Festivals for Compassion: Mark Takeshi McGregor

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Mark Takeshi McGregor

Music festivals throughout Europe have been expressing their solidarity by presenting a new, solo composition “Thin Air” by the Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki. Calliope – considered by many to be the face of contemporary Dutch music today – wrote the piece earlier this year, and has gifted it to ensembles, artists, and presenters to make their own in these uniquely challenging times for the world. Each presenter selects their own artist and instrument to represent the piece. The work saw its premiere on Dutch NPO Radio 4 on June 20, and has been making the rounds of Europe ever since, with each performance being captured and shared online. Just like a relay race of compassion, the piece has begun a journey that’s global in scope. The notes are the same, but each interpretation is beautifully unique.

We’re thrilled to announce Music on Main has had the opportunity to bring this festival to our Vancouver ‘home’ and commission Vancouver-based flautist, Mark Takeshi McGregor. “…in one part of the piece I’m singing along with the flute and I’m creating almost like a rock guitar kind of energy. It really amplifies the power of the piece.”

We will unveil his interpretation of Calliope’s piece on Tuesday, August 25th, via Music on Main’s social media platforms – save the date!
Projects like this one shine a light on a bright future where an expression of universal human feeling of compassion, independent of political, religious, or cultural ends, can coexist.


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