The works of composer and cellist Fjóla Evans explore the visceral physicality of sound while drawing inspiration from patterns of natural phenomena. Commissions and performances have come from musicians such as pianist Vicky Chow, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Her work has been featured at the MATA Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon and the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival.
As a performer, she has presented her own work at Cluster Festival of New Music, (le) poisson rouge and at Toronto’s Music Gallery. Fjóla has studied composition with Julia Wolfe, cello performance with Matt Haimovitz and completed a graduate degree in composition at the Yale School of Music in 2018. Fjóla is the 2017 winner of the Robert Fleming Prize — an award given by the Canada Council for the Arts to one composer annually.
For prepared piano solo
As a piece for solo piano, mammal doesn’t really explore melody or harmony in the traditional sense.
Instead it searches for a way to make the whole giant installation-of-an-instrument hum to itself; to make the cavity of the beast sound in as many different ways as possible. It is a kind of duet between the piano’s speaking notes and their resulting resonances; a moment of eaves-dropping on the instrument’s interior dialogue, and an attempt to answer the question “what does the piano hear when it sings to itself?”