The Maritime tour was a wonderful experience, packed with lots of driving across the fall-glorious provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and concerts for very attentive audiences. We met many new and old friends and released our new CD and got a lovely review from our friend and colleague, Margot Aldrich.
I took Guy and Leslie to airport in Halifax and continued driving to New Brunswick where I got to meet the Maritime Oboe Band and spend time with the principal bassoonist of the New Brunswick Symphony, Pat Bolduc. and principal oboist, Christie Goodwin. Also heard a performance of the amazing historical oratorio, La Vallée des Possibles and learned a bit about the fraught history of the Acadians... this whole trip has given me some unexpected glimpses into Canada’s dramatic and troubled past. Now I continue on for concerts in Quebec City and Montreal with Violons du Roy.
My new Scarlatti disc, Something Borrowed, Something Blue is now available here. ALL proceeds go to support the Council of Canadian Bassoonists. I played this music for our tour and also today in my en-route hotel room in honour of International Bassoon Day on October 11!
Taking my new electrified bassoon with me on the maritime tour, hoping to have some time on my day off to play with it. And taking another student bassoon out to a deserving young player in New Brunswick on behalf of the Council of Canadian Bassoonists. And hoping to buy a paddle board from Pat Bolduc since I couldn’t bring kayak on this trip!
Adding stuff to my YouTube channel... this week the world premiere of the Oddbird Concerto, written for me by Mathieu Lussier. Premiering Apollo X by Paul Frehner in February 2016 with the group of 27. I am now booked to give premieres across Canada in the next three years. all part of the on-going Canadian Concerto Project.
First review for the Canadian Concerto Project, Volume One... thanks to the American Record Guide for noticing both our music, our composers and our hair!
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