Back in September I was in New Brunswick to premiere Piling Sand – Piling Stone IV, for flute and Max MSP, by André Cormier. This mammoth, ninety-minute work was performed in both Moncton and St. John: every six minutes the flute is recorded and looped back through speakers surrounding the audience. Gradually, over the course of an hour-and-a-half, the music becomes denser, richer, and more elaborate, until the final six minutes reveal the “complete” piece: all swirling flute lines, Tibetan finger cymbals, and whistle tones. My final day in Moncton included an absurdly large portion of fried clams, some local beer… and a recording session, where we laid down André’s piece for posterity. Below is an excerpt from this utterly unique and otherworldly piece.
Powell Street Festival taiko finale!
My first indoor concert in I-don’t-know-how-long with REAL LIVE HUMANS in the audience. What a joy it was to play gorgeous new works by #FarshidSamandari, #MosheDenburg, and #AlicePingYeeHo with @soundofdragon again.
Gird your loins, Kitsilano: Pride Ninja is ready to… uhh, do the grocery shopping. Beautiful #pride mask made by my former student, the multitalented @alanna.mich.