Q1, Would you like to introduce yourself?
Yes, thank you. I’ve been a musician for all my life, a composer for most of it. Another thing that has been around for most of my life is my depression. Although, in the past bunch of years I’ve found ways to cope with it including meditating. That led to reading The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Now I’ve just released an album of ambient electronic music inspired by that book and my own meditations. I hope my album, Happiness in a Troubled World, provides some peace in these very troubled times. We are in a time of much needed healing and I wanted to help us start a new year with a fresh perspective.
This was also great opportunity for me to collaborate again with award-winning producer/percussionist/improvisor, Jean Martin (Tanya Tagaq, Sarah Slean), who mixed and mastered this album.
Q2, Did you send a card last valentines day?
No, I suck at sending cards but feel it is an art that needs to be revived.
Q3, If you could relive one moment in your life, which would it be?
In January 2021, I recorded an album at Roy Thomson Hall. To sit in the centre of that beautiful empty hall hearing it filled by the sounds of different solo instruments, masterfully played by amazing musicians and people, is an experience I could have every day.
Q4, Reveal a secret about yourself
Along with being a pianist, I play accordion.
Q5, What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
Ferrero Rocher created with care by our neighbourhood Lola’s Gelato.
Q6, When were you first asked for your autograph?
I can’t say that I remember. I’ve been playing concerts since I was a kid and usually someone wants an autograph afterwards. I have yet to be asked for one on the street though!
Q7, Would you rather eat 2 cloves of garlic or 6 spoons of cod liver oil?
With nothing else? I’d go with the garlic it is isn’t too spicy. Otherwise, I think I could down the cod liver oil.
Q8, And, most importantly, what is your favourite type of cookie?
It used to be chocolate chips cookies dipped in milk but both the cookies and milk weren’t playing nice with my Crohn’s so I had to find other fun snacks.