I’m really excited to be announcing that Gardens is finally coming out this fall. As I’ve discussed elsewhere on the site, creating this album was a huge turning point for me sonically—switching from a method that primarily revolved around electronic processing (as heard on my debut Rife), to an approach that was far more organic, and almost entirely instrumental. This whole transformation sprang from a desire to better integrate my various practices: electronic music, improv, and composing for ensemble, and I now feel very at home in this approach.
It should also be noted, yet again, that the work on Gardens was made possible through the Toronto Emerging Composer award, an excellent initiative administered by the Canadian Music Centre, which offers funding for a project proposed by a selected up-and-coming local composer. I’m really grateful for that as well as the philanthropic contributions of Roger D. Moore (one of the city’s biggest supporters of emergent experimentation!) and Michael Koerner.
Scissor Tail Editions, the label that has graciously decided to release this album have truly outdone themselves. Owned by Dylan Golden Aycock (aka (the wonderful) Talk West), the label has been committed to putting out some truly remarkable material that I’m honoured to have my work beside. Personal highlights include Nathan McLaughlin’s Karen Studies and Matteo Uggeri’s Untitled Winter. For my own album, Aycock has enlisted the help of Amsterdam-based artist Louis Reith for the cover design and I’m absolutely thrilled with the result.
The album is now available from Scissor Tail for pre-order, but I will also be launching the album at Toronto’s Garrison in an opening slot for Ben Frost on October 24th. I’m excited about this show, as it’s going to be a chance for me to try to take the next step, introducing some of the more raw textures of Gardens into a solo live context. I also greatly admire Frost’s work — so it should be an exciting evening. Thanks to Wavelength and Burn Down The Capital for programming for the concert. Here’s a Facebook link for more information about the show.
Stay tuned for more, too. I will be releasing another album this fall Endless Conjecture on Orange Milk Records.