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A versatile musician for whom “alternative or avant-garde approaches to his instrument are only part of the everyday tool kit” (Georgia Straight), Canadian clarinetist Dr. Liam Hockley is a dynamic performer of classical music and passionate advocate for new and experimental music. His repertoire encompasses not only the standard clarinet repertoire from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, but also the results of numerous collaborations with Canadian and international composers on innovative new works. Through his engagement with a broad range of musical practices and a commitment to collaboration, Liam is quickly emerging as a consummate twenty-first century performer who challenges established norms to discover new aesthetic pathways.
Liam has performed as a soloist or ensemble member on three continents, including appearances on Vancouver New Music’s concert series, Music on Main’s Modulus Festival (Vancouver), the SALT New Music Festival and Symposium (Victoria), KLANGRAUM (Düsseldorf), the Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten, A Place to Listen (Victoria), the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, NUNC! (Evanston), and the Kuandu Arts Festival (Taipei). He has been featured as an emerging artist in residence with the Music on Main concert series and was the director of the Ensemble in Residence at the Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts for the 18/19 Academic Year. His performances have garnered him many accolades and awards, including an interpretation prize at the Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten.
He maintains an active schedule of performances as a freelancer with diverse ensembles in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. In this capacity, he has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Nu:BC Collective, and Aventa Ensemble and has appeared as a soloist with the University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Victoria Symphony, and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra.
Liam holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from the University of British Columbia. His dissertation, “Performing Complexity,” developed a new analytical perspective to demonstrate how complexism’s distinctive material and conceptual elements (which are often suggested as leaving the performer no room for interpretation or expression) engage with unique forms of performer agency. His research was supported by a prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) and a University of British Columbia Doctoral Fellowship. Liam also holds a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree (with distinction) from the University of Victoria. His teachers have included Cris Inguanti, François Houle, Patricia Kostek, Earl Thomas, and Christian Gossart.
Wolf Edwards - Um allein zu kämpfen
for solo bass clarinet and live electronics
Brian Ferneyhough - In Nomine (a 3)
with Mark Takeshi McGregor, piccolo; and Kristen Cooke, oboe
Performing complexity: theorizing performer agency in complexist music (DMA Dissertation, January 2019)
"Conflicting Messages: Performer Agency in Contemporary Aestheitcs" (FOCI Arts, 25 March 2016)
"Towards a Redefinion of Performer" (FOCI Arts, 9 June 2014)
Karlheinz Stockhausen - FREIA
for solo bassethorn
Ray Evanoff - Narratives
for solo E-flat clarinet
Michelle Lou - Telegrams
for prepared bass clarinet and Bluetooth speaker
2020-21 Concert Appearances
List of past events (2012-2019)
COVID-19 continues to put many projects on hold. Some projects in the works include:
– Stockhausen TIERKREIS project with flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, this project includes new works by Annette Bosun, Wolf Edwards, Anna Pidgorna, and Hiroki Tsuromoto
– January 2022: performances with the Tsilumos Ensemble as part of the 2022 SALT Festival.
– The Arbour Concert Series will start up again in 2022, with some exciting performances including cellist Kevin McFarland, a Pierluigi Billone concert, and a new work for two bass clarinets and electronics by Wolf Edwards!
19 January, 8PM. University of Victoria School of Music. Aventa Ensemble: Violent, Violent Sea.
31 Jan/1 Feb, 7:30PM, 2 Feb 2PM. Fei and Milton Wong Experiemental Theatre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver. Turning Point Ensemble: Flying White.
COVID-19 projects completed from home:
(Isolation Commissions: Little Chamber Music | Music on Main)
(Unaccompanied: Canadian Music Centre British Columbia | Redshift Music)
Curated extracts from Karlheinz Stockhausen's LICHT cycle
28 November, 7:30PM. Livestream (Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria BC). Brahms: Quintet, op. 115 with the Emily Carr String Quartet.
Karlheinz Stockhausen - SUKAT (1989) for alto flute and basset horn
Elliott Carter - Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux (1985) for flute and clarinet
Ray Evanoff - Notables (Jan. 2018 studio recording)
Duo 1010 consists of Stephanie Bell (flutes) and Liam Hockley (clarinets) and was founded while they were students at the University of British Columbia. Both compelling and dedicated performers in their own rights, Duo 1010 takes the major twentieth-century works for flute/clarinet duo as a starting point for their creative work: their core mission is to expand the repertoire for their ensemble and foster musical experimentation across a broad spectrum of aesthetics through intensive collaborations with composers. Duo 1010 has given world and regional premieres of works by Ray Evanoff, Alex Mah, Eva-Maria Houben, and Daniel Brandes; recent performances include KLANGRAUM (Düsseldorf), the Stockhausen-Konzerte und -Kurse Kürten, and A Place to Listen (Victoria) and served as Ensemble in Residence at the Simon Fraser University School for Contemporary Arts during the 2018/19 academic year.
(Link to Stephanie's Biography and Website)
Selected Duo Repertoire:
Antoine Beuger - we are voices
Daniel Brandes - places of refuge... of healing...
Elliott Carter - Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux
Ray Evanoff - Notables (*duo 1010 commission)
Eva-Maria Houben - throngs
Alex Mah - two (*duo 1010 commission)
Giacinto Scelsi - Ko-Lho, Suite
Nina Senk - Srebrno
Karlheinz Stockhausen - SUKAT, TIERKREIS
Selected Duo+Guests Repertoire:
Mark Andre - iv4
Brian Ferneyhough - In nomine (a 3)
Salvatore Sciarrino - Muro d'orrizonte
Karlheinz Stockhausen - BALANCE
24 August 2019
SALT New Music Festival and Symposium
Works by Max Murray, Nina Senk, Kimia Koochakzadeh Yazdi, and Karlheinz Stockhausen
This list contains a selection of works that Liam has performed as a soloist or an ensemble musician.
*First performance ^First North American performance +First Canadian performance
Andre – ...in...
Barrett – CHARON
Beuger – dialogues (silences)^
Berio – Sequenza IXa
Boulez – Domaines
Carter – Gra, Steep Steps
Chrysakis – Undercurrent*
Cleare – eyam i (it takes an ocean not to)
Denisov – Sonata for Clarinet
Edwards – Um allein zu kämpfen
Evanoff – A Series of Postures (clarinet)^, Full*, Narratives*, Ein Kleines FC*
Farrin – Ma Dentro Dove+
Frey – L'ame est sans retenue II^, Mit Schweigen Wird's Gesprochen^
Friedman – Incoronazione+
Hamel – Traces II
Kurtág – Játékok és üzenetek
Lachenmann – Dal Niente (Intérieur III)
Lou – Telegrams^
Manerkirar – twine*
McCormack – RAW MATTER+
Mahnkopf – Kurtág-Cantus I^
Murray – Ad Marginem des Versuchs*
Pàmies – ...es kömmt drauf an, sie zu verändern.*
Poppe – Holz Solo
Radulescu – Capricorn's Nostalgic Crickets
Saariaho – Duft
Scelsi – Ixor, Maknongan
Sciarrino – Let Me Die Before I Wake
Stockhausen – AMOUR, EVAs SPIEGEL, DIE 7 LIEDER DER TAGE, FREIA^, IN FREUNDSCHAFT, LIBRA^, SUSANI, TANZE LUZEFA^, TIERKREIS, UVERSA^, Xi (für Klarinette)^
Stravinsky – Three Pieces
Ter Schiphorst – Hi Bill!
Yazdi - Change of Relativity*
Alwyn – Sonata
Berg – Vier Stücke
Bernstein – Sonata
Brahms – Sonatas, op. 120
Copland – Concerto
Debussy – Première Rhapsodie
Gershwin – Three Preludes (arr. Cohn)
Koechlin – 2e Sonate, op. 86
Krenek – Suite, op. 148; Kleine Suite, op. 28
Krommer – Concerto for Two Clarinets
Lutoslawski – Dance Preludes
Hindemith – Sonata
Messager – Solo de Concours
Morricone – Ipotesi
Morricone – Traccia
Mozart – Concerto
Poulenc – Sonata
Rossini – Introduction, Theme & Variations
Rota – Sonata
Saint-Saens – Sonata
Schumann – Fantasiestücke
Shaw – Concerto
Szalowski – Sonatina
Templeton – Pocket Size Sonatas 1+2
Ticheli – Concerto
Weber – Concerti No. 1, 2, Concertino,
Grand Duo Concertante
Weinberg – Sonata
Andre – iv4
Bartok – Contrasts
Beethoven – Trio, op. 11
Berio – O King
Boulez – Dérive 1
Brahms – Trio, op. 114; Quintet, op. 115
Carter – Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux, Poems of Louis Zukofsky
Chang – Beyond Shadows
Evanoff – Notables*
Ferneyhough – In Nomine (a 3)
Friedman – Incarnadine*
Haas – Sextett
Kurtág – Duos from Játékok és üzenetek, Hommage à R.Sch.
Lachenmann – Allegro sostenuto
Lim – How Forests Think
Louie – Cadenzas
Messiaen – Quatour pour la fin du temps
Mozart Trio, K. 498; Quintet, K. 522
Murray – Zweite Versuch über Homo Sacer*
Nono – A Pierre. Dell'azzurro silenzio, inquietum
Reich – Double Sextet, Radio Rewrite
Scelsi – Ko-Lho
Schoenberg – Pierrot Lunaire
Sciarrino – Muro d'orizzonte, Omaggio a Burri
Stockhausen – BALANCE, ELUFA, KNABBENDUETT, SUKAT
Stravinsky – Octet for Winds, Histoire du Soldat
Tenzer – Three Island Duos
Varese – Intégrales, Octandre
Vivier – Kopernikus
Webern – Quartet, op. 22, Concerto, op. 24
Xenakis – Charisma
Zappa – Times Beach II
Liam is available for hire as a private clarinet teacher/clinician in the Greater Vancouver and Victoria areas.
Online lessons (Skype, Facetime, Zoom) can be arranged!
Private/Group Lessons and Clinics
Selected teaching experience:
2019-present: Instructor, Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College
2016-2017: Secondary instrumental private instruction at The University of British Columbia
2009-present: Private teaching studio
Selected recent clinic experience:
January 2020: St. Michael's University School (Victoria, BC)
April 2019: St. George's School (Vancouver, BC)
Jan-Apr. 2018, SFU School for the Contemporary Arts (Vancouver, BC): Composer Readings and Composing for Clarinet
Sept. 2017, Windfest! (The University of British Columbia): Tuning Workshop for Clarinet, Introduction to Contemporary Clarinet
Oct. 2016, Windfest! (The University of British Columbia): Introduction to Contemporary Clarinet Techniques
Rates for private lessons (not those through the Victoria Conservatory/Camosun College):
45 minutes (suitable for younger and beginning band students): $45
60 minutes (suitable for more advanced students and adults): $60
—If you are interested in regularly-scheduled lessons, they must be purchased and pre-paid by cash or cheque in four-week blocks. We will work together to find a regular time for your lessons and I will keep clear attendance records to ensure that you are getting what you have paid for. You have the option of scheduling a single "trial" lesson (at normal rates) before committing to and purchasing a monthly block.
—If your scheduling does not allow for regularly-scheduled lessons, individual drop-in lessons can be a good option. In this case, lessons must be paid by cash or cheque during our meeting.
—24-hour cancellation notice is strictly required. With appropriate notice, I will credit the tuition of your missed session towards either a make-up lesson to be scheduled at a mutually convenient time or towards one of the lessons from your next pre-paid block.
—Cancellations without 24-hour notice or "no-shows" will not be refunded except for some extenuating circumstances at the sole discretion of the instructor.
Helmut Lachenmann—Dal Niente (Interieur III), 2013
Liam is an experienced professional available for hire as a freelance musician (clarinet, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, and basset horn) in solo, chamber, and orchestral contexts in the Greater Vancouver and Central/South Vancouver Island areas.
Please get in touch via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Testing out instrument-based controllers for live electronics and video with UBC SUBclass, 2015.
Karlheinz Stockhausen, FREIA
Music on Main (Vancouver), April 2018
Photo credit: Jan Gates
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