LIVE RECORDING: Mechanical Forest Sound

Head over to Mechanical Forest Sound who put up a live recording of “Ziigwan” with guest Brandon Valdivia of Mas Aya sitting in on the snare drum.

Closing out this year’s X Avant festival, Lido Pimienta turned her headlining set inside-out, giving stage time over to friends and collaborators who performed in various combinations. Anishinaabe violist Melody McKiver, for example, would show up during the set-capping all-in throwdown, but also played their own material, including a solo piece as well as a collaboration with clarinetist Robert Drisdelle. They led off with this, joined by Mas Aya’s Brandon Valdivia as he wound up a mini solo set of his own.

It was a great evening at the Music Gallery, and keep an eye out in 2015 for Lido Pimienta‘s next album La Papessa, on which I have a guest feature.

Film score – The Big Lemming, directed by Mosha Folger

The Big Lemming from Mosha Folger on Vimeo.

I had the great pleasure of working with Inuk filmmaker Mosha Folger on the score of his latest stop-motion film, based on the print “Avingaluk (The Big Lemming)” by his grandfather Pudlo Pudlat. I wrote and recorded the first draft of this score while in residency at Debajehmujig during April 2014. I re-recorded the final score at Knox United Church in Edwards, Ontario in August 2014. The film premiered this past fall at imagineNATIVE in Toronto.

The score was written for viola in four parts, and was written, recorded, and performed by myself.