" Receiving the Louis Applebaum Composers Award literally meant bringing my craft and career to the next level. The award afforded me the opportunity to keep composing and working on my music and share it with international audiences. "
What are you currently doing?
I am currently working on several projects as a pianist - composer in NY. My albums are being released by the legendary jazz/classical label ECM out of Munich, and I tour and record with both my own groups and as a sideman with many leading artists. I have two recording projects coming out in the next few months. I'm thankful that my work has gathered acclaim from critics and musicians alike.
What did receiving the Louis Applebaum Composers Award mean to you?
Receiving the Louis Applebaum Composers Award literally meant bringing my craft and career to the next level. The award afforded me the opportunity to keep composing and working on my music and share it with international audiences, at a very crucial time in my personal development. I was able to achieve great creative momentum after receiving the award. I eventually moved to NY where I have been welcomed into the artistic community, while keeping strong creative ties with fellow Canadian artists and bringing my work to Canadian audiences.
What does private arts philanthropy mean to you as a working artist?
Private arts philanthropy means a lot as a working artist. Without this support, many ideas would not come to fruition, in a world where support for the arts is increasingly limited. Some of the greatest artists historically had this support, and who knows what their output might have looked like if that wasn't the case. I strongly believe that art makes us spiritually richer, therefore having a direct positive impact in current social issues and in our daily lives.