Canadian composer Tate Pumfrey of Southwestern Ontario is bringing his signature eclectic sound to contemporary classical music. Currently working on his Master's in Composition at York University in Toronto, Ontario, where his supervisor is Canadian composer Stephanie Martin.
It has been a winding road to where he is today. Over the years, Tate took lessons in piano, piano accordion, Celtic fiddle, trombone, voice and pipe organ. While he doesn't play all of these instruments today, focusing on composition and the pipe organ, this varied musical upbringing gives his music a distinct sound and a particular voice. Tinged with folk-like melodies, inflected with modality, and filled with roving harmonies, Tate's music is a unique blend of unusual influences. With a love for the traditional music of Scotland, Bruckner, Vaughan Williams, and Gregorian chant, his musical fingerprint is like no other. He writes choral music, hymns, organ works, and chamber music, but is interested in exploring other classical genres and differing instrumentation.