During that same month, I collaborated with Land’s End Ensemble and filmmaker Emil Agopian to create a full-length music video to my piece Kickin’ It 2.0. The final product turned out very well and was released just in time for the Juno Awards online event. Watch it here.
In July, Toronto-based cello duo VC2 (Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt) and Montreal drummer Ben Reimer made a quarantine video of a work I wrote for them last season titled Heist 2. Given the circumstances of social distancing and the limitations they were working with, I was pleased with how they were able to pull this off. Watch it here.
With composition-related projects, there are two I was happy to complete during this period. The first one is my large-scale work The Water Dragon, a concerto for zhongruan and Chinese orchestra (made up of traditional Chinese instruments). This was commissioned by the Taipei Chinese Orchestra last year and was scheduled to be premiered this coming fall. For a while there, nobody knew if they would be able to present the work due to Taipei’s quarantine lockdown. Fortunately, Taiwan was able to flatten the COVID-19 curve and all cultural activities in the country have begun to return (though with several new safety regulations). The premiere is set for 28 November 2020. Here are some images of the score:
I also completed a set of short pieces for the Proteus Saxophone Quartet. The title is Whimsical Sketches of Fanciful Birds, Book IV and consists of five movements, each one inspired by the collective nouns of five species of birds:
I. A Murder of Crows
II. A Murmuration of Starlings
III. A Charm of Goldfinches
IV. A Parliament of Owls
V. An Ostentation of Peacocks
Here are images of the first pages to each movement:
Aside from those projects, I was able to catch up on some reading, watch a number of TV shows and movies, and had time to learn how to skateboard.