I have been working away all spring on a new piano/percussion piece for the super talented SHHH!! Ensemble and I'm happy to report that rem will be performed in Ottawa (July 31, Ottawa Chamberfest), in St. John's Newfoundland (August 17, Tuckamore Festival), and in Owen Sound, Ontario (September 14, Sweetwater Music Festival). Couple more dates to be announced soon as well!
rem explores how sleep/dreams play into processing emotions and memories. When a person experiences an intense change in their life, their reactions to it manifest in both conscious and unconscious ways. Dr. Rosalind Cartwright’s emotional sleep/dream theory conceives that a dreamer cycles through a continual psychological process each night whereby an emotionally charged recent experience is matched with past experiences as a way to accept them into the individual’s evolving self-conception. The more significant the emotional event, the more time it takes for the unconscious mind to process and regulate it during sleep.
So delighted to announce that Singing Only Softly has been nominated for Outstanding New Opera at the Dora Awards! Inspired by the redacted entries in The Diary of Anne Frank, Singing Only Softly was an extremely special project to work on with Cecilia Livingston and Alaina Viau. Also, our own Sara Schabas (Anne #1) was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Individual for her role in the opera - so well deserved. Cannot wait to raise a glass on June 29th with the other nominees, including Tapestry New Opera and Soundstreams, to celebrate the DORA awards together.
A few short weeks later on November 13th, Lancaster PA's Naked Eye Ensemble gives the New York premiere of divertimento, my work for projected iPhones, electronics and amplified music box with Tribeca New Music. This work was written for an interactive concert in Scranton, Pennsylvania a couple of years ago (and technically directed by the inimitable Anthony T. Marasco), and I couldn't be happier or more honoured that NEE's Ju-Ping Song has taken a shine to it. Naked Eye Ensemble has commissioned some very interesting works over the years, including one of my personal toy piano favourites, Rusty Banks' Babbling Tower to Tower.
Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Barbara Pritchard reprises my piano solo houndstooth on November 19th as part of her Fantasy! program at the Canadian Music Centre's new performance space. This concert is part of a weekend celebrating the music of Barbara Pentland, one of Canada's most important composers.
Thrilled to announce the release of In the forest, glow. on Centretracks, the digital label of Centrediscs. The piece, which is for bass clarinet, piano and percussion, was recorded live by Halifax-based presenter Musikon Concerts, with performances by Jeff Reilly, D'Arcy Gray, and Simon Docking. It was originally premiered by the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble on the TPC concert Artistic Differences, inspired by Brandon James Scott's Don't Feed the Deer. You can DOWNLOAD the piece on the CMC's website, or directly in iTunes. You can also stream it on Naxos's online library! Many thanks to Allegra Young for her hard work in producing the release, and to Musikon Concerts for such a stellar performance.