Last year, when things were looking particularly bleak, composer Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi and I started talking about a new piece that would stretch the composer-performer dynamic in new and fun ways. The result is present Brimming Air: a zany, kaleidoscopic romp that really explores this idea of “play”, whether it’s playing an instrument, playing with toys… or playing an instrument WITH toys. But it’s not all just fun and games. Brimming Air is absolutely a piece of its time: exploding aerosols, a nonsensical (yet weirdly relatable) narrative… all brilliantly composed, recorded, filmed, and edited by Koochakzadeh-Yazdi. Both Kimia and I are grateful for support received from the BC Arts Council, who have been instrumental keeping artists active and creative this past year.
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!
T’was the night before fifty