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Sonata for Flute and Jackhammer

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Gershwin Prelude

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Stairway to Heaven

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Recently I performed with colleagues in the concrete shell of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s new Koerner Hall, as part of a ‘Hard Hat Concert’ and catered thank-you lunch for the construction crew on the site. It was probably in part the rather unusual repertoire of the event (Bach, Wagner, Led Zepplin?!) that prompted NYC’s PLAYBILL Arts to pick up the story shortly after it appeared in the Toronto Star under the light-hearted title: ‘Sonata in C for Flute and Jackhammer’.

Toward the Taj

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CPE Bach

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My recent discovery of a massive, deserted warehouse in the northeast part of Toronto was like finding the pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow!

Part of the original inspiration for Urban Flute springs from an early influence: Flutist Paul Horn’s ‘Inside’ series.* Specifically his recording from within the Taj Mahal left an indelible impression on me, not to mention his musical ‘conversations’ with the Orca Whales on the second LP.

* NOTE: The day after posting this entry – completely out of the blue – I was tipped off about this extraordinary podcast profiling Paul Horn: www.paulhornmusic.com/ (more…)