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Bout is inspired by the sport of women’s boxing. In an interview with Canadian boxing pioneer Savoy “Kapow” Howe, I was struck by her detailed demonstration of the inner monologue of a fighter. Melodic and rhythmic material from her words insinuate themselves into the piece, along with referee’s whistles, counts and bells, training routines and the dogged persistence of the fighter.
Bout: A round at fighting; a contest, match, trial of strength, physical or intellectual.
"Bout" was commissioned by CONTACT Contemporary Music for the Six Team League Project through the Ontario Arts Council. The Six Team League project brings together six ensembles and six composers from across the country: ECM+Bradyworks (Montréal), Motion Ensemble (Moncton, NB), St. Crispin’s Ensemble (Edmonton), CONTACT (Toronto) and Negative Zed (Vancouver).
15 May 2010: Performed by Motion Ensemble at Charlotte St. Arts Centre in Fredericton, Canada