E.K.R. Hammell (Evan, he/him/his) is a Toronto-based composer, arranger, & music engraver originally from Prince Edward Island.
Winner of three national composition awards in Canada (the Howard Cable Memorial Prize, Oscar Bookbinder Prize, and Lloyd Carr-Harris Prize), and a Finalist in the International Young Talented Composers Competition, Evan’s music includes over a dozen commissioned original works and arrangements, with over a hundred known performances heard across four countries (Canada, USA, UK, & Spain), including performances by the: International Youth Band; Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces; Canadian Men’s Chorus; Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra; Trinity Laban Symphonic Winds; PEI Symphony Orchestra; Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra; Exultate Chamber Singers; Luminos Ensemble; Charlottetown Festival Orchestra; Central Bucks West Choir; Modern Sound Collective; and the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble. Since early 2020, his piece Skyline has been the theme music for The Band Room Podcast, hosted by Dylan Maddix & Cait Nishimura.
As a professional sheet music engraver & score editor he has prepared scores for countless performers, conductors, artists, and musicians, including the likes of: the artistic director of the largest Bollywood festival in Canada; acclaimed Canadian contemporary composers Larysa Kuzmenko and Imant Raminsh; and musical theatre composer/music director Bob Foster, under whom he has been directly responsible for the notated aspects of two new large-scale premiere productions: Tell Tale Harbour (Charlottetown Festival) and Maggie (Theatre Aquarius), as well as revisions on the Guinness World Record-holding musical Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival).
Evan received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Toronto in 2017. Aside from devising pretentiously abbreviated stage names, his other talents mainly involve playing bass trombone, choral singing and being impressively bad at eye contact.