New Recording: Electric Currents II

I just completed a recording of Electric Currents II, my electric guitar + pedals arrangement of Shawn Bell’s beguilingly intricate 1995 composition Currents II, taught to me over 15 years ago by William Beauvais. I started playing an electric version in 2005. Excited to finally complete a recording I’m satisfied. It’s up on Soundcloud for a limited time as it will be included on the album I plan to release this year.

Obscure Sounds of the Dead Internet Indeed

This was a surprise: a (cassette?) recording of a harsh noise gig I played with a friend as a teenager in 1998 seems to have been uploaded to Youtube, unknown to me or the friend. I couldn’t remember if I ever had a recording. I actually remember feeling unsure and harried about the set itself but it was startling to hear it again. An interesting time capsule from when I played material that’s pretty different from most of what you’ll find on this site. If you’re feeling bold and indulgent:

Details and Programme for Ben Verdery Chamberfest Concert

The details and programme are now available for the Ben Verdery concert at Chamberfest where I will be playing in the guitar orchestra for “Scenes from Ellis Island”. It will take place at 2:45 on Saturday, July 27, at the National Gallery and will be free to attend. The St. Lawrence String Quartet will also perform:

Scenes from Ellis Island: Benjamin Verdery and Company

Will Perform at 21st Century Guitar Conference in August

Just received noticed that I’ve been accepted to perform my piece S(h)immer at the 21st Century Guitar conference/festival, which will take place in Ottawa from Aug 22-25 and looks to be a fascinating event. I will also be playing as part of a teleconferenced improvisation with William Beauvais and will give a lecture on my compositional work for guitar on the 25th. Here’s a video of a pretty loose first performance of S(h)immer from last spring. It should be a lot tighter this summer!

Cowan-Cicchilitti Duo Concert at Cube Gallery on Oct 13

Details have been announced for ONMC’s Cowan-Cicchilitti Guitar Duo concert on October 13. The event will take place at 8 pm at the Cube Gallery at 1285 Wellington St. W. My new composition Warp (completed yesterday) will be performed. It is written almost entirely for harmonics on two guitars in different tunings that allow for every pitch class to be sounded as a natural harmonic, with emphasis on the fifth harmonic (14 cents flat, relative to equal temperament) at cadences. Adam and Steve sounded great when we workshopped the piece.

Facebook event page:

Preliminary Programme for AMS/SMT November Conference

A preliminary programme is up for the AMS/SMT joint conference in San Antonio in November here.

Melvin Backstrom and I are scheduled to present our analysis of the Grateful Dead’s “Blues for Allah” on Thursday, Nov 1, in an SMT panel titled “Floyd and the Dead” (!), chaired by John Covach (!!).

The authors of the programme seemed to have shifted both of our locations one major city to the east, however, placing Melvin in Quebec City and myself in Montreal.