The resulting works draw their inspiration from Western and Indian music in varying degrees, and reflect the personalities and approaches of the individual composers. Cycles features new works for tabla from Canadian composers Paul Frehner, Jim Hiscott, Christien Ledroit, Nicole Lizée, and Bruno Paquet and features guest performances by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, directed by Brian Current, as well as Marie-Hélène Breault on flute, Catherine Meunier on vibraphone, and Xenia Pestova on harmonium. The CD is being released on the ombu productions label, and will be available on October 14.
The pieces on the CD are:
Elementalities, for flute, vibraphone, and tabla, by Christien Ledroit
Metal Jacket, for tabla and harmonium, by Nicole Lizée
Les arbres célestes, for tabla and pre-recorded tape, by Bruno Paquet
Shadow Play, for flute and tabla, by Jim Hiscott
Ke-Te, for solo tabla, by Paul Frehner
Trade Winds, concerto for tabla with string orchestra, by Christien Ledroit
Producing this CD has been quite a journey for me. It represents ten years of new music for tabla, and the CD project itself took over one year to complete. The chamber music pieces were recorded in September and October 2010, and the tabla concerto with the WSO was recorded in February 2011 by the CBC.
|Performing Christien Ledroit's Trade Winds, concerto for tabla, with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra|
Photo credit: Scott Webster, Windsor Star
Many thanks to all who collaborated with me on this special project! I will post links to purchase the CD once it becomes available.