about creativity

001. Max Wyman, Writer
002. Alexander Atza Visnic, Artist, Designer
003. Veronica Stark, Graphic Designer
004. Nick Lepard, Painter
005. Zoltan Kiss, Architect, Potter, Painter
006. Scott Good, Composer
007. Eric Deis, Contemporary Artist
008. RozeMerie Cuevas, Fashion Designer
009. Toni Cavelti, Master Jeweller
010. Peter Busby, Architect
011. Gregory Borowski, Architect
012. Rhylin Bailie, Investor Relations

What is creativity? Can it be defined? How? How does it feel being creative? What about talent? Inspiration? Energy? Can it be learnt? Expiry date, crisis and death of creativity? Experience and age? Is creativity practical? Can it be measured? How? Ego? Archetypes and stages of creative process? Curiosity?

Is Vancouver creative?

Scott Good

Composer-In-Residence, Trombonist, Conductor
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Good is a Canadian composer of orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been successfully performed in North America, Europe, and Asia; he is also active as a trombonist and conductor.

Currently, Scott works in numerous different musical avenues. In August, 2008, he began an appointment as composer in residence with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Duties include composing new works, curating the Roundhouse new music series, and participating in programming committees. He worked as curator for the Esprit Orchestra. In his four seasons in this role, he acted as conductor, composer, and solo trombonist for their New Wave composers festival. Scott was also artistic director of earShot concerts (97-02), and the Morpheus Contemporary Music Ensemble (92-95).

Scott has composed music for a variety of ensembles including the Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener/Waterloo Symphony, E.C.M.+, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, the Esprit Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, Toronto Sinfonia, baroque ensemble I Furiosi, the North Toronto Collegiate Institute Symphonic Band, Massey College, the University of Toronto health department, the Onyx wind quintet, the Trillium Brass Quintet, Belladonna, as well as soloists Wallace Halladay, Larry Larson, Dale Sorensen, Phoebe Tsang, and John Farah.

He has served as a trombonist in many orchestras, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet Orchestra, Esprit, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony, and Orchestra London among others. As well, Scott has had the privilege to work with Patria Music Projects, where he participated in the premiere of "The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix" by Murray Schafer. As well, Scott participated in performances of the "Enchanted Forest". Scott has also worked with Peter Chin on his prize winning interdisciplinary work "Stupa" combining music, dance, and poetry. Scott has also performed with contemporary classical groups New Music Concerts and Contact.

An emerging soloist, in fall 2008, Scott toured Canada as composer and trombone soloist with the Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal with a new work entitled "Shock Therapy Variations". Other soloist/composer projects include a collection of blues/shuffle songs under the title of RUB, and a co-writing project with Dwight Schenk whose songs are inspired by the late Kurt Vonnegut's seminal novels.

Scott also performs with such diverse ensembles as the Glenn Buhr ensemble, the Ugly Bug Band, the Human Remains, the Woodchoppers Association, Kanaka, the Lollipop People, the Charlie Ringus jazz sextet, the Basement Arms, and GUH. He has also participated in recording projects with many other bands, songwriters, and jazz musicians.

Dr. Good studied at the Eastman School of Music (BMus in composition and performance, 1995) and the University of Toronto (Dmus, composition, 2005). His teachers have included Samuel Adler, Gary Kulesha, Christos Hatzis, Ka Nin Chan, Joseph Schwantner, Syd Hodkinson, David Liptak, Christopher Rouse (orchestration), Robert Gauldin (16th century counterpoint), Edward Laufer (schenkerian analysis), as well as trombonists John Marcellus and Alain Trudel. He has twice attended the Banff summer music festival, the festival of the Sound, Scotia Fest, the Winnipeg Jazz festival, the Guelph jazz festival, and the Schlossfestpiel in Heidelburg. He has received numerous awards for his music, including the Howard Hanson Prize (1995) and First Prize at the Winnipeg New Music Festival Composers Competition (1996), the John Weinzweig Prize (1999) and three prizes in the SOCAN Competition for Young Composers (2000-01).

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"Creativity and artistic endeavors have a mission that goes far beyond just making music for the sake of music. "
Herbie Hancock