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Virtuoso September September 30, 2012

September has been a great month for virtuoso musicianship. I saw Steve Vai a couple weeks ago. Very inspiring. He’s not only technically fantabulous, but incredibly creative as well. I couldn’t wait to get home and write music after seeing him. If Mr. Vai comes to your town, I highly recommend going to see him. Putting on an entertaining show is clearly important to him. On this tour he had an electric harp player in his band, and all band members got to showcase themselves throughout the evening. There were costume changes too. I particularly enjoyed the one with the... (more)

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Musical Miscellany July 11, 2012

In other musical news, the Kyla Tilley album is well underway, but has taken a bit of a back seat since arriving on The Rock. Happily, the lovely Sahara Jane (aka Sara Nasr) passed through Montreal a couple months back. We played a show together, and then she dropped by my studio, napped on the couch, and laid down backing vocals for three songs. We also took a stroll among some caserollers, but I wouldn’t give her a pot to hit, cause we only had the one evening to get work done. The following week-end, Ed Hudson came by with... (more)

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Loose Summer July 10, 2012

I’m in Newfoundland for the summer. I’m currently working on the music for a multi-media fashion show with Cara Winsor-Hehir and Malin Enstrom. Cara’s providing the fashion, Malin is doing projections onto said fashion, and I am working on the back-ground music. It’s a cycle of five short airy, summery pieces. The keys in order are Bb E A C B which in German musical nomenclature spells out B E A C H. They’re simple numbers, guitar accompanied by flute, and one piece has a vocal accompaniment. It has a very Incredible String Band feel to it. The show is... (more)

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Kyla Tilley Album Update April 22, 2012

The Kyla Tilley album is coming along. I’m recording twelve songs, of which at least ten will make it to the album. It will be a mix of older and more recent material, perhaps even with some songs you’ve never heard before. I’ve got the guitar tracks for 8 songs recorded, and am now jamming out some accompaniment with some co-conspirators.

It will be a fairly stripped down offering. At least three songs will be simply voice and guitar, with another handful with violin, and perhaps a little banjo and cello depending on people’s schedules. There will be touches of... (more)

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All Morbid Angel All the Time July 29, 2011

I went to Heavy Mtl this Sunday. I had initially decided to skip it, despite the presence of Opeth, who are one of my favourite bands. Still, I’d seen them 3 times already, and the other bands on the bill were more for interest sake than for real love of the music (ie: Annihilator, Anthrax, Motorhead and uh, Kiss) also, paying $85 to stand in the sun all day is not my idea of a good time. However, when they announced that the mighty Morbid Angel would be putting in an appearance, I was sold.

Now, Morbid Angel is one... (more)

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