2023 Q4: making things

This has been a summer of laying down groundwork for future projects: recording pieces with Schola Heidelberg, developing long-term work in London with multi-disciplinary artist Melanie Wilson, and starting my Love Letters series. They have been intimate projects, either alone or with a few close collaborators. Coming up is a change of pace though: the last quarter of the year will be occupied with larger staged pieces and works involving bigger groups of people.

Starting late August, I’ll be joining Novoflot as we spend a month developing a site-specific music and theater work OpernCall to be performed at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. There will be projections onto the building’s facade, performances in different rooms, sounds heard by audience members only through headphones…etc. I’m looking forward to seeing what kinds of mischief we can pull off in the glass-paneled space.

After that, Quatuor Bozzini, Ensemble Dedalus, and I will reunite in Montreal for some more performances of the lovely and lush Grounds of Memory by Jürg Frey. (I am so, so happy about this, I cannot wait to see everyone again!)

To end the year, I’ll be with Nico and the Navigators again as we re-work the giant, joy-filled Lost in Loops (made originally with the Konzerthausorchester for Konzerthaus Berlin) into Sweet Surrogates, something more fitting for Radialsystem. It will be the same amount of energy, just compressed into a smaller space. More joy per square meter!

As a cherry on top of all this wonderfulness, the cantata Ensemble Proton Bern and I premiered and recorded, In Glow of Like Seclusion by Samuel Andreyev, will be out on the composer’s portrait disc from Métier Records soon.