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.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUlSYGSzZz0
I’ve uploaded audio and video recordings of my performance of S(h)immer at the 21st Century Guitar Festival in August. This is pretty close to the version of the piece I’m completing a studio recording of for the album I hope to release next year.
Adam Cicchillitti’s and Steve Cowan’s recording of my classical guitar duo Warp is now available on Bandcamp: https://sundarsubramanian.bandcamp.com/track/warp . It was a really good experience to record this at St. Patrick’s Parish.
I’m honoured to be playing an improvised piece “River of Sky” with Canadian guitar virtuoso, and my former teacher, William Beauvais at his Ottawa concert next week. The concert “Old Wood New Seeds” will take place at 7:30 on July 4 at Mackay United Church, at 39 Dufferin Rd. in New Edinburgh. Admission is $20.
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:
As part of Ottawa Chamberfest, I will be playing in the guitar orchestra for the performance of Ben Verdery’s composition Scenes from Ellis Island on July 27. Should be fun.
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!
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/288533808406078/
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.