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Sunday, September 7, 2008

New Works Calgary presents the Gryphon Trio Sept. 22, 8 pm

CALGARY - New Works Calgary presents Canada's premier chamber ensemble the GYPHON TRIO (Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin; Roman Borys, cello; Jamie Parker, piano) on Monday, September 22, 8 pm at the Eckhardt-Grammattłę Hall, Rosza Centre.

The Gryphon Trio returns to Calgary in a unique multi-media program that pushes the boundaries of chamber music. After an inspiring tour of the Pacific Northwest, the Gryphon Trio sought out renowned composer Chan Ka-Nin to create a work that would attempt to capture the spirit and majesty of the remote areas of British Columbia and the Gwaii Haanas also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Described as enigmatic, stunning and mysterious, the work fuses the aboriginal culture with Chan's own musical language, influenced by his upbringing in Hong Kong. In concert, huge images of dramatic contemporary masks created by First Nations artists are projected above the Trio while they perform the music in virtual darkness. Developed by producer Robert Dewey, the visual component of this work compliments and intensifies the music resulting in an experience that is hauntingly beautiful, immersive and mesmerizing.

The Gryphon Trio have been called one of Canada's "premier chamber groups" by The Washington Post, and saluted for their "beautiful sound, superb ensemble and the highest order of musical sensitivity" by the Ottawa Citizen, which said, "there is not...a better chamber ensemble in Canada."

The cross-cultural exploration continues with the new music of Ukraine, with works by Valentin Silvestrov and Bohdana Frolyak. The program also features "Owl Song" by Calgary composer William Jordan, Kelly-Marie Murphy's "Memory, Distance and No Time for Dances" and "Lunar Reflections" by Heather Schmidt.

Tickets are available in advance at Campus Tickets 220 7202 or at the door: adults $20, seniors and students $15.

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