A packed house at Toronto's Koerner Hall hailed the release of an innovative collaboration between world-renowned DJ Skratch Bastid, the Afiara String Quartet, and four young Toronto composers including Rob.
The Afiara commissioned the four composer to write new works for string quartet inspired by popular themes. Each of these works is then remixed by renowned DJ Skratch Bastid, creating four new solo works for scratch DJ. The project culminates in the composers responding to the remixes in the form of a quintet, string quartet + DJ. This unique collaboration between the quartet, composers, and DJ thus chronicles a complete musical conversation, traversing different media to...
The Vancouver Chamber Choir, longtime collaborators with Rob, premired a new commissioned work at their annual Youth and Music concert at Ryerson United Church in Vancouver on April 24th, longtime music director Jon Washburn conducting.
The new work, "Sing no Sad Songs for Me", is an a capella setting of the famous Christina Rossetti poem "When I am Dead, My Dearest".
This is the fourth time the Vancouver Chamber Choir has commissioned a choral work by Rob. The fruitful relationship dates back to 2005 when Rob won the choir's annual Young Composers' Competition with his choral work "Virtue", one of his first completed compositions.