Reich’s Piano Quartet on Bandcamp

June 4th, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

Our recording of Steve Reich’s Piano Quartet is now on Bandcamp!

New vid with Alex Samaras

May 26th, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

The piano sounds pretty good for all of its multiple broken strings and the fact that it hasn’t felt the loving touch of a tuner for longer than Toronto has been under lockdown (a very long time). For you gear nerds, I used a pair of Line Audio CM4s – I think they sound amazing for the price. Love what Alex Samaras did with this (we recorded virtually). New tune by Juliet Palmer with text by Richard Sanger.

Industry Tactics Ep. 77

May 24th, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

A fun time shooting the sh*t with a good friend, Dr. Richard Marsella. Forgot to post this when it came out, so enjoy!

New Reich Quartet recording is out! Plus…

May 14th, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

So Russell Hartenberger (from NEXUS) just dropped off the latest NEXUS CD, which includes our recording of Steve Reich’s Quartet, which we made a few years back with Bob Becker and Midori Koga, with Ray Dillard at the board.

He also dropped off a copy of his new book, the Cambridge Companion to Rhythm, where I am quoted:

So this was a good day!

Sunflower Sutra

April 29th, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve been going through old recordings and thinking about new projects. I’ve always wanted to record this work, as well as Vivier’s Shiraz. Turns out I actually will be recording Shiraz in June 2021, so maybe I should try to squeeze this piece in as well. This is a live version from the Music Gallery, recorded by Paul Hodge.

NYO Replay EP. 2

April 22nd, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

I really loved talking to Emilie LeBel and James O’Callaghan in this interview for NYO Canada. Not only have they written really wonderful music and sounds, but they really got me thinking about some important issues in a very clear way. What is classical music? How should we be approaching music education? What is the path to becoming a composer? Check it out!

PIVOT weeks 2 and 3

April 22nd, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

Some great stuff here by this year’s cohort of PIVOT composers.

Ep 2 featured Seeking Congruency by Carlie Howell.

Also Coloured-in Black and White by Joseph Chiu.

One interesting this about this recording – with the sudden (less than 24 hrs notice) change in COVID regulations, our two days of recording got smushed into one. Then the hard drive got corrupted, and…well, it was due to everyone being really good at their job that we got takes of everything.

Ep 3 features Snowmelt by Liam Gibson

and King of Chlorophyll by Kim Farris-Manning. In the latter, I got to do a lot of singing, humming and muttering. Also my first time playing the strings with magnetic tape.