Tristan Zaba


Residency with MacMillan Singers

On October 2nd I was announced the 2018-2019 Composer in Residence for the University of Toronto’s MacMillan Singers (SATB choir), an opportunity I applied for in early September.

Who Killed Adriana

As part of my master’s degree in composition, which I am currently pursuing at the University of Toronto, I am working with a few other graduate students co-composing an opera on Michael Albano’s comedic libretto “Who Killed Adriana”. It will be premiered fully staged with orchestra by the U of T opera program in the new year. I am responsible for composing the overture, a portion of the opening scene, and the final scene.

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Matryoshki and a Blue Vase

A recently finished piano piece written on commission for LA-based pianist Paul Williamson, one of CBC’s 2017 “30 Hot Classical Musicians under 30” and winner of numerous competitions. This piece was my main compositional focus from the beginning of this past summer until recently.

Paul’s recording of Ligeti’s Piano Étude No. 1, “Désordre”:

AD Kastalsky

I was recently announced a winner of the 2018 AD Kastalsky International Choral Writing Competition for my piece, “Like a Geometer”. The competition is jointly hosted by the conservatories of St. Petersburg, Novgorod, and Moscow.

Recording of “Like a Geometer":

The Zaba Farewell Weekend

A busy weekend of playing the final three “Zaba” shows back to back from June 1-3, 2018. The "farewell lineup" featured myself on Guitar/Vocal/Bass Guitar, Isaac Zee on Violin (who last joined us for our David Bowie tribute in 2016), Cody Valentonis (of Winnipeg bands the Psychics and Campfire Sigh) on Bass Guitar, Kerrigan Salnikowski on Drums, and Eli Zaba (my cousin) on auxiliary percussion.

Zabathon III

The finished video of the third and final Winnipeg “Zabathon" concert, which occurred on March 16th.

Mosaic Suite

Over the course of this past winter veteran Winnipeg filmmaker Greg Hanec and I finished setting my rock album “Mosaic Suite” to video. This project was made possible by the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music, and was premiered with a live soundtrack at Zabathon III on March 16th.

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