As you may or may not see, things have slowed a bit for me lately, at least in terms of what I’m doing publicly. I thought I’d offer, however, a little peephole into what’s actually going on for me right now.
Contrary to outward appearances, I’ve have been keeping myself quite busy.
One of the primary sites of said busy-ness is the preparation of a new work for chamber ensemble. As I mentioned earlier, I’m extremely honoured to have been commissioned by Arraymusic, a truly unique and wonderful Toronto-based ensemble with a long, rich history of presenting new concert music. The piece is going to be performed on February 15th at the ensemble’s new downtown space on Walnut Ave. alongside two other premieres by Christopher Butterfield and Daniel Foley. The other piece on the bill is by Amsterdam-based Jan-Bas Bollen and is entitled Square Time.
I’ve been ruminating on the themes I’ve created for this piece for the good part of the year, discarding bits and subsequently bringing them back, humming melodies (and their variations) into my iPhone, scrawling instructions on pieces of paper, scribbling down chord progressions in the middle of the night. Lately I’ve been making sense of all those disparate parts, and then putting the finishing touches on the score.
The piece makes use of the full ensemble, which for this performance includes a cello as well. So we’re talking violin, cello, contrabass, piano, two percussionists, trumpet and clarinet. Arraymusic will also be hosting celebrated percussionist Jim Pugliese for the concert, who will be playing on several of the works that evening.
Here is the info:
Three New Sides to a Square: Jan-Bas Bollen’s Square Time, plus world premieres by Christopher Butterfield, Daniel Foley, and Nick Storring
8pm Friday, February 15th , 2013
The New Array Space
155 Walnut Ave., Toronto
info/ tickets: 416 532 3019
Before this new piece premieres, I’ll be performing music alongside Colin Fisher and Germaine Liu in a theatre piece called Body 13. The play was written/ directed/ choreographed through thematic collective improvisations by the MT Space, based out of Kitchener, ON (you may know of their piece the Last 15 Seconds which toured across Canada and the Middle East, and also featured my music/ sound). Us three musicians have worked in a similar manner, extemporizing upon basic sketches I made during the initial phase of the production. The acting troupe in this show includes Lebanese celebrity Badih Abou Chakra, Toronto fixture Tawiah M’Carthy, Brad Cook (who’s just finishing up work in the Toronto iteration of War Horse), Jessalyn Broadfoot, Pam Patel and Nada Homsi. The piece plays in Toronto at Theatre Passe Muraille January 16th-26th, and in Kitchener January 30th-February 2nd at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts.
And … stay tuned for more 2013 updates. Yes, there are going to be more shortly.