Michael Park Workshop
Saturday, September 30 from 10 am–2 pm
Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie St. Vancouver
Admission by donation at the door
Vancouver Pro Musica invites all composers to attend this workshop, featuring Sonic Boom 2018's Featured Artist, pianist-composer Michael Park. This event is designed to help prepare composers for writing new works for the Sonic Boom 2018 concert festival in March. There will be the opportunity to have brief sketches (up to 3 minutes of music) read by Michael Park.
This workshop will serve as an opportunity to learn more about extended technique and writing for piano, and an introduction to the concept of a speaking pianist. For more information on the Sonic Boom Festival or to submit a score, please visit our call for scores.
About the Artists: Michael Park
Michael Park is a composer and pianist with a keen interest in speech, humour, and collaboration. His music aims to give audiences an experience beyond the realm of traditional concert-going. Heralded for his innovative projects, his Ted Talk Experiencing Disease Through Music has been described as moving, haunting, and an amazing translation of the disease [Alzheimer's]. His opera, Diagnosis: Diabetes was awarded the Gold Medal and BMO Advocacy Award at the 2013 Boston Metro Opera's International Composer Competition.
Michael completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at The University of British Columbia, graduate studies at The University of Western Ontario (2009), and undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba (2007). His principal composition teachers include Dorothy Chang, Omar Daniel, Peter Paul Koprowski, Gordon Fitzell, and Orjan Sandred.
An accomplished pianist, Michael’s experiences with improvisation and multi-disciplinary collaboration led him to studies in composition. He regularly performs his own works, as well as those of his colleagues and continues to collaborate with a wide variety of artists, including dancers, poets, visual artists, and musicians.
He is co-founder of Art Song Lab, an innovative program that teams composers with poets. Michael is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre, pianist with Erato Ensemble, and sits on the board of directors for Redshift Music Society.
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