Recordings

 
Song Forever New
This CD was released in 2009 in celebration of the Wesley Methodist (United) and Robertson Presbyterian (United) 100th anniversaries celebrated in 2007 and 2009.  The CD includes tracks of the Choir of Robertson-Wesley, the Robertson-Wesley Ringers and organ solos by Tammy-Jo Mortensen.  Canadian music features prominently on the CD including Erin Craig, Bill Hutton, Robin King, Jacobus Kloppers, Allan Gilliland, Mark Sirett and Bruce Wheatcroft.   
The CD is available from Robertson-Wesley and The Gramophone or on-line at CD Universe, CD Baby and Amazon.
 
You Tube
You can find many single recordings on Robertson-Wesley United Church's You Tube site:

Collaborations
The Alberta Baroque Ensemble is featured on this disc of the music of Allan Gilliland
Concerto for Oboe, Strings and Harpsichord was commissioned by ABE for their 25th season. 
 
Five of New Kind
The Windspiration Organ Festival and the Edmonton Composers Concert Society were featured on CBC Radio Two's Two New Hours in 2007.  This concert was on "Concerts on Demand" for one year following the broadcast.  Tammy-Jo premiered the composition by Reinhard Berg called "Now". 

Reinhard von Berg’s NOW was probably the most challenging piece for the listener on the entire programme. Perhaps a brief excerpt from the composer’s owns notes for the work will best provide the intention of the music. “NOW is when all music takes place. NOW is when the ideas first pop up in the mind; NOW is when a performance is heard (by the audience, not by the players . . . I have tried hard here to create something that from beginning to end sustains the listener’s awareness in the sublimity of the present moment.” This current focus on the present moment, or NOW, draws the listener directly into a complete and total awareness of the generation, emergence, development and transformations of sound at its essence. One hears imitations of kernels of tones and textures – then there are rhythmic cells, juxtapositions, modifications, and the like. The work brought meaning to R. Murray Schafer’s term “ear-cleaning.” NOW was a wrenchingly challenging musical exploration and Tammy-Jo Mortensen, the organ soloist, brought real life in four dimensions to the often-ephemeral music.

Review by Jerry Ozipko
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