A new piece for Clarinet and Double Bass! The Rest of Night, is being premiered on Wednesday Dec. 16th in Winnipeg by GroundSwell – and the performers are two amazing Winnipeg players Micah Heilbrunn and Meredith Johnson. The upcoming concert Arctic Dreams also has works by Christos Hatzis, Derek Charke (my great teacher from Acadia University), Anthony Genge, Garth Hardy, and Jim Hiscott. If you’re in the ‘Peg, come check out the show!
Wednesday December 16, 8pm, Winnipeg Art Gallery
From mid-April to mid-August, the sun still sets in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, but dips only briefly under the horizon before rising back up. At this latitude (62°N), the short hours between sunset and sunrise move through three kinds of twilight – civil, nautical and astronomical – each with different qualities of hue and luminosity. The twilight lasts for the rest of the night until the sun begins to climb again, giving the impression that the night is gone – perhaps sleeping, resting, perhaps dreaming of its return at the end of summer.
Rest of Night is connected to patterns and shapes found in data about the changes in light and darkness during this period, as well as sonic impressions of the quality of different luminosities and colours from this time of year.
This piece was commissioned by GroundSwell and supported by funds from the NWT Arts Council. Thanks to the Arts Council and GroundSwell for helping me create this piece.