Contact / Jordan Nobles – Undercurrents

Contact performs the music of Jordan Nobles

Contains the track Simulacrum which was nominated for Classical Composition of the Year at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards!

Composer: Jordan Nobles
Performers: CONTACT – Jerry Pergolesi, director and percussion; Wallace Halladay, saxophone; Sarah Fraser Raff, violin; Mary Katherine Finch, cello; Peter Pavlovsky, doublebass; Rob MacDonald, guitar; Allison Wiebe, piano. With Emma Elkinson, flute

Producers: Jordan Nobles, Jerry Pergolesi
Recording Engineers: Denis Tougas, Jeff Pelletier
Recorded at: Phase One Studio, Toronto (January & August 2010)
Assistant Engineers: Mike Ho, Marc Eijkenboorn
Digital Editing: Will Howie, Jordan Nobles
Mastering: Graemme Brown, Zen Mastering, Vancouver
Mixing: Will Howie
Translation: Caroline Gauthier
Cover art: Summer (2010) by Mark Takeshi McGregor

Undercurrents is available from:

1. Simulacrum
2. Temporal Waves
3. Grace
4. Stones Under Water
5. Undercurrents
6. Ostinati
7. Stasis

This recording was made possible through the generous assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

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Praised by the Globe and Mail as “thought-provoking” and “highly entertaining”, and by the New York Times as “mesmerizing” Contact is one of Canada’s leading interpreters of the music of our time. Contact has premiered works by emerging and established Canadian and international composers and has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues and new music festivals.

Contact is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, nurturing and facilitating the creation, production, presentation and engagement with new music in all contexts, forms and variations and creating outreach opportunities with Canada’s diverse communities in order to enrich people’s experience with sound. In addition to concerts, recordings and touring, Contact hosts Music From Scratch, a summer workshop for youth.

Contact (Photo by Karen Reeves)

Jordan Nobles – composer
JUNO award-winning composer Jordan Nobles is known for creating music filled with an “unearthly beauty” (Mondomagazine) that makes listeners want to “close (their) eyes and transcend into a cloud of music” (Discorder Magazine).

“Technically, there was no other word for it than that much overused modifier awesome.” Georgia Straight – Vancouver, BC

Jordan has won numerous awards for his work including a JUNO Award for ‘Classical Composition of the Year’, a Western Canadian Music Award, the International Composition Competition of the Unbound Flute Festival (Brisbane, Australia July 2016); the Sacra/Profana (San Diego 2013) , Vancouver Bach Choir (Vancouver 2008), and Polyphonos (Seattle 2011) International Composition Competitions. He placed 2nd in the International Soli fan tutti Kompositionswettbewerbs in Darmstadt, Germany and was a finalist in the C4 Choir Composition Competition in New York., as well as has been chosen to be performed in Wrocław, Poland at the International Society for Contemporary Music’s 2014 World Music Days.

“…breathtakingly beautiful sounds.” The Daily Gleaner – Fredericton, NB

In 2017, Jordan was the recipient of the Jan V. Matejcek Award from SOCAN “in recognition of his overall success in New Classical Music” and was honoured with the Barbara Pentland Award of Excellence for his “extraordinary contribution to Canadian Music”.

“…an experience of profound emotion.” Kitchener Waterloo Record – Kitchener, ON

Jordan was named the 2009 Emerging Artist in music from the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Awards. His string orchestra work Aurora was the CBC’s official entry at the UNESCO International Music Council’s International Rostrum of Composers in Lisbon, Portugal.

“..the most devastating work I’ve heard in a long time. It comes at you in ripples of heart-breaking melancholy that you only gradually acknowledge as such—you find yourself sad, then sadder, than closer to tears, then struggling not to sob, and not really knowing why. I was crushed by it…” Definitely the Opera, Toronto, ON

He continues to receive many National and International performances and commissions. He is a member of the Canadian League of Composers and an Associate of the Canadian Music Centre.

“It was a huge success…The audience was in trance and we got a standing ovation in the middle of the concert!!!!” Michael Zaugg, conductor, Choeur Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC

Recent projects included commissions for a spatial work for large wind symphony for Arizona State University, a work for soprano and chamber ensemble for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, a concert length spatial work for the Surrey Youth Symphony, and a new commission for the Standing Wave ensemble.

“And just such a unique experience was provided, with spectacular effect, by Vancouverite Jordan Nobles‘ A Sign in Space, which scattered the musicians to the far, jagged corners of the Crystal to surround us with music of unearthly beauty. Specially written for the day, Nobles’ piece was as perfectly at home in the ROM’s Crystal as Gabrieli in St. Mark’s Basilica. And the museum-goers were caught in their tracks as they drifted in from neighbouring rooms: spellbound, they stood and spun around slowly, trying to place the sources of the sound. How long was it, ten minutes? Thirty? Time was suspended; I could have sat for hours.” Mondomagazine, Toronto, ON

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