Alex Eddington’s music has been described as “remarkable and very theatrical” (Nieuwe Noten) and “[shining] with wit and assurance…subtlety and truthfulness” (National Post). His work has been commissioned by Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Continuum, Elektra Women’s Choir and performed internationally.
Alex’s many pieces for young musicians include Living Soul composed for the Suzuki String School of Guelph. He created immersive sound design and choral music for Tilescapes at Jumblies Theatre, through a community process. He was recently commissioned by the Toronto Consort and VIVA Singers to create collaborative theatrical works for narrator, sung voice and period instruments. As a theatrical sound designer, he has worked with Guild Festival Theatre and Tarragon Theatre among many other companies.
Alex Eddington’s recent recordings include Picking Wild Berries (Chronos Vocal Ensemble) and A Present From a Small Distant World (KC VITAs choir) and Big Muddy (junctQín keyboard collective). Alex’s debut album A Present From a Small Distant World – a collaboration with soprano Kristin Mueller-Heaslip – was released worldwide by Redshift Records in February 2021. The Odin String Quartet are featuring his piece gibbons vs. Gibbons on their upcoming album.
Alex is also a high school music/drama teacher, bird enthusiast, playwright/storyteller, and podcast host. please visit www.alexeddington.com
Boy with Orange (Out of Kosovo)
by Alex Eddington
SATB with piano – CP 1924 – duration: 3:50
Boy with Orange (out of Kosovo) takes its text from the poem of the same name by U.K. poet Lotte Kramer. Born in Germany in 1923, Kramer escaped to England as a child refugee. She started writing poetry in her 30s to help process her experiences. This poem is a striking universal image of how war affects the lives of children and their families. It reflects the devastating reality of modern warfare, and the resulting global refugee crisis.
Picking Wild Berries
by Alex Eddington
SATB a cappella – CP 1923 – duration: 5:20
Picking Wild Berries is a setting of Julie Flett’s beautiful children’s book Wild Berries / Pikaci Mīnisa, in both English and Swampy Cree. A boy and his grandmother pick blueberries in a forest clearing, while observing nature. Grandma checks for bears; Clarence sees an ant, a spider, and a fox; they leave berries as a thank-you for the birds.
I was as much influenced by Julie Flett’s illustrations as by her text. Watch the video on the listening page. The restricted colour palette and clean lines have analogies in the music. The deep red sun is represented by a drone on the pitch A, heard in almost every moment of the piece. Its timbre changes with the quality of light, it is filtered through different harmonies, but the sun is always there.