Workshop with Ensemble Phth

On Wednesday, April 28th, 2021, I participated in a Canada Council for the Arts supported project led by Ensemble Phth. We rehearsed and recorded a demo of Eic Satie’s Messe des pauvres at Missione Maria Ausiliatrice. We also witnessed the extraordinary moment when the conductor, Varham Sarkissian said that the choir will follow the organists’s lead in dynamics. I asked him to repeat so that we have a video of this rarest of moments!

Interview with A. Kohler

I am honoured to have been interviewed for Anicia Kohler’s weekly vignettes that will eventually become a German-English bilingual book.

You can read the entire interview, 37th in the series, HERE It is accompanied by a partial video of my recording of her work, “Sleep”

Broadcast on Radio Maria

On December 31st 2020 between 20h and 20h45 and on January 1st 2021 between 12h30 and 13h25, the Toronto and Montréal based listeners of Radio Maria enjoyed a broadcast of an excerpt from the Missione Maria-Ausiliatrice Christmas concert.

Special thanks to the Italian newspaper Il Corriere Italiano for the article on the concert dated December 23rd, 2012, that helped with publicity. The article can be read HERE

Christmas concert 2020

On December 18, 2020, at 7 PM was released online the Christmas concert that I recorded on December 12th together with my long-time collaborator baritone Jean-Pierre Couturier, as well as tenor Luigi Insogna, soprano Gianna Scarapicchia and accordion player Bartolomeo Marsillo. The ensemble welcomed a special guest, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Leader of the Chambre des communes, who performed the guitar both as soloist and as accompanist.

The full concert can be viewed HERE The full repertoire list, featuring the best-known Italian popular songs, can be found in the description of the video with the relevant hyperlinks.

The following sponsors made this realization possible: The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Marc Tanguay, MP for La Fontaine, the pharmacist Olivier Guertin, Bari Shoes RDP, Monte Carlo flower shop, Dionne Dry Cleaners, Euromarché Laval, V&S Travel, Zone Shoes, Casa Dynasty, Intermarché Lagoria RDP, as well as the community organization Chez le P’tit Père.

“Harmony in diversity” conference

On December 12, 2020, I gave a presentation on “Recognizing musical instruments: partial and complete excavation finds, and depictions on Thracian cultural objects” during the 9th session of the seventh annual conference “Harmony in Diversity”, organized by the University for library sciences and information technologies and the Bulgarian forum for interreligious dialogue and collaboration. My article on the topic will be published in English the proceedings.