Apr 5+6, 2019 – CONFLUENCE/Purcell Reimagined

March 13th, 2019 § 0 comments § permalink


I can’t imagine playing with a lovelier and more talented band in this show of Henry Purcell covers. Andrew Downing leads the band in a journey filled with music, lament, raucous dance and infamous bedlam.

feat: Anna Atkinson, Larry Beckwith, Andrew Downing, Drew Jurecka, John Millard, Patricia O’Callaghan, Alex Samaras and Suba Sankaran.

March 30, 2019 – Playing with Continuum in PIVOT

March 13th, 2019 § 0 comments § permalink


This concert was sold out last year, so buy your tix in advance. Six really bright and shiny composers from across the world and encompassing many different styles have written new works for the ensemble. I always learn new stuff at this show – and have to learn new tricks!

Jan 17, 2019, Conducting Toshio Hosokawa’s The Raven with gamUT and Krisztina Szabo

December 2nd, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Opera fans, new music fans and fans –

I’ll be leading gamUT with superstar soloist Krisztina Szabo in Hosokawa’s The Raven during the University of Toronto’s New Music Week. Directed by Paramita Nath.

Toshio Hosokawa Opera Double Bill from Paramita Nath on Vimeo.

Premiere of Scott Good’s Hands of Orlac with the KWS, Nov 20-21

September 24th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m looking forward to this show in the Kitch with the amazing Edwin Outwater and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. I’ve appeared as a soloist in their Intersections series before, but this will be my first time playing with the full orchestra. It’s a live scoring of the classic film Hands of Orlac by the really great composer Scott Good. Click here for all the details!
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More classic movies! Back to the Future with the TSO: Oct 16-17

September 23rd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s more fun with movies and live orchestra. I’ll be playing the synth parts for the TSO when they perform a live orchestra soundtrack screening of Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 classic, Back to the Future. Don’t miss these vintage performances by Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover. Oh – and that DeLorean. Fri Oct 16 and Sat Oct 17 at Roy Thompson Hall.
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NOW Magazine praises 21C Dido and Aeneas

April 25th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m pretty happy with this review from NOW’s Jon Kaplan with its very kind shoutout for my arrangement of Dido and Aeneas!

The most unusual show we saw was Dido And Aeneas: 21st Century Remix, in which music director Gregory Oh took Purcell’s short 1680s opera and blended the original orchestrations with more contemporary musical styles.

The period sections stood quite comfortably alongside the modern percussion, bluegrass, Irish reels, Cape Breton fiddling and more, with Andrea Ludwig a poignant Dido (her lament at the end was mesmerizing), jazz singer Alex Samaras a firm Aeneas and Suba Sankaran a nastily wicked sorceress, singing her melodies with classic South Asian musical intonations. Hailey Gillis shone in a bluesy solo composed by John Millard, who also added some mean banjo playing to the show.

Like previous Global Cabaret workshops such as (re)Birth: E.E. Cummings In Song and Spoon River, which were then developed into full-length productions, Dido And Aeneas is the kind of bracing, entertaining work that deserves a larger audience and a longer run.

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The Long and Winding Road

March 22nd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

The good folks at New Music Edmonton just rented my metronomes for their Hear This Now Festival. The funny thing about metronomes is that if you wind one up a lot and set it at a slow speed, it will last for a long time…

Read about the performance as well as the entire festival in the Edmonton Journal!