for solo flute
Commissioned by Mark Takeshi McGregor
and generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts
Premiered by Mark Takeshi McGregor on April 26, 2019 in Vancouver BC
The starting point for NOTGNIRRAC is the visual and literary work of Leonora Carrington, a Mexican-British artist who left Lancashire in her youth and found a new way of existence in Mexico City. I chose Carrington as my inspiration for this commission as I consider her artistry to be a path of self-discovery and a blend of psychological and physical geographies. In her visual work, and in her own words, “I am as mysterious to myself as I am to others,” I feel Carrington displays a self-reflecting attitude inwards, to one’s own identity, culture, and work. This, I believe, is an awareness that is also at the core of McGregor’s project exploring music from the Pacific Rim through the lens of identity. His use of "lutalica" invokes the notion of never really being captured within the narrow categories that we use to describe ourselves, and his project examines how identity is expressed in music. Mark has commissioned a wide-range of outstanding composers from Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan, United States, Singapore, and Taiwan, and I am grateful and honoured to add my piece to this truly diverse catalogue of works.