I felt it was time to send out an update about the Bach Project, my recording endeavour with organist Michael Murray (you can read more about the project, and the incredibly generous individuals who supported it, by clicking here). It’s ended up being a busy season, so it took a bit of time for Michael and me to make all the necessary edits (Chop! Chop! Chop!), and now we’re waiting for our recording technician to return the final versions to us (Stitch! Stitch! Stitch!), so we can move on to mastering, jacket design, and manufacturing of the final physical product. There are a lot of balls in the air at the moment, but we’re confident that the CD will be ready this Spring — which, I realize, is fast approaching! In the meantime, we’d love to give you another taste of what’s to come: here’s a link to our recording of the first movement of Bach’s b minor sonata, which is one of my favourite flute pieces of all time. Enjoy, and expect to hear from us soon!
My Auntie Shizu turned 80 in January but celebrations were postponed because of omicron. Part of these festivities was a specially commissioned song by @mlokbitis, set to text by Joy Kogawa — and last night we finally got to premiere it for my aunt, her husband Ron, and friends and family. Jocelyn created such an achingly beautiful setting for Kogawa’s bittersweet text, and @sarahjokirsch and Adrian Verdejo were the perfect musical accomplices. And thanks to @david.pay and @musiconmain for making this song a reality. Hashtags like #gratitude make me gag a bit, but, like, yeah… gratitude.
Moncton appreciation post #2: no trip to Moncton would be complete without a visit to @larouerechocolat! Also, another random bunny photo, just because.
Moncton appreciation post #1: André, Robin, and Léandre; recording one of my favourite pieces in the basement of Chez Streb-Cormier with one of the weirdest looking microphones ever; and Georgia the bunny, who quickly learned that when it came to acquiring treats, I was easily the weakest link in the house.