Here is a little update on what I have been and will be up to.
Summer was densely scheduled with a New Hermitage tour through central and Eastern Canada; performing at Scotia Festival as a member of their Fellowship Ensemble in Residence; working with some stellar musicians and younger people at the Green Lake Festival of Music in Wisconsin; spending a month as a chamber music fellow in residence at Garth Newel Music Center in the rural mountains of Virginia; touring fiddle music duos around the Canadian Maritimes; with a few classical solo cello sets as well. I feel very lucky to have had all of these opportunities to play great works of music, learn from such talented people, and connect to various communities across the land!
The past couple of months have been more freelance feeling. Now, New Hermitage is heading out on another tour, with our harpist, Ellen, back from Ireland to render us a complete sax-cello-harp-guitar quartet. In addition to playing music that is never the same, we will be selling some unique, environmentally-minded merch— repurposed previously owned t-shirts screen-printed with the New Hermitage logo, and also some New Hermitage flowerpots. The pots may include seeds, seedlings, or spores… As a slow band, we are not so much into fast fashion. Here are our November dates:
Nov. 9 – Chicoutimi, QC – Centre d’Expérimentation Musicale info
Nov. 10 – Ottawa, ON – Pressed info
Nov. 11 – Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo info
Nov. 15 – LaHave, NS – LaHave River Books info
Nov. 16 – Fredericton, NB – Tipsy Muse info
Nov. 17 – Wolfville, NS – K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre info
Nov. 22 – Halifax, NS – Radstorm info
Nov 24 – Sackville, NB – Thunder & Lightning – info
I am also looking forward to performing with the newly formed Nova Scotia-based Alkali Collective, which presents small ensemble music solely from the 20th and 21st centuries. November’s concert in Halifax is themed around climate change and will include works by Carmen Braden, Jocelyn Morlock, Lucas Oickle, and Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” for cello and piano. (November 23, 7:30pm, @ The Music Room)
I’m going to start posting more recordings on YouTube– you can follow my tube channel, if you like! Here are some sample cello sounds:
In February 2020, I will be playing a few solo recitals. More details coming soon…
Thanks for reading.
Wishing you a most pleasant November!