Matthew Tran-Adams is a Toronto-based composer whose works are performed throughout North America. His interest in world music and folk songs have generated a variety of unique works which feature and integrate various cultures. His works have been performed by groups such as the Carson City Symphony (Nevada, USA), The Brampton Symphony (Brampton, Canada), The Brock University Chorale (St. Catharines, Canada), The Orchid Ensemble (Vancouver, Canada) and The Vancouver Chinese Choir Association.
Born in Niagara Falls, Matthew has worked extensively as a composer, performer, educator, historian, writer, and editor. His work experience is varied in that he has been head of an integrated arts department at Parkdale Collegiate Institute, curriculum writer, church music director, piano accompanist, flautist, harpist, rock and Celtic musician, and lounge pianist. Matthew writes regularly for the journal, The Canadian Music Educator where he explores the topic of antiracism in music education. His other passion is Canadian history and he often uses historical events as inspiration for his work. His work Gold Mountain Elegy, performed recently by the Vancouver Chinese Choir Association is dedicated to Chinese-Canadians who risked and lost their lives building the railroad across Canada.
In 2005, Matthew was runner up in the Foundation Orchestra Association's International Composition Competition with his work The Refugee Child which is dedicated to the Vietnamese Boat people who risked their lives to escape Vietnam. This piece incorporates a children's folk song Ly Ngua O (The Black Horse) to depict a child's journey from the security and familiarity of home to an unknown and possibly dangerous future.
Matthew currently teaches Music Education at OISE/University of Toronto and works as a freelance musician specializing in harp, piano, flute and voice. He lives in Toronto with his partner Patrick and their two siamese cats.
Comments by Matthew Tran-Adams
This is so beautiful! I love the use of gamelan ...it's mesmerizing!!!
Is breá liom an amhrán seo ...go háirithe i nGaeilge!! Go raibh maith agat! Ba mhaith liom an liricí le do thoil.
Love this opening chord ...and the whole piece! So lovely! Thanks :)
@matthew-fava: Thank you! I would like to capture some new sounds when I'm in Ireland this summer. It's an interesting exercise to visit a place and think sonically. Athens would be interesting to work with :)
Ooh, I like the neat 'countermelody' that is appearing!! :)
@pjtinwhistler: Thanks! That makes more sense. I'm learning to speak Irish ...so I think I was being to literal. LOL
I love the way you play this tune. Heard it on your YouTube page too! I'm assuming "Toitean" is a place? Gentle Cow of Fire?
Love these harmonies!!! :)
Elizabeth is such a wonderful composer! I really love this work :)
I love the tag "reimagined dialogues" ...I have many of those. Cool piece ...almost trance inducing.