Chris Paul Harman
Chris Paul Harman. Composer, born Toronto 19 Nov 1970. In Toronto, Chris Paul Harman studied classical guitar with Barton Wigg, cello with Alan Stellings, and electroacoustic music with Wes Wraggett. Harman is a self-taught composer, which is quite unusual for such an active member of the composition community. As a teen, he was a finalist and a grand prize winner in the CBC National Radio Competition for Young Composers (1986 and 1990 respectively), and in 1994 and 2004 his Concerto for Oboe and Strings received an official recommendation from UNESCO's International Music Council. In 2001 and 2007, Harman was awarded the Canada Council's Jules-Léger Prize for new chamber music.
Known for his innovative and intricate orchestral works, Harman has developed a distinctive style marked by its use of percussion and a quest for timbral colours and rhythmic energy based on syncopation and riffs, often making reference to popular or non-western musical worlds. As much by the diversity of the material as by the variety of his treatment, this richness and heterogeneity are also reminiscent of the late works of the Hungarian composer György Ligeti, and sometimes recall the eclectic universe of the American composer Charles E. Ives.
Harman's works have been played regularly by ensembles and orchestras in Canada, Europe, and Asia, and in particular by the Asko Ensemble, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, New Music Concerts, the Noordhollands Philharmonisch, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Toronto Symphony and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
He has also received commissions from numerous soloists, ensembles and orchestras, including guitarists William Beauvais and Sylvie Proulx, violinist Jacques Israelievitch, and oboist Lawrence Cherney; the Sabat-Clarke Duo, Continuum, the Esprit Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony; and such organizations as the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), the Guelph Spring Festival, the Standing Wave Ensemble, Soundstreams Canada, and the CBC. Many of his works have been recorded on the Centrediscs (Canadian Music Centre) and CBC labels.
Harman joined the composition faculty at McGill University's Schulich School of Music in 2005. Beginning in 2009, he was a member of the SMCQ's artistic committee.
Critical Bands. 1992. Percussion
Globus hystericus. 1992. Piano
Irisation. 1992. 24 strings
The Swan that Died in Darkness. 1992. Guitar
Concerto. 1993. Oboe, string orchestra
Theme and Variations. 1993. 8 players
Adagio. 1994. String quartet
Let Me Die Before I Wake. 1994. Orchestra
Incidents in Transition. 1995. Flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2 percussion
Partita for Solo Violin. 1995 (revised 1998-2001)
C Section. 1996. Violin, small orchestra (flute, clarinet, oboe, French horn, bassoon, strings)
The Dawn of Each New Day Brings Us Each a Little Closer to Our Inevitable Demise. 1996. Large orchestra
From the Cradle to the Grave. 1997. 16 strings
String Quartet No. 2. 1997
Axle. 1998. Small orchestra
Five Japanese Children's Songs. 1998. Soprano, piano
Flicker. 1998. Orchestra
Procession burlesque. 1998. 10 players
Verve. 1998. Marimba, reverberation
Midnight with the Stars and You. 1999-2000. Violin, piano, tape
Uta (concerto). 1999-2000. Viola, orchestra
Catacombs (concerto). 1999-2000. Flute, orchestra
Amerika. 2001. Small orchestra (14 players)
Assemblage. 2001. Flute, piano
Projection. 2001. 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, double-bass, piano
Three Pieces for Two Violins. 2001-02
Incipits. 2002. Flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion
Mabushii sora e - Toward a Brilliant Sky (concerto). 2002-03. Piano, toy piano, orchestra
Kansha - Gratitude. 2004. 2 flutes (piccolo, alto flute), oboe, clarinet, alto recorder, trumpet, harp, cimbalom, string quartet, piano, toy piano, 2 percussion
Otogi no kuni e - Fairy Tale Land (concerto). 2004-05. Cello, orchestra
Postludio a rovescio. 2007. Flute, clarinet, violin, cello