A day of thanks…November 19, 2014


Today, newly 43, I say thank you to the universe, to my family, to my friends, to everyone and everything that comes into my life and helps to shape me and change me into the person that I hope to become! I immerse myself in all of it; the happiness, the pain, the struggle, the beauty that seems to flow all around me! It is intense, it is incredible, it is my life and I love it!

A special thanks to my mom who took these photos this morning (before the snow storm!!!).

Can’t wait to see what is in store for this year!!!

November 19, 2014

Album #6 Coming Together!

There is a great amount of energy that goes into the final steps of making an album happen! I will be finishing all my final mixes today and sending them off to Adrian Carr of AC Mastering, for his final magical touch!! This album is an incredible emotional journey that has been in the works for the last year and a half. It is the finding of my style, the strengthening of my voice, the beginning of a new phase in my creative work and in my life. It marks a personal transition for me and my imagination has never soared higher, my mind on music is limitless, I continue to fly!

My cover photo shoot will be done by the incredibly creative duo team Saty and Pratha who inspired the very first track on my album ‘Spring!’.

Everything is connected to everything…come share a part of my world!

Infernal is all gurgling, dark cellos brewing, and climbs to an unbearable intensity! So cool to write and produce and one of my personal favourites. One of my edgiest tracks on the album and I just love it!

Grammy Entry Nomination for ‘Piancelle’!!!

My beautiful album ‘Piancelle’ (co-written with fellow composer and pianist Robert Guerrier) has received a Grammy Entry Nomination for Best New Age Album for the 2014 Grammy’s! So, so pleased!!! Thank you to everyone for all your support and love and help in making this all possible. And a special thanks to my mastering engineer, Adrian Carr, for making the album sound great and for getting us into the game. Yey!!!

Toronto Ravel, Creative Process and ‘Fiery Fall’

Yesterday I attended Toronto Ravel, a fantastic concept that first came out of LA, where composers and film lovers meet to chat, hear new music and study scores! Led by composer John Herberman, we are going through John Williams Star Wars score…bar by bar and just soaking in the orchestration, colours and genius behind the man and the music. I love attending, and being in Toronto makes it that much easier to get there. Some buzz words stand out. Creative process, where pretty much everyone in the room is in the same boat and as John put it, you have no idea what to write on Monday, but by Wednesday you have a film score!! Tension and Release: how Williams applies tension and release and how the rhythmic motor is running through his music, pretty much constantly to propel the music forward. All this made me think about how my creative process works. On Sunday, I only had a sketch and a few ideas. On Monday, I sat down and recorded in the bones of the track and it just expanded from there. An energy, a tempo, a feeling of what would happen, and then just the incredible process of following this energy through and ‘Fiery Fall’ emerged! Still not sure where it all comes from, but my best guess, my heart! Enjoy!

More about Toronto Ravel:

Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel

100 Cellos will indeed make an ‘Exquisite Night’

So many wonderful things happened this past month and an exciting event is upcoming!

Just finished up my very first short film and will be back in the studio on Monday to work on another short for the Digi60 Film Festival! This past Sunday I conducted the OrKidstra again and it was an inspirational and beautiful event where Canada’s esteemed pianist, Angela Hewitt became OrKidstra’s first Amabassador!

And of course, coming up is the Cello Extravaganza III and my fellow cello colleague Kirk Starkey asked me to arrange one of my pieces to be performed at the concert. So ‘Exquisite Night’ it is, although it is an afternoon concert!!! but exquisite never the less! Juno winner Kellylee Evans will be hosting and performing, and I will also have the pleasure of performing in a few of the pieces! Please come to support this great event that is a fundraiser for two wonderful causes: ‘Blooms for Africa (The Stephen Lewis Foundation) and An Instrument for Every Child

See you there!