Carol Ann Weaver is a celebrated Canadian composer whose music has been heard throughout North America and in parts of Europe, Africa, Korea and Paraguay. Her genre-bending music ranges in style from classical to jazz, avant garde to folk, creating new fusions of roots and art music, much of it colored by her long standing passion for African music. Exploring various edges, she has composed for turntablist, worked with soundscapes, drum circles, acoustic and electric instruments, and created dramatic and theme-oriented productions and festivals. Her Sound in the Land Festival/Conferences at University of Waterloo have brought together composers, performers, scholars, ecologists, ecomusicologist, ethnomusicologists and listeners from all over North America, Europe, South Korea and Africa.
Weaver's choral composition style is largely influenced by African music and rhythm. They often feature ostinatos and hocket (passing the melody around) between the different voices in an uptempo, bouncing style.. She also writes most of her liberetto herself, often reflecting on nature and imagery representative of the Canadian landscapes. Selected Works
Generous Land -SATB a capella. Pastoral imagery, uncomplicated harmony, and catchy rythms and melodies will keep this song in your ear for a while. Great for the Intermediate youth choir.
Dancing, Dancing River - SATB a capella. Similar to Generous Land, this piece begins flowing as the melody gets passed around between the tenors and basses in a low register, and then throughout the piece gets busier and higher in the tessitura for all of the 4 voice parts, representing the dancing river.
Much of Carol Ann Weaver includes themes of peace, celebrating women, the environment, Mennonite themes, and influences from her on-going work in African music. Carol has released seven CD`s, all of which revolving around one or more of these themes and featuring collaborations with other artists and music from around the globe.