Can you dance in your seat?

How to better connect with audiences? We ask ourselves this with every piece we write & every show we perform. Check out our world premiere of Celtic tune Farewell to Erin, remixed with a Dancehall beat and moves everyone can do… even from their seats! We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for making this video possible!

Telling a story with instruments…

Humanity is Maria’s response to hearing the cries of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. She chose the violin & flute to tell the story of a mother and her young son – of hope for a shared future that compels them to run, desperately trying to keep a hold of each other in the face of a world that pulls them apart. Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for making this composition possible.

Maria’s Solos..

Check out Maria’s solo for live + pre-recorded violin inspired by tango great Astor Piazzolla! If you want to try playing one of Maria’s solos, Sakura was just published in a first-run printing of 12,400 copies for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)! Taught in over 90 countries, you can get your own copy here: ABRSM Violin Exam Pieces, Grade 8 Fun fact: Maria is the only female or living composer featured in the publication!

Ableton Live in Action!

Making the switch from bulky pedals to Macbook Pro + Ableton Live was a challenge… and Power was the perfect piece to debut our new setup!  Being able to record, loop, stop and reintroduce lines in real time has never been so fun.  Thank you to the New York State School Music Association for featuring us at their Annual Conference.

Awesome live photos

We have discovered the perfect live music photographer – Ashlee Wilcox!  She must’ve been as sweaty as we were, contorting to capture shots from every angle of our show for the National Association for Music Education.  Click the photo for our favorite picks.

Ashlee Wilcox

Our first music video!!!

Of course, the day we decided to shoot our video, it rained!  We took it in stride, though, and even wrested a few dry minutes from the weather gods to whip out the drone!  Frizzy hair, muddy feet, rain-infested instruments… it’s all featured in our collaboration with cinematographer Umit Gulsen.  Without further ado, we proudly present:

Why We Perform

Our Corpus Christi audience’s energy made us giddy with excitement – they have set the bar HIGH for Texas.  What a lovely introduction to this state… and this was just mid-concert!

 

Play Harder Series: Help Me, I’m an Artist (Entry 5)

I have always made my living as an independent performing artist.  A 9-to-5 job is as foreign to me as waking up early, establishing a routine or even teaching a student regularly. We artists share one thing in common – we need help!  Funding, booking, housing, brainstorming, bartering, watching, listening, feedback, encouragement… our success depends upon asking and receiving.

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Play Harder Series: The Men of Normaway Inn (Entry 3)

“Yeah, that could work,” says Dave MacDonald, owner of The Normaway Inn in Margaree Valley, Nova Scotia. When I’d reached out to his wife on homeexchange.com about the possibility of doing a two-week swap between New York City and Cape Breton, she said to give him a call. Maria and I have to be in Cape Breton for our project, Four Seasons Rising, and with many rooms sold out for Celtic Colours or unavailable to 2 musicians traveling with 2 cats, time is running out.

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Play Harder Series: On Violins and Virtuosity (Entry 2)

This past month, I’ve listened to more live violin playing than I have in the last two decades combined!  The spree began on a sunny September day in Toronto.  I arrived at 8:30 am for jury duty… but fun jury duty.  It involved listening to Canadians from around the world who flew in to compete for 21 violins and cellos – including instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri and Gagliano – in the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition.

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