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About the work:
The composer writes: 'I first came across Luc Leestemaker’s works in 2002 while visiting my girlfriend in Edmonton, Alberta. While walking around the university area, we went into a framing store that sold prints of various paintings. One series of prints that had caught my eye were by Luc Leestemaker. With his name written on the store’s business card, I left with the intention of exploring more of Luc’s works. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to pursue it until much later on.
'In the fall of 2005, when I had completed my doctoral studies and was living in Los Angeles, I was commissioned to write a work for the ARC Ensemble (Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Music) for their 2006 tour in China. With more time now on my hands, I decided to take a look into Luc Leestemaker’s works. To my delight, I discovered he was living in the Los Angeles area as well. I quickly gave him a call to inform him of my interest in composing a work inspired by his paintings. He was very enthusiastic about the whole idea and wanted to get together to discuss it further. We met and hit it off right away. I was introduced to more of his works and got to know him as an artist and as a person. I left his home with 3 books and a CD compilation of his entire collection of paintings.
'During the week that followed, I poured over his hundreds of paintings and found four that struck me in a musical way. Each of them warranted differing musical interpretations.'