Spanning Tree

September, 2020 Online Now

Spanning Tree By Michael Oesterle

Bill Linwood, solo percussion
Recorded August 20, 2020
University of Victoria Farquhar Auditorium  

Michael Oesterle, Spanning Tree (2013-14) 

Born in 1968, Michael is a Canadian composer who currently lives in Deux-Montagnes Québec. In his introduction to the piece, Michael writes “A tree grows toward the sun, spanning the distance between itself and the light—each branch, each new angle reaching forward. In mathematics the branches of the spanning tree never grow back on themselves, never interfere with the light or each other, or, more accurately: “A tree is a connected undirected graph with no cycles.” It is a spanning tree of a graph if it includes every vertex (every corner) of the graph and every edge in the tree belongs to it. In reality (or art), the branches may not be straight, they might just sustain themselves beyond supportability, endure past simple logic or usefulness, exceeding the limits of prescribed space and ownership, straining to become something new.” 


November 2020 Online NOW

Aventa’s virtual 2020/21 concert season continues with the music of two remarkable composers, Finland’s Kaija Saariaho alongside Canada’s Gilles Tremblay.

Aventa presents Saariaho and Tremblay

University Centre Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria November 1, 2020

0:00 – Kaija Saariaho, Laconisme de l’aile (1982)
Mark McGregor, solo flute

10:51 – Gilles Tremblay, Solstices (1971)
Aventa Ensemble
Mark McGregor, flute
AK Coope, clarinet
Darnell Linwood, horn
Darren Buhr, double bass
Karl Williams, percussion I
Aaron Mattock, percussion II
Bill Linwood, conductor

Vancouver’s Mark Takeshi McGregor is a passionate advocate for expanding both the Canadian and international flute repertoire, resulting in new works for solo flute, chamber music, and concertos. A prolific recording artist, Mark Takeshi McGregor has appeared on the Centrediscs and Redshift record labels and in 2020 was the winner of the Western Canadian Music Award “Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year” for his album, Lutalica.

Kaija Saariaho is a prominent member of a group of Finnish artists who are making a worldwide impact. The spoken text for her 1982 work, “Laconisme de l’aile”, is based on a fragment of a poem by French poet Saint-John Perse (1887 – 1975), from a collection entitled Oiseaux (Birds):

Ignorants de leur ombre, et ne sachant de mort que ce qui s’en consume d’immortel au bruit lointain des grandes eaux, ils passent, nous laissant, et nous ne sommes plus les mêmes. Ils sont l’espace traversé d’une seule pensée. 

Ignorant of their shadow, knowing of death only that immortal part which is consumed in the distant clamour of great waters, they pass and leave us, and we are no longer the same. They are the space traversed by a single thought.

One of Canada’s foremost composers, Gilles Tremblay travelled an exemplary route. The Quebec pianist and composer never stopped pushing back the frontiers of his research. His contribution to contemporary music is remarkable, distinguished as it is by an exceptional open-mindedness and a keen awareness of the very nature of sound. “Solstices” is essentially a game of music based on the four seasons. The overall feeling of the interpretation is influenced by the time of year the work is performed. This performance is influence by the Fall season with the decomposition of sounds realized by harmonics, parasitic noises, white noises and other extended techniques. While the double bass is responsible for Fall, each of the wind instruments are given a season of their own. The flute takes the lead in Spring with lively outbursts of melody and interjection, the clarinet continues with summer in the “music of insects” and the horn brings the icy coldness of winter.

Life Emerging

December 2020 Online performance 

Marcus Goddard – Life Emerging

Hitchcock Études

January 2020 Online performance

Aventa Ensemble
Solo flute, Mark McGregor
Solo horn, Darnell Linwood

Morlock, “Stone’s Throw”

Magnanensi, “Ethuia V”

Nicole Lizée, “Tarantino Études” / Hitchcock Études

VOI (rex)

 February 2020 Online performance 

Aventa Ensemble

Gilles Tremblay…le sifflement des vents, porteurs de l’amour…,

Sørensen – Deserted Churchyard

David Eagle – As Mountain Winds

Gilles Tremblay, Le signe du Lion

Leroux – VOI (rex)

March and April programs to be announced…