Past Events

A brief list of events where my music has been featured.

Notgnirrac

October 6-11, 2020 | Vancity Lab at The Cultch, Vancouver BC

A performance of Notgnirrac for solo flute by Mark Takeshi McGregor.

Presented by Music on Maihn's "As dreams are made" and inspired by the magic of musicians in live performance, this 15-minute production was created specifically for one audience member and one performer to connect safely in an immersive environment that is at once intimate and comforting, inventive and dreamlike.

Original commission by Mark Takeshi McGregor

A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year

December 11 & 12, 2019 | Heritage Hall, Vancouver BC

A repeat performance of A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year, in programme that included music by Rodney Sharman, Caroline Shaw, Gabriel Kahane and Arvo Pärt.

Performed by Caroline Shaw (violin), Gabriel Kahane (voice), and Rachel Iwaasa (piano)

Commissioned by Music on Main

Notgnirrac

November 22, 2019 | Museo Leonora Carrington, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

The Mexican premiere of Notgnirrac. Performed by Mark Takeshi McGregor at the Museo Leonora Carrington in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

Original commission by Mark Takeshi McGregor

Notgnirrac

April 26, 2019 | Orpheum Annex, Vancouver BC

The world premiere of Notgnirrac. Performed by Mark Takeshi McGregor in a programme that included music featuring composers from the Pacific Rim for his project "Lutalica"

Commissioned by Mark Takeshi McGregor with support from the Canada Council for the Arts

The River of Hellos and Goodbyes

April 12, 2019 | St. James Community Centre, Vancouver BC

The world premiere of The River of Hellos and Goodbyes, featured in musica intima's CRIES, a programme that included music by Jocelyn Morlock, Arvo Pärt, Knut Nystedt, and Pavel Chesnokov.

Commissioned by musica intima

A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year

December 19 & 20, 2018 | Heritage Hall, Vancouver

A repeat performance of A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year, featuring Corey Payette and a programme that included his works along with music by Jocelyn Morlock, Jennifer Butler, Nicole Lizée and Caroline Shaw. Performed by Corey Payette (voice), Julie McIsaac (voice), Rachel Iwaasa (piano), and Karen Gerbrecht (violin).

Commissioned by Music on Main

Music for a Night in May

May 4, 2018 | Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver BC

A one-night only event of luminous music for words and string quartet. Music by Alfredo Santa Ana & Words by Colin Browne. The world premiere of NIGHT SONNETSPETAL, and ENTR'ACTE

Performed by Carla Huhtanen (voice), Colin Browne (reader), Nicholas Wright (violin), Karen Gerbrecht (violin), Andrew Brown (viola), and Olivia Blander (cello)

Under An Orange Sky

November 7, 2018 | Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver BC

The premiere of Under An Orange Sky in a production by Redshift Music as part of the ISCM World New Music Days 2017. A premiere and performance that included works by Tim Brady, James Maxwell, Lisa Miller, Jordan Nobles, Benton Roark, and Rita Ueda.

Commissioned by Redshift Music Society with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council

A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year

December 15 & 16, 2016 | Heritage Hall, Vancouver

A repeat performance of A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year, in a programme that included works by Rodney Sharman, Nicole Lizeé, Veda Hille, and Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Caroline Shaw.

Commissioned by Music on Main

Ocaso

November 26 & 28, 2016 | Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performed Ocaso, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3, and Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 conducted by Anu Tali.

Original commission by NYO Canada

100 Very Good Reasons Why ____

November 6, 2016 | Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver BC

Performer in Tim Brady's piece for 100 guitars honouring the legendary player Les Paul. Presented by Music on Main during their 2016 Modulus Festival.

Performance

I should bring them water

May 28, 2016 | Orpheum Annex, Vancouver BC

A program focusing on music for voices and percussion that will include I should bring them water, a piece written in collaboration with Michael Springate that pays tribute to the 1980 popular uprising in Gwangju, South Korea.

Commissioned by Tom Cone's Opera Project

O Superman

April 17, 2016 | Orpheum Annex, Vancouver BC

A performance of my arrangement of Laurie Anderson's O Superman at the Orpheum Annex. Performed by Standing Wave Ensemble & Veda Hille.

Watch a video of the performance here.

Commissioned by Standing Wave Ensemble

Kindertotenlieder

March 9, 2016 | UBC School of Music, Vancouver BC

A performance of my arrangement of Mahler's Kindertotenleder at the UBC School of Music. Performed by the Nu:BC Collective; & mezzo-soprano Kristin Hoff, along with Cris Inguanti, clarinet; Marcus Takizawa, viola, and Edmund Chung, violin. 

Commissioned by Nu:BC Collective

A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year

December 11, 2015 | Heritage Hall, Vancouver

A repeat performance of A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year, in a programme that included works by James Maxwell, Ann Southam, and Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Caroline Shaw.

Commissioned by Music on Main

Ocaso

August 3-10, 2015 | Montréal, Vancouver, Edmonton

In 2015 the NYO Canada put together a programme of massive orchestral pieces including Ocaso, and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, Strauss's, Don Quixote, Holst's Planets, and a new work by fellow Canadian composer Emilie LeBel.

Commissioned by NYO Canada with support from the Canada Council for the Arts

Seven For Six

May 17, 2015 | Pyatt Hall, Vancouver BC

World premiere of Seven For Six in "Towards Chaos" a concert of contemporary chamber music infused by thrash metal, horror movies, and obsessive behaviour. Towards Chaos featured music by Nicole Lizée, Edward Top, Gordon Fitzell, Philip Glass, and Alfredo Santa Ana.

Commissioned by Standing Wave Ensemble

A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year

December 12, 2014 | Heritage Hall, Vancouver

World premiere of A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year, in a programme that included works by Arvo Pärt, Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Caroline Lizotte, Alfredo Santa Ana, and Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Caroline Shaw –winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Performed by Caroline Shaw (voice/violin), Steve Maddock (voice), Rachel Iwaasa (piano), Ariel Barnes (cello), and Heidi Krutzen (harp).

Commissioned by Music on Main

For Pity Divine

July17-20, 2014 | The Cultch, Vancouver BC

Music on Main presents "The Orpheus Project"

An immersive journey filled witg musical and theatrical intrigue

 

Performance of For Pity Divine, with text by Colin Browne, was performed by Patti Allan (host), Veda Hille (piano/voice), Carla Huhtanen (soprano), Steve Maddock (baritone), Laura Barron (flutes), Mark Takeshi McGregor (flutes), Christopher Bagan (harpsichord), Matthew Davies (viola), Rebecca Wenham (cello).

Commissioned by Music on Main

Through the Burrow with the VSO

February 24, 2013 | Orpheum Annex, Vancouver BC

Vancouver premiere of Through the Burrow at the opening of the "Symphony at the Annex" series.

Performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Wall Soundscape 1

November 1, 2012 | Sheraton Wall Centre Plaza, Vancouver BC

A public intersection between music and dance, art and urban space, this outdoor experimental presentation re-imagined the way we engage with the performing arts. Performed by a 12-piece brass band conducted by Alexander Cannon with dancers from Arts Umbrella Dance Company choreographed by Emily Molnar.

 

Watch a video of this event here.

Commissioned by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC

On Fairness

October 25, 2012 | The Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver BC

Fairness in Financial Markets Dance & Dialogue, featured a lecture on unfairness in the wake of the global financial crisis by the Institute's Director, Dr. Janis Sarra. The event includes a live performance by world renowned dancer, Margie Gillis, with music by Wall Composer In Residence, Alfredo Santa Ana.

 

Watch a video of this event here.

Commissioned by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC

I should bring them water

September 22, 2012 | Vancouver BC

Initiated in 2011 by the late Tom Cone, this project brought together composers and librettists to collaborate and create short operas with a focus on contemporary issues and ideas. I should bring them water premiered as a 10-minute opera created with a libretto by Michael Springate, featuring sopranos Siri Olesen & Melanie Adams, and percussionist Martin Fisk.

Commissioned by Tom Cone's Opera Project

Produced by Colin Browne, Karen Matthews, David Pay, and Carol Yaple

Eleven Dialogues

May 17, 2012 | UBC Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems Atrium, Vancouver BC

 

As Wall Composer In Residence, Alfredo Santa Ana presents a concert/talk with David Gillham & Rebecca Wenham o n his work Eleven Dialogues for violin and cello.

Original commission by the Karen Gerbrecht & Olivia Blander

F.C. after François Couperin

March 20, 2012 | The Cellar Jazz Bar, Vancouver BC

World premiere of F.C. for harpsichord and flute. Performing baroque music and new Canadian works written especially for them, flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor and keyboardist Christopher Bagan commissioned new music by composers Jocelyn Morlock, Cassandra Miller, and Edward Top.

Commissioned by the Mark Takeshi McGregor & Chris Bagan

light space

January 20, 2012 | Blusson Spinal Cord Atrium, Vancouver BC

World premiere of light space, an 8-percussion piece dedicated to Redshift Music Society in honour of their 10th Anniversary concert titled "BAM".

Commissioned by the Redshift Music Society

On Fairness

January 19, 2012 | Sheraton Wall Centre

A talk by dancer and choreagrapher Margie Gillis, 2011 Laureate of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement; and a performance of Alfredo Santa Ana's new work On Fairness as the inaugural Peter Wall Composer in Residence.

Commissioned by the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies at UBC

Borrar de la Memoria

October 13-17, 2011 | Morelia International Film Festival, Morelia, Michoacán - México

 

World premiere of the feature-length film Borrar de la Memoria, directed by legendary Mexican director Alfredo Gurrola with an original score by Alfredo Santa Ana.

Watch all of Jamie Travis's short films on his Vimeo channel here

Short film retrospective

August 16, 2011 | Cineplex Odeon, Vancouver BC

Presented by the Queer Film Festival & UBC Alumni Affairs, "Parallel Lives: A Jamie Travis Retrospective" was a presentation of the filmmakers work, showcasing 4 short films scored by Alfredo Santa Ana.

Watch all of Jamie Travis's short films on his Vimeo channel here

Through the Burrow

June 23-29, 2011 | National Arts Centre, Ann Southam Hall, Ottawa ON

World premiere of Through the Burrow during the National Arts Centre's Summer Institute Composers Programme. Gary Kulesha, Peter Paul Kaprowski, and Colin Matthews composer advisers.

Performed by the Orchestre de la Francophonie with Jean-Philippe Tremblay, cond.

On The Bridge

January 23-25, 2011 | Heritage Hall, Vancouver BC

Presented by Music on Main during the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Terminal City Soundscape included the world premiere of On The Bridge, as part of All, a live film/music installation directed by Mina Shum. Watch a short video on the production of this project here.

Premiered & Commissioned by Standing Wave Ensemble