‘Lava fields covered in blankets of moss’ - Premiere of the Month: Slow growth

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What would moss sound like as music?

‘I grew up in Iceland, where there are lots of lava fields covered in thick blankets of soft moss. Translating this into music is a challenge I’ve enjoyed,’ says Icelandic-Canadian composer Fjóla Evans about her new pieceMoss for two-cello string quintet. The work will be premiered in a concert curated by Evans herself, alongside repertoire ranging from Grieg to Ligeti, and contemporary to folk.

The concert celebrates the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto’s 125th anniversary. Its artistic director – and Evans’s former cello teacher – Simon Fryer approached Evans with the concert idea. The season will reflect different eras of the club’s history, while the programme, and new work, are ‘not just forward looking, but reflect on my musical past and influence,’ Evans says…

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