The Composer Performs Series

A series of 3 concerts of new music where the composer is also one of the performing musicians. A single but generous set of new music in an intimate salon-type setting, followed by a Q&A discussion between the composer and audience. Audience members’ questions about the music itself and the process from initial creation to the evening’s performance are encouraged. This series is supported by a grant from the Canadian Music Centre.

Performances at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Tickets $20  Tickets are available at the door and advance tickets are available by calling 613.729.0693 at Alcorn Music Studios.  Please Note: Tickets put on hold and not paid for in advance must be purchased 15 minutes prior to the performance start time. The GigSpace seats 46 – general seating.

“Three composers cross the jazz boundary . You can hear the other side of three Ottawa musicians with strong ties to jazz, in a series of three concerts this winter at GigSpace.  That’s the classical and new music side, although jazz won’t be forgotten either. Organized by vocalist Elise Letourneau, the series is called “The Composer Performs”. Each concert will feature a musician playing strictly their own music, with (or in one case without) other collaborators.”  January 2013  Read full article at


Friday March 1, 2013: Jesse Stewart, solo
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Friday February 1, 2013: Elise Letourneau and Friends

“Elise Letourneau, a versatile composer who has won many awards, has set numerous texts in contrasting styles. There are lyrical themes that come across in bluesy colours, and upbeat songs with lively bounce that show the choir’s rhythmic precision. This CD provides the listener with very enjoyable music.” Ruth Watson HendersonComposer – Pianist

“I have enjoyed tremendously listening to this new CD; the music is fresh and speaks its own language. This is music of as much substance as that of its featured poets. It is rich in part because of the interaction of great poetry and inspired, creative music – and bears repeated listening on many levels. Bravo Elise!”>Donald Patriquin, Composer – Professor of Music, McGill University (retired)

Composer Elise Letourneau draws on all the musical colours of her training and background to incorporate into her writing palette: classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop. She creates a rich brew that is thoughtful and appealing, while honouring both classical and contemporary traditions.

Sonata Flora (piano)
– Belladonna
– Aconite
– Oleander

Voices of Earth (choral)

Regret and All Her Nightgowns: A Nocturne (choral)

Dance of the Longest Night (bass flute & double bass)

Four Love Poems by E.E. Cummings (double choir & jazz trio)
– i carry your heart with me
– i love you much
– when faces called flowers float out of the ground
– since feeling is first
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Martha Coulthart, Allison Jackson – sopranos
Kathy Eagan, Elise Letourneau – altos
Bertrand Doucet, Richard Fujarczuk – tenors
James O’Farrell, Marc-Andre Veselovsky – basses
Elise Letourneau – piano, bass flute
Mark Ferguson – piano
John Geggie – bass
Marilee Townsend-Alcorn – percussion

Friday, January 4th 2013 
Jan Järvlepp and Friends
Pascale Margely – flute, Lotta Lundsten – violin, Galina Rezaeipour – violin, Emmanuel Beaudet – viola, Armas Maiste – piano and Jan Jarvlepp – cello and electric guitar).
Program: pieces by Jan Jarvlepp. 
Composer Jan Järvlepp creates a genuine European/American musical fusion by combining the excitement of rock and jazz rhythms with the large scale classical structures found in orchestral and chamber music. The seriousness of his well thought-out forms and the immediacy of contemporary rhythmic and melodic ideas make a potent brew that is appealing to both open-minded classical listeners and pop music listeners who are searching for something new. For more info: – check it out!