I’m proud to be a member of Aventa, a Victoria-based new music ensemble directed by Bill Linwood. Over the last few years I’ve had the privilege of performing dozens of concerts around the world alongside these fabulous musicians, and rubbing elbows with some of the most spectacular composers of our time.

Aventa will perform on Friday, 3 February 2012, as part of the Victoria Symphony’s 2012 New Music Festival. The programme includes Living Toys by Thomas Adès, an incredibly colourful and virtuosic work for chamber orchestra, The Human Condition by Canadian composer Anthony Genge, and Eight Irish Madrigals by Gavin Bryars, which also features soprano Anne Grimm and tenor Benjamin Butterfield. Bryars, who shot to international stardom with his works The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, will be in attendance at the festival — and he’ll be performing the double bass with Aventa in his own work! Read more about the event here.

Redshift Music Society, a Vancouver-based nonprofit dedicated to bringing new Canadian music to a broader public, has just digitally released a new album, Redshift X, commemorating their ten years of existence. I’m pleased to report that I’m featured on no less than six of the ten tracks, which are taken from previous and upcoming Redshift CD releases, including Delicate Fires (my 2007 CD with Rachel Iwaasa, as our duo, Tiresias), Different Stones (my multitrack flute album from 2008) and Trade Winds/Halos of the Moon with Tiresias, which will be released later this year. Redshift X features music by Canadian composers Jocelyn Morlock, Jordan Nobles, James Beckwith Maxwell, Jeffrey Ryan, Christopher Kovarik, Rodney Sharman, Jennifer Butler, Emily Doolittle, and Marci Rabe, and even includes a previously unreleased studio recording I made in 2009 of André Cormier‘s ten-flute piece, tous facteurs étant égaux #2.

This album is available for FREE download: go to the Redshift home page for more info, or simply click here to download all ten tracks. This is a wonderful tribute to Canadian composers and performers, and a terrific way to celebrate the tenth anniversary of an organization that is very, very dear to me. Happy Birthday, Redshift!

I’m thrilled to finally be working with Vancouver composer Alfredo Santa Ana — not once, not twice, but three times this year: on January 19 I’ll premiere his new trio, “On Fairness”, with violinist Karen Gerbrecht and cellist Olivia Blander. This performance is part of a conference at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver entitled “Explorations of Fairness.” The very next day (January 20) the Redshift Music Society will present a new work of Alfredo’s for eight percussionists, along with new and recent works by composers Kathleen Allan, Jocelyn Morlock, Jordan Nobles, James O’Callaghan and Chris Sivak. This event, called B.A.M.! takes place at the Blusson Spinal Centre at 8pm. Finally, Alfredo will write a new work for me and harpsichordist Chris Bagan, which will be premiered on March 20 at “A Month of Tuesdays” presented by Music on Main. Alfredo’s new work will be a companion piece to Couperin’s “Concert Royal No. 4”, which will also be performed that evening, along with music by Cassandra Miller, Edward Top, Jocelyn Morlock, G.F. Handel, and J.S. Bach. More info on that soon!