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On Fairness

for dancer, flute, violin, and cello

duration ~ 18 minutes

Commissioned by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Premiered on January 19, 2012 at the Sheraton Wall Centre as part of the Exploratory Workshop "Explorations of Fairness" awarded to Dr. Janis Sarra

This composition was originally part of an interdisciplinary, multi-stage initiative at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC led by Dr. Sarra exploring the basic values of fairness. Participating in the premiere were long-time collaborators Karen Gerbrecht (violin) and Olivia Blander (cello), alongside Vancouver-based flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor. 


In addition to creating a new musical work, its accompanying document addresses how different notions of fairness and music perception can provide a framework for composing as well as inform listening practices in a contemporary social context. Beginning with the assumption that fairness is relational and defined by the individual, the music-object, and its openness for interpretation, elicits responses rich in meaning based on the conditions under which it was produced.


Original choreography created by Governor General Award winning choreographer and dancer Margie Gillis.

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