This past weekend (January 17th to be precise) I was asked to participate in a most unusual event: Music on Main teamed up with Here There to present ROAM at the Juice Truck (which is, I was somewhat relieved to learn, an indoor venue). I was asked to present a handful of solo works (I chose Bach and Takemitsu) alongside a performance of Hildegard Westerkamp‘s beautiful electroacoustic work “Kits Beach Soundwalk”, and chef Annabelle Choi created a three course meal inspired by the music. It was fascinating to see (and taste!) how someone might interpret these pieces through food. Choi’s dishes — spiced persimmons, goat cheese tapioca, and ginger tuile for the Takemitsu; butternut squash & chickpea falafels for the Bach; and a seaweed Miyoek soup with mussels for the Westerkamp — were all as delicious as they were inventive. Some photos below, courtesy of Grady Mitchell.
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.