for solo saxophone (soprano, alto) solo clarinet (Bb clarinet, bass clarinet) and ensemble of flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone.
Rebecca Wellons, saxophone soloist
Todd Brunel, clarinet soloist
Lesley O’Donel, flute
Jennifer Bill, soprano saxophone
Gordon Gest, tenor saxophone
Jon Amon, baritone saxophone
“Ni tout à fait la nuit, ni tout à fait le jour”
-L’enfant de l’hiver (1989)
This quote is from the French movie “L’enfant de l’hiver” by director Olivier Assayas. It reads, “never exactly night, never exactly day” and is written at the beginning of the musical score.
Robert Lemay has composed many works and received numerous international awards. His recent honours include the second prize from the International Competition Prize Luxembourg 2007 and the second prize from the Kazimierz Serocki 10th International Composers's Competition 2006. Other international prizes include the first prize from the 2004 Harelbeke Muziekstad Wind Ensemble Competition in Belgium. His music, which often employs virtuoso performance techniques, is characterized by an imaginative and unconventional use of the concert hall space. His pieces have been performed in Canada, the United States, Asia (Japan, Thailand), Europe (France, Denmark, Luxembourg, Spain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, and Belgium), in South America (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela) and in Australia. Many of his works have also been broadcast on Société Radio-Canada, the CBC, Bavarian State Radio, European Broadcasting Union (Luxembourg), and Polish National Radio.
Lemay holds a doctorate degree in composition from the Université de Montréal and a master’s degree from Université Laval. He also studied at the State University of New York at Buffalo and taken part in seminars with Brian Ferneyhough, Louis Andriessen, and Donald Erb. In France, he worked with François Rossé and Georges Apergis. Presently, Robert Lemay teaches at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He is the the President and the Co-artistic Director of the 5-Penny New Music Concerts in Sudbury.