Terri Hron performs and creates music in a wide range of settings, often in collaboration with others.
Bird on a Wire is her solo performance project. At first, Terri mostly played recorder and electronics, often assisted by Juan Parra Cancino. In absorb the current (2008) and flocking patterns (2011) she presented 14 new pieces for recorder and electronics that she commissioned from other composers.i Now, for NESTING GOZE (2015), she is working with artists from various visual and embodied practices to integrate video and movement with her playing and singing.ii This show will be performed by Egg of Sand (Terri Hron & Catherine Thompson) and recorded for a short film.
In Portrait Collection, Terri is composing for her band of unique instrumentalists, each with a rich experience of interpretation, improvisation and composition.iii In private or public, solo and group sessions, she studies their sounds and words, creating scores and samples from each session to remix in future ones. Terri is slowly defining portraits of each instrumentalist, placing them in time and space. The performers at any given session are sometimes live, other times recorded, with Terri brining the whole in a touch of processing, as if curating a gallery.
As Beta Lyræ, Terri and Cléo Palacio-Quintin network their own and others’ music into performances on augmented flutes. With Sam Davidson (music) and Michael Markowsky (visuals), Terri helps make Spacemelt happen, in multi-media shows with numerous guest performers. She is herself a guest or soloist sometimes, appearing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Constantinople, Productions SuperMusique and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra.
Terri also composes music for and in collaboration with other performers. Recent projects include Sharp Splinter, a set of pieces for instrumentalists and electronics based on the archive of correspondence, audio and film that her family collected during the Cold War,iv and Bittersweet, a choral work with electronics, that was set to and is a setting of a recording of her grandfather reading his poetry for radio. Among her current composition projects are: Rockin, a choreography by Lina Cruz, and Beast Calls, an acoustic set of miniatures for viola and piano based on Terri’s field recordings of natural environments.v
Terri studied musicology and art history at the University of Alberta, recorder performance and contemporary music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and is currently finishing her doctorate in composition at the Université de Montréal. She is researching collaborative practices in the creation of music for instruments and electronics, focusing on the composer’s perspective on the idiom of specific performers.vi She gives courses in creation and technology at the Université de Montréal, and masterclasses in a wide variety of settings. She has been the thankful recipient of numerous artist residencies, awards, grants and scholarships.vii
i For Bird on a Wire 1: absorb the current: Jim Altieri (USA), Ronald Boersen (Netherlands/Israel), Juan Parra Cancino (Chile/Belgium), Peter Hannan (Canada), Laurie Radford (Canada) and Peter Swendsen (USA). Album released in 2009.
For Bird on a Wire 2: flocking patterns: Daniel Blake (USA), Jorrit Dijkstra (Netherlands/USA), Jenny Olivia Johnson (USA), Emilie Cecilia LeBel (Canada), Paula Matthusen (USA), Darren Miller (Canada), Robert Normandeau and Elliott Sharp. Album recorded in surround and released in 2012.
ii Hannahbeth Fischer (USA), choreography; Philip Fortin (Canada), camera; Marie-Eve Laflamme (Canada), accessories.
iii Daniel Blake, saxophone (New York); Katelyn Clark, harpsichord/organetto (Montreal), Peter Evans, trumpet (New York); Mary Halvorson, guitar (New York); Dana Jessen, bassoon (Oberlin, OH); Adam Kinner, saxophone (Montreal); Philippe Lauzier, bass clarinet (Montreal) & Cléo Palacio-Quintin, (hyper)flute (Montreal). This is a New York/Montreal-based band.
v Written for and with Luciane Cardassi, piano (Canada) and Ronelle Schaufele, viola (Canada).
vi Supervisors: Philippe Leroux & Isabelle Panneton. Visiting research at NOTAM (Norway) and the University of Huddersfield (UK). She is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
vii Including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Banff Centre, the Canada Council for the Arts, le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.