Only Edges (2018) – Julia Mermelstein (Canada)
“Only edges” explores the intensity of a barren landscape—overwhelmed by extreme heat—exposing the vulnerable to frequent disturbance. There is a sense of desolate space that always lingers throughout the transformations that occur.
Composer Julia Mermelstein blends electronic soundscapes and choreography into performances that create a space for introspection and the surreal.
Her music has been performed across Canada and in the USA by distinguished ensembles and musicians such as Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Arraymusic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Ilana Waniuk, North/South Chamber Ensemble, Barbara Pritchard, and Blue Rider Ensemble.
Recent projects include commissions from India Gailey, Joseph Petric, and interdisciplinary collaborations with Leslie Ting, and Angela Blumberg Dance.
Julia’s music has also been featured at Impulse New Music Festival (LA), Vancouver New Music, NottNOISE New Music Festival (UK), The Music Gallery, Open Waters Experimental Music Festival (Halifax), CEMIcircles Intermedia Festival (Texas), and OUA Electronic Music Festival (Osaka, Japan). She was recently awarded the Trudi Le Caine Award in GroundSwell’s 2020 Emerging Composers Competition and awarded third-place in Musicworks’ 2017 International Electronic Music Competition.
Originally from Halifax, Julia currently lives and works in Toronto as a freelance composer and designer at Human Collective and is currently the Chair of the Association of Canadian Women Composers. She studied with Georges Dimitrov earning her BFA from Concordia University and independent post-graduate studies with Linda Catlin Smith, Brian Harman, and Juliet Palmer.