On July 5th I had the enormous pleasure and honour of working with dancer/choreographer Margie Gillis, one of our nation’s cultural treasures. The daylong workshop was organized by composer Alfredo Santa Ana for Ms. Gillis and my trio, Trio Nomidi (violinist Karen Gerbrecht, cellist Olivia Blander, and myself). The morning and afternoon were spent working through Santa Ana’s trio, On Fairness. This stunning, six-movement work was premiered by Nomidi in January 2012 as part of the Peter Wall Exploratory Workshop, “Explorations of Fairness”. Our performance caught the attention of Gillis, who wished to choreograph On Fairness for future performances throughout Canada. Multiple performances of a major new work are a rare and precious thing in the new music world, so it was wonderful to come back to Alfredo’s trio — and it was even more wonderful to see the piece through Gillis’ eyes, as she worked through each movement, creating a thrilling visual narrative that complemented the music beautifully. Below are some photos from the workshop, taken by Alfredo and David Pay.
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.