Festival Composing: Artists for Conservation
Building on 2016's slideshow composition for the Artists for Conservation organization we decided to tackle this year's slideshow commission by inviting Japanese shakuhachi master, Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos to the studio.
The 17 minute piece comprised of earthy strings, bowed guitar, ukuleles and bass violas (our latest color obsession), before our third day of production in which we experienced Alcvin's exquisite performance, who drew from distinctive members of the shakuhachi family, an impressive range of uniquely tuned ethnic instruments. Within quick time a wild and remote soundscape of bird calls, roaming animals, and crashing seas evolved before us.
This past October, Thomas and Alcvin performed the main theme from this composition at the BlueShore Financial Theatre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University for the pre-show of the AFC annual festival. To listen to the full recording and watch AFC's 2017 catalogue of inspiring artwork, go here>