#MusicMonday John Burke


For the next few #MusicMonday Posts I'll be sharing some more information about the composers of pieces we are currently working on for our next set of concerts. I will start with John Burke the composer of Stealth for bass clarinet and marimba. As I mentioned before Stealth was commissioned for Lori Freedman and Sal Ferreras and if you would like more information on them check out the post from February 19. 

John Burke is an Ontario composer who studied at McGill University, McMaster University, as well as in France. He has taught at McGill, MacMaster as well as University of Victoria and has been awarded numerous commissions. For more details on his biography check out his biography on the Canadian Music Centre website. 

Check out Remember Your Power, a recording of pieces by John Burke through Naxos.

#MusicMonday Lori Freedman and Sal Ferreras

Kevin and I have a number of pieces in the works including Stealth by Canadian Composer John Burke. This piece is for bass clarinet and marimba and was commissioned in 1991 by Sal Ferreras and Lori Freedman. I had heard about Lori Freedman but before now had not done any real research. I'm sorry I waited this long. Lori Freedman is a powerhouse in the new music scene, especially when it comes to big clarinets such as bass and contra bass clarinets.

Kevin knew about Sal Ferreras before now but I didn't. He is an educator, performer, blogger and public speaker. He has performed on many recordings including recordings with the CBC Radio Orchestra. 

Please check out their videos, websites and blogs to find out more you will not be disappointed!