Three years ago I asked seven Canadian composers to each write a solo flute piece inspired by one of the Seven Deadly Sins — the result is some of the most virtuosic, colourful, and evocative music I’ve ever played. The Seven Deadly Sins consists of pieces written by Dorothy Chang (Wrath), James Beckwith Maxwell (Envy), Jocelyn Morlock (Lust), Gregory Lee Newsome (Greed), T. Benton Roark (Sloth), Owen Underhill (Pride)… and me, doing my very best to channel Monty Python for my take on Gluttony. As of Monday I’ll be heading down to Pyatt Hall at the VSO School of Music (Vancouver) to begin recording all of them with one of Western Canada’s most cherished recording engineers, Don Harder. Along with the Sins, I’ll be recording a handful of solo flute Fantasias by the Baroque composer G. P. Telemann, creating a collection of — wait for it — “Sins and Fantasies.”
To give you an idea of the amazing music that has been entrusted to me, here is my live recording of Greg Newsome’s piece, Avarice, from a performance at the Music Gallery (Toronto) last March.