Having a musical treat this week, playing a wack of arias from Lully, Charpentier, Marain Marais, Destouches and Rameau for a Festival d’Opéra du Québec concert with Violons du Roy. Loving the soloists, choir, and the positive energy of our young chef d’orchestre, Martin Robidoux. My personal favourite aria is the the mad scene in Platée, sung with complete abandon by lovely soprano, Samantha Louis-Jean plus my obligato aria in Castor et Pollux with same soprano. Plus all the earthquake and storm scenes. Rock ‘n’ Rameau!
I recently reviewed the raw video footage of my premiere of Silver Angel with Thirteen Strings on June 12, directed by Kevin Mallon and look forward to releasing some or all of it to YouTube this summer. Silver Angel by Constantine Caravassilis was commissioned for me by Thirteen Strings and it was very powerful. I also played Vivaldi G Minor RV 495. The orchestra is very experienced and supportive and it was great to be back in the musical orbit of Kevin Mallon. Here is a video still from our sweltering rehearsal of Silver Angel.
On June 17 & 18, I recorded the first few tracks on a new album with my trio, THREE, made up of Leslie Newman, flute, and Guy Few, piano in preparation for our Atlantic tour in the fall.
On June 20, I to Alberta to headline the Edmonton Bassoon Bash on June 21... it was a wonderful, tiny bassoon festival. I was a bit startled when I walked into the room and one of the older participants looked at me and asked, “Are you the driver?” Hahaha! Oh well, it was a lot of fun and I hope to see these players again (and I know they recognize me next time!).
Press comments from 2014 tours... I have to pull up some new stuff! That’s what summer if for. Audience comments: Raffle Guest Book. Reviews and articles – Winnipeg Free Press (review), La Liberté (Winnipeg) (blog review), Kelowna Daily Courier (review), The Morning Star – Vernon (review), The News Review (Yorkton), High River Times, Daily Courier (advance article), Pender Harbour, Art Seen Okanagan, High River Times (article about masterclass,) the Melfort Journal.. and our interview with the delightful Bill Richardson for Golden West Radio.
First review for the Canadian Concerto Project, Volume One... thanks to the American Record Guide for noticing both our music, our composers and our hair!
Booking Vivaldi Tour – Canada – USA – Japan | 2015 (view postcard)
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Vivaldi - Concerto #14 in C Minor RV 480 - second movement - Andantino
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