David James Brock

playwright, poet, librettist

David James Brock is a Canadian playwright, poet and librettist. Author of poetry collection, Everyone is CO2. Librettist for Scottish pub opera, The Sloans Project. Co-creator of Breath Cycle, an opera for cystic fibrosis.

Recording Sewing the Earthworm

Sewing the Earthworm, a song cycle for soprano and piano, was first performed in the fall of 2011 as part of the inaugural season of the Canadian Art Song Project. This past week, we got the original creative team together for a proper recording at University of Toronto's Walter Hall, and I am excited to finally have this as a supplement to the text, which was written specifically to be set to music (and which appears on pages 17-21 of my poetry collection, Everyone is CO2. Ah hem).

The recording of Sewing the Earthworm will be released in April through the Canadian Music Centre's Centretracks initiative, and it will also be available on iTunes (Paul Vermeersch's beautiful cover illustration for the music will be revealed shortly!). Here are a few photos from the recording process.

Sewing the Earthworm on paper, and me using a new app for side-by-side photos.

Sewing the Earthworm on paper, and me using a new app for side-by-side photos.

Carla Huhtanen (soprano) and Steven Philcox (piano) in Walter Hall. [Photo: Brian Harman]

Carla Huhtanen (soprano) and Steven Philcox (piano) in Walter Hall. [Photo: Brian Harman]

Carla Huhtanen (soprano) working through an evil part of Needle, the fourth movement from Sewing the Earthworm [Photo: John S. Gray]

Carla Huhtanen (soprano) working through an evil part of Needle, the fourth movement from Sewing the Earthworm [Photo: John S. Gray]

Myself and composer Brian Harman looking and listening in the same direction, as we should.

Myself and composer Brian Harman looking and listening in the same direction, as we should.

For more information on Brian Harman's music, and to hear his work in advance of Sewing the Earthworm's release, visit www.brianharman.ca

For more information on soprano Carla Huhtanen, visit www.carlahuhtanen.com