In 2009, the NFB commissioned a short film to celebrate the occasion of the Governor General's Performing Arts Award being awarded to Paul Gross for his 2008 WWI Film, Passchendaele a film which he wrote, co-produced, directed, and starred in.Read More
With the intention of celebrating two important benchmarks: Alberta Ballet's 50th Anniversary and Canada's 150th Birthday, Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître selected an iconic Canadian folk and country musician to inspire the creative choreography and design, Gordon Lightfoot.
Featuring a company of 30 Superb dancers the show was supplemented by young dancers of the School of Alberta Ballet, a host of local square dancers, and well known local writer Eugene Stickland playing the character of Gordon Lightfoot.
The creative inspiration for the stage setting was the fact that when writing much of his iconic music Gordon Lightfoot was said to have removed himself from his regular setting and simply rented a room for a time. It turns out, that in these isolated, solo, rooms is where he came up with so much of his great Canadian songbook. With this notion, under the direction of Jean Grand-Maître, his stellar design team was able to bring his vision to life by bringing the walls of the room to life with images and colour that created the perfect setting for every piece.
- Video: Adam Larsen
- Lighting: Pierre Lavoie
- Set: Scott Reid
- Wardrobe & Costume: Raven Hehr
- Sound Design: Dewi Wood
In a recent interview in the Edmonton Journal Jean was quoted as saying, “You can’t represent the whole country in one ballet. You couldn’t do it in 10 ballets. I hope I was respectful of Gordon Lightfoot’s impressions of the country because it’s not about my view of Canada, but his view. And honestly, there was enough there for me to do 10 ballets.”
From my perspective with Jean's Creative Genius and the amazing dancers, Our Canada was more than respectful to Gordon Lightfoot great musical legacy, and it was a privilege to be able to contribute to this stellar show. Wishing Alberta Ballet a happy 50th Anniversary and Canada an outstanding 150th Birthday Celebration year.
Last October was a busy month for Infinite Loop.
For example, one of the events that we were pleased to collaborate on was the opening of the New YYC International Terminal by the Calgary Airport Authority.
For Infinite Loop, it was a distinct pleasure to work the the teams and the amazing staff of the Woodrow Wilson Centre Canada Institute. The Canada Institute was founded in 2001 to increase awareness and knowledge about Canada and Canada-U.S. relations among U.S. policymakers and opinion leaders. The Institute currently stands as the only nonpartisan public policy forum in Washington, D.C., the United States—and even Canada—dedicated exclusively to exploring emerging policy issues in one of the most successful and unique bilateral relationships in the world.Read More
WestJet Proves "Time Flies When You're Having Fun" by Celebrating it's 20th Year with an Event Tour with Live Event Sound Design & Music by Infinite Loop.Read More
In a visionary and highly stylized theatrical creation that attending American Playwright Joseph Goodrich affectionately describes as "Our Town .. with murder", Infinite loop Sound Designer, Dewi Wood, is thrilled to once again lock arms with the Stellar Cast & Creative Team assembled at Calgary's popular Vertigo Theatre.Read More
Partnering with Anheuser-Busch and New York Design Agency Eyeball, Infinite Loop helped to create a dynamic 'On Brand' sound to accompany the campaign which promotes the Golden Can Sweepstakes, a contest which will send a lucky winner to enjoy Super Bowl 50with J.B. Smoove of Curb Your Enthusiasm Fame!Read More
As a young musician and budding producer, as your "ears" develop, everything you hear is "food for thought", and not only that, but the old adage "you are what you eat .." might also be appropriate from a sonic perspective as well. As producers, engineers, sound designers, and recording artists, so much of our education comes from mimicking and emulating what others before us have created.
As I was reflecting on some influential recordings of my late teens and early 20's, the name of Producer Arif Mardin came up ...
A beautiful gem sparkles just as brightly in a room alone ... but, only when it touches the eye of it's beholder does it bedazzle and enchant.
Similarly, this gem of a tune was intended to sparkle in the production of Farewell, My Lovely ... However, as is often the case, not everything one submits for consideration can be included, leaving it without an ear to behold, potentially enchant, until now.
Here is a recording made at Infinite Loop by two of Alberta's finest jazz musicians Al Muirhead (trumpet) and Sheldon Zandboer (piano). I had the opportunity to have them both in the studio to add their incomparable touch, brilliance, and talents to the prepared score. As part of the session we made this moody interpretation of this classic jazz standard by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart.
You see, our private dick Philip Marlowe, hasn't always had the easiest time with things .. as those of us with a few scars to show for all the years know .. things can wear you down .. leave you with the blues ..
This famous tune was intended to help us feel just that .. that melancholy poem .. heard under a foggy street light .. in the formidable, impersonal city .. late at night .. with only the buzz of neon and the drone of a sleeping city for company .. it's tough to put your heart out on the line when you've already felt so much .. crooks, dames, smoking guns, dead ends and crystal balls ..
but there's still hope of solving the case ..
A shadow cast in silhouette, like in an old film noir movie ...
Farewell, My Lovely, presently playing until at the Arts Club in Vancouver until May 5. The Cast, Direction, and Production are GREAT and I highly recommend seeing it.
If you want to hear more of Al Muirhead his new CD It's About Time is available now at chronographrecords.com and Sheldon Zandboer's website is sheldonzandboer.com.
I know they'd appreciate the support. It was a distinct honour to work with them both.
Some days my job is pretty great.
Oh ya, and the music that's still in the show is pretty swell too.
Featuring Smokey Jazz Infused Original Score and Sound Design by Dewi Wood, Farewell, My Lovely Opens in Vancouver BCRead More