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COMPOSITION

CHORAL PERFORMANCE

INTERVIEWS

NURUN ALA NUR: LIGHT UPON LIGHT

2010 |  Through Canada Council for the Arts Grant to Professional Musicians | Premiere by the Elmer Iseler Singers | Lydia Adams, Conductor

GATHERINGS

2004 | With Russell Wallace | Commission by Westcoast Sacred Arts | Premiere by Youth Peace Choir at Musical Tribute for His Holiness Dalai Lama | Hussein Janmohamed, Conductor

MOMBASA MATATU MEDITATION

2005 | Commission by The Esoterics | Eric Banks, Conductor | Premier by The Esoterics

Nurun ala Nur -
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Gatherings - Excerpts - Vancouver Peace Choir
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Mombasa Matatu Meditation - The Esoterics, Conductor Eric Banks
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Sun on Water originated while I was living at the late Doris McCarthy’s home and studio, Fool’s Paradise, through the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program of the Ontario Heritage Trust.

 

Sun on Water finds its inspiration in the mystery of winter sunrises on Toronto’s Scarborough Bluffs. The colours of the rising sun over Lake Ontario revealed a palpable silence and yearning from which the music emerged. The piece, written specially for Toronto’s Amadeus Choir, is for a capella choir and Tibetan singing bowl. The texts and musical influences come from Western sacred choral traditions, Middle Eastern rhythms, Hindu and Indic Ismaili Muslim devotion.

 

Sun on Water begins quietly as deep waters rumble underneath. Sonic layers reflect the yearning of the sun and water, like lover and beloved, for each other. A burst of sun breaks forth. Yet, as the sun’s rays shimmer on the surface of the lake, the deep water still echoes their mutual yearning for ultimate union.

 

Surya

Sun, Supreme Light.

 

Nayno(n) se nayn milavo, mere Saheb

Let my eye meet with yours, my Lord/Master/Beloved

 

De profundis clamavi ad te Domine:

Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord.

 

Domine exaudi vocem meam

Lord, hear my voice.