Elsewhereless, Oct. 17, 2011
Couples, Doubles, Pairs, June 11 2009 New York City (Scandinavia House)
Couples, Doubles, Pairs was commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
Rodney Sharman lives in Vancouver, BC. He has served as Composer in Residence with the Victoria Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to concert music, Rodney Sharman writes music for cabaret, opera and dance. He works regularly with choreographer James Kudelka, for whom he has written scores for Oregon Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. Recent premieres include Notes on “Beautiful”, a transformation of music by Stephen Sondheim for New York pianist Anthony de Mare, and Violin Concerto for Jonathan Crow.
Prelude to elsewhereless
Prelude to elsewhereless (2011) is an adaptation of the orchestral interlude to scene 4 of Sharman’s 1998 opera elsewhereless. The work was completed in the summer of 2011 and is dedicated to Aventa’s concertmaster, Muge Buyukcelen.
Couples, Doubles, Pairs (2009) was commissioned by the A•DEvantgarde Festival with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts. The work is scored for horn and strings and is riddled with structural games, strategies and ambiguities. The intended sound world is, however, sensual and fragile; all sustained notes on the horn and strings are played on natural harmonics, the horn played as a “natural” horn”. – Rodney Sharman