Corie Rose Soumah is a composer born in Montreal and currently based in New York City.
Her works have been performed in Canada, the U.S, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. Her musical interests lie in shattered sounds realms through collage and gestural practices. She explores sonic textures through acoustic mediums and electronic and analog technologies. Her approach is part of an active redefinition of a new québécitude brought under the influence of cultural, sonic and aesthetic multiplicities.
Winner of a SOCAN Foundation Award, Soumah works have been performed by an extensive number of ensembles and performers. Some of them include the guitar quartet Instruments of Happiness, string quartet Flux, Hypercube quartet, choir Les voix parallèles, percussion sextet Sixtrum, ensemble Contemporary Insight, New Music Concerts, Orkest de Ereprijs, Paramirabo and Wet Ink. Passionate about the encounter between music and other artistic forms, she contributed to several multidisciplinary projects with students from L’École supérieure de Ballet du Québec and students from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal as well as the actor Yves Desgagnés. Her works have also been featured at the 24th Young Composer Meeting in the Netherlands, Italian soundSCAPE festival and highSCORE festival and the Domaine Forget at Charlevoix where she was composition fellow.
Recent and upcoming collaborations include a mixed piece for the acclaimed voice sextet Ekmeles, a solo violin commissioned by the Canadian violinist Gillian Smith and a new commission for the Montreal ensemble Paramirabo.
Soumah is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in composition at Columbia University. Her teachers include Zosha Di Castri, Annie Gosfield, George Friedrich Haas and George Lewis. She completed a BMus degree in composition from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where she studied with Nicolas Gilbert, Jimmie Leblanc and Serge Provost. She has also worked with Chaya Czernowin, Trevor Grahl, Amy Beth Kirsten, Martijn Padding and Michel Tétreault.
Soumah is an associated composer at the Canadian Music Center.