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Edwin Outwater’s work beyond the world of classical music has been extensive. His album with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) From Here On Out features the music of Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry alongside that of Nico Muhly, and NPR wrote that “whether it’s Muhly’s exuberant minimalism, Parry’s delicate textures or Greenwood’s dense thicket of sound, Outwater guides dexterous performances by musicians who play the music like they own it.” Outwater premiered Mason Bates’ Carbide & Carbon with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and featured the music of progressive rock and psychedelia influenced Nicole Lizée and Dan Deacon for his innovative “Intersections” series with the KWS.


Outwater put the generalization of musical genre into question during a collaboration with the KWS and folk violinist Gilles Apap, a concert that used alternative forms of staging and juxtaposing programming to transition between different genres of music. Apap opened the program with an excerpt from Bach’s Partita No. 1 for solo violin and transitioned effortlessly into a folk tune, and later put into perspective the differences and, more importantly, similarities, between this music, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4, and an Indian raga. With soprano Measha Brueggergosman and cabaret artist Isengart, Outwater turned a normal subscription concert into a wild cabaret evening featuring Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and other surprises. He has also presented programs with folk singer/songwriter Basia Bulat, putting the JUNO Award and Polaris Prize nominated artist untraditionally in front of a symphony orchestra, with arrangements by indie superstar Owen Pallett. In the same vein, he has juxtaposed traditional Indian music with Western classical music in collaboration with mridangam master Trichy Sankaran and his daughter Suba Sankaran. His work on Frank Zappa’s experimental classical music with frequent collaborator concert:nova Cincinnati was also a success and opened the songwriter’s lesser known music to a wider audience.