The Bent Note – duo

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Two works performed by the saxophonist Allison Balcetis and the pianist Sandra Joy Friesen : “Color Temporis” by Italian-Canadian G.Magnanensi and a world premiere, composed by Canadian C. Labadie.


Since 2009 Allison Balcetis has been the Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Alberta. Recent projects include co-founding a summer course in Sao Paulo, Brazil for young musicians and composers, and co-founding Anubis Quartet. Allison earned her DMA from the University of Alberta, culminating in her album, Zeniths and Nadirs, and also studied at Bowling Green State University, and the CNR de Bordeaux.
Canadian pianist Sandra Joy Friesen has given solo and collaborative recitals throughout North and South America and Europe. She collaborates with diverse musicians, exploring interdisciplinary work, improvisation and free-interpretation with other artists. She holds a DMA from the University of Alberta, and is currently a Visiting Professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

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Saxophonist Allison Balcetis and pianist Sandra Joy Friesen began their collaborations in 2009, during their doctoral studies at the University of Alberta. They will perform two works, one by Italian-Canadian Giorgio Magnanensi, director of Vancouver New Music, called “Color Temporis” for prepared piano and baritone and alto saxophones. “Color Temporis” is a hectic, powerful, and visceral work written in 1992, but with a relevance and freshness that remains today. Magnanensi’s diverse artistic practice includes composition, conducting, improvisation, circuit bending and video art. He is artistic director of Vancouver New Music and Laboratorio, and he is lecturer at the School of Music of the Vancouver Community College. The second piece will be a world premiere, composed by Canadian Colin Labadie. After a successful collaboration, resulting in Labadie’s popular and powerful solo tenor saxophone piece, “Strata,” Balcetis, Friesen, and Labadie continue their collaboration in the chamber music setting. Labadie is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta, working in Ontario.