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Here are some highlights of the recent past….

Enjoyed a guest appearance at the newly formed "Percussion Rochester" at Eastman School of Music, hosted by NEXUS member Bill Cahn and percussion soloist Michael Burritt in May of 2012.

In June, was involved in a recording of the music of Peter Hatch for an upcoming CD release (which will be in December, 2012) and played percussion (and musical saw!) in Canadian composer John Burge's latest opera called "The Auction" at the Westben Festival.

In July 2012 I emmersed myself in the first half of my next percussion feature recording. Second half will be recorded in December.

September 2012 was busy with performances at the University of Toronto and also at  Barrie's Colours of Music Festival, with flautist Susan Hoeppner.

Here are some upcoming concerts of interest…

gamUT ensemble concert
Thursday, October 25th at 7:30pm @ Walter Hall

I will be performing with Ryan Scott, David Schotzko and Michelle Colton in John Cage's theatre work "Living Room Music" along with the world premiere of a piece by Norbert Palej called "IL SOGNO DI ENEA" for bassoon, trumpet/piano and percussion with special guests Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy Few. Concert is in Walter Hall, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music.

November 10th - 25th: "ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND"
with National Ballet of Canada

In November, I will be involved with the second run of "ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND" with the National Ballet of Canada. The shows run from Saturday November 10th till November 25th. LOTS OF PERCUSSION! I'm playing mostly marimba… excellent! Please visit national.ballet.ca for show times and ticket information.

December 2012 - Recording of Canadian Composers
In December I will be recording the second half of my next CD. Pianist extraordinaire Pamela Reimer will be joining me for pieces by Canadian composers Tim Brady, Micheline Roi and Laura Silberberg. This CD will be launched in March of 2013 on the Centrediscs label.

2013

Tongues of Fire January 25th, 2013 - 12 noon @ Walter Hall
New Music Festival Concert

I'm involved in a concert as a part of the New Music Festival at the University of Toronto which features the popular composer Steven Mackey. The piece is called FEEL SO BAAAD for electric guitar, violin and marimba. The concert is at 12noon in Walter Hall, Faculty of Music.

February 10th, 2013 - 3pm @ Jane Mallett Theatre
Concert with Hannaford Street Silver Band

I am the featured soloist with the Hannaford Street Silver Band playing Christos Hatzis' percussion concerto TONGUES OF FIRE. This is Kevin Lau's arrangement of the original concerto which is for full orchestra. For further details and ticket info please visit Hannaford Street Silver Band or St Lawrence Centre Box Office.

March 1st, 2013 - 8pm @ Koener Hall
Concert with Amici Chamber Player

I will be involved in the chamber music piece "La Bal Masque" by Poulenc featuring soprano soloist Isabel Bayrakdarian. This concert is presented by Amici Chamber Players. For more information please visit AmiciEnsemble.com.

April 2013
I will be joining Winnipeg based composer/pianist/perfomance artist, Diana McIntosh in a concert at Heliconian Hall in Toronto on April 18th at 7:30pm and then I will be the featured artist in the Winnipeg concert series Groundswell on April 25th (details tba).

May 5th, 2013 - Concert with Amici Chamber Players, 3pm @ Glenn Gould Studio
This concert will include the following works: Parlor Music by Christos Hatzis; Cadenzas by Alexina Louie; Sonata for Two Pianos and Two Percussion by Bela Bartok. More information at AmiciEnsemble.com.

PosterSummer 2013
June - July 2013 - Zeltsman Marimba Festival
I'm happy to announce that I have been invited back to the "Zeltsman Marimba Festival" which will be held this summer in Arcata California. I will be a guest there from June 29th till July 6th.
For more information please visit www.zmf.us.

July 13th, 2013 - Leith Summer Music Festival with Susan Hoeppner
Soon after I will be doing a duo recital with flautist extraordinaire Susan Hoeppner at the Leith Summer Music Festival (near Owen Sound, Ontario) on July 13th at 7:30pm. For more information visit LeithFestival.ca.

September 2013
And to just put a bug in your ear for all you serious marimba players ;)…. I have been invited to the International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy from September 6th-15th, 2013. This will be held in Luxembourg. Please see the poster at right.

That's all for now. Have a good year!