ABOUT CROSSING BORDERS
Crossing Borders is a concert series founded by Batt in 2014 that features contemporary music by living Canadian composers and musical artists from around the world. With themes of compassion, contemplation, beauty, loneliness, darkness, healing, and warmth, the pieces presented in this series mirror both modern societal views and ancient cultural contexts through the lenses of humour, hope, and nostalgia.
Three programs have toured to Halifax, Toronto, and Philadelphia with Cheryl Duvall on piano: Crossing Borders: A Celebration of New Music from New Mexico to Nova Scotia (2015) Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred (2016) Crossing Borders: Mission Compassion (2018). Crossing Borders: Travesía Latinoamericana toured to Canada and Colombia in 2019 with Fabián Arciniegas (tenor) and Claire Harris (piano). Crossing Borders: Living Room Edition, was a livestreamed concert featuring works for solo soprano and soprano and electronics from Maureen’s living room in April 2020. Crossing Borders: Shifting the Lens featuring Tara Scott, Claire Harris, Fabián Arciniegas was a digital broadcast in December 2021. And the most recent digital broadcast was a première of Amy Brandon’s Vertical Labyrinth featuring Maureen Batt and the Halifax Camerata Singers.
Art song is a featured genre on this recital series, but programs also often include opera, musical theatre, and electronics. So far, Crossing Borders has given 16 world premières and has given composers and works countless Canadian/American/Colombian premières. Among those world premières are works by Bob Bauer, Leila Lustig, Saman Shahi, Anthony T. Marasco, Anna Höstman, Rodney Sharman, Jessie Rivest, Rosśa Crean, Alondra Vega-Zaldivar, Leo Herrera, Mario Gómez-Vignes, Chris Hutching, Chia Yin Wu, Elisha Denburg, and Claire Harris.
One of the cycles that Crossing Borders commissioned and premièred 2018, Breathing in the Shadows (Saman Shahi) was released on a commercial album in September 2020 on Leaf Music’s label, with support from Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts. It has recently earned Saman Shahi a JUNO nomination for Classical Composition of the Year (2022). Elisha Denburg’s Durme, Durme: Four Ladino Folk Songs was released February 3, 2023.
Upcoming commissions by Canadian composers Michael Donovan and Chia Yin Wu are programmed for Crossing Borders concerts in future seasons. Crossing Borders concerts and tours have been supported by SOCAN, Arts Nova Scotia, and FACTOR. And Crossing Borders commissions have been supported by Arts Nova Scotia, the Canada Council for the Arts, Waterloo Arts Fund, and the Ontario Arts Council.
The most recent call for scores is here. Previous calls for scores can be found here, here, and here for reference. If you want to discuss commissioning, please feel free to get in touch. You can also find posts about Crossing Borders on my site here.