Allison Cameron (composer)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Genres||Contemporary classical, free improvisation, experimental|
|Instruments||Keyboards, ukulele, banjo|
Allison Cameron (born 1963) is a Canadian composer of contemporary classical music. She composes works for conventional classical instruments, early music instruments, and modern electric instruments such as the electric guitar. She is also a performer of free improvisation and experimental music.
Early life and education
Cameron was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and moved with her family to North Vancouver. She studied at the University of Victoria and York University. She has cited Michael Longton and Rudolf Komorous as significant influences.
Cameron moved to TToronto in 1989. She founded a six-piece chamber ensemble, Arcana, in 1992 in Toronto, which performs a contemporary composition repertoire. In 1995 she released a CD of chamber music, Raw Sangudo.
Cameron's 1998 composition, "Retablo", was commissioned through the Canada Council for the Arts to be played by the classical music quartet The Burdocks. Her 2000 release, Ornaments, features her compositions performed by violinist Marc Sabat, pianoist Stephen Clarke, and clarinetist Ronda Rindone.
Cameron has worked with Louis Andriessen, Gilius van Bergeijk, Per Nørgård, and Frederic Rzewski in Europe, and Rudolf Komorous, Michael Longton, and James Tenney in Canada. She was a member of the Drystone Orchestra, along with Martin Arnold, Stephen Parkinson, John Abram.
Her music has been performed at the Bang on a Can Festival and she has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Recordings of her music have been released by the CRI and XI (Experimental Intermedia) labels. In 2004 she was music director of the contemporary ensemble Arraymusic.
In 2013, the Allison Cameron Band (Cameron, Eric Chenaux and Stephen Parkinson), released an album, Bent Spoon Duo, Without and With Allison Cameron through the Rad Drifting label.
- 1992 - Bang on a Can Live. Vol. 1. CD. Emergency Music series. New York, New York: CRI. (Contains Two Bits by Allison Cameron.)
- 1995 - Raw Sangudo. CD. Experimental Intermedia.
- 2002 - Ornaments. CD. Spool.
- 2010 - the Allison Cameron Band. CD. Rat-Drifting.
- "Allison Cameron’s Rarefied Soundworld". Music Works, Issue 122, Summer 2015. By Nick Storring
- Everett-Green, Robert (Fall 1995). "Arcana ensemble: an interview with Allison Cameron". MusicWorks. 63: 28–31.
- "Allison Cameron: Raw Sangudo". AllMusic Review by Gene Tyranny
- "MG Encore: Works by Martin Arnold, Allison Cameron, Linda Catlin-Smith, Nic Gotham, Erik Ross and Ann Southam The Music Gallery, Toronto ON, October 16". Exclaim!, By Tom Beedham, Oct 17, 2015
- "Allison Cameron Ornaments". AllMusic Review by François Couture
- "A weird Wolff at the door". The Globe and Mail, CARL WILSON, January 29, 2004
- "Bent Spoon Duo With and Without Allison Cameron". Exclaim!, By Bryon Hayes, Aug 09, 2013