Christine ML Lee
Composer, Playwright & Poet

Based out of Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang (Montreal), Christine ML Lee is a composer, playwright and poet interested in the intersection between music, movement and storytelling. Working with dance and spoken word, her music has been performed at Festival Quartiers Danses and in Montreal Botanical Gardens. Alumna of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators Unit 2020-2021, Christine is currently working on a musical tentatively titled, "Just a Note", supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and by Playwright’s Workshop Montreal. Her video poem "Holding Waterways" premiered at the Festival St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe 2021. Christine is serving on the 2021-2022 Board of Directors for the Quebec Writers’ Federation.

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"Deux/Two Solitudes" premiere by the Chronos Vocal Ensemble

Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 7:30PM MDT
St Andrew's United Church - Edmonton, Alberta

The Bridges concert features new music from Andrew Balfour, Marie-Claire Saindon and Nicholas Ryan Kelly, sung by the Chronos Vocal Ensemble. This will be the premiere of the choir piece "Deux/Two Solitudes" composed by Marie-Claire Saindon, for which Christine ML Lee wrote the poetry/lyrics.

Our title points at bringing people together, connecting disparate things, and overcoming divides.

Included are three commission premieres, each a setting of contemporary poetry. This performance will also feature our 2021 Composition Competition winner, Edward Enman’s All the love that lies beneath, from a trilogy of pieces inspired by lullabies sung to the composer’s daughter.

The program features a total of three pieces by Andrew Balfour. You may have heard his Vision Chant already earlier in our season; we will also perform his striking Anthem for a doomed youth on a WWI poem by Wilfred Owen, and the premiere of Gaze upon the trees on a text by elder, writer and activist Dr. Duke Redbird.

This powerful concert’s themes include empathy and understanding, prayer (especially in a time of pain or war), and shared humanity.

Register for the concert:


AS COMPOSER - Selected Contemporary Classical Works

Bloom, for SATB
Le Choeur du Brouhaha, directed by Sébastien Lachaume

Neige, for piano, cello, violin, alto and double bass

Navires Étoiles Et Âme Sage, for piano solo
Performed by Philippe Prud’Homme

AS COMPOSER - For Film / Video Games / Contemporary Dance

The Flower Sings, Piano Music

Summer Swish excerpts, music for contemporary dance
Choreography by As They Strike Collective

Spring Swish excerpts, music for contemporary dance
Choreography by As They Strike Collective

AS COMPOSER - Sound Design / Electroacoustic Work

À travers la neige, electroacoustic piece
Premiered at the eBuzz Festival at University of Montreal

Flashes, electroacoustic piece,
Excerpt from Level Up Symposium by Associated Designers of Canada

AS PLAYWRIGHT & SONGWRITER - Selected Musical Theatre Work

"Who You Think I Am", excerpt from Just a Note
CMTWC Showcase
Sung by Marie-Pierre de Brienne,
Musical Director, Arrangement by Jonathan Monro
Book, Music & Lyrics by Christine ML Lee

Excerpt from Just a Note
YCU Showcase at Playwrights' Workshop Montreal
Directed by Olivia Woods, Dramaturgy by Jesse Stong

AS POET - Selected work


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