The last five years has seen a shift in my creative direction as a composer. My harmonic language has continued to simplify and I have increasingly worked with a mixture of live performers and manipulated audio (using Ableton Live). This has allowed me to blend real-world sounds, text and noise with the more traditional elements of my music. A postmodern thread is still weaving its way through my thinking, with my song cycle Crazy referencing music by composers as diverse as Gesualdo, Schumann and Percy Granger. A recording of Crazy was recently released. It is available for streaming, download and purchase.
I have also been active in writing for concert band and choir. Prairie Sky, featuring a solo cello part, was premiered by the Brandon University Band at the Whistler Music Festival (April 2013) and Wendy McCallum also programmed a newly revised version of Poseidon’s Trident at the Regina Summer Band Camp (August 2014). A set of Madrigals was commissioned and premiered by the Westman Youth Choir in 2016 and they were also performed at the Tlaxcala Canta Festival in Mexico. Just Society, which incorporates clips from speeches by P.E. Trudeau and a poem by Louis Riel, was premiered at the Winnipeg New Music Festival in January 2018.
Recent premieres have also included a new work for The Agassiz Chamber Music Festival (100,000 Lakes) and O Canada – You Are My Home written for Brandon’s annual Music Monday concert.
My other ongoing “research” project is curating a weekly blog called The Omnivorous Listener. You can read it on the site of the Institute for Research in Music and Community.