Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Wylie Ferguson selected for Highscore Festival in Italy

photo by Gillian Weber-Leedham
Wylie Ferguson is a composer from Squamish, BC, currently in the final year of the BMus in Jazz Studies at Capilano University.  He studies composition with Bradshaw Pack. Wylie is also a guitarist and has been involved in many local death metal and grindcore bands, the avant jazz-metal band, Big Evil, and has composed for various jazz and chamber groups. His music has been performed by the Erato Ensemble and has been featured at the Sonic Boom Festival and Vancouver Pro Music Electroacoustic Festival.  Listen to some of Wylie's music here

Wylie has been selected to take part in a composers workshop at the Franco Vittadini Higher Institute of Music Studies in Pavia, Italy from August 3rd-25th.  The workshop is part of the Highscore Festival, which involves private composition study, public performances, and daily lectures and workshops. Wylie is currently writing a string quartet that will be performed during the festival by Quartetto Indaco. The guest of honor at the Highscore Festival this year is Helmut Lachenmann and the faculty includes Amy Beth Kirsten, Mario Garuti, Christopher Theofanidis, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Marina Giovannini. One of the venues for the concerts is the Basilica of San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, a late medieval church which is the burial place of St. Augustine and Boethius, among others.

We are really happy for Wylie and wish him all the best in this adventure. Buona fortuna!

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