Tyler Cunningham of Arraymusic in Toronto, Canada will give the Canadian premiere of Circle for one for solo percussion.

FEBRUARY 19, 2022 @ 8PM EST

Buy tickets for webcast: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/arraymusic1/602941/

(prerecorded webcast | runtime 60 minutes)


Since its beginnings in 1972, the Array Ensemble has created and presented hundreds of new Canadian and international compositions to audiences in Toronto, across Canada, and beyond. A flexible ensemble featuring a core instrumentation of five of Toronto’s most dedicated new music performers, each Array Ensemble season balances world premieres with performances of seldom heard and classic works by established and new generation composers from a wide range of artistic and cultural perspectives.

Arraymusic’s annual Premieres concert returns after a COVID-enforced hiatus! This year’s event features an exciting set of World and Canadian premieres by acclaimed composers from Ontario and abroad.

Ontario composer Julia Mermelstein’s Capsule for bass clarinet and electronics explores the sonic intimacy of small spaces, while John Mark Sherlock (ON) transforms the hubcaps and brake drums from his trusty 1988 Chevrolet G10 van into a metal instrument constellation for his solo percussion work Ne jetez pas de corps étrangers dans les étoiles (Do not throw foreign bodies into the stars).

Bruce A. Russell contributes a yet-unheard work for solo piano, while Sheila Jaffe performs the Canadian premiere of a solo viola work by internationally acclaimed composer Oscar Bettison. Lastly, Seung Won Oh’s solo percussion piece Circle receives its overdue Canadian premiere, and Toronto’s own Amahl Arulanandam performs his own most recent work for cello and electronics.

photo by Rubén Vega Balbás @ruvebal

Seung-Won Oh – YeonDo *

* Commission by November Music Festival

Helena Rasker- Contralto/ Cappella Pratensis/ New European Ensemble/ Percussion quartet/ Manoj Kamps- conductor / Seung-Won Oh- Composition, concept & regie

YeonDo [연도], (Bosch Requiem 2020) is deeply inspired by yeondo.
Yeondo is a Korean catholic prayer for the souls in purgatory. It is a unique ritual amalgamated with traditional Korean funeral culture and Catholic beliefs. The Psalms and litany of the Saints are chanted in distinctive Korean rhythms and tones in antiphonal group singing.

YeonDo [연도] creates a musical and theatrical experience of a symbolic death ritual. Unlike the traditional set-up of the requiem mass, the soloist, choir, percussion quartet, and orchestra are initially independent. The percussion quartet adds another layer of plot symbolizing funeral procession. All the prayers, processions, and toll of bells culminate to the final tutti of Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light) in Part III.

In YeonDo, a musically transcended symbolic ceremonial, it is my humble hope
that all the participants can reflect on death and commemorate the loved one who is no longer with us.

Interview with Thea Derks on YeonDo




14 November 2021 18:45

Jheronimus Bosch Art Center ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

18 November 2021 20:15: (19.15 Concert Pre-talk)

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam

November Music 2020 opent traditiegetrouw met Bosch Requiem waarin het gedachtegoed van Jheronimus Bosch en Allerzielen de basis vormen van een nieuwe compositie uitgevoerd in een verrassende totaalavond.

Het leven zelf is al raadselachtig genoeg, maar het mysterie van de dood roept nog veel meer vraagtekens op. Als de dood dan op de deur klopt wordt het stervensproces met allerlei mystieke rituelen omgeven. Van het Tibetaanse Dodenboek tot het katholieke sacrament van de zieken. De Koreaanse katholieke kerk houdt er weer een geheel eigen traditie op na: YeonDo. Voordat iemand wordt begraven, vindt er een begeesterd groepsgebed plaats voor de dode. De Koreaans-Nederlandse componiste Seung-Won Oh is gefascineerd door dit unieke dodenritueel dat Koreaanse begrafenistradities verbindt met het katholieke geloof in Korea. Tijdens het YeonDo-ritueel verblijft de dode bijvoorbeeld in het vagevuur totdat de zonden zijn vergeven en het hemelen kan beginnen. De geest wordt voorbereid op zijn tocht naar een nieuwe wereld, onder meer met een ceremoniale maaltijd. In haar requiem YeonDo geeft Seung-Won Oh een nieuwe, eigentijdse invulling aan deze aloude traditie.

De fraaie sacrale ruimte van het Jheronimus Bosch Art Center vormt het ideale decor voor dit nieuwe Bosch Requiem. De muziek van Seung-Won Oh heeft een grote fysieke uitstraling waarbij muzikale handeling en klankritueel in elkaar overvloeien. In haar dodenmis is een glanzende hoofdrol weggelegd voor New European Ensemble, de zangers van Cappella Pratensis en alt Helena Rasker die een zinderend en tijdloos ritueel ontketenen. De regie is wederom in handen van Matzer Theaterproducties. Dirigent is evenals vorig jaar Manoj Kamps.

An orchestral miniature For Louis – a homage to Louis Andriessen- will be premiered by Orchestra ESMUC conducted by maestro Ernest Martínez Izquierdo during Mixtur Festival 2021 in Barcelona. For Louis departs with the unforgettable, monumental and eerily resonating motive from Andriessen’s De Materie and ends with the De Staat’s famous opening wind call.
In the program, ESMUC also presents Doppelkonzert (Ligeti) and Modulations (Grisey).

For Louis for orchestra

October 10 2021 19:00 h

L’Auditori de Barcelona, Spain

The premiere of Vanapriya (2020), The Birds of Paradise for chamber orchestra by Insomnio Ensemble (NL).

Vanapriya is written for the Insomnio Ensemble’s bird program which includes Jonathan Harvey’s Bird Concerto with Pianosong and Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu’s Appo. Oh expanded the inspiration from the Papua Newguine’s Birds of Paradise to the love of all creatures in the Forest.

After the premiere at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Amsterdam (NL), Vanapriya will be presented at Korzo Theater (Den Haag), Tivoli-Vredenburg (Utrecht), De Link/Cenakel (Tilburg) and WoNDeRFeel festival (Hilversum). Please find the detailed information by clicking Performances/ Upcoming Performances at the top menu.


On 2 March, the Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble will be presenting the Egyptian premiere of Seung-Won Oh’s Black Crow. This concert’s programme will be devoted to the work of contemporary women composers.

Oh wrote Black Crow in 2011. This concerto for viola, bass clarinet and percussion is a response to White Eagle (2009), Martijn Padding’s violin concerto. “What spoke to me particularly was the sophisticated way Padding derives a continuous forward energy from Irish fiddle music,’ said Oh in an explanation. In Black Crow, Oh gives that vital drive a darker harmonic tint and an expressive gesture.

Also on the programme: music by Kaija Saariaho (Finland), Isabel Mundry (Germany), Tansey Davies (UK) and Yara Mikkawei (Egypt).

2 March, Ewart Memorial Hall, Cairo. The Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble conducted by Peter Tilling

As one of the featured composers in the Tanglewood Music Center’s 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music, Oh’s 2008 work for percussion quartet, Canonic Phase, will be performed along with works by Jacob Druckman and John Harbison. One of Oh’s many works for percussion, this 11′ quartet explores the ideas between canons and timbral transformations while weaving inspiration from traditional Korean instruments with found objects into organically complex music. Using a meticulously chosen arsenal of percussion instruments decided by the players themselves, the resultant sound world is always a fresh and uniquely vibrant aspect to the work.

Thursday July 17, 8pm, Ozawa Hall, Lenox, MA
Purchase Tickets Here.

For a special occasion of collaboration with Komungo artist Ik-Soo Heo and the DePaul University composition program, Oh made an adaptation of two excerpts from musical theater, Words and Beyond II: Hun NanSulHun, to form her piece ChoHee. Words and Beyond II: Hun NanSulHun is set to premiere in October 2014. In an effort to adapt ChoHee to a concert-oriented ensemble setting, the traditional Jungga singer (who typically sings using traditional Korean vocal techniques) has been replaced with a Mezzo soprano voice, and cello and double bass have been added in addition to the k?mungo, accordion, and three percussionists found in the original production.

April 25 2014 @ 8PM DePaul Concert Hall, Chicago

A young and fresh blend of extraordinary talents based in Chicago, Ensemble Mocrep is putting its own unique voice on display performing Fragments. Originally written for the New York-based ensemble, Flexible Music, the work was formed based on the instrumentation of Louis Andriessen?s work, Hout. Fragments offers generous room for interpretation, and thrives on the intimate and particular interactions of the performers that makes each performance of the score one-of-a-kind.

April 29, 2014 @ 8PM DePaul Concert Hall, Chicago

Originally written for Kathrina GrossPersistent Memory (2013), for solo cello, receives US premiere during the NMDP (New Music DePaul) Series 2014. With depth, acuity and in an original interpretation, Chris Wild unravels the delicate and sensitive sound world of Persistent Memory.

February 21 2014/ 8PM/ DePaul School of Music, Chicago