Dark by Five
Founded in 2012, Dark by Five is the ensemble-in-residence at Canada’s Gros Morne Summer Music Festival in Newfoundland and Labrador. Through their creative residencies, the members of Dark by Five converge to explore and expand the boundaries of musical presentation by creating compelling and thought-provoking original productions that weave together the worlds of classical, contemporary, and popular music; theatre, dance, literature, poetry, visual art, and visual media.
Among Dark by Five’s original creations are Trolley Car, a chamber opera by Canadian composer Jason Nett; Revolution, a musical presentation on David Ives’ Variations on the Death of Trotsky; and Beyond Words, a multi-disciplinary stage collaboration with Canadian poet, Don McKay.
As a musical ensemble, Dark by Five also re-imagines iconic symphonic works turning them into innovative arrangements for chamber ensemble. Among Dark by Five’s repertoire are Copland Appalachian Spring, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, and Respighi Pines of Rome.
Canadian clarinetist, Christine Carter, has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Recent highlights include chamber music performances at the Mozarthaus in Vienna, Palffy Palace in Prague, and the German Consulate in New York City. She has completed artist residencies at the Mozart Festival Würzburg (Germany), Málaga Clásica festival (Spain), Shenzhen International Woodwind Festival (China), and four seasons with the dXv interarts ensemble at Gros Morne Summer Music in Newfoundland. Christine has also performed extensively as an orchestral musician, including engagements with the New World Symphony, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, YouTube Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Christine is currently pursuing research on effective music practice strategies as a visiting scholar at Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute. This research has led to several article commissions and invitations to present workshops at institutions around the world. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Manhattan School of Music and is now Assistant Professor of Music at Memorial University in St. John's. christine-carter.com
A Native of Newfoundland, now residing in Toronto; soprano Yvette Coleman is lauded for her virtuosity; captivating audiences with manifold styles of voice including opera, art song, jazz, folk, and musical theatre. A pupil of internationally renowned soprano – Ms. Elizabeth McDonald – Yvette is now a graduate of The University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance voice. She has trained at the Vancouver International Song Institute, Boston University Tanglewood Institute and The St. Andrews’ Vocal Technique Program. She recently returned from The Center for Opera Studies in Sulmona, Italy performing in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea under the direction of Timothy Nelson. Yvette ranked first in the Newfoundland Provincial voice competition and was a two time winner of Rotary festival junior and senior rosebowls for voice. She has recently performed with worldwide-recognized jazz pianist and composer Florian Hoefner at the DiMenna Centre for Classical music in New York City. After several concerts together and months of successful collaboration this duo plans to start recording their first album this December. yvettecoleman.net
Diederik van Dijk
Diederik van Dijk spent his early childhood in the Netherlands and his high school and university years in Canada. He studied cello with Ian Hampton, Eric Wilson, and Marc Destrubé, and baroque cello with Viola de Hoog. This last study brought him back to the Netherlands, where he lives now in the city of Utrecht.
Being at home on both modern and baroque incarnations of the cello makes Diederik a much sought-after instrumentalist. He is a member of the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht and appears regularly in the productions of Holland Opera. He is also the cellist of Trio da Fusignano and of The Signs Ensemble.
Alongside his love for the classical repertoire, Diederik has developed into an active performer in the popular realm. He bought his first guitar when he was eighteen and started writing songs immediately. Ever since he has been part of innumerable bands, ensembles, album recordings, and singer-songwriter projects.
Since 2007 Diederik van Dijk has spent his summers in Newfoundland, Canada as part of the ensemble in residence at the Gros Morne Summer Music festival. This ensemble has transformed into Dark by Five, a multi-genre and interdisciplinary group of artistic adventurers.
Paul Fadoul has performed solo and chamber music performances across North America and Spain, with such artists as Evan Ziporyn, Martin Bresnick, Robert van Sice, and the National Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, his duo, Lawler and Fadoul, with flutist, Zara Lawler, released their debut album, Prelude Cocktail, called “collaborative artistry at its finest” by the music blog I Care If You Listen. Since 2003, Lawler + Fadoul have performed together in many of North America’s most prestigious concert series and venues, including the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, the Cerritos Center, the Kravis Center, Trinity Wall Street, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the Edmonton Recital Society, and McMaster University’s Celebrity Concert Series. While touring with the educational ensemble Tales & Scales, he performed 200 shows annually, including solo performances with the Milwaukee, Buffalo, and Oregon symphonies. As an educator, Paul is the director of the two-time WGI medalist Chantilly Indoor Drumline. He graduated from the Yale School of Music and has taught at the Peabody Institute.
A native of Newfoundland, Canada, Elizabeth Janzen’s playing has been hailed in the New York Times as “…athletic, graceful…” Dr. Janzen has established herself as a prominent chamber and contemporary musician. As a winner of New York’s prestigious Artist International Competition, Dr. Janzen gave her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 2005. Her performance, which included a world premiere by J. Mark Stambaugh, was praised in the New York Concert Review for the “…velvety tone radiating from her flute…” and her “…impressive technical abilities…flair and wit with the musical phrase….” Equally devoted to her work as a teacher, Dr. Janzen’s students have been invited to participate in prestigious programs including the Brevard Festival and the Tanglewood Festival. She has served as a flute teacher, chamber coach and teaching artist for many acclaimed institutions, including the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, The Diller-Quaile School of Music, the New York Summer Music Festival, the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall. Dr. Janzen pursued formal studies at the University of Toronto and the Manhattan School of Music.
Violinist Lynn Kuo has appeared as recitalist, guest soloist, and chamber musician across North America, Europe, and Asia. In demand as an interpreter of new music, Lynn has given numerous world premieres of acoustic and electroacoustic works written for her and various ensembles by North American and European composers.
As guest soloist, she has performed with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Thirteen Strings, Canadian Sinfonietta, Brandon Chamber Players, Nexus percussion ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria), Cantus Ensemble (Croatia), Lviv Philharmonic, Lviv Virtuosi (Ukraine), and as guest soloist with Hungary’s gypsy orchestra, Rajko Band.
In addition to holding a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, Lynn performs as Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and has also served as guest concertmaster, adjudicator, guest artist, and lecturer at Canadian universities and festivals. Lynn has recorded chamber music of Nino Rota for the NAXOS label and in 2014, released a debut CD with pianist Marianna Humetska entitled LOVE: Innocence, Passion, Obsession. lynnkuo.com
David Maggs grew up in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and has spent much of his developmental years cultivating his talent as a classical pianist. His primary teachers include Gary Graham, Jane Coop, Rena Sharon, Andre Laplante, and Marc Durand. As a pianist, he has performed in many places across Canada, the U.S. and in Europe, appeared frequently on CBC Radio, and been fortunate to collaborate with some of the most exciting players of his generation. In 2002, David founded Gros Morne Summer Music, a music festival that has grown into a year-round interdisciplinary arts festival dedicated to cultivating the value of artistic activities in community life. Under his leadership, GMSM has recently renovated St Pat’s Church into an innovative studio dedicated to blurring the live and virtual audiences in their presentations. In 2007, David launched a major initiative to coordinate culture and sustainability in Western Newfoundland with the help of renowned environmentalist David Suzuki that has ultimately led to the liminus festival – a summer gathering of interdisciplinary change scholars and practitioners dedicated to the intersecting links between the arts, sustainability, technology, health, and the natural world. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, working with John Robinson.
Rachel Peake recently directed The Snow Queen at the Globe Theatre Regina, Miss Caledonia for Western Canada Theatre, Glengarry Glen Ross for Classic Chic Productions, Selfie for Théâtre la Seizième (Jessie Richardson Award Winner, Outstanding Direction), Kayak for the Firehall Arts Centre/ Alley Theatre, and The Contest of the Winds for Caravan Farm Theatre. In 2014 she directed and dramaturged the world première opera Stickboy by Shane Koyzcan for Vancouver Opera, and will be directing its adaptation early in 2016. Rachel was co-Artistic and Managing Director of Solo Collective Theatre for five years where directorial credits include After Jerusalem and Cool Beans. She interned in directing at both the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Festival, and has spent three seasons as resident director of Dark by Five at Gros Morne Summer Music in Gros Morne, Newfoundland.
Rachel is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Studio 58. rachelpeake.com
St. John's based violist, Kate Read, joined Dark by Five in 2015.
In the spring of 2015 Kate commissioned, produced, performed and created the visuals for multimedia work IcElation, which premiered at Memorial University of NL. Previously, Kate was co-producer of multimedia Ensemble Meduse, and has collaborated with Arkora (Canada), Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland and Opera North (UK).
In 2004 Kate won a position with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London, England where she was a member for 6 years. Kate also regularly played with the renowned Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2011 Kate moved to the north of Norway to play with chamber group MiNensemblet, with performances both in Norway and internationally.
In 2013, Kate Read returned to St. John's to rejoin the Atlantic String Quartet and Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra as principal violist, where she had played between 2001 and 2004. Kate is sessional Viola professor at Memorial University.