As the leaves are just beginning to shift from green to red, it seems like a good time for a change. And that’s just what’s happened around here. At the beginning of this month I moved into the top floor of an old decommissioned ranger station on Harrison Lake. Pines and water out the window, squawks of herons and hooting of owls overhead. I’m filled with gratitude for the Kent Harrison Arts Council and the fabulous space to live and create.
And I’ve got several projects on the go. First up is a new commission by Jason Hall with assistance from the BC Arts Council for a solo tarogato piece. The tarogato is a Hungarian folk instrument not too different from the clarinet, and the project is commemorating the migration of Hungarians to Canada following World War II. Stay tuned for details about the premiere in the early months of next year.
I’ve noticed recently that three years in Sea to Sky country has softened me a little in my driving habits. As I was making a foray into the city recently, I was reminded that highway driving with ten thousand of your closest friends is a different beast. So, in honor of that newly revisited skill, I’ll share a piece of mine called “Back in Traffic.” Marina Hasselburg and Zhimin Yu performed this at the Sound of Dragon Festival last April, and I think they capture the stressful intensity of the subject really well. Enjoy!