Biography

Since adolescence, my artistic interests have veered toward a cross-section of the technique, aesthetic, and instrumentation of both classical and heavy metal music. Through my training I have learned to blur the edges of these styles into my own dark and complex sonic universe in which I explore the trangressive aspects of life, death, eternity, and nothingness. My works are realized through a number of instrumental combinations from both the classical and metal worlds, with performances by orchestras, chamber and solo concert performers, my extreme metal quartet 30 immolated ; 16 returned, and noise outfits pornOnoise and MUGBAIT.

I have performed and lectured internationally on metal and transgression in music with dates in Lausanne (Switzerland), Ann Arbour, Vancouver, Toronto, and as a headliner for Calgary’s Soundasaurus festival and the Edmonton NuMusic at Next Fest. I am a recipient of the 2013 Toronto Harp Society and 2012 KW Chamber Orchestra composition prizes, a SSHRC research grant, University of Alberta’s President’s Award of Distinction, and a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship.

I have been lucky enough to have worked with a number of wonderful musicians, dancers and visual artists that have brought my music to life such as The Toy Piano Composers, The Warzinsky Trio, junctQin, TorQ, Gerry Morita, Jeannie Vanderkerkhove, Werner Friesen and many others.

Currently, I reside in Burlington, Ontario with my family where I am pursuing a Doctorate of Music degree from the University of Alberta where I teach music theory, history, counterpoint, composition, and guitar at the RanDuth music studio.

 

Curriculum Vitae 2016

                                                                        Academic Qualifications and Awards

 

University of Alberta                                                  University of Toronto

Doctor of Music in Composition (in progress)              Master of Music in Composition

2009-2016                                                                             2007-2009

Edmonton, Alberta                                                              Toronto, Ontario

 

Wilfrid Laurier University                                    Mohawk College

Honors in Musical Composition                                    Diploma in Guitar Performance

2003-2007                                                                          2000-2003

Waterloo, Ontario                                                             Hamilton, Ontario

 

SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

September 2011 – August 2013

 

University of Alberta President’s Award of Distinction

September 2011 – August 2013

 

Queen Elizabeth II Award

September 2010 – April 2011

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Composition Prizes

 

The Red Sky for harp, marimba, violin and cello

Winner of the 2013 Toronto Harp Society Composition Prize

Performed by Angela Schwartzkopf, Michelle Colton, Melissa Schakk, Samuel Bison

November 11th 2013 at the Glenn Gould Conservatory

 

Voluspa for Chamber Orchestra

Winner of the 2012 Kitchener/Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition

Performed by the Kitchener/Waterloo Chamber Orchestra

April 18th, 2012 at the Maureen Forester Recital Hall, Waterloo

 

Violet Archer Composition Award – The University of Alberta

September 2010 August 2011

 

List of Published Works

Solo, Chamber, and Orchestral

(* = to be performed in the near future)

 

*Morbro for solo percussion

Commissioned by Daniel Morphy

To be performed in the Fall of 2016

 

Playing with Dead Things for Pierrot Ensemble

Commissioned by the Toy Piano Composers

To be performed on April 1st, 2016

 

Fugue for String Quartet

Presented by the Wilfrid Laurier Contemporary Music Festival

Performed by the Penderecki String Quartet

On January 30th 2016 in the Maureen Forester Recital Hall

 

The $100,000 Noise Machine for Augmented Piano and Electronics

Commissioned by the Toy Piano Composers

Performed by Wesley Chen

On March 22nd 2015 at Gallery 345 in Toronto, Ontario

 

The Red Sky for harp, marimba, violin and cello

Winner of the 2013 Toronto Harp Society Composition Prize

Performed by Angela Schwartzkopf, Michelle Colton, Melissa Schakk, Samuel Bison

November 11th 2013 at the Glenn Gould Conservatory

 

Sonata for Satan for chamber ensemble and electronics

Presented by the Toy Piano Composers

Performed by the Toy Piano Composer Ensemble

On October 27th, 2012 at Heliconian Hall, Toronto, Ontario

 

Deviants of the Fringe for Piano Trio

Presented by New Music Edmonton

Performed by the Warzynski Trio

On April 16th 2012 at Muttart Hall in Alberta College, Edmonton

 

Voluspa for Chamber Orchestra

Winner of the 2012 Kitchener/Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition

Performed by the Kitchener/Waterloo Chamber Orchestra

On April 18th, 2012 at the Maureen Forester Recital Hall, Waterloo

 

Framed Transience for electric guitar quartet

Presented by the Toy Piano Composers

Performed by The Rob Macdonald electric guitar quartet

On October 1st, 2011 at Gallery 345, Toronto, Ontario

 

Re-Ordered Chaos for Saxophone Quartet, Noise Shirts, and Circuit-Bent Evening Dress

Presented by New Music at NextFest

Performed by Allison Balcetis, Laura Kurtslag, Megan Teha and Emily Schultz and Gerry Morita

On June 9th, 2011 at The Old Cycle Building, Edmonton, Alberta

 

Dragging Death to Life for two pianos and toy piano

Presented by The Toy Piano Composers

Performed by junctQin

On February 26th, 2011 at Gallery 345, Toronto, Ontario

 

Ki for percussion quartet

Presented by the Toy piano Composers

Performed by the TorQ percussion quartet

On May 7th, 2011 at Helliconican Hall, Toronto, Ontario

 

The White Void of Unpeopled and Unlimitable Space for Baritone, Drum-kit, and Piano

Presented by the Toy Piano Composers

Performed by Nanthaniel Wiseman, Joe Ryan, and Chris Thornborrow

On February 15th 2010 at Heliconian Hall, Toronto, Ontario

 

Watching it Collapse for improvising chamber group

Presented by The Toy Piano Composers and Digital Prowess

Performed by Digital Prowess

On May 30th, 2009, at Gallery 345, Toronto, Ontario

 

The Monster in the Closet for Piano and Toy Piano

Presented by The Toy Piano Composers

Performed by Elaine Lau and Joe Ferretti

On October 24th, 2008, 8 pm at Gallery 345, Toronto, Ontario

 

String Quartet no. 2 for String Quartet

Presented by Boris Bratt chamber works

Performed by The Katherine Mermak Quartet

On October 13th, 2006 at the Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario

 

Within V Rooms for guitar trio and string ensemble

Commissioned by Jonathan Earp

Performed by The Hamilton Philharmonic, conducted by Christopher Hunt – with Ruth Guechtal, Ryan Kinney and Adam Michaels on guitar

On March 21st, 2004 at Mohawk College Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario

 

Extreme Metal

30 immolated ; 16 returned for 6 and 7 string guitars, 5 string bass guitar, drum-set, soprano, actors and reflexive elctronic instruments

Presented by NuMusic at Nextfest

Choreographed by Gerry Morita Performed by Caitlyn Triebel, Daniel Brophy, Ruth Guechtal, Kale Fennemen, Lewis Longard, Richard Lee, Jeannie Vanderkerkhove, and Kristine Nutting

On June 13th 2013 at the Bohemia in Edmonton, Alberta

 

The Eternal Hate Machine (Demo) for 6 and 7 string guitars, 5 string bass guitar, drum-set, false-cord vocals, string quartet and live electronics

Released October 2011 on the Threshold Shift Productions label

 

Sound-Art and Experimental Improvisation

 

Plunge Her Jello-Porn for electronics and found objects

Presented by the Wilfrid Laurier Contemporary Music Fetival

Performed by Daniel Brophy and Ruth Guechtal as pornOnoise

On January 30th 2016 in the Maureen Forester Recital Hall

 

Dirty Chess for electronics

Presented at Somewhere There

Performed by Daniel Brophy, Ruth Guechtal, and Ryan Kinney

On August 21st 2012 At the Somewhere There Space in Toronto, Ontario.

 

Helicopter Parents for electronics and found objects

Presented by the Soundasaurus festival in conjunction with Epcor Energy

Performed by MUGBAIT

Performed November 15th, 2012 at the Epcor Performing Arts Center, Calgary, Alberta

 

The Hacked Body for electronics and found objects

Presented and Commissioned by the Works Festival

Performed by Daniel Brophy, Gerry Morita and Jeannie Vandekerkhove

June 22nd and 28th 2012 at the Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta

 

Munich Eunuch for electronics and found objects

Presented by the NIME conference

Performed by MUGBAIT

On May 22nd, 2012 at the Necto in Ann Arbour, Michigan

 

Shirt, Eggs for electronics and found objects

Presented by the Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference

Collaboration between by MUGBAIT and Ben and Sandra Doller

Performed at the Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference

On October 20th, 2011 at The Revue Stage, Granville Island, Vancouver

 

Journée portes-ouvertes for large improvising orchestra and conductor

Presented and performed by the Improvisation Meta-Orchestre and guests (invited to collaborate)

On August 24th, 2011 at Stage 2:21, Lausanne, Switzerland

 

Garden Gnome Chomsky for electronics and found objects

Presented by the Music at Winspear Presents Celebrating the Leaders of Tomorrow

Performed by MUGBAIT

On October 17th, 2011 at Winspear Centre, Edmonton, AB.

 

Circuit-Bent Evening Dress for electronics and found objects

Presented at The Hacked Playhouse

Performed by Gerry Morita

On April 15th and 16th, 2011 at The Hacked Playhouse, Edmonton, Alberta

 

Sounding Metal sound sculpture for large pieces of scrap metal and arduino micro-controller

Presented by The Hacked Playhouse

On April 15th and 16th, 2011 at The Hacked Playhouse, Edmonton, Alberta

 

Selected Commercial Compositions

 

Unicycle Joe a film animated and directed by Alan Cook

Music scored by Daniel Brophy

December 2009

http://www.coldhardflash.com/2008/05/two-farewell-films-unicycle-joe-and-kaboom.html

 

Strings of Ares Introduction

Scored by Daniel Brophy

December 2010

 

Snow Valley Commercial

Music written by Daniel Brophy and Colin Labadie

Performed by Daniel Brophy, Colin Labadie and Kimberly Mann

December 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anHojqdfNQE&list=PLF155C173AF9D8587.

 

Album Releases

 

The Eternal Hate Machine (Demo) for death metal quintet, string quartet and live electronics

Released October 2011 on the Threshold Shift Productions label

 

MUGBAIT that guy has tree written on his chest for live electronics and distortion

Released October 2011 on the Ramshackle Day Parade label

 

MUGBAIT We Apologize for the Inconvenience for live electronics

Live album released October 2011 on the Ramshackle Day Parade label

 

Teaching and Lecturing Experience

 

Guitar Teacher/Theory Lecturer –The Merriam School of Music and Toronto Faculty of Music

Teach group and private lessons in harmony, history, fret-board harmony, ensemble (rock band), and guitar.

September 2013 – current

  • Develop and teach curriculum for Royal Conservatory of Music courses in all levels of rudiments, harmony, and history, counterpoint and analysis
  • Prepare lectures
  • Assign homework
  • Grading assignments
  • Examination preparation
  • Prepare and grade tests
  • Arranging songs and coaching rock ensemble

 

Lecturer in the Business of Music 1 and 2 – Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

September 2013 – April 2014

  • Designed the current ‘blended’ (50% on-line) curriculum for Mohawk College’s two semester course in the business of music and careers
  • Researched and lectured on the business of music including marketing, social media, copyright law, entertainment law, careers in music teaching, live entertainment, commercial composition, recording and engineering, and grant writing
  • Created video recordings for on-line lectures
  • Created assignments with rubric
  • Created final exams
  • Responsible for inputting final grades

 

Freelance Composer/Guitar Performer

2007 – current

  • Composer works for solo instrument or chamber ensemble for commission
  • Performing solo and chamber works
  • Writing grants

 

Artist in ResidenceUniversity of Alberta arts-Based-Research-Studio

Program Manager, Artistic Director, Fiscal Management, Producer, Marketer

April – July 2013

  • Three-month course based on requirements of studio director
  • Developed curriculum and course materials
  • Plan and teach weekly workshops on technology, composition, and improvisation
  • Organize and lead weekly seminars on liminal artistic practices
  • Utilize various methods of instruction including multimedia, lecture, and demonstration
  • Produced, organized and directed final showing to a large public audience

Teaching Assistant – University of Alberta Music Department

September 2009 – April 2011

  • Prepared lectures and taught courses in composition, electronic music, and history
  • Assessed homework and submitted grades based on attentiveness, detail,
  • Coached students through the composition of a work
  • Lead weekly tutorials on musical technology and programming environments (Logic, PD and Max/MSP software)
  • Collected and marked weekly journals and assignments
  • Took regular attendance
  • Proctored exams

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Refereed Papers and Workshops

Sonic Identities: Distortion and Death

Presented in the panel Aesthetics of Judgment in Extreme Musics

Presented at the Crossroads Cultural Studies Conference

July 3rd, 2012. Paris, France, Université de Sorbonne

 

CE3C: Creative Environment for Emerging Electronic Culture

Workshop on Circuit bending and other DIY projects

Invited by Kathleen Brown to present on current DIY projects and sound sculptures, and to lead a workshop on the creation of DIY projects. November 5th, 2011. Calgary.

 

Chaotic Technology: Using Unpredictability as an Improvisational Tool

Presented by Daniel Brophy and Colin Labadie at the Shift, Mix, Blur: Improvising Across Boundaries Conference 2011

October 21st, 2011. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

 

A Little Chaos in the System: The Case of Two Prototype Augmented Guitars

Presented by Daniel Brophy and Colin Labadie at The Ghost in the Machine Conference at the McGill Schulick School of Music

February 2nd, 2011. Mc Gill Schulick School of Music

 

The White Void of Unpeopled and Unlimitable Space

Presented at the University of Alberta Graduate Music Student Association conference Living in a World of Sound and Noise

March 5th, 2010. Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

 

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Board and Concert Production Experience

New Music Edmonton Composers’ Concert Society

Board Member, festival organizer, concert curator and producer

2010-2013

  • Board member at large sitting on multiple committees:
    • Advertising – seek out contract marketing company, make final decisions on print and audio broadcast advertisements
    • Programming – plan concert seasons with agreement of committee, synthesize results and to report to president and the board
    • Financial – attend bi-monthly meetings for financial reports and helped to balance the budget by programming and budget changes
  • Festival Organizer – co-plan, organize and curate two-day festival, including call for works, hiring an ensemble, catering, and hall rental.
  • Salon Show Organizer – guide the direction of the company towards an interdisciplinary and inter-arts approach through the co-creation of community oriented concerts, and a festival that celebrates Edmonton’s local artists.

 

NuMusic at NextFest

Talent curator and music consultant

2010 – 2013

  • Write call for works, hiring talent, weekly meetings with curator, organizing concert events.

 

GMSA Graduate Music Student Association

Executive board member, performance student liason, and conference organizer

2009 – 2011

  • Create policies and by-laws that both adhere to school policy and aid in the comfort and education of graduate music students
  • Organize graduate student conference, including co-writing grants, curating, and hiring talent for monthly concerts and events
  • Sit on the graduate council as a representative of the GMSA.

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