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!
Business meeting. Very serious.
My first week at @queerarts! Lots of meetings, lots of (grant)writing, lots of emails, and lots of learning. But I’m excited and super grateful for the support and generosity of @sdholman, the fabulousness of QAF staff Lalia, Mirim, and Ben, and to my proximity to @paulwongprojects — who is a whirlwind of ideas and inspiration, whenever he sets foot in the room.
Toward The Sea by Takemitsu has to be one of my favourite works for flute and guitar: murky, moody, Debussean (that’s a legit word, right?). Adrian Verdejo and I had the opportunity to record this piece for @vicorchestra’s online Global Soundscapes festival, which was just released — you’ll find the link in my profile. The festival also includes lots of fantastic performances, including a great set by @allegrachambero with @melody.courage!