Lake Moraine, Alberta (Photo by David Wirzba on Unsplash)

Banff…Finally!

I’m very happy to announce that I have been accepted to do month-long residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity this August! This means a lot to me as I have never done a residency at Banff. In the world of art/classical music, especially in Canada, it’s sort of a rite of passage to hone your craft there. So many of my musical friends have been to Banff and I’ve heard of their many wonderful experiences, so I know it’s going to be the same for me.

The main purpose of my time at Banff will be to compose a new large-scale work for solo piano. I have been commissioned by the Canadian/American pianist, Kara Huber. I’ve known Kara for quite some time via social media and always admired her impeccable technique and musicality at the piano…

We’ve discussed the idea of collaborating before but it was great that the right project finally came about. Kara and I are both avid hikers. Of course, Banff is blessed with so many wonderful day hiking trails. So while in Banff, I’m going to hike each of the trails mapped out on this site on one day, then compose a piece in the Piano Suite the next 2 days. I’ll repeat that routine over the course of 24 days so the Suite will be made up 8 pieces. I can already anticipate the beautiful scenery and wonderful natural atmosphere that I will experience that will inspire each piece.

I’ve been so fortunate in my career to have music take me all across Canada, to every province. But I’ve never made it to the Banff area. I’m so happy to be moving ahead with this project because it continues my mandate to use my music as a platform to espouse the importance of protecting our environment. My hope is that when Kara performs “The Banff Suite” in the future, it will remind listeners of the importance of protecting our cherished green space…not just in Banff, but everywhere!

In the meantime, I can’t wait for what’s going to be an amazing experience.

Lake Moraine, Alberta (Photo by David Wirzba on Unsplash)

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