KATERINA GIMON

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Katerina Gimon (b. 1993 – Burlington, Ontario) is an award-winning Canadian composer, improvisor, and vocalist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Named as one of Canada’s hot 30 classical musicians under 30by CBC as well as a recipient of a SOCAN Young Composer award, her music has been described as “intimate”, “thought-provoking”, and “staggering in its beauty and originality”. Katerina’s compositions have been broadcast and presented across Canada, the United States (most notably at Carnegie Hall), and Europe by ensembles including Vancouver Youth Choir, Musica Intima, Redshift Music Society, Arcady, Erato Ensemble, and re:Naissance Opera, among others. Katerina holds a Master of Music in Composition from the University of British Columbia (’17) and an Honours Bachelor of Music degree in Composition and Improvisation from Wilfrid Laurier University (’15). 

All Together We Are Love

by  Katerina Gimon

SSA   $2.35   CP 1614  duration – 3:25
I am a song for all hearts
and when our spirits soar
All together we are love

ELEMENTS: (COMPLETE SET OF FOUR) 1) EARTH 2) AIR 3) FIRE 4) WATER

by  Katerina Gimon 

SATB a cappella – $5.50 – CP 1498 (COMPLETE SET) – duration – 12:10
note that each movement is available separately (below). “Fire” is very popular.

SSAA a cappella – $5.50 – CP 1795 (COMPLETE SET) – duration – 12:10
one movement – “Fire” (SSAA) – is 
available separately (below)

This exciting composition is the first addition to the Vancouver Youth Choir Series.
Elements was composed in 2013 and premiered in March 2014 by Laurier Singers under Lee Willingham. This set of works abstractly depicts the four classical elements and explores the wide range of capabilities of the human voice – from overtone singing, to vocal percussion, to colourful vocal timbres. This set of works is a 2016 SOCAN Young Composers Competition Winner, 2015 Vancouver Chamber Choir’ Young Composers’ Competition winner, and a 2014 IAWM Search For New Music winner.

EARTH - (from Elements - first movement)

by  Katerina Gimon
 

SATB  $2.35   CP 1499  duration – 5:35Earth is a beautiful, texturally-driven work depicting the simple yet unexplainable beauty of the earth. The work features harmonic overtone singing by a group of soloists; an accessible introduction to overtone singing in a choral setting. Earth is the first piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.

earth
calm, constant
sturdy, still, steady
rock, sand, soil, and terrain
earth 

AIR - (from Elements - second movement)

by  Katerina Gimon
 

SATB  $2.25   CP 1500  duration – 1:10
Air traces the movement from calm breath to thick violent winds. Together singers gradually introduce new sounds and pitches, building an intricate texture with ever-shifting emphasis. The second piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.

air
wind, breath
free, dynamic, transparent
moving, flowing, changing, and fuelling
air

FIRE - (from Elements - third movement)

by  Katerina Gimon
 

SATB  $2.35   CP 1451  duration – 1:35
SSAA  $2.35   CP 1635  – duration – 1:35
Fire is a fun, lively and energetic work incorporating vocal percussion, body percussion, nasal singing, calls, nonsense syllables, as well as optional percussion. Fire is the third piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.

fire
heat, light
strength, fuel, drive
burning, melting, evaporating, and transforming
fire 

WATER - (Elements - fourth movement)

by  Katerina Gimon
 

SATB  $2.35   CP 1501  duration – 3:50
Water presents powerful soaring textures, and lilting melodies that grow and decay like waves in the water. Water is the fourth and final piece the set SATB works called Elements.

water
growth, change
deep, reflective, fluid
flowing, connecting, nourishing, and cleansing
water

Spellbound

by  Katerina Gimon
 

SSAA  $2.50   CP 1793  duration – 3:30  – in progress
Inspired by the mystery, beauty, and grandiosity of the night sky, Spellbound tells the story of a group of mischievous young stars. As each star awakes to the universe and discovers the power of their light, they begin to dance and swirl in the sky, drawing in the gazes of those on Earth.  Their movement creates patterns in the sky as, together, they form a new constellation. Onlookers become spellbound by their beauty as they illuminate the night.

Spellbound will premiere in mid-July at the 7th World Youth & Children’s Choir Festival’s Opening Ceremonies Concert at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. It was commissioned by the Hamilton Children’s Choir through the support of a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

To the Peak of the Mountain

by  Katerina Gimon
 

SATB  $2.50   CP 1784  duration – 3:25
“To the Peak of the Mountain” combines folk-like melodies, explorative textures, and driving rhythms to create an anthem about growth and perseverance. This work was commissioned by the University of Montana for the 2019 of M All-Star Choir Festival and premiered January 20, 2019 by the 2019 All-Star Choir and U of M Chamber Singers in Dennison Theater (Missoula, Montana).
Come away, away now! To the mountain away.
On a path through a forest of endless green