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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 was 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 project is titled "lutalica", a word first defined in the "Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows" to invoke the notion of never really being captured within the narrow categories that people often use to describe themselves. Mark's project examines how identity is expressed in music, and how complex our understanding of identity can be when it is expressed through art. This wonderful exploration of identity in music has already produced a wide-range of outstanding commissions from composers in 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.

Director and Editor: Bernardo Gonzalez Burgos

Camera: Joaquin Loustaunau & Bernardo Gonzalez Burgos

Production Assistant: Mauricio Alcocer

Audio engineer: Don Harder

Filmed on location at the Museo Leonora Carrington, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

Art and sculptures by Leonora Carrington

©2020 Kiné Producciones

This video was made possible by generous assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Museo Leonora Carrington.

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