Surface Tension by Jordan Nobles
Performed live by the Aventa Ensemble on December 4, 2012
At the Vancouver Aquatic Centre

Aventa Ensemble
Bill Linwood - director and percussion
Mark McGregor - flutes
Darnell Linwood - horn
Muge Buyukcelen - viola and violin
Mieka Michaux - viola
Alasdair Money - cello
Darren Buhr - double bass
Corey Rae - percussion
with guests
Adrian Verdejo - electric guitar
AK Coope - clarinets
Colin MacDonald - saxophones

Video Projections: Giorgio Magnanensi
Lighting Design: Conor Moore
Sound: Will Howie
Production Manager: Nicholas Jacques
Audio Recording: Paul Luchkow

Cameras: Chris Porter, Chris Randle
Editing: Chris Randle
A Chris Randle Video

Surface Tension
I’ve always been influenced by water in its many forms as clouds, rain, tides, ice crystals, whirlpools, waterfalls, etc., so the idea of composing a piece with a water theme was a natural one for me.
Surface Tension involves three short, somewhat contrasting textures inspired by the fluid dynamics of water. The piece is continuous however with each section following, even overlapping somewhat with, the others. (jn)

Jordan Nobles (1969)
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), Jordan Nobles has emerged as one of Canada’s finest and busiest composers. Jordan was recently named the International Winner of Seattle’s Polyphonos Choir Composition Competition, a Finalist in the C4 Choir Composition Competition in New York, and also of the the Soli fan tutti Kompositionspreis in Darmstadt, Germany.
His string orchestra work Aurora was recommended to the International Rostrum of Composers in Lisbon, Portugal and performed at the International Society for Contemporary Music Festival in Miami, Florida. He continues to receive many National and International performances. His recent projects included a piano concerto for the Vancouver Symphony with pianist Corey Hamm, music for dance and new commissions for ensembles in New York, Seattle and Tokyo.

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