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Montreal Gazette | Montreal classical composer got long COVID, then a Grammy nomination

Fire and Flood is a deliciously adventurous collection that Woolf refers to as a “composer portrait.” By T’Cha Dunlevy March 25, 2021 Luna Pearl Woolf caught COVID-19 on March 10, 2020, at a charity concert and dinner during a two-day trip … Continue reading

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The New Yorker | When Your Muses Are Leonard Cohen and Bernie Madoff’s Wife, Ruth

Luna Pearl Woolf’s Grammy-nominated classical album features a chorus of cruel laughter and other un-calm sounds. By Anna Russell March 15, 2021 When Luna Pearl Woolf, a composer of distinctively unsleepy classical music, first moved to Montreal, she liked to … Continue reading

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City News Montreal | Montreal opera composer and COVID-19 long-hauler nominated for a grammy

By Alyssia Rubertucci March 9, 2021 MONTREAL – When Montreal opera composer Luna Pearl Woolf isn’t deep into her music work, she’s doing things like monitoring her heart rate just to keep her COVID-19 long-haul symptoms at bay. And after a whirlwind of … Continue reading

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CTV News | Grammy Award nomination for Montreal artist a big boost as she battles post-COVID symptoms

By Cindy Sherwin February 24, 2021 MONTREAL — Luna Pearl Woolf sank to her lowest point last November. The successful Montreal composer was emotionally and physically worn out from living with post-COVID symptoms for more than seven months. Tired of … Continue reading

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Calgary Herald: Evelyn Glennie and Land’s End Ensemble provide spectacular evening

“Woolf seems to have carefully considered the relationship of physicality to the performers’ bodies, for example their height, physical performance characteristics and their physical relationship with the instrument. Set in shards of imitative Bach cello suite fragments, and buttressed with … Continue reading

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New York Times: When musicians get up and move

By CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM JULY 28, 2017 A Victorian dictum, now out of fashion, states that children should be seen, not heard. The opposite might be said of the 19th-century concert setup: Players were to be heard, not seen — or at … Continue reading

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Examiner: PENTATONE tries to get the jump on Christmas music marketing

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29 October 2015 “Woolf has mustered just the right combination of sonorities and thematic material that makes the perfect glove to fit Wilner’s poetic hand.” Last August PENTATONE decided that the summer would be the perfect…

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Herald-Times: Chamber Choir Focuses on Musical, Verbal Message

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March 5, 2013 The Bloomington chamber choir Voces Novae performs with artistic integrity and is motivated by social conscience. … At the heart of the concert was a performance of “Après Moi, le Déluge,” for…

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Strings Magazine: Matt Haimovitz Returns to the Solo Suites and Intimate Venues

Given his commitment to connecting with his audience, Haimovitz chose a unique way to share this passion with his listeners. He has commissioned preludes to the Six Solo Suites, created by contemporary composers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. “It’s a way to bring these suites into the 21st century,” he says, “to have living, breathing composers grapple with the materials, Bach’s musical building blocks, and find their own take on it.”

The six composers bringing contemporary vitality to Bach are Philip Glass, Luna Pearl Woolf, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Roberto Sierra, and Mohammed Fairouz. Haimovitz has encouraged them to draw on folk melodies, just as Bach did in his day. As we spoke, the pieces were still being written, and Haimovitz’s excitement and anticipation is contagious. Continue reading

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