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on July 10, 2012

I had an “oh-man,-I-wish-I was-there-to-hear-that” moment when I was lolligagging around the Sound Symposium website. The "there" I wanted to be at was Signal Hill, and what I wanted to hear was Mack Furlong’s harbor symphony, Brute. The recording is barely a day old as I post this, although I can’t find any information on whether or not this was a premiere. But I'd like to be considered a secondary reason to this video's viral success if it goes all George Takei popular on the internet...

Them's be jokes.

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on July 3, 2012

Over the weekend, I went to the first performance of the Bicycle Opera Project. I've been blogging about this super-cool project on my website for the last couple weeks. This was partly self serving, since they're performing a piece of mine. But it was also because I just really dig what they're doing: biking across Southern Ontario, performing contemporary Canadian opera in unexpected places like cafes, art galleries, barns and parks.

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on June 28, 2012

Two Canadian Composers, Heather Schmidt and, Nicole Lizée have used video to help express their music.

Heather is first and foremost a composer and pianist. There are romantic qualities to her music, which lends itself well to film narrative. Incidentally, in addition to being a composer of concert music, she has done some extensive work as a film composer.

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on June 27, 2012

This week I decided to go through some piano music to see if there are any pieces suitable to use in piano lessons. Naturally, I gravitated towards the New Music for Young Musicians series and have zeroed in on three pieces that I'd like to write about.

The first is Hope Lee's flower drum dance. This is a timely selection, as her piece Secret of the Seven Stars was selected to represent Canada in the chamber music category of ISCM.