in the real world my home is in the bush outside Perth, the capital city of Western Australia
I've added a WORKS Catalog; it's an ongoing project to get all the data in there. But already heaps to check out!
I have just finished arranging one of my original works for a local trio headed by saxophonist Matt Styles - who I work with in another trio, DMC.
Matt Styles, Paul Tanner & Adam Pinto will be performing my new arrangement of Cool Blue & Hot Head on April 8 at the WA Conservatorium of Music
My collection of beautiful accordions continues to grow. In 2013 a Poeta Principe by VICTORIA, and a 72-bass SALTARELLE Cleggan joined the family.
My most ambitious project for 2014 is to compose several works for accordion and string quintet - I've been dabbling with ideas from time to time the last 18 months; finally I'm getting my shit together on that front!
Since I now have the SALTARELLE I'm also spending a bit of time on folk and blues music - for which this little box is just perfect! I'm totally blown away by the bass-response for such a tiny little instrument...awesome!
As far as instrument maintenance goes, living in Australia is a nightmare for an accordionist - I have had some awful experiences in regard to maintenance on my beautiful new instruments... which has resulted in huge delays on my recording projects. Bummer! but not the end of the world as all is good now, and I will soon be getting back to the studio. I've also acquired a great deal more knowledge and experience in a few areas of maintenance and repair during the last 14 months!
The premiere recording of my piece ‘Procession’ commissioned by the University of WA for CD release in celebration of the campus centenary in 2013 is another of my works for acoustic accordion and laptop using Ableton Live and a stack of MIDI footpedals. Other works for this format are: Aerial Ballet #2 Elegy #2 Links to audio/video of these three works can be found in my WORKS catalog: on the SOLOS page
2012 was marked by the acquisition of two new accordions, a Super King which emerged from the PIGINI Castelfidardo workshop in February, and a SONOLA SS4 Ernie Felice model from the 1960’s – lovingly restored by Guenadiy Lazarov from the Accordion Gallery in New Jersey.
‘Dark’ the movie, for which I composed & recorded the music in 2012, is still showing in many full-dome planetaria around the world.