necklace by John Mark Sherlock
necklace was written for ARRAYMUSIC’s 25th anniversary season at the request of the late Michael J. Baker. I was honoured to be asked and especially by him. Now, in what must be the 45th anniversary year, I look back with gratitude at all of the occasions of having had my work programmed and played by the great Artistic Directors and musicians of ARRAY. Thanks.

As I said in 1997: A little sparkly something for your birthday. – Sherlock

John Mark Sherlock studied composition at the University of Western Ontario with Jack Behrens, Arsenio Girón and David Myska. His works have been played by many of Canada’s finest performers and ensembles including ARRAYMUSIC, The Burdocks, Critical Band, The Ergo Ensemble, Eve Egoyan, Linda Catlin Smith, the NUMUS Ensemble featuring the Penderecki String Quartet, Richard Sacks , Stephen Clarke, Adrian Verdejo, The Victoria Guitar Trio, Redshift New Music Society and Ensemble KORE. Also, he has written original music for dance or had works used for choreography by Marie-Josée Chartier, Heidi Strauss, and Shannon Cooney for Dancemakers, amongst many others. With composer eldritch Priest, he formed the composer’s ensemble, neither/nor. John has, at various times, received the kind support of the Toronto Arts Council, Laidlaw Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Chalmers Foundation. Sherlock’s work is remarkable for it’s use of electromechanical keyboards and electric organ dating form the ’60s and ’70s. He is likely unique in his extensive use of Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos, Hohner Clavinet/Pianet and Hammond organ in ensemble and via his abstract aesthetic.

This concert was produced by Arraymusic and co-presented with The Music Gallery.
Video by John Creson and Adam Rosen

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