Rose Bolton speaks clearly about what she wants. “I think clever would be the word that I would not want to hear people use when speaking about my music—regardless of whether it actually is or not. Ultimately, it’s not music about music; there has to be a bigger purpose.”
Bolton didn’t always think this way. “In the old days, I think I was more interested in the process, even if I didn’t admit it to myself.” Bolton could have settled easily within the parameters of her own artistic universe after winning sizeable prizes, like the Toronto Emerging Composer Award in 2002 or SOCAN awards, and numerous commissions from ensembles like Esprit Orchestra and L’ensemble contemporain de Montreal. But instead, a restlessness set in. So, what leads a mid-career artist, who came up during the peak of musical postmodernism, to change directions?
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