Spring is here, and with that, there is a lot of movement and new artistic directions emerging in my life. This past Winter was a good one creatively, with lots of space to explore new ideas, sounds and mediums.
Since my last update, a few noteworthy things have taken place:
I've updated my website! It's a work in progress, but feel free to take a look around.
I have continued collaborating musically with Jesse Frank Matthews and Evan Cardwell (Journeys). We set-up a Bandcamp and a Soundcloud where you can hear some improvisations and sound we've created for dancers and plants. We will be playing our first show-show on June 14, 2014 at the Bus Stop Theatre. It’s all-ages. Called the Making Spaces showcase, its organized by a group of students at Charles P. Allen High School who "address diversity and accessibility-related issues faced by artists from underrepresented minorities through discussion, advocacy and action." This past month I presented at the high school, and had the opportunity to talk about some of my creative work and lead a discussion. I was super impressed and inspired by the group, so please come out to support them (and us!) in June.
Also, Journeys performed an improvised set at Danspace in March for some dancers, and we're hoping to make this a monthly event. If you're interested in doing authentic movement with improvised music, even if you don't consider yourself a dancer, please come. Its pay-what-you-can. I started a Facebook group here to announce the sessions.
This Winter I began musically collaborating with artists Elizabeth Johnson and Kira Daube. Our band, Gift From God, is something I'm really excited about. It's fun to explore sound with those two. We'll have a song on the next Khyber Compilation, and will have a Bandcamp set-up soon.
I have been working on new music, focused on creating longer pieces for deep listening, journeying and healing. My “remix” of Moonlight Sonata is featured on the first Phinery compilation (Denmark), and I will be releasing some of this new music with them within the next few months. I also intend to start performing again once I have a set worked out with these new sounds and songs.
Finally, I participated in a transformative workshop at the Tatamagouche Centre in March. Called the Arrivals Personal Legacy Project, it’s a process designed for artists wishing to explore their ancestry. Created by the visionary Diane Roberts in Vancouver, the workshop is a “skill building technique and a language for participants to tap into deep and powerful sources of creativity and expression, in themselves and others.” I have been exploring my ancestry for the past few years, but since this experience, I have gone even deeper, particularly in looking at my aboriginal ancestry. Thanks to APL I now have tools to not only continue this investigation, but to also begin translating what I find into art. I am beyond grateful for this experience, and feel incredibly inspired by the process and my Arrivals village. I'm excited to be working on developing art that is challenging me in new ways.
In closing, I intend to update this website soon, to capture more of what I've done, what I am doing, and what I will be doing (some exciting things on the way). It's a work in progress. I also intend to post more often, but we'll see. The Summer is on its way, and I'll be at the beach or in the woods a lot.
Thanks for reading.