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ARRAY X ECCG: Music Creators’ Workshop featuring the gamelan degung of ECCG

June 30, 2022 @ 8PM ET

  • Live Performance at the Arrayspace: $20 or PWYW
  • Livestream Online: Free


For Arraymusic’s 33rd annual Young Composers Workshop and Concert/YCWC, former Arraymusic Artistic Director / Composer Linda Catlin Smith and Composer Put Arya Deva Suryanegara mentored 4 emerging composers over the month of June. Each composer wrote a new piece of music for the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan to perform in concert at The Array Space this evening, June 30th.


Linda Catlin Smith grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. Her music has been performed by: BBC Proms, Tafelmusik, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Tectonics Festival (Glasgow), and many others. Recordings include: Thought and Desire, with Eve Egoyan, and five recordings: Dirt Road, Drifter, Wanderer, Among the Tarnished Stars (with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time) and Ballad, with ‘another timbre’. Recently her string trio Meadow was released on CD with Louth Contemporary Music Society. In 2019, her orchestral work, Nuages, (commissioned by the BBC Proms), was premiered by the BBC Scottish Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall. Her newest orchestral work, Tableau, was premiered recently by the Victoria Symphony in Canada. Her works are available through Composers Edition and the Canadian Music Centre.

Composer I Putu Arya Deva Suryanegara has been exploring new departures in gamelan and electronic music composition throughout his career. His works blur the lines between the avant-garde and the traditional, exploring electroacoustics, audio-visual performance, psychoacoustics, and sound installation. Based in Kerobokan, Bali, Arya is a founder of the gamelan collective Naradha Gita (NaGi), which regularly commissions and performs new works for gamelan, collaborates with local and international composers, and maintains strong ties to the community through performing traditional works. Arya is the Operation Director of Insitu Recordings, a gamelan recording label based in Tabanan, Bali. Arya began his studies with I Wayan Budiarta, and went on to study with I Made Subandi, I Gusti Ngurah Padang, I Ketut Cater, and I Nyoman Windha at SMKN 3 Sukawati and Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar. Arya is currently pursuing his master’s in music composition at Université de Montréal under the direction of Pierre Michaud and Jonathan Goldman.


JOSEPH CHIU is a Canadian composer known for his colourful and organic writing sensibilities, with a body of work that includes music for concert and film. Recently named by Ludwig van Toronto as one of “six emerging Canadian composers to keep an eye on,” his music has been presented and recorded by artists and ensembles throughout North America and Europe, including collaborations with the Quatuor Bozzini and Continuum Contemporary Ensemble, and has made appearances at festivals and venues such as the Canadian Music Centre, Tippet Rise Art Centre, and the Nordic Percussion Festival. Joseph was previously a participant in the Canadian League of Composers’ PIVOT mentorship program and has held a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity where he was awarded a full scholarship to write a new work for the Dior Quartet that was premiered as part of the centre’s inaugural Evolution Concert Series. He recently completed a spacious and contemplative score for the civil rights documentary film “Mr. Charles”, directed by Jacob Parent. Joseph is classically trained, obtaining a BMus in composition from Wilfrid Laurier University and a MMus in composition from the University of Victoria. He is currently based in Toronto.

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H.P. McGOWAN is an award-winning composer, interdisciplinary artist, and academic based in Toronto.  His music has been described by colleagues as ‘contemplative’, ‘expressive’, and ‘imaginative’, often bringing attention to sparseness, fragility, and environment. His aesthetics and compositional philosophies have been influenced by the Wandelweiser Collective, the Cagean tradition, and the Canadian artist Jack Chambers. His most recent music and research-creation projects involve just intonation, indeterminacy, and using methods of composing borrowed from early music. H. P. is a Doctor of Musical Arts student at the University of Toronto where he studies composition with Kotoka Suzuki.  He earned his SSHRC-funded Master of Music in Composition degree from the University of Ottawa in 2021 and his Bachelor of Arts Honours in Music degree from Carleton University in 2019. His music has been performed internationally in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Bulgaria, and he has spoken at conferences and lecture-recitals in Canada, the U.K., and South Korea.


KRISTIANA TAVITYAN is a Bulgarian-Canadian composer and clarinetist, soon entering her final year of a Bachelor of Music degree at Dalhousie University. She also holds a music diploma from Nova Scotia Community College. At twelve, Kristiana began her music education, playing in various school bands and recently playing in NSCC bands and the Dalhousie Wind Ensemble. While at Dalhousie, Kristiana wrote works for Derek Charke, Norm Adams, and Nicola Baroni. Notable work includes Theme for A Chaotically Good Female in D minor for string quartet, The Death of The Blue Whale for two cellos, and Evening Sky for flute and cello. Kristiana has gained a love for orchestration, songwriting, and arranging. She is interested in combining her passion for film and music by becoming a film composer.

ZIHAN ZHAO started her full-time music study in her early twenties at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (M.A. 2020) and is currently studying composition with Christopher Butterfield at the University of Victoria (M.Mus.). Since childhood she has studied playing the Chinese instrument, Guzheng (21-string zither) as well as piano, arousing her deep and lasting interest to innovate contemporary Chinese music with a fusion of western instruments. Also fond of photography and the visual arts for long, she keeps exploring cross-media music composition with visual effects. She has shot and edited short films for her music pieces to strengthen the expression of the mood and atmosphere. Before entering the music profession, she studied quantitative finance at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (B.Sc. 2018). 


Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan (ECCG) is a collective of professional musicians whose goal is to foster and strengthen inter-cultural connections through commissioning, rehearsing, performing, and teaching contemporary repertoire for its gamelan degung ensemble.  Now in its 39th season, the group became the first gamelan in Canada in 1983 when its founder, Jon Siddall, imported Sundanese bronze gongs and metallophones, wooden xylophones and bamboo flutes from Indonesia.  Since its formation, ECCG has commissioned over 100 works, toured around the world, and released 10 studio recordings.

ECCG has also invited its audience to engage with Indonesian culture through educational community outreach since an ensemble of community members was established and performed degung klasik (classical degung) repertoire in 2007. Over the years, the initiative evolved into monthly, PWYC “Gamelan Meet-Ups.”  Since the first Meet-Up in 2013, there have been 63 sessions in which community members have learned both old and new repertoire on ECCG’s bespoke gamelan with extended instrumentation and pitch range.

ECCG stands apart from the nearly 350 gamelan groups found across North America today due to its nature as a professional, regularly rehearsing ensemble.  In addition to Indonesian degung klasik, their repertoire includes arrangements of popular songs of the 1980s and 90s, instrumental works by leading Sundanese composers such as Nano Suratno, Burhan Sukarma, and Ade Suparman, as well as works for degung and “gamelan-plus” by renowned Western composers.  These include world premières by John Cage, James Tenney, Gilles Tremblay, Walter Boudreau, Lou Harrison, Linda C. Smith, Dieter Mack, Gordon Monahan, Linda Bouchard, and Ana Sokolović. Apart from its numerous broadcasts and audio CDs, ECCG can be heard on the soundtracks of both feature and short films: The Ice Storm and Life of Pi (M. Danna/Ang Lee); Antoine Fischer (M. Danna/Denzel Washington), and Balifilm (ECCG / Peter Mettler).