Luckily for me, my good fortune to live a life dedicated to the arts as a recording and performing artist has allowed me to survive amidst the backdrop of this tumultuous year. I have been able to counter the negative feelings by continuously delving into my music and sharing the beauty, the peace, the distraction and the sense of wonderment that music offers. 2016 for me was a year full of music – with a great balance of new experiences and old favourites in every aspect of my life including places, pieces, ensembles and friends.
Touring with Seascapes by Eduardo Garrido, including a Mexican premiere in the presence of the composer. Click here for a live performance from Melba Hall this September.
Another great Music by the Sea Festival at Bamfield. This year I performed solo works as well as collaborations with string quartet and soprano.
Santa Pau, Catalonia, Spain
Here are some fun facts from a dizzying 2016:
I recorded 1 new CD
Expresivo was included in the Best Albums of 2016 list in the American Record Guide.
A major highlight was recording and releasing my 5th CD, Expresivo - a very personal experience as the CD features some of the most well-loved and well-known works for the guitar - the music that first captivated and inspired me to become a guitarist. As a result it was an honour to receiveflattering reviews and praise for this album, like this one, written by Ken Keaton for theAmerican Record Guide. Click here to BUY.
I played in 2 new countries ...
I did 3 TV interviews ... 2 in the Philippines and 1 in Norway
I performed 4 world premieres with Zoco Duo
I gave concerts on 5 continents*
*as long as you count performing on the continental shelf off the coast of Morocco
I spent over 9 hours in taxis traveling to and from Barcelona Airport
This only counts the time spent getting to and from Barcelona's El Prat airport- a mere 42.5% of my flights taken, not including the time spent in taxis, trains, buses and ferries getting in and out of other airports around the world! In addition to these 9 hours in taxis, I spent over 20 hours in Barcelona airport just waiting for flights and luggage!
I played 14 guitars from 7 countries in concerts and videos
Here are some videos of me performing on these instruments - Astor Piazzolla on the Rodriguez "Churchdoor", Beatles on Bream’s old Hauser II, Agustin Barrios on a John Gilbert and Enrique Granados on Segovia’s old Ramierez 1A.
I also recorded this video of Albeniz’s Granada on my wonderfully sweet sounding guitar by young Spanish luthier Elias Bonet Monné.