Reviews

2017
Carla Escoda for KQED Arts

It’s a hallucinatory distillation of the real-life experiences of dancer-choreographer Aisan Hoss…

2014
Rita Feliciano for Dance View West

It started with children’s voices and evolved into electronic textures from which acoustical instruments, most notably two violins, emerged like beacons from the fog…

2012
By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic

Murderous Little World features a versatile three-man ensemble of brass and accordion – Bellows and Brass – that pretty much blew me away…

2012
By Stephen Preece, for The Record

…a mesmerizing multi-media combination of music, video, and theatre …

2011
Josef Woodard

Ray presided over a gamey piano program that also involved “tape” and video elements and extended techniques and instrument manipulations. Linda Bouchard’s “Gassho,” for instance, combined its piano part with a prerecorded haze of Tibetan Bowl tones, i…

2010
Ken Winters

Linda Bouchard’s remarkable expressionist work, Songs for an Acrobat, based on eight poems by the Quebec poet Maurice Tourigny… Bouchard’s stunningly scored homage to her friend – premiered in 1995, before his death – follows his poems through their ex…

2009
Jules Langert

Bouchard uses a prepared piano, with various screws and mutes, creating a gently percussive set of sounds as a background for the opening flute solo, and later in combination with the strings. As the music progresses, the texture becomes gradually brig…

2008
Richard Todd

Rehearing this jewel of many colours after all these years was a treat, particularly since Nézet-Séguin and the musicians under him rendered a refined and persuasive account of it.

2006
Mark Swed (LA Times Staff Writer)

…given its American premiere was Linda Bouchard’s refreshing “Liquid States.” Here, the Canadian composer created a wonderfully mellow metallic jingle jangle from having players attack the inside of a piano with mallets and brushes.

2006
Stephen Pedersen (Arts Reporter)

The music is restless and energetic, hanging by its fingertips from total disintegration by a firmly ordered succession of orchestral textures, densities, striated arrays and stridulations like a thousand crickets all chirping at once at a cocktail par…

2005
Allan Ulrich for San Francisco Chronicles

Two weeks ago, on the opening night of ODC’s Dance annual “Dancing Downtown” season, the revival of co-artistic…

2005
Gia Kourlas (New York Times)

As David Finn’s stark lighting and Linda Bouchard’s score evoke an ominous atmosphere, dancers splinter off into largely conventional duets and trios that frequently fall short of mirroring the mood…

2005
Jules Langert

The lithe, playful interaction of sounds, rhythms, and timbres lends this attractive work an airy, dance-like vitality and a refreshing gestural spontaneity.

2002
John Lehr

Bouchard insists on the abstraction of her work, it also sounds very natural. Her inspiration flows from the instruments themselves. What she expresses has its source in the means of expression.

2002
Tamara Bernstein

The highlight of these was the world premiere of the very Canadianly-titled Neiges. A theme and variations for chamber ensemble, it begins with gestures of characteristic Bouchardian energy: a joyous spilling of paint, as it were, on the musical canvas…

2002
Robert Everett-Green

Bouchard’s work is full of timbral puns that play on the similarities of tone lurking within very different instruments. Pourtinade, for instance, drew out an astounding degree of family resemblance between Doug Perry’s viola and Trevor Tureski’s malle…

2002
John Lehr

The instruments may be played unconventionally, but nothing sounds strained or forced. Her structures, too, had a deeply organic quality, which may simply mean that she gives great attention to the development of her material. Listening to her work, th…

2000
Winnipeg Free Press

…kept the emotional temperature high… not a demonstrative solo but a central protagonist in this effective colour-laden play with orchestra… a powerful experience experience with a particularly stunning close.

2000
François Tousignant

…Yes, this truly was an extraordinary event. Curiously, you might say, that with all that we enjoyed in this event, the idea is profoundly romantic, even Wagnerian.

1999
Alln Ulrich

The instruments offer considerable timbral variety. And “Ductwork”, which floats in and out of tonality, varies the textures. Rapid rhythmic fragments dissolve into more legato phrases, with the trumpet sounding softly and the violin sliding gracefully…

1995
François Tousignant

Immediately striking. Full of musical ideas, an especially refined sense of orchestration and a glimpse into something truly wonderful.

1993
Richard Buell

Linda Bouchard’s LungTa came in five movements and a coda, with elements of world music about it that might be exerptable, say, for Andy Kershaw’s influential BBC radio show, but also the formal satisfactions (brevity, pacing, point) of solid writing f…

1990
Kyle Gann

Nothing in the earlier music I’d heard by local conductor Linda Bouchard prepared me for the effective theatricalism of her Black Burned wood… fragmented rhythmes and uncanny use of percussion conjured up the frightened dream of an adolescent.

1989
Kyle Gann

…her music is passionate and biting with a good feel for timbre.

1988
Ear Magazine

…rich in structure, subtlety and sonority…

1988
Tim Page

Bouchard’s ‘Tokpela’ was a tour-de-force that called to mind a latter-day answer to Varèse’s ‘Ionisation’…

1988
Kyle Gann

…the breakdown of New York’s uptown/downtown polarity… the slickly professional pointillism of Linda Bouchard’s ‘Transi-Blanc’ is rooted in East Coast avant-garde chamber music writing, but the romantic passion of its tonality reaches a larger audi…

1986
Linda Sanders

…a precise ear for orchestration.

1984
Helene Plouffe

… one of Canada’s brightest ‘New Music’ talents… She has quickly established the ground work for a prestigious career.

1984
Will Crutchfield

Icy Cruise…made a striking coloristic impact

1984
Tim Page

… A chimerical tapestry of rarified sounds… Miss Bouchard does have an undeniable gift for creating eloquent sonorities…

1984
Robert Commanday

…emotion and energy in this music and an explicit metaphoric significance..

1981
Derich Henry

Among the standouts were “Propos”…which subtly exploits, space and sonority…