I feel very grateful to be in Temecula, California attending an artist residency at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. The ...
This week, there’s going to be an amazing flurry of musical activities in my life! It’s all based around the world premiere performance and recording sessions for my composition for string quartet, The Thailand HRDs. This week has been years in the making. It’s such a wonderful feeling to have it all build up to this jam-packed bunch of days.
On Monday morning, I’m getting a Zip Car minivan so I can pick up the Mivos Quartet at the airport. (They’re flying in from New York.) We then shuffle off to Lakeshore Arts to rehearse my composition. This is the first time we’ll meet in person and the first time I’ll hear them play it. They are exceptionally talented musicians so I’m sure that will go splendidly well. During rehearsal, we’ll have a bite to eat then head over to Mount Pleasant Cemetery to get set-up for the concert. It’s going to be a special event, not just because it will be the first time to publicly share this ambitious piece, but also to simultaneously share the amazing pictures that I based the music on – sort of my own version of Pictures at an Exhibition. If you’re in Toronto on Holiday Monday, August 6, I invite you to join us. Admission is FREE. Click here for more details about the concert.
After the concert, we’ll drop off Mivos at their AirBnB then head home to have a breather after what will most likely be an exciting yet crazy day. On Tuesday morning, I’ll pick up Mivos and drive all of us to the Canterbury Music Company for the first of two consecutive days of recording the piece. This will include some editing on my part at the end of each day. They are going to be long-intense days, but as a composer, it’s what I live for!
Mivos already flies out Wednesday night. So Thursday we will be assessing how much more editing time we’ll need in the studio…probably also use that day to recover a bit:)!
Thanks to Luke Duggleby’s photos and Protection International‘s commission and the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council‘s funding, this is going to be a magnificent week! So many amazing dedicated partners. Sort of feels like this project is way bigger than me. Hopefully our efforts on this busy week will only be the beginning in getting more of the word out there about the brave Human Rights Defenders in Thailand.
BTW, you can follow the events for this week in real time by checking out my Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter platforms. I’ll also compile a photo essay of the whole week in next week’s blog post – feel free to subscribe to get notice when that blog goes up.
See you on the other side!
UPDATE NOV 16, 2018
This project has culminated in the release of the album, For Those Who Died Trying, on November 16th!
String Quartet around the world #StandUp4HumanRights Defenders in online video campaign – #music4HRDs