Music ‘n’ Mavens

 

I am honoured to be a part of this year’s Music ‘N’ Mavens series at the Rady JCC. I will be performing with two dear friends who happen to be amazingly talented musicians. Cathy Wood, Eric Platz and I will be performing a combination of duets and trios for Clarinet and Percussion including works by Sid Robinovitch, Astor Piazzola and a workshop performance of a new work by Fjola Evans.

We will be performing at 2pm on Thursday, February 25, 2016 as part of this interesting and inspiring series of lectures and concerts.

For more info on this series you can click here.

Eric and I have been working together for over 5 years at Brandon University and we are looking forward to performing Ben Wahlund’s “In the History of Man” for Marimba and Drumset. This piece challenges us to find the balance between contemporary rhythm and groove by shifting the time in a variety of intriguing and, I’ll admit it, difficult, ways. The rhythmic “math” of this piece makes it an interesting piece to perform and I hope an engaging piece to listen to. Check our Eric’s website here. Eric just released an amazing new album called Life after Life. I hope you all get a chance to check it out!

Cathy and I are excited to be working with Canadian-Icelandic composer Fjola Evans on a brand new work commission with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. We will be performing the official premier of this work later this spring as part of the NunaNow Iceland Canada Art Convergence. One of the most interesting parts of premiering a new work is having the opportunity to work with a living composer as the new piece of music is being created. Cathy and I have been working on the piece that Fjola has created “up until now” and we will be recording this workshop performance to send back to Fjola for her to use to continue developing this work.  This is an exciting process and we are looking forward to sharing with our audience a bit of a ‘behind the scenes’ look as to what a work of music is like when it is still a work-in-progress.

To round out this program of cool Canadian music and warm percussion sounds we will close our program with 2 movements of Piazzola’s History of the Tango for Clarinet, Marimba and Drumset, combing all three of our voices to keep the audience dancing right to the end of the show!