I created music for Laurence Lemieux's beautiful piece on Vimy Ridge, JUSQU’À VIMY.
It was a great process that included a trip to Vimy for the 100th anniversary, staying in town with grateful locals and many trips to memorials and cemeteries.
As NOW Magazine said:
"Among the work’s masterful elements are Jeremy Mimnagh’s poetic wall projections and John Gzowski’s layered score, in which found sound is balanced against delicate singing and explosive orchestrations, adding weight to this elegant, unarguably heartfelt, dance."
Set music to a lovely solo piece by Hanna Kiel, on the excellent Anisa Tejpar. Jacob Niedzwiecki added some cool video.
If one word summed up the Dracula experience it would be 'epic'. Had a great time working on a wordy and thoughtful script by Liz Lochead, based on the book. Director Eda Holmes did a beautiful job and kept me busy. Wrote a song, some 'Bulgarianish' vocal music, lots and lots of music and the book for wireless mics for the run. I spent quite a bit of time in rehearsal with an electric guitar, making up music as the show was blocked, then took that home and orchestrated it for a low string quartet as well. Ended up recording 40 cues in one session with the string quartet, with a stack of charts about an inch thick.
Here's the big song, Tom O'Bedlam from the show, with me singing.
and another bit from the show here with Brenna MacCrimmon on vox, Anna Redekop on viola, Sarah Fraser Raff on violin, Amber Ghent on cello, Fil Stasiak on bass and me on guitar.
Kate Hennig's great adaptation of Oscar Wilde's children tales was a fun lunchtime show for the Shaw Festival. With director Christine Brubaker we put together a 55 minute show with a couple of hundred cues, a few songs and room for interaction with a group of kid audience members who went through a pre show workshop. We kept the music light and bubbly sounding, though the individual stories all were quite dark for a kids show, though it really was for adults just as much as kids. Here's the Nightingale song, as sung by the lovely actor Emily Lukasik.
The Shaw Festival production was a lovely piece and let me dig into some Celtic music. Finding a subtle way to help tell the story through the use of the malfunctioning prop radio on stage was quite fun. Director Krista Jackson did a lovely job on this one.
Sean Dixon's new work was a total pleasure to work on, a mysterious two hander directed by Vikki Anderson for DVxT Theatre. Spent time in rehearsal building the sound and music with the actors as we went through the play.
The first phase of a new piece for Laurence Lemieux on Vimy Ridge involved writing a 10 minute piece that was to be performed on Vimy Ridge for the 100th anniversary and the opening of a new trench museum on the ridge. Originally we had hoped to get a Canadian Cadet band to play the music live, but scheduling made it impossible. But the first phase was created and written for military brass band.
The second phase is a full length version that will open in November 2017.
The trip to Vimy, where we were billeted with a farmer in Givenchy, was a beautiful event, marked by friendly people, many trips to cemeteries and monuments and a chance to watch the 100th celebration.
Worked on the second phase of Jacqueries for Jacob Niedzwiecki. The piece will be a site specific, but movable piece, built to work in a large room. Most of the music is very polyrythmnic, using a quad sound setup with different metric modulated pieces in each corner, except for this piano piece. This is a form of theme and variation, where the melodic theme becomes a lahara like ground bass for metric modulation variations. With some electro bits at the end.
The Belfry Theatre in Victoria presented a version of Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife, directed by Esther Jun. Since the show is about Henry VIII and his last wife, but set as if it was in modern days, I arranged the real music of Henry VIII into more modern settings. Sometimes using one bar, sometimes slowing down the harmonic movement or looping 4 bars, but always using his melodies and harmonies in a more modern setting. Here's the curtain call, its an arrangement of Henry the VIII's Whoso that Will Obtain.
Mirvish presented a great version of Disgraced, a very smart play about race today. I did some New Yorkish modern jazz, hinting at Caravan, for the theme.