Diana Tayler is a composer, arranger, performer (harp, voice) and musical educator based on Treaty 6 Territory in Edmonton, Alberta. Diana turned to composition as a medium for her artistic expression after spending many years travelling across the country and abroad, engaging and performing with diverse musical communities in Asia and Eastern Europe. In her compositions, she uses extended techniques and deconstructs sound to explore resonance and tonal colour and bring the listener inside the sound worlds she creates. She has recently developed a fascination for creating acousmatic works that exist perpetually, and is drawn to the idea that with each listening of a piece it is rendered anew. Diana has completed graduate studies in composition and linguistics at the University of Alberta, and an Associate diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT). She is active in community music as a clinician and adjudicator, in local arts organisations, and in Edmonton’s vibrant choral community.
by Diana Tayler
SSAATB with piano or harp – CP 2180 – duration 4:15
Drifting is a celebration of carefree moments spent dancing in the sun and dreaming under the stars. It describes a day in the life of a young girl at home lost in the magic of her handmade dolls, play silks, yarn, and paints. The harp accentuates and contrasts sonorities inside the rich, lush tonal clusters of the choir in the opening and closing sections, which frame a playful chaconne that features a quotation from Claudio Monteverdi’s Zefiro Torna