Allison Cameron

(b. 1963, Edmonton, Alberta).

Canadian composer of mostly chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe and North America; she is also active as a performer of experimental music.

Ms. Cameron studied with Louis Andriessen, Gilius van Bergeijk, Per Nørgård, and Frederic Rzewski in Europe and with Rudolf Komorous, Michael Longton and James Tenney in Canada.

Her music has been performed at numerous festivals, including the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York, New York, Emerging Voices in San Diego, the Evenings of New Music in Bratislava, the Festival SuperMicMac in Montréal, the Newfoundland Sound Symposium, New Music across America, and the Rumori Dagen in Amsterdam.

As a performer of experimental music, she co-founded the Drystone Orchestra in 1989 and the Arcana Ensemble in 1992, both dedicated to the performance of experimental music in Toronto. She served as artistic director of the ensemble Arraymusic in Toronto from 2000–05. She regularly improvises with amplified small objects, in collaboration with Éric Chenaux, the Draperies, Ryan Driver, Dan Friedman, Mike Gennaro, Kurt Newman, John Oswald, Stephen Parkinson, and Mauro Savo, among other musicians. She also performs with the Marmots.


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Continuous Cities (Places without Leaves) (concerto), marimba, orchestra, 1992

A Thread for Funes, small orchestra (15 players), 2001


Untitled (Two Bits), 4 percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 1986

Raw Sangudo, alto saxophone, trumpet, tuba, 1986

A Blank Sheet of Metal (Tungsten Carbide), tuba, 3 electric guitars, double bass, bass guitar, electric piano, organ, synthesizer, 2 percussion, 1987

The Chamber of Statues, bass clarinet, French horn, violin, double bass, piano, percussion, 1987 (also versions for bass clarinet, French horn, violin, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 1992; melodica, bass clarinet, French horn, violin, double bass, piano, percussion, 1996)

Runa, baritone saxophone, bassoon, electric violin, piano, electric piano, percussion, 1990

Gibbous Moon, transverse flute, Baroque violin, viola da gamba, harpsichord, 1991

One Bit, clarinet, trumpet, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, 1991

Spit and Baling Wire, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1993

November, bass clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 1994

Rainsnout, soprano recorder, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, electric guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano, accordion, percussion, 1994

Leisure 1, voice (+ harmonica), bass recorder, bass clarinet, trombone, electric guitar, violin, double bass, piano, percussion, 1995

Leisure 2, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone (+ harmonica), baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, electric guitar, violin, double bass, piano, percussion, 1996

Up to the Line, string quartet, 1996

Somatic Refrain, bass clarinet, 1996

Retablo, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, toy piano (+ acolyte bells), 1998

Slip, bassoon, ensemble (clarinet, B-flat trumpet, violin, cello, celesta), fixed media, 1998

Ornaments, violin, piano, 1999

The Waning Moon, alto flute, trombone, harp, violin, piano, 1999

Fin Fin, voice (+ harmonica), bass clarinet, alto saxophone (+ toy instruments), electric guitar, violin, double bass, piano/synthesizer, percussion, 2000

Decorated Shed, 5 percussion, 2000

Wrinkle, Hackbrett (hammered dulcimer from Austria), piano, 2000

Abandoned Situation, soprano, tenor recorder, clarinet, trombone, electric guitar, violin, double bass, piano, percussion, 2001

Gossamer Bit, tenor recorder, clarinet, trombone, electric guitar, viola, double bass, piano, percussion, 2002


semplice e cantabile, 1991

23, 1995

Corals of Valais, 1997

Three Shapes of the Sword, prepared fortepiano, 1999


Untitled (Two Bits). Bang on a Can All-Stars (Composers Recordings, Inc., 1992)

Raw Sangudo; Runa; Gibbous Moon; The Chamber of Statues (original version); A Blank Sheet of Metal (Tungsten Carbide). Nic Gotham, alto saxophone; James Gardiner, trumpet; Colin Couch, tuba; Sound Pressure; Les Coucous Bénévoles; Michael J. Baker/Arraymusic; James Tenney/ensemble (XI Records: XI 112, 1995)

Leisure 1. Ensemble MAE (Donemus: CV 69, 1998)

Rainsnout. Veni Ensemble (Slovenský rozhlas, 2000)

Retablo; Ornaments; Somatic Refrain; Three Shapes of the Sword. Colleen Cook, clarinet; Ronda Rindone, bass clarinet; Carol Fujima, violin; Margaret Gay, cello; Eve Egoyan, piano; Allison Cameron, toy piano, acolyte bells; Stephen Clarke, prepared fortepiano; Sabat/Clarke Duo (Spool: SPP202, 2001)

One Bit. Arraymusic (Artifact Music, 2001)