EMV’s Artist-in-Residence programme started in the of summer 2021. The first artist to hold the position was Cree-Métis Two-Spirit baritone, Jonathon Adams (they/them). We created the programme to honour Canada’s diverse heritages while at the same time exploring the convergences between ‘world music’ and early music. The programme was initiated by Suzie LeBlanc, C.M., EMV’s Artistic and Executive Director.
During the course of their residency, the Resident Artist(s) performs in a number of festival concerts and engages with the broader community through interviews, coaching the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme and/or panel discussions and essays.
The scope of what the artist(s) can accomplish during their tenure at EMV will continue to evolve and grow with the programme. EMV is a dynamic contributor to the cultural life of the Canadian West Coast, and the Artist-in-Residence program is an important component.
To read more about EMV’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Jonathon Adams, click here.
David Greenberg and David McGuinness, 2022 EMV Artists-in-Residence
DAVID GREENBERG, Violin
For three decades, David has enjoyed a double career as a Baroque violinist and Cape Breton fiddler. His fluency and experience in these two genres makes him uniquelity qualified to interpret the wild music of 18th-century Scotland.
David is a graduate of Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, where he studied with Stanley Ritchie. He has performed, taught, and recorded primarily in North America and Western Europe, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East.
David has performed with Tafelmusik, Red Priest, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Concerto Caledonia, Apollo’s Fire, Ensemble Caprice, La Nef, Toronto Consort, Seattle Baroque, Les Voix Humaines, Chris Norman, Suzie LeBlanc, Doug MacPhee, and Musica Pacifica. He has performed as guest soloist/director with several orchestras, including the Calgary Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia.
He has recorded over 80 CDs, including with most of these ensembles and collaborators, as well as three groundbreaking Scottish-Cape Breton-Baroque recordings with his own ensemble Puirt A Baroque in the 1990s.
David co-authored The DunGreen Collection (1996), an influential treatise on Cape Breton fiddling. He is also a composer and arranger. Many of his tunes have been recorded by Cape Breton musicians such as Buddy MacMaster, Carl MacKenzie, Jerry Holland, and The Rankins.
David enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge about Baroque and Cape Breton music in workshop settings. His current solo touring program is called Bach & Tunes: Multiple Voices for One. Read the Jewish Independent’s feature interview with David Greenberg here
DAVID MCGUINNESS, keyboard
David McGuinness divides his time between historical Scottish music and contemporary work. As director of early music ensemble Concerto Caledonia he has made fifteen albums, mostly of newly-rediscovered repertoire, and collaborated with musicians in a variety of genres from folk to punk cabaret.
Recently he has been playing historical pianos in traditional music: 2018’s What News is a collection of traditional Scots ballads with the singer Alasdair Roberts and sound artist Amble Skuse, and in 2022 he recorded an instrumental album with concertina player Simon Thoumire. In the ongoing performance project Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band, Concerto Caledonia plays late 18th-century Scottish dance music while the audience dances the original figures.
David has been a music producer and composer for television and radio, most notably on several seasons of E4’s TV drama Skins. In 2007 he produced John Purser’s 50-part history of Scottish music for BBC Radio Scotland and co-ordinated the station’s observance of No Music Day with the artist Bill Drummond. In 2019 Sony Music reissued the Prefab Sprout album I Trawl the Megahertz, for which he provided the string arrangements.
He is Senior Lecturer in music at the University of Glasgow, and was principal investigator on the AHRC-funded research project Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions. 2022 sees the publication of his edition of the music for Allan Ramsay’s ballad opera The Gentle Shepherd for Edinburgh University Press, and a recording with Concerto Caledonia of Ramsay’s songs.
Statement from David Greenberg and David McGuinness on being the 2022 Artists-in-Residence
“It’s very exciting to be invited by Suzie LeBlanc, C.M. at EMV to be the 2022 Artists-In-Residence at the Vancouver Bach Festival. We can’t wait to share our explorations of 18th-century Scottish music and its connections with the Cape Breton fiddle tradition, and we’ll be playing Bach too of course! The early music movement has had deep connections with traditional music from its very beginnings 100 years ago, and we look forward to introducing trad music and early music lovers to some gems you may never have heard before!”
David Greenberg & David McGuinness
Watch David Greenberg and David McGuiness’ interview with EMV’s Production Assistant, Adele Marsland.
Listen to EMV’s 2022 Artists-in-Residence David Greenberg and David McGuinness perform with Artistic/Executive Director Suzie LeBlanc.