Bekah Simms

Website: www.bekahsimms.com

All scores available through the composer or through the Canadian Music Centre here.

Bekah Simms is a Toronto-based composer originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland. With work described as “deliciously disorienting” and possessing “a tremendous ear for foreground, background, blending and instrumental colour” (Nick Storring), Bekah’s music consists of a highly varied output using a wide variety of media. Her music has been performed and commissioned by first-class ensembles and soloists, including Continuum Contemporary Music, the Madawaska Quartet, Esprit Orchestra, and Duo Concertante. Her works has been presented at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s New Creations Festival, the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 21C Festival, and New Adventures in Sound Art’s Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, among others.

In addition to commissioning and recording grants from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council, Bekah is the recipient of over twenty composition awards, prizes, and call-for-scores selections, including the 2017 Toronto Emerging Composer Award. She was chosen as one of six representatives to the ISCM Canadian Section to World Music Days 2016 in addition to being featured in the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s 2016 edition of 30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30.

Née à Terre-Neuve, Bekah Simms est maintenant établie à Toronto. Ses œuvres, que Nick Storring qualifie de « délicieusement troublantes », valent à cette compositrice la réputation de « maîtriser parfaitement trame, lisse et pâte sonores, et toutes les déclinaisons chromatiques qu’elles engendrent ». Son répertoire est très diversifié et fait appel à une vaste gamme de médias. Inscrite au programme de nombreux concerts partout au pays, dans une douzaine d’États américains et en Italie, elle est lauréate de plus d’une vingtaine de prix et de choix du jury, dont l’édition 2017 du Toronto Emerging Composer Award. L’une des six personnes retenues pour représenter le Canada lors des Journées mondiales de la musique 2016 de l’ISCM, elle a également été inscrite par la Société Radio-Canada sur sa liste 2016 des 30 meilleurs musiciens classiques de moins de 30 ans.

CHAMBER MUSIC

Swallow/Breathe, 11′, string quartet (2016)

The Formula, 6′, wind quintet (2016)

2 Inverse Motions, 13′, violin, Bb clarinet/bass clarinet, piano, percussion (2016)

microlattice, 7′, bass clarinet, double bass, piano, percussion (2016)

L’appel du vide, 7’30”, cello, accordion, piano, and electronics (2016)

LARGE ENSEMBLE

amok (as a syndrom), 10′, large wind ensemble (2016)

for pillars, gone, 9′, chamber orchestra (2015)

SOLO

wild creatures, 8′, amplified soprano saxophone with live-triggered electronics (2016)

impurity chains, 14′, electric guitar with vocoded voice (2015)

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