Music for Young Professionals by Marielle Groven – 4 New Works

Music for Young Professionals (2019) by Marielle Groven

* commissioned with the generous assistance of the SOCAN FOUNDATION

Music for Young Professionals is based on a recording I made of elevator bells chiming in the lobby of an office building. It was an enormous lobby with marble floors and a vaulted ceiling with six rows of elevators operating. I found that the longer I listened to the sound of the elevator bells chiming within the ebb and flow of the crowds of office workers coming and going, the more compositional it sounded to me. You will hear a long sample of this recording as the tape part for this piece, which I then transcribed and set for the ensemble using basic contrapuntal techniques. The chance moments of alignment between the players and the recording forms another kind of serendipitous music. I like to think about this beautiful meditative elevator music that is still going on today, and will continue as long as there are offices that need coming and going to. – MG

More About Marielle Groven

Her music, composed and improvised, deals with the raw energy of sound – sound as living, breathing, pulsating, shimmering, writhing, growing, vibrating energy.

Marielle Groven (1984) is a composer and improviser based in Amsterdam. Her music has been performed in Canada and abroad by ensembles including Ensemble Surplus (Freiburg), Ensemble Mosaik (Berlin), The Moscow Ensemble, the ECM+ (Montreal) and the Bozzini Quartet (Montreal) at festivals including Klangwerkstatt (Berlin), the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), the Cluster New+Integrated Arts Festival (Winnipeg) and the Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival (Montreal). In 2015 she returned to performing herself and has since appeared regularly as pianist, violinist and improviser alongside players such as Peggy Lee, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Allison

Cameron, Arrington De Dionyso, and John Dikeman, and was featured at last year’s Guelph Jazz Festival in a trio with Aaron Lumley and Jasper Stadhouders. Her music, both composed and improvised, deals with the raw vibrational energy of sound.

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