Travels through Time
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Our program explores time through music. The first two movements of Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango depict the evolution of the tango from the lively early 1900’s to the lyrical 1930’s. Our second piece is by Ian Clarke, a composer influenced by many genres, including his time in a rock band! Written in memory of his mother, Touching the Ether uses pitch bends, finger vibrato, and ghost notes to haunting effect as it reflects on the invisible connections between people across space and time.
Emily Richardson, Flute
Susan Xia, Piano
Histoire du Tango (1986) – Astor Piazzolla
I. Bordel 1900
II. Café 1930
Touching the Ether (2006) – Ian Clarke
Formed in 2015, Artemisia Duo is an ensemble comprised of flutist Emily Richardson and pianist Susan Xia. The name Artemisia draws upon the root “Artemis”, the Greek goddess of wild animals and the moon. It also has a long history in the arts as the name of an accomplished female painter in the Baroque period. In addition, the word Artemisia combines segments of each of the members’ names with the word “art”, signifying their collaborative approach to creating music. Both graduates of the UBC School of Music, Emily and Susan have learned from renowned musicians including Corey Hamm and Christie Reside.
Artemisia Duo has performed as part of the UBC Tunes at Noon Series, VSO Day of Music, and the Concerts in Care program. Emily and Susan are committed to increasing community engagement in the arts, and perform outreach concerts in order to give back to the community. While they enjoy playing various genres and styles of music, they are especially passionate about making classical music accessible to all audiences. Additionally, they also have a deep interest in exploring contemporary music and emerging pieces of the flute and piano canon, including working with local composers.