I am recently back from the Banff Centre for the Arts where I worked on Act 1 of my new opera, OPERA NOIR. It is tentatively scheduled to premiere in Montreal in early 2016 with ECM+. The libretto is by me, and the music is by Andre Ristic. We collaborated once before on our previous opera LES AVENTURES DE MADAME MERVEILLE.
Banff was great! I was the only writer in a music residency and it was pretty awesome. One night, there was an open mic and so I had two artists Tilman Robinson and Alfonso Fernandez play trombone and viola behind me while I read from my book FIRST DAY ON EARTH. Also, I attended a lecture on Bach by Christopher Bagan who also gave a harpischord performance. Swoon. I met amazing people there, including the fabulous Hollands. Went to a concert by the amazing saxophone quartet QUASAR and I played the piano with my brain through software developed by composer Andre Mestre. I’m not kidding. Proof:
Then it was off to Calgary where I did a great library visit with Forest Lawn Library and then did Breakfast Television Calgary with my pal from my Bite / Nerdy Girl days, Tara Slone.