, 2011 at Trinity Anglican Church, Ottawa, the first two pieces of the series Music for Young Violinists were premiered. The Return of the Batmobile and The Trek were performed by young violinists Nara Roske-Soda and Karen Jarvlepp accompanied by the composer on cello.
Saxophone Quartet at Café Paradiso
The University of Ottawa Saxophone Quartet played the Saxophone Quartet at Café Paradiso, Ottawa on February 7, 2011 as part of the Contemporary Revolution concert put on by the ONMC (Ottawa New Music Creators). Performing were Victor Herbiet - soprano sax and instructor, Jacob Armstrong - alto sax, Maxime Brisson - tenor sax, and Jeremy Mulder - baritone sax. Jarvlepp also took part in the concert as a cellist playing Evelyn Stroobach's Bereft with violinist Ralitsa Tcholakova.
For more information: http://public.onmc-cmno.ca/
New piece in string quartet workshop
The recently composed String Quartet No. 1 was featured in the Madawaska String Quartet's workshop of Nov. 1, 2010. It was held at Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto, Ontario.
Garbage Concerto in Scandinavia
The percussion ensemble trash.dk performed as soloists in the first movement of the Garbage Concerto in three Scandinavian cities in the fall of 2010. On October 20, it was performed by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra at the Malmö Concert Hall in Malmö, Sweden with Henrik Vagn Christensen conducting. On October 30, it was performed by the Aarhus Symphony under the direction of Peter Ettrup Larsen at the Musikhuset in Aarhus, Denmark. On November 20, the Odense Symphony Orchestra performed it with the same soloists and conductor Peter Ettrup Larsen in Carl Nielsen Hall, Odense, Denmark. See an excerpt on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP7wN4jZiw0
Garbage Concerto in Buffalo
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Matthew Kraemer, gave 14 performances of the first movement of the Garbage Concerto during the 2010-11 season starting on Sept. 16, 2010 and ending on May 25, 2011. The program's theme "Rehearse, Reuse, Recycle!" was directed at young listeners. Percussionists from the orchestra were featured as soloists in these concerts which took place at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA.
Twilight in Midsummer Concert
The Chamber Players of Canada included Twilight, the second movement of Quintet 2000 for celesta and string quartet, in the Midsummer Concert presented by the Canadian Nordic Society. The event took place on June 13, 2010 at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, Ottawa.
Garbage Concerto in Brazil
In 2010, the Tacap percussion quintet gave three performances of the Garbage Concerto in Belém, Brazil accompanied by the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro da Paz. On April 28, they performed it at the Centro de Convenções Benedito Nunes at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) with Enaldo Oliveira conducting. This was the Brazilian premiere of the piece. On April 29, the same performers played it at Teatro Maria Sylvia Nunes in the Estação das Docas (Docks Neighborhood). This was the closing performance of the Third Festa do Ritmo (Rhythm Festival), an annual percussion festival held in Belém. On June 13, the same soloists and orchestra performed the first movement of the concerto led by William LaRoue Jones at the Anfiteatro São Pedro Nolasco in the closing performance of the XXIII Festival Internacional de Música de Pará. See YouTube performance:
Garbage Concerto in student concerts
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Rosemary Thomson, gave nine performances of the first movement of the Garbage Concerto in a program for youngsters entitled Music for the Earth. The concerts took place in Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto on May 3, May 11, May 13, May 14, May 17, 2010, at various times. The percussion soloists, appearing to be a group of garbage collectors, were dressed in one-piece orange sanitation worker suits on loan from the City of Toronto. For more information visit:
Suite for Strings premiere
The Intermediate Strings of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy, directed by Pauline McCombe, gave the first performance of the Suite for Strings on May 2, 2010 in a Family Concert. The event took place at the Ottawa Technical Learning Centre, Ottawa. This four-movement work, intended for youth string orchestra, was commissioned by the Norman Burgess Memorial Fund, which is dedicated to promoting the composition of educational string works. For more information:
Viola and electric guitar music at 2010 Northwest Guitar Festival
Duo Verdejo (Meghan Verdejo, viola and Adrian Verdejo, guitar) performed Street Scene and Moonscape in a program of new music for viola and electric guitar at the 2010 Northwest Guitar Festival in Victoria, Canada. The concert took place on Saturday, April 10, 2010 in Wood Hall at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. See the performances on YouTube:
New quintet premiere
The Chamber Players of Canada gave the first performance of the Atlantic Salmon Quintet on March 8, 2010 at St. Andrew's Church, Ottawa. This new work was commissioned with a City of Ottawa Arts Grant 'A' and has the same instrumentation as Schubert's famous Trout Quintet. Radio Canada was on hand to record the work and they broadcast it across Canada on June 14, 2010. For more information:
Encounter in Columbus, Georgia
Percussionist Paul Vaillancourt and violist Maureen Gallagher performed Encounter on February 15, 2010 in a recital at Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Arts, Columbus, Georgia, USA.
Garbage Concerto returns to Mexico
La Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, under the direction of conductor Alfredo Ibarra, gave two performances of the Garbage Concerto at Sala Blas Galindo of the National Centre of the Arts (CENART) in Mexico City. They took place on November 28 and 29, 2009. Tambuco, Mexico's leading percussion ensemble, were the featured soloists. For more information: www.tambuco.org
To see a video of Tambuco: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg-bOh9GDu0
Garbage Concerto in Denmark
The Garbage Concerto was performed on October 22 and 23, 2009 in Aalborg, Denmark by the Aalborg Symfoniorkester conducted by Henrik Vagn Christensen. The featured soloists were the percussion ensemble trash.dk, who specialize in performing on percussion instruments made out of garbage.
For more information: www.trash.dk and www.aalborgsymfoniorkester.dk.
Trumpet Piece in recital
On April 13, 2009, Heidi Adams performed Trumpet Piece in her graduating trumpet recital at Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
Double Concerto premiere
The Gatineau Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Yves Léveillé, gave the first performance of the Double Concerto on March 21, 2009 at La Maison de la Culture in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Pascale Margely was the flute soloist and Frederic Hodgson the English horn soloist. The sold-out audience reacted enthusiastically to the new work. For more information: www.osgatineau.ca
Andersen Stories presented in Finnish
The Mikkeli Orchestra, directed by Pasi-Heikki Mikkola, gave both the Finnish language premiere and the string orchestra premiere of Three Stories by Hans Christian Andersen in a children's program. This was the first use of the new translation of these stories made by Liisa Türkeli especially for this music. The concert took place on November 13 and 14, 2008 at Martti Talvela Hall in Mikkeli, Finland. Actor Risto Kopperi was the story teller. For more information: http://www.mikkeli.fi/en/sisalto/16_orkesteri/01_aloitus/
Carillon music in Britain
Carillonneur Gerald Martindale performed Night Music in his recital of August 3, 2008 on the Loughborough Carillon at Queen's Park in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, UK. For more information: www.loughboroughcarillon.com
Bassoon music in France
Fou de Basson presented the bassoon version of Moonscape at their festival on June 28, 2008 at the musée d'Angoulême in Angoulême, France. Nicolas Raynaud played electric guitar and Franck Leblois played bassoon. For more information, please visit
Garbage Concerto in New York
On June 6, 2008, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, directed by the young Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra, gave the New York premiere of the Garbage Concerto in a performance featuring Tambuco, Mexico's leading percussion group. They played on a set of instruments made out of Mexican garbage that they previously used in a performance of the same piece in Mexico City. Each movement was enthusiastically applauded. The event took place at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, home of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and was followed by a gala reception. To read an interview with Kliment Krilovskiy of the POA, click below. For more information:
interview with the composer
Sunset performed in Chicago
On April 20, 2008, Accessible New Music presented Sunset at the Green Mill in Chicago. Robin Clevenger played horn and Matt Peters played vibraphone. For more information, please visit:
Saxophone Moonscape premiered
Alto Saxophonist Victor Herbiet teamed up with composer Jan Jarvlepp on electric guitar to give the first performances of the alto saxophone version of Moonscape. The Ottawa Chamber Music Society presented this event at Maxwell's Bistro, Ottawa on March 17 and 18, 2008. This was done in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre's "New Music in New Places" initiative.
Birthday Carillon Concert
To mark the 55th birthday of the composer, Dominion Carillonneur Gordon Slater performed Jan Jarvlepp's Evening Music and Night Music on the Peace Tower Carillon at Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Heard in the chilly -19 degree weather of January 3, 2008, the audience consisted mostly of tourists who pointed up at the bell tower in surprise as music issued forth into the winter air.
Garbage Concerto in Taiwan
The Taipei Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Argentinian conductor Alejo Perez, performed the Garbage Concerto with Ju Group as the featured soloists. They played on a set of instruments made from Taiwanese garbage. The concert took place in the National Concert Hall in Taipei on December 18, 2007 receiving very favorable reviews.
For more information:
Suite for Viola and Strings in Halifax
The Dalhousie Chamber Orchestra, featuring Philippe Djokic as viola soloist and conductor, performed the Atlantic Canada premiere of Suite for Viola and Strings. The event took place on November 30, 2007 at the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall in the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Quintet 2007 at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
On August 1, 2007, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival presented the first performance of Quintet 2007 for vibraphone and string quartet. The event took place at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa with J. S. Lacombe as the featured vibraphonist. This piece was the result of an Ontario Arts Council composition grant.
Third Cello Duet premiered
On June 9, 2007 at Woodroffe United Church, Ottawa, cellists Jan Jarvlepp and Kuniko Soda gave the first performance of Cello Duet No. 3 entitled "Rock'n'Roll" in a concert suitably called Cello Mania! This completes the premiere performances of the complete set of Three Cello Duets which were composed for Soda.
Pierrot Solaire performed at Maxwell's Bistro
On February 19 & 20, 2007, the Ottawa Chamber Music Society, under the artistic direction of Julian Armour, presented an informal concert of music by Ottawa composers at the popular nightclub Maxwell's Bistro. Included in the program was an exciting performance of Pierrot Solaire and the CBC was on hand to record it for national broadcast. This was part of the Canadian Music Centre's initiative for new music in new places.
Three Stories by Hans Christian Andersen premiered
The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival presented the first performance of Three Stories by Hans Christian Andersen for narrator and string ensemble. Composed for children, this piece includes the classic Andersen tales “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”, “The Little Match Girl” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. The composer has made new Canadian English versions of the texts based on old British English translations. The event took place on July 31st, 2006 at the Glebe Community Centre, Ottawa. The featured narrators were Lori Jean Hodge and Doreen Taylor-Claxton. The Little Match Girl was composed as part of a City of Ottawa Ottawa arts grant project.
Harmonia Choir presents Lord’s Prayer setting
Under the direction of Kurt Ala-Kantti, the Harmonia Choir performed Jan Jarvlepp’s setting of the Lord’s Prayer in a concert given at Rideau Park United Church, Ottawa on May 14, 2006. The choir was accompanied by piano and string quartet. For more information:
New Music in New Places
The Ottawa Chamber Music Society took part the Canadian Music Centre’s “New Music in New Places” project by presenting a concert of contemporary Canadian chamber music at Maxwell’s Bistro, Ottawa on March 20 and 21, 2006. Included in the program was the first movement of Jan Jarvlepp’s “Quintet 2000” for celesta and string quartet. The concert was recorded and broadcast by the CBC. For more information:
New Year starts with carillon music on the composer's birthday
To mark Jan Jarvlepp's birthday, Dominion Carillonneur Gordon Slater performed his Morning Music and Afternoon Music from Time Traveller on January 3rd, 2006. The event took place at Parliament Hill, Ottawa on the Peace Tower Carillon as part of a noon-hour recital.
Pierrot Solaire in Mexico
Ensamble Permutaciones performed Pierrot Solaire on December 15, 2005 in the Sala Xochipilli of Escuela Nacional de Música in Coyoacan, Mexico.
New Cello Duet premiered
Cellists Jan Jarvlepp and Kuniko Soda gave the first performance of Cello Duet No. 1 in a cello concert held at Woodroffe United Church, Ottawa on December 9, 2005.
Two guitars version of Guitar Piece premiered
The classical guitar duo of Keenan Comartin and Kieran Greeson gave the first performance of the two guitars version of Guitar Piece on November 30, 2005 at the University of Ottawa's Perez Hall, Ottawa.
"Jan Jarvlepp and Friends" toured the Ottawa area
Jan Jarvlepp and Friends gave three concerts featuring the music of Jan Jarvlepp, Mark Ferguson and Evelyn Stroobach. Performing were Pascale Margely - flute and piccolo, Frederic Hodgson - oboe, Mark Ferguson - piano, Scott Chancey - violin and viola, and Jan Jarvlepp - cello and guitar. The concerts took place on October 12, 2005 at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Gatineau, Gatineau, Québec, on October 23 at Kanata United Church, Kanata, Ontario, and on October 30 at St. Luke's Church, Ottawa. The October 23 concert included the premiere of Pre-Concert Announcement, a spoken text involving humour.
Shinkansen released on Japanese CD "Flutist from the East, vol. 4"
Flutist Kohei Nishikawa and the Nishikawa Ensemble of Japan are featured in a new recording on the Live Notes label entitled "Flutist from the East, vol. 4" (WWCC-7495). Included is Jan Jarvlepp's work Shinkansen, a piece commissioned by the Nishikawa Ensemble and first performed by them on their 2002 North American tour. The CD can be purchased by contacting Mr. Nishikawa directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quintet 2005 at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival presented the first performance of Quintet 2005 for bass clarinet and string quartet. The concert took place on August 2, 2005 at St. John's Church in Ottawa. The featured bass clarinetist was David Bourque of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This work was commissioned with an Arts Grant from the City of Ottawa specifically for this festival.
Time Traveller on Parliament Hill
In his series of summer recitals, Dominion Carillonneur Gordon Slater gave four performances of the four-movement Time Traveller suite for carillon. The music was played on the Peace Tour Carillon at Parliament Hill, Ottawa on July 5, July 20, August 4, and August 19, 2005.
Arthur LeBlanc Quartet plays Quintet 2003
On January 19th, 2005, guest violinist Nadine Theriault joined the Arthur LeBlanc Quartet in a performance of Quintet 2003 in a concert recorded by Radio Canada. The enthusiastically received event took place at the Theatre L'Escaouette in Moncton, NB, Canada as part of the Mercredi de musique de chambre series (MMC).
Nishikawa Ensemble premieres Procession and Auction
On November 17, 2004, the Nishikawa Ensemble (Kohei Nishikawa - piccolo, Hideko Nara - piano, Patrick Graham - percussion, and guest artist Jan Jarvlepp - cello) gave the first performance of Procession and Auction, a work composed especially for the group's North American tour. The concert took place before a full house at The Fourth Stage in Ottawa, Canada..
Enigmatica records Lament
Enigmatica, the mandolin ensemble under the direction of Marilynn Mair, has just released a CD containing Jan Jarvlepp's Lament. This piece, which is the second movement of Quintet 2001 for mandolin and string quartet, has been successfully arranged for mandolins by the group's leader. For more information on this eclectic and entertaining CD, go to: www.marilynnmair.com.
Quintet 2004 premiered at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, under the artistic direction of Julian Armour, presented the first performance of Quintet 2004 for harp and string quartet. Lori Gemmell was the featured harpist in this four-movement work. The event took place at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, Ottawa. The composition of this work was financially assisted by an Arts Grant from the City of Ottawa.
Earth Song and Lord's Prayer performed in Kanata
The Kanata Choral Society, under the direction of Gloria Jean Nagy, sang Earth Song and The Lord's Prayer at Glen Cairn United Church in Kanata, Ontario on May 8, 2004. In the prayer, the choir was accompanied by Carol Ann Cameron - flute, Kevin James - violin, Bill Smith - bass guitar, and Ursula Pidgeon - organ.
All-Jarvlepp Concert at the Winter Festival of Canadian Music
The Ottawa Chamber Music Society, under the artistic direction of Julian Armour, presented an all-Jarvlepp concert (the third such event to ever take place). The concert happened on January 10, 2004 as part of their Winter Festival of Canadian Music held at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa. Pascale Margely gave the first performance of Comet, a virtuosic flute piece written for her. Other works on the program were Sunset, Earth Song, Quintet 2003, Harpsichord Piece, Trio No. 2 and Pierrot Solaire.
Interview with music critic Richard Todd
an interview with Jan Jarvlepp appears in Richard Todd's own music-oriented web site http://www.opuspocus.ca. The tone is very conversational and informal giving a more personal glimpse of the composer than the composer's own web site.
Quintet 2003 at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
"Quintet 2003", a 21-minute work for three violins, viola and cello received its first performance at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival on August 5, 2003 at Tabaret Hall, Ottawa. The piece was commissioned with a grant from the Ontario Arts Council especially for this event.
Time Traveller on Parliament Hill
Carillonneur Gordon Slater performed the four-movement "Time Traveller" suite on July 9, July 24, August 8 and August 25, 2003 on the 53-bell Peace Tower Carillon at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada.
Saxophone Quartet at the Muskoka Lakes Festival
The Saxart saxophone quartet performed "Saxophone Quartet" on July 17, 2003 at the Muskoka Lakes Festival at the Port Carling Community Centre in Port Carling, Ontario.
Evening Music and Night Music at U.S. Carillon Festival
On June 5, 2003, carilloneur Gordon Slater performed "Evening Music" and "Night Music" at the 42nd International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois, USA. He played on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park.
Dance Works presents Trio No. 2 in Memphis
On May 16, 2003, Dance Works performed "Trio No. 2" with choreography by Judith Davies assisted by Dance Works students who were also performers. Staging was by Karen J. Zissoff and the musicians were Andra Hawk - piccolo, Jonathan Kirksey - cello, and Lenny Schranze - viola. The event, which took place at the Southwest Tennessee Community College Theater in Memphis, was part of their 16th annual Open House. The same choreography had already been presented on April 26 and 27, 2003 at the same venue as part of National Dance Week by the same performers with the exception of Michelle Fine on viola.
Suite for Viola and Strings at CMC Reading Session
On May 8th, 2003, The Canadian Music Centre presented a reading workshop in which "Suite for Viola and Strings" was rehearsed and then performed. The event took place at St. Andrew's Church in Ottawa. The event was not a formal concert but rather an open rehearsal followed by a performance that was recorded for demo use.
Encounter performed in Cleveland
Violist Arthur Klima and percussionist Andrew Pongracz performed "Encounter" in a viola recital held on March 22, 2003 at Drinko Recital Hall on the Cleveland State University campus in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Klima is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Second performance of Quintet 2000
"Quintet 2000" for celesta and string quartet, originally composed for the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, received its second performance on January 21, 2003 in a concert of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society entitled "Ottawa in the 21st Century". The event took place at Tabaret Hall in Ottawa and was recorded for broadcast by the CBC. Participating were violinists Martin Riseley and David Stewart, violist Guylaine Lemaire, cellist Julian Armour and celesta player Jean Desmarais.
New Lord's Prayer setting heard
On December 15, 2002 The Ottawa Finnish Singers presented Jan Jarvlepp's new setting of the Lord's Prayer accompanied by an instrumental quartet. It took place at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Ottawa during a service of the St. Michael's Finnish Lutheran Congregation.
Quintet 2002 at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
On August 6, 2002, the first performance of Quintet 2002 for English horn and string quartet was heard at Tabaret Hall as part of the Ottawa Chamber Music festival. Participating were Philippe Magnan - English horn, Mark Friedman and Leah Roseman - violins, Sally Benson - viola and Carole Sirois - cello.
Alabama Youth Orchestra plays Camerata Music
On March 24, 2002 the Huntsville Youth Orchestra of Huntsville, Alabama, under the direction of Viljar Puu Weimann, performed Camerata Music at the Estonian House Hall in Toronto. This concert was part of their trip to Canada where they were guests of the Mississauga Youth Orchestra. Weimann has previously conducted this work in the USA.
Concerto 2000 in Ottawa
On January 28, 2002, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra under David Currie performed "Concerto 2000" at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Robert Cram was the featured flute soloist. For more details consult: www.ottawasymphony.com.
Birthday Carillon Performance
On January 3, 2002, Jan Jarvlepp's birthday, carillonneur Gordon Slater performed his Evening Music and Night Music from the Time Traveller Suite on the 53-bell carillon of the Peace Tower at the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Canada.
Nishikawa Ensemble premieres Shinkansen
On January 19, 2002, the Nishikawa Ensemble of Japan, with guest cellist Jan Jarvlepp, gave the first performance of Jan Jarvlepp's Shinkansen, a work commissioned by the ensemble. The event took place in the Freiman recital hall at the University of Ottawa's Perez Hall. Also on the program was Jarvlepp's Tarantella, heard in its piccolo and electric guitar version with composer on guitar and Kohei Nishikawa on piccolo. These two works were repeated in Montreal on January 31, 2002 at the Frontenac Cultural Centre along with a performance by Arashi Daiko who did an East/West fusion with the Nishikawa Ensemble and Jan Jarvlepp on electric guitar. On January 24, the Nishikawa Ensemble and Jan Jarvlepp played his Tarantella and Moonscape at St. George the Martyr Church in Toronto as well as a group of Japanese pieces including a trio by Takahashi with Jan Jarvlepp on cello.
Garbage Concerto in Mexico
The Tambuco percussion ensemble performed the "Garbage Concerto" in Mexico City on December 1-2, 2001 with the Mexico City Philharmonic conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto. They used a custom set of percussion instruments made of Mexican garbage.
Suite for Viola and Strings premiere
On Sunday, November 25, 2001, the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra under the direction of David Thies-Thompson presented the premiere performance of the "Suite for Viola and Strings". This piece was specially composed for Kevin James who was the featured viola soloist. The event took place at the Glebe Community Centre, Ottawa.
Garbage Concerto in Switzerland
On October 17 and 18, 2001 the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester performed the "Garbage Concerto" in the Salle blanche at Lucerne, Switzerland. Jonathan Nott conducted and soloists were Daniel Bertschi, Raphael Christen, Michael Erni, Fabian Stofer and Erwin Bucher.
Quintet 2001 at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival 2001 presented the first performance of "Quintet 2001" for mandolin and string quartet on July 30, 2001. Richard Green was the featured mandolinist. The work was commissioned for this event with a grant from the Laidlaw Foundation.
Gordon Slater performs Time Traveller
On July 2, July 23, August 6 and August 20, 2002, carilloner Gordon Slater performed Time Traveller, Jan Jarvlepp's four-movement suite of carillon pieces composed for Slater, on the Peace Tower carillon at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada.
Street Scene premiere on Feb. 11, 2001
Kevin James, viola and Jan Jarvlepp, electric guitar gave the first performance of Jan Jarvlepp's "Street Scene" in an Espace Musique concert held in the Rideau Chapel of the National Gallery in Ottawa.
Concerto 2000 premiered on November 4, 2000
Flutist Pascale Margely gave the first performance of Jan Jarvlepp's "Concerto 2000" for flute and symphony orchestra which was commissioned for her with a Canada Council grant. Yves Léveillé conducted the Hull Conservatory Orchestra for the capacity audience at the Église Saint-Benoît-Abbé in Hull.
Quintet 2000 at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival
The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival presented the first performance of "Quintet 2000" for celesta and string quartet, a Canada Council commission. The event took place on August 1, 2000 at St. John's Anglican Church in Ottawa and was received by an enthusiastic capacity audience.
Flights of Fancy CD available June, 2000!
Pierrot Solaire, Saxophone Quartet, Trio No. 2, Tarantella, Robot Dance and Overture - all composed by Jan Jarvlepp - are available on this independent J&W CD (#001). It was digitally recorded and has a playing time of over 67 minutes.
Jan Jarvlepp and Friends at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, 2000
During June 16 to 25, Pascale Margely - piccolo and flute, Kevin James - viola, and Jan Jarvlepp - electric guitar and bass guitar, gave six performances of their show "Robot Dance" at the Ottawa Fringe Festival . On the program was Robot Dance, Moonscape, and Tarantella by Jan Jarvlepp and works by Philip Glass, Luciano Berio, Kelsey Jones, Silvio Palmieri and Harry Somers. The first performance of the piccolo and electric guitar version of Tarantella was heard.
May 13, 2000 Earth Song in Ottawa
The Centennial Choir directed by James Caswell gave the first performance of Jan Jarvlepp's first choral piece Earth Song which has words attributed to U.S. Indian Chief Seattle (but actually by Ted Perry). The performance took place at St. Anne's Church in Ottawa.
April 24, 2000 Stockholm
International release of Garbage Concerto on BIS CD-1052 coupled with the Rock Symphony by Imants Kalnins of Latvia. The Kroumata percussion ensemble and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lan Shui are the performers. The soloists play on their special set of percussion instruments made out of recycled garbage from Stockholm. For more information, check out new releases at www.bis.se.
Winter, 2000 Toronto
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, directed by Boris Brott, gave five
performances of the first movement of Jarvlepp's Garbage Concerto in their concert series for students. Feedback from teachers and students has been very positive.
Gordon Slater performs Morning and Afternoon Music
Morning and Afternoon Music for carillon were performed by Gordon Slater on the carillon of the Peace Tower at the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Oct 6, 1999
The Singapore Symphony conducted by Lan Shui gave two very successful performances of the Garbage Concerto with Sweden's excellent Kroumata ensemble as featured soloists. That was followed by recording sessions during which BIS's recording team made a beautiful 20-bit recording of their exciting performance. The composer gave a pre-concert lecture to prepare interested listeners for the piece as well as a radio interview.
Gordon Slater performs Time Traveller three times
The four-movement Time Traveller suite for carillon was performed by Gordon Slater on the carillon of the Peace Tower at the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Canada on July 15, August 4, and August 26, 1999.
Rehearsals and recording sessions of Dilemma, Saxophone Quartet, Trio No. 2, and Overture took place in various locations. Commencement of the composition of Concerto 2000.
May 27, 1999
The Ayorama Wind Quintet gave the first performance of Jan Jarvlepp's Overture, a Laidlaw Foundation commission. The event took place at an Espace Musique concert of Ottawa Composers held at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Jan Jarvlepp resigned as Music Director of Espace Musique after having held that position for six and a half years so that he could commit more time to composition.
February 4, 1999
Jan Jarvlepp and Friends travelled to Montreal to present a program of new music at Concordia University's Concert Hall. Participating were Pascale Margely, Kevin James, Jan Jarvlepp as well as soprano Louise Yard and pianist Isabelle Roszycki of Montreal who rounded out the program with new works by John Winiarz. Jarvlepp gave a lecture to music history students on the topic of "From Minimalism to Postmodern."
Selected earlier events:
Jan Jarvlepp and Friends at the Fringe Festival
In the summer of 1998, Jan Jarvlepp and Friends put on six concerts as part of Ottawa's Fringe Festival. Participating were Pascale Margely - flute and piccolo, Kevin James - viola, James Wright - piano, Angela Casagrande - oboe, and the composer - cello and electric guitar. These concerts preceded recording sessions of some of the same works.
Jan Jarvlepp named Music Director of Espace Musique
From January, 1993 to the summer of 1999, Jan Jarvlepp was the music director of Espace Musique, Ottawa's new music concert presenter. During this period the concert season grew to eight concerts per season and many premieres were presented. The organization also moved its concert venue from the Museum of Nature's Salon to the more professional venue of the National Gallery Auditorium. He left in order to have adequate time to compose his two commissioned works, Concerto 2000 and Quintet 2000, during the summer of 1999 in order to have them ready for the year 2000.
All-Jarvlepp concert at Carleton University
On January 26, 1996, a program of Jan Jarvlepp's works was presented in Carleton University's noon hour concert series held at the Alumni Theatre. Under the artistic direction of guitarist Wayne Eagles, the program consisted of Robot Dance, Moonscape, Trio No. 1, Dream and Pierrot Solaire. This was the second all-Jarvlepp concert to take place.
Pierrot Solaire premiered
On November 24, 1994, the quintet Pierrot Solaire was first performed at the Music Gallery in Toronto, Canada by the Denis Schingh Ensemble, for whom it was written. They also repeated it on several occasions. This has become Jarvlepp's most frequently performed chamber work and was later arranged for orchestra.
Moon Flowers concert at SAW Gallery
On April 10, 1994, a contemporary music concert took place at the SAW Gallery in the Artscourt Building, Ottawa. The program included the premieres of Moonscape and Music from Mars by Jan Jarvlepp as well as premieres of works by John Winiarz and Alyssa Ryvers.
Garbage Concerto developed over four years
One sunny day during the summer of 1992, Jan Jarvlepp looked at the jars and cans in the blue recycling box in his kitchen and said to himself "I could do something with this." So he quickly pulled out 27 metal cans, as well as several glass containers and plastic bottles (a testament to his bachelor lifestyle diet), and began testing them with a drum stick. He quickly decided to reject most of these since many sounded poor. Arbitrarily he decided to use five of each category since there are five lines in a musical staff. For the same reason he decided to assign the parts to five solo players. Thus a garbage consort was formed with five players specializing in glass jars, metal cans, plastic bottles, a metal can maraca and the blue box as a bass drum. He described his experiments to Ottawa Symphony Orchestra conductor David Currie who, as it turned out, was looking for a piece to feature the percussion section of the orchestra. So it was agreed that Jarvlepp would compose a percussion ensemble concerto for the orchestra. A composition grant application was made to the Laidlaw Foundation resulting in funding for the project.
First all-Jarvlepp concert
On January 10, 1993, the Open Score new music series presented the first concert of Jan Jarvlepp's works in the Salon of the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa. Under the artistic direction of soprano Paula Quick, the program included the premieres of Life in the Fast Lane, Encounter and Underwater, which featured Quick as vocalist. This well-attended event, which followed the composer's 40th birthday, was recorded for broadcast by the CBC and was reviewed by the Ottawa Citizen.
J&W record label formed
One dreary November Day in Montreal in 1985, Jan Jarvlepp and his composer friend John Winiarz were sitting in Ben's Delicatessen wondering how they could get their music heard. The CBC was was not broadcasting their music and record companies were not recording their music. Finally, the solution seemed to be to take matters into one's own hands by starting a record company. Thus, the Jarvlepp and Winiarz recording label was born - J & W Records. So they both decided to purchase some AKG studio microphones, Sony digital recorders and assorted cables and microphone stands and began making recordings of their works. The first release was a cassette called Chronogrammes (1986) with works by Winiarz on one side and works by Jarvlepp on the other. Solo cassettes by each composer followed. It was prohibitively expensive to release recordings in the new compact disk format at this time so initial releases were in the cassette format. CDs followed in the 1990s.
New Music Concerts premieres Time Zones
On February 19, 1984, New Music Concerts of Toronto, conducted by Robert Aitken, gave the premiere of Time Zones, Jarvlepp's last modernist atonal piece. The event took place at Hart House, Toronto and was recorded by the CBC.
Jan Jarvlepp abandons modernism and atonality for newer postmodern style
Having finished formal academic studies, Jan Jarvlepp returned to Ottawa from California and took a break from composition for several months. He immediately joined the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the Nepean Symphony Orchestra and began playing gigs around town and teaching cello. After a chance encounter with carillonneur Gordon Slater during the summer of 1982, he began to write a piece for the carillon at Slater's invitation. The result was a simple melodic, tonal piece named Night Music, with which he said goodbye to modernism forever. This ended up being a pivotal turning point for the composer. Not only did he establish tonality in his post-academic music, but at Slater's suggestion he used the octatonic scale which suits the acoustics of carillon bells. Jarvlepp then took that harmonic/melodic concept to other instruments while creating his own neo-tonal postmodern style. He combined that experience with knowledge from Ernö Lendvai's book on Bartok's use of octatonic scales and tritonal poles to develop his own musical language, a process which continues to the present day.
Jan Jarvlepp completes doctoral studies at UCSD
Jan Jarvlepp completed his doctorate in September, 1981 having specialized in composition and 20th century music with a special interest in the temporal aspect of music. His composition Time Zones was a key work in his studies. While in San Diego, the slow movement of his Cello Concerto, Fog, was first performed in the Atomic Café student series and his Trumpet Piece was discussed and demonstrated at Prof. Edwin Harkins' trumpet workshop.
Premieres at McGill University
Three premieres of Jan Jarvlepp's works took place at Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montreal. Buoyancy was first heard on April 27, 1977, Flotation on April 6, 1978 and Transparency on March 2, 1978 in a performance by the McGill Percussion Ensemble directed by Pierre Béluse. The electro-acoustic works Buoyancy and Flotation were created in the McGill Electronic Music Studio. After he moved to California, his Lento for string quartet was premiered on April 13, 1979 in a chamber music concert arranged by his former cello teacher Gisela Depkat, also at McGill University.
First performance of Jan Jarvlepp's "classical" music
On February 26, 1976, Ice for string orchestra and metal percussion received its first performance by the University of Ottawa Orchestra under the direction of Françoys Bernier. The event took place at the University of Ottawa's Odeon Theatre, now the Alumni Theatre. Rehearsals had gone badly and the piece actually fell apart during the dress rehearsal. However, for the concert everyone smartened up and the performance was surprisingly a great success. Not only was the audience, his family, his professors - including Jarvlepp's composition professor Luis de Pablo, the conductor and the orchestra players surprised, but the composer himself was very surprised at the sudden success of this piece.
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