Ecology of Being

The Music of EOB

Here are the five works as they were presented at the Tuckamore Festival in August 2020. We look forward so much to a time when we can perform all five works together, on stage, on front of a live audience.  In the meantime, feel free to share and enjoy these wonderful works which were inspired by the climate emergency and what we are leaving to the next generation. We feel so grateful for the talents of these amazing composers and give big thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts, ArtsNL and MusicNL in helping bring this project – one which is deeply meaningful to us –  to life.

Meet the Five Ecology of Being Composers

Ian Cusson discusses The Garden of Earthly Delights

Bekah Simms discusses shedding, as if sloughed

Dawn Avery discusses Onekha’shòn:a, Ya’kòn:kwe (The Waters, The Women)

Carmen Braden discusses The Seed Knows

Melissa Hui discusses Ecology of Being

The Online Premiere of Ecology of Being

Along with many performers, the Covid-19 pandemic pushed us to find new ways to keep going. Because all of our live performances of Ecology of Being were postponed until next year, we created a special online premiere series which was part of the Tuckamore Festival’s 20th anniversary season. Here we are in late June recording the five wonderful works in a beautifully restored church in Cape Broyle NL.

Music has often reflected upon social and political events of its time and our project aims to do that. Ecology of Being is about – through music and poetry – treasuring the earth, examining our complex relationship with it and truly valuing what we’ve taken for granted for so long.   It’s about thinking, feeling, experiencing both the trauma of a lost earth, but also about treasuring the joy of a world we love. 

Ecology of Being

Duo Concertante’s ECOLOGY of BEING is an ambitious and timely commissioning program where music and critical issues intersect. Designed to inspire reflection about our connection and interconnections to this planet, Ecology of Being considers what we are leaving the next generation and our complicity in the world’s rapid, alarming, and ominous changes.  It also pays tribute to the gloriousness of our earth and the power of nature, recognizing our dependence on it for survival, resilience, and healing.

Each new musical work examines environmental issues in personal and special way. Dawn Ierihò:kwats Avery’s Onekha’shòn:a, Ya’kòn:kwe (The Waters, The Women) speaks to the Native American understanding of the deep symbiotic and spiritual connection of women and water, both of which are life-givers. Carmen Braden’s The Seed Knows, depicts the promise, mystery and simplicity of a seed; as Carmen puts it: “one of the most confident and clear and astounding parts of our ecosystem.”  Ian Cusson’s The Garden of Earthly Delights draws inspiration from the three panels of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous painting of the same name in a dramatic and evocative programmatic work.  The Australian wild fires were raging when Bekah Simms’ wrote Shedding as if Sloughed for violin, piano and electronics; it conjures sensations of burning as well as the cycle of fire and regrowth. Finally, Melissa Hui’s Ecology of Being, the longest work in the series, uses the eco poetry of Shannon Webb-Campbell to address our interconnections with nature and our responsibilities as custodians of the planet.

Summer 2020 performances of Ecology of Being:

  • Toronto Summer Music on July 29. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
  • Stratford Summer Music on August 1. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
  • Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival on August 3. POSTPOPNED UNTIL 2021
  • Tuckamore Festival Online on August 10, 12 and 14
  • Musique Royale, Lunenburg NS on August 26