Premieres and Commissions

In a continuing commitment to Canadian repertoire, Aventa presented 25 Canadian works and 10 premieres over the current season. International highlights included premieres from Michael Finnissy and a week-residency with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as the ensemble presented the world premiere of his 2011 work Stormwatch, Stormfall.  Our upcoming season features new works from Canadian composers James Rolfe and Christopher Butterfield, as well as the September premiere of Gavin Bryars’ opera Marilyn Forever.  Commissions in development in include new works UK’s Michael Finnissy and Canadian composers Allison Cameron and Gregory Lee Newsome.

Aventa – directed by Bill Linwood, has a knack for putting complementary compositions together. For those of us who think contrast is overrated, their programs are a treat.” – Globe and Mail

British Columbia composers

Christopher Butterfield
Parc
premiere: Mar. 9, 2014 Victoria BC – Aventa Ensemble with Rick Sacks, percussion
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Dániel Péter Biró
Mishpatim – Laws III – Masked Shadows  
premiere: Apr. 6, 2010 Victoria BC – Aventa Ensemble with Noa Frenkel, alto / Olaf Tzschoppe, percussion
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Jennifer Butler
under bleak skies  premiere: Dec. 4, 2012 Vancouver Aquatic Centre

Justin Christensen, Hand I used to hold  premiere: Nov. 1 2011

Wolf Edwards
Altus premiere: Feb. 23, 2005 – Victoria BC
Commissioned with the support of the British Columbia Arts Council

Giorgio Magnanensi
Quid  premiere: Dec. 4, 2012 Vancouver Aquatic Centre
ethuiá V  premiere: April 13, 2008 Darnell Linwood, solo horn
Commissioned with the support of the BC Arts Council
il suono blu premiered Feb. 24, 2007 Victoria BC
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

James Beckwith Maxwell
Vovere Aventa Ensemble w/ Mark McGregor, solo flute premiere: Feb 6, 2011
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Jordan Nobles
In una rete di linee che s’intrecciano (In a Network of Lines that Intersect)
premiere: Jan. 4, 2011 Toronto, Music Gallery
Einstein’s Dreams May 14, 1905 
premiere: June 3, 2011 Copenhagen, Athelas New Music Festival
Surface Tension 
premiere: Dec. 4, 2012 Vancouver Aquatic Centre

Jeffrey Ryan
Dark Matters premiere: June 14, 2009 Munich
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Rodney Sharman
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

National composers

Timothy Brady
15 Stages in the Search for Radium and Love 
premiere: Mar. 27 2011 – Victoria BC Aventa Ensemble with Janice Jackson, soprano
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Ian Crutchley
One Group Of A Number Of Beings (And Parts Of Such A Group)
premiere: Jan. 7, 2011 Edmonton, Muttart Hall

Paul Frehner
Voluptuous Panic (2010)
premiere: Feb. 6, 2011 Victoria
God Save the Human Cannonball
premiere: June 11, 2009 New York City (Scandinavia House)
Voluptuous Panic was commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Michel Gonneville
Cantate de la dette perpétuelle (2013)
CAC premiere Feb. 27, 2013 Montreal New Music – Aventa Ensemble with Anne Grimm, soprano
, Patricia Green, mezzo-soprano
, Vincent Ranallo, baritone
Browsing Agon (2009)
premiere: June 14, 2009 Gasteig, Munich, Germany
Cantate de la dette perpétuelle was commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Piotr Grella-Mozejko
Tombeau sur la mort de Monsieur Górecki for amplified alto flute solo and small orchestra (2010) Aventa Ensemble with Mark McGregor, solo flute
premiere: Jan. 4 2011 Toronto Music Gallery

Peter Hatch
Dulcian Patterns premiere: Feb. 3, 2008
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Michael Oesterle
Territio Verbalis (2008)
Premiered: Feb. 3 2008 – Aventa Ensemble with Louis Ranger, solo trumpet
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
Tell Tales (2011)
Premiered:  Mar. 25, 2012 – Aventa Ensemble with soloists Miranda Wong (pno), Darnell Linwood (horn) and Corey Rae (vibraphone) Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Yannick Plamondon
La fenêtre II premiere: Nov. 15, 2009 Aventa Ensemble with Muge Buyukcelen, solo violin
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Laurie Radford
_fuse_! premiere: Feb. 28, 2013 Roulette, NYC
Commissioned with the support of the Alberta Arts Council

André Ristic
Six apparitions de Lénine sur un piano premiere: Oct. 17, 2010 – Victoria BC
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

James Rolfe
As If (2013)
premiere: Aventa 2013/14 Concert Series
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
Ask You Dance Me (2008)
Canadian premiere: Mar. 27, 2011

Douglas Schmidt
The Death of Cinderella premiere: April 1, 2007 – Victoria BC
Commissioned with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Gilles Tremblay
À quelle heure commence le temps?
European premiere: May 29, 2011, Malmö Academy of Music, Rosenberg Hall
Aventa Ensemble w/ Vincent Ranallo bar. Miranda Wong pno.

International composers

Thomas Adès
Concerto Conciso Canadian premiere: Sept. 29, 2004
Aventa Ensemble, Louis Lortie piano

Pierre Boulez
Dérive II ( – 2006) North American premiere: Nov. 4, 2007 Victoria BC

Gavin Bryars
Marilyn Forever (2013) World premiere: Sept. 13, 2013 Victoria BC

Michael Finnissy
Mr. Punch perf: Sept. 11, 2011 w/ Helen Pridmore soprano
Shady Love NA premiere: Sept. 10, 2011
Casual Nudity NA Canadian premiere: Sept. 11, 2011
Whitman NA premiere: Sept. 9, 2012 w/ Helen Pridmore (soprano), Michael Finnissy (piano)

Klaus Ib Jørgensen
Chuva Obliqua premiere: Oct. 17, 2010 – Victoria
With the support of the Danish Arts Foundation

Markus Lehmann-Horn
Falling (2011) premiere: June 1 2011 Munich
Commissioned with the support of A•DEvantgarde Festival

Peter Maxwell Davies
Stormwatch, Stormfall premiere: Nov. 1, 2011 with John Lowry, violin / Darnell Linwood, horn / Miranda Wong, pno
Commissioned with the support of the Scottish Arts Council
De Assumtione Beatae Mariae Virginis
North American premiere: Feb. 28, 2009 Victoria BC

Anders Nordentoft
On This Planet
North American premiere: May 18, 19, 2007 8:00PM MacPherson Playhouse Theatre
Thomas Sandberg, The Male / Heather Pawsey, Mother Earth /Aventa Ensemble, Bill Linwood, conductor / Gwen Dobie, Stage Director / Michael Meloche, Stage Design / William Mackwood, Lighting designer
Turmalin 
premiere: June 11, 2009 New York City (Scandinavia House) with Mark McGregor, solo flute
Turmalin was commissioned with the assistance of the Danish Arts Foundation

Per Nørgård
Gennem Torne
Canadian premiere: May 24, 2009
US premiere: June 6, 2011 New York City
Swedish premiere: May 29, 2011 Malmo
Aventa Ensemble w/ Maria Boelskov Sørensen, harp

Poul Ruders
Abysm Canadian premiere: Feb. 24, 2008 Victoria
US premiere: Mar. 5, 2008 New York City
KafKapriccio
Canadian premiere: Oct. 17, 2010 Victoria
US premiere: June 6, 2011 New York City

Bent Sørensen
Deserted Churchyards Canadian premiere: Oct. 23, 2005 – Victoria BC
Shadowland Canadian premiere: Sept. 29, 2004 – Victoria BC
Weeping White Room Canadian premiere: Feb. 24, 2009 – Victoria BC US premiere: Mar. 5, 2007 – New York City (Scandinavia House)
Sirenengesang
Canadian premiere: May 24, 2009

Simon Steen-Andersen
In spite of, and maybe even therefore
North American premiere: May 24, 2009
Chambered Music
Canadian premiere: Feb. 14, 2010
US premiere: June 6, 2011
Study for String Instrument No. 3 perf: June 4, 2011 Copenhagen w/Corey Rae, prepared guitar
Black Box Music (2012)
North American premiere: Feb. 28, 2013 New York City (Roulette)
Aventa w/ Håkon Stene, percussion solo

Rolf Wallin
The Age of Wire and String
Canadian premiere: Sept. 10, 2006 Victoria BC
Appearances
North American premiere: Feb. 8, 2009
Danish premiere: June 16, 2009 (Athelas New Music Festival)
New York City premiere: June 11, 2009 (Scandinavia House)

Bernhard Weidner
Noerdlich der Waldeinsamkei – Fantasie für Ensemble
premiere: June 1, 2011 Munich
Commissioned with the support of A•DEvantgarde Festival

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