This may seem like a strange post to make on December 24th, but timing has never been one of my strong points. Last night Sins & Fantasies arrived on my doorstep — three boxes full! To clarify: Sins & Fantasies is a CD recording I made this past summer, featuring new works for solo flute by Canadian composers, each inspired by one of the Seven Deadly Sins. This album includes premiere recordings by Dorothy Chang (Wrath), Gregory Lee Newsome (Avarice), Owen Underhill (Pride), Jocelyn Morlock (Lust), James Beckwith Maxwell (Envy), Benton Roark (Sloth), and my own composerly debut with Gluttony. The programme is rounded out with a handful of solo Fantasias by the Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1776). These little gems of the 18th century provide the perfect counterpoint to the Seven Deadlies, which take the listener on a virtuosic and demented (and occasionally hilarious) tour of humanity’s underbelly. The recording and editing was done by Vancouver’s monster technician, Don Harder, the design by the amazing Simon Butler, and the album released on Redshift Records. I’m extraordinarily thankful to the Canada Council for the Arts for their amazing support of this project. Below are a couple excerpts from the new album: an excerpt from invidere by James Beckwith Maxwell and Telemann’s Fantasia in D major. Merry merry & Happy happy!
Toronto friends: I'm digging out my coat reserved for "winters in other parts of Canada" to perform this Wednesday at the UofT New Music Festival (@utnmf). This concert includes commissioned works that are very dear to me by @gregoryleenewsome and @keiko_devaux; a piece I've been *dying* to play for ages by @kotokasuzuki; and a piece that becomes deeper and more meaningful every time I play it, by @kaijasaariaho. The concert is free, and also includes the music of Kieser Prize winner, @gfrasermusic. Come visit us in Walter Hall, Feb. 1st, at 7:30!
Opening night at SUM gallery of “Senos de Hombre” by the charismatic curators of Salón Silicón of Mexico City. Thank you Olga, Laos, and Romeo for bringing the works of @_karlfriasgarcia_ , @sandrablow.photo, and @_.alan_hernandez._ to Vancouver!
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