“Turn My Light On” – I was handed a piece of paper with the word “illumination” on it… The third verse reminds me of a dear friend – Susan Lawrence – and she loved playing the piano. Mark Schatz’s bass brings out beauty in this sparse song (especially with that arco bowing!) Continue reading →
Persephone, the innocent maiden goddess of vegetation, frolics with her mother Demeter and other goddesses in the sunlit fields among the fragrant hyacinths and crocus blossoms. She knows only the scents and sights of pure joy and freedom. Hades becomes enchanted by Persephone and whisks her away to the Underworld where she is enticed to eat pomegranate seeds from his world. Upon consuming the seeds, she becomes bound to the Underworld unable to return to the surface or her mother. Following Persephone’s disappearance, Demeter, Goddess of Grain and Growth, casts off her worldly duties in her sadness. The world is frozen and spring cannot come. Continue reading →
This latest production by Sarah Skinner and the Sisters of Salome brings the iconic 1001 Nights to the dance stage. The tales are told by Sherehezade, the latest bride of King Shahryar during her wedding night. Her goal: to save herself from her own execution the next morning by captivating her husband with her fantastical and eccentric tales. Filled with action, mystery, jealousy, sex and romance, these stories are brought to life through the beautiful art of belly dance. A feast for the senses, Arabian Nights will transport you to exotic lands and times with enthralling music, colourful costuming, dramatic storytelling and exotic belly dance. Continue reading →
In September of 1990, Mary and I moved in to our new home at 133 Major street. In the summer of 1991 I took up my pipes again after a 32 year hiatus, having stopped playing after a hassle with my father typical of the kinds of things fathers and 14 old boys have to deal with. By January 25 1992, I was organizing our first Burns Night at our new home and ever since there have been 20 such celebrations without interruption. – this one in 2012 will be are 21st Burns Night.
In this short artistic piece for BravoFact, directed by Annie Bradley, we were given the opportunity to work on this project from the beginning, from assisting in recording the live operatic audio track to video editing to final delivery. John-Marc was at the church to assist in recording the original track using an eight-track digital recorder to better allow us to edit the audio in the mix to suit the final edited video stream. Robert was given the task of editing the video performance in a very short 48hrs turnaround to provide the piece for premiere at Bravo. Continue reading →