Dr. Nicholas Papador's solo CD Points of Departure was released in February 2015 on the Centrediscs label with worldwide distribution through the NAXOS label. He performed at CD launch events in Toronto and Windsor to celebrate the release. Toronto’s The Whole Note recognized Papador as a “powerhouse performer” and the CD is described as “breathtaking” and “exemplary,” performed with “virtuosic attention.” Selections from the CD have been broadcast in the US and Canada and the CD charted in select radio playlists.
Dr. Papador also completed a peer-reviewed research article “Spectral Composition and Percussion: Contemporary Concepts of Timbre and Time” which will be in press through the research edition of Percussive Notes: Journal of the Percussive Arts Society in March 2016.
Papador’s latest composition, Austerity Measures for percussion quartet was a winner in the Portland Percussion Groups recent call for scores. The group premiered the piece in Portland, Oregon on May 9th.
As director of the University Wind Ensemble, Papador collaborated with Jeff Nelsen (IU Jacobs School of Music/Canadian Brass) for a performance of The Glass Bead Game concerto for horn by James Beckel. The Wind Ensemble’s winter program featured other virtuoso and dramatic works for band by Hazo, Buckley, Van Der Roost, and Jager. The program also featured collaborations with local high school band programs. Papador led the Wind Ensemble on a successful SW Ontario tour of high schools at the conclusion of the school year.
Papador continues his work with the Noiseborder Ensemble. The group was a featured artist at the 2015 Fesitval des Musiques de Création, where the group presented a performance and sonic installation of the Subatomic Time project for percussion and multimedia.
2015-16 is a sabbatical year for Dr. Papador. During this time he will present a recital tour to support the Points of Departure CD. He will also resume his work on a keyboard percussion method book that studies transcriptions of Klezmer percussion music.
Featured composers on the CD:
Linda Catlin Smith
Dr. Nicholas Papador's website... there's a blog entry and you can hear some of the tracks in the audio section.
Dr. Nicholas Papador, Associate Professor
School of Creative Arts | Music
University of Windsor
Canada N9B 3P4