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William Pura -- Meet the Composer

Tuesday May 21 2013 7:30 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Community Classroom

Presenting on New Music in Iceland.

This presentation will cover a short survey of the music, composers, as well some of the issues and ideas that are found within Icelandic musical culture. The work of such composers such as Jón Leifs, Haukur Tómasson, and Áskell Másson will be discussed.

William Pura was born in Winnipeg and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba followed by a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana University. A long-time member of the artistic community of Manitoba, his work has been performed at many Groundswell concerts as well as other venues. Recently he has begun working with Edmonton pianist Sylvia Shadick Taylor who recorded "Labyrinth" for her CD Expressions released in March 2013. She is presently involved with recording all of his major works for piano for an upcoming CD. In March 2011 Sylvia gave the US premiere performance his new work Nemesis at Carnegie Hall in New York City.