Praised by the Boston Globe as "superb", Amy Advocat and Matt Sharrock have been blazing their own trail as the bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas since 2011. In that time they have premiered over 75 works, essentially creating an entirely new repertoire for their unique instrumentation. Their debut album “Sift”, featuring music by Adam Roberts, Curtis Hughes, Tina Tallon, Daniel T. Lewis, and John Murphree, was released in summer 2017 through New Focus Recordings. Their recording of Andy Vores' Fabrication 10: Itch” appears on his album “One Head", released in January 2013.
Dedicated to spreading their repertoire, Transient Canvas has performed across the United States and Europe. They have been presented by the Alba Music Festival (Alba, Italy), SoundNOW Festival (Atlanta, GA), Classic City New Music Festival (Athens, GA), New Music Gathering (San Francisco, CA), Moore Hall Recital Series (Pembroke, NC), New Music at the Short North Stage (Columbus, OH), Music on Madison (Evanston, IL), New Music Nights at Spectrum (New York, NY), Clocks in Motion (Madison, WI), First Fridays (Providence, RI), New Hampshire Music Festival (Plymouth, NH), Society of Composers, Inc. (Orono, ME), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY), the Guerrilla Composers Guild (San Francisco, CA), and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis, IN). In Boston, they are regularly featured on the Equilibrium, Original Gravity, Opensound, and New Gallery concert series.
Equally dedicated to educating the next generation of performers and composers, Transient Canvas has presented masterclasses and composition workshops at James Madison, Rutgers, Northern Illinois, Franklin Pierce, Baldwin Wallace, Otterbein, Bowling Green, Kent State, and Kennesaw State Universities, the University of Maine, and the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and Madison. They have also held residencies with the composition departments at Harvard, Northeastern, Brandeis, and Tufts Universities, the University of Georgia, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the Alba Music Festival Composition Program.