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!

A Grateful Flying Kickass

Today I stop and pause to say how grateful I am to all the people in my life who are truly angels and helping me along on this journey; what an incredible world and what a journey! It takes my breath away!

To John Massari (phenomenal composer, mixing and mastering master!!) Your keen ears, and just knowing what to do with my music, has given me much hope in the last few weeks. This master and mix for Lizzie Kicks Ass is spectacular and the raw acoustic punk sound is perfect! I look forward to our future collaboration and some incredible new sounds! Thank you.

And to my family, Helen, Allen, Daniel, Zo, Max, Mom and Dad, you are all helping to make my dreams come true!

Oh, and a quote from Willie on masterchef, ‘Your attitude will determine your altitude!!’

Love, love, love you all! I am flying!!

My Sizzling Summer

Although the weather has not been, my summer has been sizzling! With a move to Toronto for my recording studio, a new musical partnership with a composer in LA, with many new tracks in progress and currently working on putting the finishing touches (and maybe a few extra tracks) for my next album (my 6′th album and I have about 22 tracks!!!), not to mention a few huge life changes, has me stopping for a moment to catch my breath! So this breathless track ‘Summer’, composed in my new studio space in TO, is indicative of some of my feelings right now. For licensing, Crucial Music in LA is picking up this track for their production library! Hope you enjoy it as much as I had fun creating it. I buzzes right by and is fun, fun, fun!