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Anna Pidgorna

music and video



Anna Pidgorna (b. 1985) is a composer and media artist who combines her interests in sonic objects, visual art and writing to create works that are dramatic and picturesque. She works in both the acoustic and electronic realms, independently and in conjunction. Having a special interest in theatre, she is currently working on her second chamber opera, On the Eve of Ivan Kupalo, funded by a fellowship from the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. Her first exploration of the genre, Shards, was written and premiered in 2006 with the help of the J.E.A. Crake Undergraduate Summer Research Grant. Pidgorna was born in Ukraine and is heavily influenced by her heritage. Ukrainian folk themes appear as bird song in her first orchestral work, Tintamarre, and form the backbone of Ivan Kupalo. Pidgorna completed her undergraduate studies at Mount Allison University in Sackville, Canada in 2007 and is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Calgary, Canada.





As Evelyn takes her daily walk through a series of tunnels, she imagines that she is being watched. The further she goes, the more active her imagination becomes. Is there a watcher after all?The sound of the bass clarinet is processed live with MaxMSP. Evelyn is portrayed by Mandy Kahlmeier. This performance is by a Calgary clarinetist, Andrew Morrow.

See/download the score at issuu.com/annapidgorna/docs/evelyn_s_watcher-merged

"Evelyn's Watcher (with video)" by Anna Pidgorna is licensed under a Creative Commons License






"Light-play through curtain holes" (2010), for solo accordion, was inspired by the delicate lines and shimmering diamonds of light playing on the wall. This piece was written for and premiered by German accordionist, Olivia Steimel.




"Spectrum Study" (2007), for clarinet, glockenspiel and vibraphone, was a first foray into the world of spectral music. I was also fascinated by piano resonance at the time and attempted to recreate it, without the characteristic piano attack, with bowed vibraphone.




"Departure from the bush" (2006), for female voice, flute, alto flute and clarinet, is a setting of a poem from Margaret Atwood’s "The Journals of Susanna Moodie," a collection exploring the life of early settlers in Canada. It was written for and premiered by Canadian soprano, Beth Hagerman.



Off the Voice by Anna Pidgorna


The inspiration for Off the voice came as I watched a friend, a vocalist, struggle with a sickness, which left her terrifyingly mute for several weeks. For me it came to represent a much wider problem: the inability to express ourselves due to some real or imagined impediment, a suffocating disease we suffer in various spheres of our lives.