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.

PIVOT composer workshop Week 1

April 12th, 2021 § 0 comments § permalink

Here are some great pieces by the participants of the PIVOT composer workshop, a joint venture of Continuum and the Canadian League of Composers.

Always a pleasure to play with Carol Fujino and Paul Widner.

Round 1: Trios by Sointu Aalto and Kevin Gironnay. Cool thing about Kevin’s piece – the actual notes of the piece are uniquely generated with each performance.