Toward the Sea
May 13th, 2018
Beechwood NATIONAL MEMORIAL CENTRE, 280 Beechwood Ave.
featuring ONMC's autumn call-for-scores winners: KASIA CZARSKSI, DEREK HOREMANS, and SEAN CLARKE.
Toward the Sea is the final concert of the 2017-18 series presented by Ottawa New Music Creators, featuring new and existing Canadian works for flute, harp, and piano performed by projet iso. The programme will showcase composers representing five different Canadian provinces, including beautiful works by Derek Charke, Jocelyn Morlock, Alexandre David, and world premieres by local ONMC-selected composers Kasia Czarski, Derek Horemans, and Sean Clarke. We hope you can join us for this special Mother's Day afternoon concert celebrating new music from Ottawa and across Canada.
Where: Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave.
When: May 13 2018
projet iso, a performance collective focusing on unconventional mixed chamber music, strives to expand the repertoire by commissioning new works by Canadian composers. Founders Robin Best and Jeffrey Stonehouse have been collaborating together since 2010 and have performed together for Productions Berrisque, the Wilfrid Laurier Concerts at Noon Series, and L’Oasis Musicale.
Flutist Jeffrey Stonehouse is an ardent supporter of Canadian new music active as a chamber and orchestral musician in Montreal. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble Paramirabo, a new music group formed in 2010 whose mandate is to promote music by emerging Canadian and Québecois composers. With Ensemble Paramirabo, Stonehouse has performed across Canada and the USA and premiered over 30 works and recorded the album ‘Autoportrait.’ He holds degrees from McGill University (MMus 2011), Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal (Prix aver grande distinction, 2009) and Wilfrid Laurier University (BMus, BMT, 2007). His most influential teachers include Marie-Andrée Benny, Denis Bluteau and Dr. Amy Hamilton. He has appeared as a soloist at Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival (Winnipeg, MB), Mise-en Festival (New York City) and the Chrysanthemums and Maple Leaves Festival (Vancouver, BC). Stonehouse has performed concertos with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, K-W Chamber Orchestra and l’Orchestre Métropolitaine du Grand Montréal. In 2011, Stonehouse was awarded the performer prize at the soundSCAPE International New Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy. As an orchestral freelancer, he has performed with with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, l’Orchestre Métropolitaine du Grand Montréal, I Musici and Trois-Rivières, Laval, Drummondville and Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestras and the Sinfonia de Lanaudière. From 2009 – 2011 Stonehouse was artistic director of Productions Berrisque which produced chamber music concerts in alternative venues in Montreal. In addition to Ensemble Paramirabo, Stonehouse performs with soprano Sarah Albu forming the duo Altra Voce and harpist Robin Best as co-founder of the projet iso collective. Stonehouse has performed on film soundtracks for Louis Cyr and Hot Dog and can be heard on the Naxos and Centredisc labels. A passionate pedagogue, Stonehouse operates a private home studio and conducts the Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de la Montérégie.
Robin Best, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, has been playing the harp for 15 years. Her studies began on the celtic harp with Mary Muckle in Ottawa, and continued with the pedal harp beginning in 2001. Orchestrally, Robin has performed with the Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Gatineau, Longueuil and Drummondville Symphony Orchestras, I Musici de Montreal, La Sinfonia de Lanaudière, The Banff Centre Opera Orchestra, all the ensembles of McGill University, and has twice been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Robin holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance and an Artist Diploma from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she studied with Montreal Symphony principal harpist Jennifer Swartz, and studied for one semester at the Glenn Gould School with Judy Loman. She also holds a Performer Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald.
Robin is now based in Montreal and Ottawa, where she is making her career as an orchestral, chamber and solo performer, as well as maintaining a private studio of harp students.