Rodney Sharman has been to The Banff Centre many times before, but his most recent was a very different visit for the Canadian composer.
While Sharman works in many different musical genres, he usually focuses on one piece while he’s here. However, when he came to the Centre last Fall, he planned to work simultaneously on four projects: a piano piece; a piece for Duo AttemaHaring, which consists of bass trombonist Brandt Attema and harpist Astrid Haringo; a cabaret song; and finally to complete touch ups on a dance opera.
Under our interview, you can hear his piece “Incantation”, which was a commission from Kathleen McLean for her CD Nightsongs. This piece was selected by NPR’s Performance Today to represent the year 2004 in their series on music of the 21st century. The abstract piece is written for bassoon, harp, and string quartet. Abstract composition, pieces without an explained narrative, is something that Sharman is not only interested in but sees less and less in modern composition.