Excited to have had my first performance in Brazil! The Amazonas Philharmonic and musicians of ICE performed Lineage under the direction of Otavio Simoes in Manaus.


Great concert at the St.Francis Auditorium in the NM Museum of Art in Santa Fe, celebrating the end of our Creative Dialogue. The concer featured pieces by young composers written and workshopped over the past week under the direction of Magnus Lindberg, Anssi Kartunnen, and Barbara Hannigan. Premiere of my new work The Phonograph.

Thrilled to be joining the faculty at
Columbia University as an Assistant Professor of composition starting this fall!

Thank you to Claudia Schaer and
Esprit Orchestra for bringing my latest work Serafiniana, for solo amplified violin, amplified harp, and orchestra, to life.

Very grateful that the
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne reprogrammed Phonotopographie at Maison de la culture Frontenac, the Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, and Maison de la culture
Côte des Neiges (Montreal)

Great performance of
Akkord I (sans sculpture) at La Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur by Solomiya Moroz and Daniel Áñez García in Montreal!

Guest lecture of my music for Prof. Brian Cherney’s
Canadian Music History class at McGill University.

A special thanks to
Aventa and Bill Linwood for taking "Strange Matter" on tour to Victoria, Seattle, New York, Ottawa and Regina!

I had a wonderful time working with the TSO at their New Creations Festival! Here’s a link to a
video introducing Lineage, and here’s a link to the panel discussion “Motion is the Default State” moderated by composer in residence Kevin Lau, with John Adams, myself, Brian Current, and Daniel Bjarnason, hosted at the Toronto Canadian Music Center.

Honored to be named one of the “
Most Promising New Artists” of 2013 by the South Florida Classical review!

A big thank you to the musicians of
Esprit Orchestra, who played "Strange Matter" at Koerner Hall. It was also a treat to discover the music and talents of Samy Moussa, Gabriel Prokofiev, and the young and very talented cellist Bryan Cheng.

Thanks to
Taka Kigawa for doing an incredible job of “The Thinking Eye” (an early piece of mine), at LPR! We hope to collaborate again soon together in the future...

Happy to announce a successful performance of “La forma dello spazio” by the
Land's End Ensemble in my birth-city, Calgary, Alberta. Always good to bring the music back home.

Very happy to have had my music featured in the Milwaukee, WI based series:
Present Music. Thanks to Bill Helmers and Martin Butorac for putting on “Du haut de l'Orillon" for clarinet and live electronics.

If you’re interested in FORM, check out this Composers Essay project curated by Jocelyn Morlock and Music on Main, “
A Compendium of Ideas About Form in Music”. I was asked to contribute along side some fascinating responses from 14 other composers. Click here for the unmediated responses...

Had a great concert with Ekmeles and Columbia Composers at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn! It’s always so interesting to hear the variety of music coming out of Columbia University’s graduate student composers. Ekmeles nailed the performance of “The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named” and I’m excited to announce that I should have a video and recording (that I am VERY happy with) up on the site shortly! Thanks to everyone who was involved.


So proud of Ekmeles for their killer concert at the DiMenna Centre here in New York. I’m feeling very grateful to live in a city that has access to such dynamic, passionate, and committed musicians. They really did justice to Nicole Sealey’s text, and I was very happy with the premiere of my new work for 6 singers + electronics "The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named”. If you missed it, come hear it again on Dec.3rd. A big thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for making this commission possible!

Loved California! A dream come true to get to work with the fantastic
San Francisco Symphony on “Lineage” with the ever-inspiring Michael Tilson Thomas. It was also great fun to get to know Fima Bronfman and hear him thunder away on the Tchaikovsky. Feeling very fortunate to have been chosen for the New Voices inaugural season. Thanks to everyone who made this possible! (New World Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Boosey & Hawkes to name a few...)

Shout-out to the amazing violinist
Claudia Schaer and North/South Consonance for performing “La forma” in New York at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church


Had a blast with ICE and John Adams conducting at the Library of Congress. They did a stellar rendition of “La forma dello spazio” and it was great fun to visit the capital.


And so my new orchestral work “Lineage” finally comes into being with the dedicated musicians of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami Beach! I’m also looking forward to its’ West Coast premiere with the San Francisco Symphony in September.


Great performance of "Cortège" and several pieces by my colleagues by Wet Ink at the Columbia Composers Concert at the DiMenna Center in New York. Thanks to Carl Bettendorf for conducting!

My miniature “Pamplecaribou” for flute, piano, cello & electronics was premiered by
Ensemble Pamplemousse at their “BLOCKS” concert...very cool concept for a show!

Had a very fun time working with Alex Paulk and the
Esprit Orchestra on my piece “Alba” as part of their 30th Anniversary Season Finale at Koerner Hall in Toronto.

Such a rewarding experience working with the percussion fellows and Michael Linville of the
New World Symphony on the premiere of my percussion quartet, Manif, as part of the New Voices project, in Miami Beach at the fabulous New World Center

A big thank you to the students of the University of Montreal who undertook a performance of my piece Strange Matter

Many thanks to
The City of Tomorrow for performing my Four Miniatures for Wind Quintet in my home province, in the New Music Edmonton Series at Alberta College, Edmonton, AB

Had a great performance of Strange Matter by members of the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cliff Colnot at the MusicNOW series, Chicago, IL

Very honored to have received the
Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music for my piece Cortège!

Happy to be featured in a profile article in the winter publication of
MusicWorks Magazine! (see pg.11 for a preview)

Had an amazing month working with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Montreal at the NEM Forum! It was an honor to work with Lorraine Vaillancourt and her band, as well as to listen and learn from the other Canadian/Scandinavian composers who participated in this workshop.


Shout-out to the lovely clarinetist Krista Martynes for playing "Du haut de l'Orillon" for clarinet and live electronics at Birmingham Conservatory (UK).

Tied for the John Weinzweig Grand Prize for best overall work submitted and recipient of 1st prize for the Sir Ernest MacMillan SOCAN Award. Thank you to all the musicians who helped bring “Alba” to life!

“Everything too big to take apart” premiered at the Centre Pompidou with Thomas Hauert’s dance company ZOO, as part of the In Vivo Danse workshop, Manifeste Festival, Paris, France

Thrilled to have been selected as the first
New Voices composer: commissioned by Boosey & Hawkes, San Francisco Symphony, and New World Symphony to compose a new percussion quartet and an orchestra piece, both of which will be performed in Miami and San Francisco, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas in 2013

DORKBOTS presentation on “Akkord I”: an informal chat about the creative/tech.process , Location One, NY

Percussion duo “Work & Day” premiered, homage to Tristan Murail, performed by members of
Talujon, Italian Academy, New York, NY

Margaret Lancaster & Taka Kigawa - NY premiere of Akkord I @ Miller Theatre, Ghost & the Instrument: Music Interactivity Festival, New York, NY

Electric Noise premieres Akkord I @ Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival, Winnipeg, MB

Recipient of the 2nd prize for the Serge-Garant Award & 3rd Prize for the Godfrey-Ridout Award, SOCAN Competition. A big shout out to the performers, JACK Quartet, Julieanne Klein, Claudia Schaer and the rest of the gang