So I’ve got a full plate with recording projects right now.
Tilman Lewis and my project the Knot, an improv cello duo, is wrapping up its first full-length project entitled Tidewrack, and culling material recorded in our homes and in concert. It’ll be released digitally on Italian label Radical Matters, but there will be a “physical” limited edition screen/ zinc-etch print by my partner Nicole Cultraro which will be for sale in Toronto. Expect a release show coming up!
My other band, I Have Eaten The City have also been approached by British cassette label Tombed Visions to do a new album. I can’t wait to see what they’ll do with the music. Their artwork is stellar. We’re planning to begin the process shortly and I’m very excited.
I’ve also got two discs of chamber music on the go!
The first will pair my recent work Aigre Douce composed for the Canadian Music Centre‘s 13th Street Winery Series with intimations of melody by Victoria-based Wandelweiser composer Daniel Brandes. The two works were performed alongside each other in March, and now plans are set in motion to have the works recorded by the more-than-capable John S. Gray, a composer and the CMC’s recordist/ audio archivist. The ensemble on this disc will consist of Ilana Waniuk (violin) and Cheryl Duvall (piano, tuning reeds, toy piano), the two artistic directors of the Thin Edge New Music Collective, myself on cello and Brandon Valdivia (of Not The Wind, Not The Flag; Picastro; I Have Eaten The City; Mas Aya and Pacha Mama) on percussion, melodica, kalimba and Matthew Ramolo (aka Khôra) on autoharp, toy piano and for Brandes’ piece, e-bowed acoustic guitar.
The second disc has been generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council‘s Classical Music Recording program. As such I’ve enlisted Jean Martin as engineer/ producer, and Canterbury Music Company and Martin’s own the Farm as our studios. The album will compile several of my recent chamber pieces, again interpreted by the Thin Edge New Music Collective alongside special guests. Our first session is booked for June, where we’ll record a destination (which was composed expressly for that group).
Finally, I am very happy to announce that I’m about half-way complete with my ambitious multi-track piece Gardens, whose creation was funded by the CMC’s 2011 Toronto Emerging Composer award. I’ve challenged myself to only use instruments, mic techniques and basic production things like compression, EQ, reverb, panning, mixing to create the piece. Thus far it’s a peculiar amalgam of different styles gesturing toward folk musics, textural free-improvisation, impressionism, the more rustic end of post-Cagean experimentalism as well as electroacoustics (despite the lack electronics!). The work is a tribute to Charles Stepney, the great pop arranger, who produced and arranged Minnie Riperton’s Come To My Garden, among other things! Looking forward to completing this piece and sharing it!