Gregory Lee Newsome

Gregory Lee Newsome

Biography

Gregory Lee Newsome (1969) is a Toronto composer whose music has been described as “beautifully wrought” and “an incredibly intricate and hypnotic web of sound, texture, and rhythm.” Drawing from spectralism, his music is rooted in structure but tempered by intuition, and often connected to an idea from mathematics, nature, or science.

After receiving his Master of Music in Composition from the University of British Columbia, he continued his studies with the late Russian-Canadian master Nikolai Korndorf before travelling to Paris to hone his artistic voice with the iconic Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

He has written music at the request of Arraymusic, Aventa Ensemble, Daniel Cooper, Ian Hampton, Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, Mark Takeshi McGregor, Phoenix Chamber Choir, Redshift Music Society, Standing Wave, Tiresias, Vancouver New Music Society, and Vancouver Pro Musica, and his music has been performed and broadcast in North America and Europe.

He has been a resident of the Leighton Artists' Colony at The Banff Centre (2012, 2014, 2015), and the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) at the University of British Columbia (2010).

His work Avarice appears on flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor's latest CD, Sins and Fantasies, which has been nominated for 'Classical Recording of the Year' by the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Gregory Lee Newsome has been a committed advocate for contemporary music, serving as a director of Aventa Ensemble, The Music Gallery, and Vancouver New Music, as host of the radio programme Are You Serious? Music, and as Artistic Advisor for ensemble1534.

From 1998 to 2012, he was a staff member of the Canadian Music Centre, first in Vancouver and then in Toronto. In 2015, he joined the University of Toronto Faculty of Music as a Lecturer in Digital Composition.

His current project is a commission from Victoria's Aventa Ensemble, for a nonet of three pianos, three harps, and three percussion. Following that is a commission from Daniel Cooper, for solo alto flute + Max/MSP for Mark Takeshi McGregor. Lastly, he has a commission from Arraymusic for a quintet of soprano, bass clarinet, percussion, violin, and contrabass.

Music

Solo

  • Ambitus (2015) — 7' — alto flute + Max/MSP
  • Ouroboros (2013) — 12' — piano + reverberation
  • Avarice (2011) — 7' — flute
  • Ocean of Storms (2004) — 8' — bass guitar + coin + CD

Duo

  • in-progress (2017) — 10' — harpsichord, piano
  • The Sacrifice of Infinity (2000) — 4' — harp, percussion

Ensemble

  • in-progress (2016) — 10' — 2 violins, piano, percussion
  • in arc's umbra (2009) — 7' — flute, piano, percussion
  • CaVU (2006) — 5' — violin, cello, piano
  • in medias res (2005) — 10' — bass clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello
  • non-art (2005) — 8' — alto saxophone (or clarinet/bass clarinet), percussion, piano, cello

Large Ensemble

  • in-progress (2016) — 17' — 3 pianos, 3 harps, 3 percussion
  • coruscating (2008) — 7' — 3 piccolos, 5 flutes, 2 alto flutes
  • kittymuzzle (2002) — 10' — 4 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, 5 percussion + CD

Voice

  • in-progress (2015) — 10' — soprano, bass clarinet, percussion, violin, contrabass

Choir

  • Lux aeterna (2001) — 7' — SATB

Electroacoustic

  • Panacea's Scar (2000) — 6' — Csound
  • Purity (1999) — 7' — Csound
  • Chroma (1999) — 9' — Csound

Contact

gregoryleenewsome@gmail.com