School of Music

Visiting Artists, Transient Canvas, Concert Featuring Electroacoustic Music

April 18, 2019
7:30 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus
$15 adult, $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $5 students.
Transient Canvas

The School of Music presents visiting artists, Transient Canvas, in a master class and evening concert. 

Free and open to the public, the master class will feature USM student soloists and ensembles performing for critical review and advice by the guest artists.

The evening concert will take place on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Corthell Concert Hall on the Gorham Campus. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students. Purchase tickets online at, by phone at (207) 780-5555, or at the door.

Hailed as "superb" by the Boston Globe, and "disarming" by Cleveland Classical, Transient Canvas is elevating the bass clarinet and marimba by commissioning new repertoire that challenges expectations. As a duo, Amy Advocat and Matt Sharrock have commissioned over 80 pieces by emerging and well-established composers from all over the world, and they continue to tour extensively in the U.S. and abroad. In August 2017, TC released their first album Sift on New Focus Recordings to rave reviews. KLANG New Music called it "one of the more refreshing things I've heard in recent years." Their second album, Wired, releases on New Focus Recordings on November 2, 2018.

Dedicated to spreading their repertoire, Transient Canvas maintains and active touring schedule. They have been presented by the Alba Music Festival (Alba, Italy), SoundNOW Festival (Atlanta, GA), Music at the Forefront (Bowling Green, OH), Composers, Inc. (San Francisco, CA), Classic City New Music Festival (Athens, GA), Outpost Concert Series (Los Angeles, CA), Moore Hall Recital Series (Pembroke, NC), New Music at the Short North Stage (Columbus, OH), Music on Madison (Evanston, IL), New Music Nights at Spectrum (New York, NY), Clocks in Motion (Madison, WI), the Corwin Chair Concert Series (Santa Barbara, CA), First Fridays (Providence, RI), New Hampshire Music Festival (Plymouth, NH), Re:Sound (Cleveland, OH), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY), and the Guerrilla Composers Guild (San Francisco, CA). They have performed and presented at several professional conferences including PASIC, SEAMUS, SCI Region 1, and two New Music Gatherings. In Boston, they have been featured on the Equilibrium, Original Gravity, Opensound, New Gallery, Lowell Lecture, and Times Two concert series.

Equally dedicated to educating the next generation of performers and composers, Transient Canvas has presented masterclasses and composition workshops at Baldwin Wallace, Cleveland State, Franklin Pierce, Fresno Pacific, James Madison, Kennesaw State, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio Wesleyan, Otterbein, Rutgers, and San Jose State Universities, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, University of Maine, UNC Pembroke, University of the Pacific, UW Green Bay, and UW Madison. They have also held residencies with the composition departments at Harvard, Northeastern, Brandeis, and Tufts Universities, the University of Georgia, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the Alba Music Festival Composition Program.

Transient Canvas proudly endorses Henri Selmer Paris clarinets and Marimba One marimbas and mallets.

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Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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