Project Description

Photo credit: Frank Rubolino

8pm, Monday, November 13, 2017


The Bus Stop Theatre

2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax
$20 or pay what you can, available at the door


Scott Thomson – trombone/compositions (Montreal)
Emily Denison – trumpet (Montreal)
Andrew Jackson – trombone (Halifax)
Lukas Pearse – bass (Halifax)

Scott Thomson writes: “I’m working on a new suite called Applications, a series of six linked songs that set the six sections of the poem “Applications of the Doctrine” by Robert Hass, the celebrated Bay Area poet who was the US poet laureate in the mid-nineties. As with all of my ‘art song’-style composing, I am writing the suite so that the pieces are modular in nature, to be sung or played instrumentally by ensembles of different sizes and instrumentations, and to be animated by different kinds of improvisation. The suite was commissioned by my friend and colleague, the late Ken Aldcroft for his band, Convergence, with singer-dancer Susanna Hood as a guest, through the Canada Council for the Arts. I am likewise conceiving of the music for other kinds of ensemble –– some radically different in configuration –– and working with the Halifax workshop band as a way to develop and refine the material, a key part of the composing process for me.”