Mini-Music 2016:
Lend Us Your Ears

 

 

 

 

Mini-Music Faculty
 

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Prof. Lloyd Whitesell

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Prof. Martha de Francisco

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Prof. Christine Jensen

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Prof. Sean Ferguson

Glorifying the Screen Divas

Prof. Lloyd Whitesell
Musicology Area, Department of Music Research

Lloyd Whitesell received his B.A. in Music and German Literature from the University of Minnesota (1982), and his M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1993) in Music History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His dissertation used literary theories to explore images of identity in the dramatic and vocal works of Benjamin Britten. His musical training also included studies in piano and vocal accompaniment at the Peabody Conservatory, the Mozarteum Akademie, and the Minnesota Opera.

Professor Whitesell is the author of The Music of Joni Mitchell (Oxford, 2008). He has published articles on Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel, Charles Ives, minimalism, modern tonalities, and the anxiety of influence. An essay collection he coedited, Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity (Illinois, 2002), won the 2002 Philip Brett Award for excellence in gay and lesbian musicology. His current research project theorizes glamour in the Hollywood musical. Other areas of interest include neo-Romanticism and modernist culture. Undergraduate courses include film music, modern piano literature, and 20th-century opera; graduate seminar topics have included queer musicology, theories of the audience, Bernard Herrmann, Joni Mitchell, and challenges to the concert format in recent performance.

 


Dematerialization and Transformations in the Music Industry of the 21st Century.

Prof. Martha de Francisco
Tonmeister McGill Sound Recording Program

Martha de Francisco is a record producer and recording engineer who specializes in Classical music. She is a professor for Sound Recording at McGill University in Montreal.

A graduate from the renowned Tonmeister program at the Musikhochschule Detmold, Germany, Martha was one of the pioneers of digital recording in Europe during the 1980s. For many years on staff as producer/engineer/editor with Philips Classics, she developed long lasting working relationships with many prominent soloists, singers and conductors such as Alfred Brendel, Jessye Norman and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Sir Neville Marriner. She now produces mainly for major international labels operating on a world-wide basis and in six different languages.

She is a frequent lecturer at international professional conferences as well as a guest lecturer at leading schools for higher education in Audio in locations as varied as Moscow, Banff, Düsseldorf and New York.

Martha is also a recording consultant to distinguished artists and orchestras, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, whose new SACD recordings she produces.

 


Organized Chaos: Jazz Composition and Improvisation

Prof. Christine Jensen

Christine Jensen is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, conductor, and educator based in Montreal. Born in Sechelt, British Columbia in 1970, Jensen is hailed as one of Canada’s most compelling composers and improvisers through leading her own jazz orchestra, as well as a diverse array of small ensemble projects. “Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere. Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.” –Downbeat.

The Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra has won two Juno Awards for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, with Habitat (2014) and Treelines (2011). In 2014 Habitat received five stars in Downbeat, along with being included in several international critics polls. Her recordings have topped the critics polls with CBC, Downbeat, NPR, Ottawa Citizen, and JazzTimes. Jensen has also been recognized over the past few years in the Downbeat International Critics poll for soprano saxophone, composer, and orchestra categories. She was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered in 2014 for her large ensemble works. In October 2015 she received the Hagood Hardy Prize for jazz composition from SOCAN. Since 2003 her albums have received four nominations for jazz album of the year with Quebec’s ADISQ awards.She has also received the Prix Opus for Concert of the Year for Jazz and World Music in 2006, and Recording of the Year for jazz in 2010 from the Quebec Arts Council.

As a leader Jensen has released three small ensemble recordings featuring her compositions. Along with her sister, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, she co-leads Nordic Connect. They have released two albums and toured Canada, the USA and Scandinavia numerous times. She also co-leads an 11-piece ensemble, Transatlantic Conversations, with Swedish composer and pianist Maggi Olin. They premiered new works on Swedish Radio P2 in 2013, following up with a new album entitled Transatlantic Conversations-Live in 2015.  

Jensen’s music has taken her all over the world, where she has received numerous commissions and conducting opportunites with jazz orchestras in Canada, the US and Europe. She was saxophonist with the EBU Jazz Orchestra (European Broadcasting Union) in 2003, and awarded a residency at the Quebec Studio at Cité des arts internationale in Paris in 2002. She has been the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Quebec Arts Council between 1998 and 2015. Recent composition residencies include Dartmouth College NH, University of North Florida and Scholar in Residence at MacEwan University, Alberta. In 2013 she was guest lecturer in composition and improvisation in Sweden at Stockholm Conservatory, Malmö Conservatory, and Skjurup School. She has also performed and conducted her music as guest artist with Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, the Keystone Big Band (France), and CRR de Paris.

Jensen has shared the stage with Terence Blanchard, Ben Monder, Gary Smuylan, Geoffrey Keezer, Lenny Pickett, Gary Versace, and Donny McCaslin, and Phil Dwyer,. She has studied with Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Dick Oatts, and Remi Bolduc. In 2014 she arranged and performed on Sarah McLachlan’s album Shine On.

Jensen has held the position of conductor with orchestre national jazz de Montréal since 2013. She has been teaching jazz composition, saxophone and ensembles at McGill University-Schulich School of Music since 2004, and at the University of Sherbrooke since 2013.



The Traditional Music Session: Irish Group Therapy

Prof. Sean Ferguson

Sean Ferguson was born in the remote Northern-Alberta community of Fort Vermilion. He has lived in Montreal since 1990, where he teaches composition at McGill University. He has been Director of the McGill Digital Composition Studios and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) and is currently Dean of the Schulich School of Music. His music has been performed by ensembles including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), Les Temps modernes de Lyon, among others.