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"Stormy B.C. music brought to life"

"Tiresias performed this meaty program with tremendous flair and intensity, and seemed ready to make an excellent recording."
- Robert Everett-Green - Globe and Mail


"Review -- TIRESIAS -- Delicate Fires"

DELICATE FIRES
Tiresias
Redshift Music
9.5-out-10
If you are like many people these days classical music may not be the first genre on your list to listen to. Well, give Delicate Fires a listen, and you might just change your mind.
The CD is the debut recording by the Vancouver-based flute/piano duo Tiresias which was formed by flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor and pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa in 2002.
The duo's website gives a little insight into the music by providing an explanation of the name they have chosen. “Tiresias was transformed from man to woman and back again by supernatural means. S/he symbolizes what McGregor and Iwaasa have set out to accomplish: to speak from two very different perspectives with a single voice, to provide fresh perspectives and insights into conventional chamber music programmes, and to anticipate the future trajectories of the chamber music genre through working with composers and artists from various disciplines.”
Don't let the idea of chamber music scare you away. This is a playful recording. It often reminds of a scene from childhood where two children are chasing each other across a pasture. In this case one child is McGregor's flute, and the other is Iwaasa's piano. That is certainly the case on the piece A Delicate Fire.
Other songs take on a somewhat more mystical feel, taking one's emotion's to a deeper place, such as with the piece I Conversed With You In A Dream II.
While the two aforementioned pieces are rather shorter in length, both under five minutes, Tiresias really seems to hit their boldest strides as they explore through a number of longer pieces. Five selections here eclipse seven minutes, and two of those go over 12. On these longer excursions, McGregor and Iwaasa give themselves the freedom to truly explore the interactions of flute and piano within their chosen genre. The result are pieces where the listener can easily become absorbed into the experience themselves. You soon find yourself deep in the duo's musical work, and learn it's a relaxing place to be.
This is really classical music that should be accessible to anyone with a love of good music. Very nicely done. Definitely one people should check out.
Check this duo out at www.myspace.com/tiresiasduo
-- CALVIN DANIELS
- Yorkton This Week (SK)


Discography

"Delicate Fires" - Canadian Music for Flute and Piano
Released 2007 by Redshift Music

*PLEASE NOTE*

For Western Canadian Music Awards:
1. The album "Delicate Fires" has been submitted for consideration for "Outstanding Classical Album." The album in its entirety can be heard here. Programme notes for each work can be found under "Lyrics."

2. Jocelyn Morlock's composition, "I conversed with you in a dream," has been submitted for consideration for "Outstanding Classical Composition." The format for this site only allows the uploading of one track per category; Morlock's work is in *four movements* (ie, four tracks) and can be heard in its entirety on our Sonicbids page (tracks 1-4).

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Hailed by the Globe and Mail for their “tremendous flair and intensity,” the Vancouver-based flute/piano duo Tiresias was formed by flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor and pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa in 2002. A blind seer from Greek mythology, Tiresias was transformed from man to woman and back again by supernatural means. S/he symbolizes what McGregor and Iwaasa have set out to accomplish: to speak from two very different perspectives with a single voice, to provide fresh perspectives and insights into conventional chamber music programmes, and to anticipate the future trajectories of the chamber music genre through working with composers and artists from various disciplines.

Tiresias has performed extensively throughout Western Canada; they have been featured at New Works Calgary, Powell Street Festival (Vancouver), the University of Victoria’s Adaskin Series, Sonic Boom, and the Vancouver Pride in Art Festival. Recently Tiresias was selected to perform for the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, at a gala concert at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2007 Tiresias recorded their first CD with the generous assistance of a grant from the Barbara Pentland Fund. "Delicate Fires" is a celebration of Pentland’s music, and also includes newly commissioned works by Rodney Sharman, Jocelyn Morlock and Jennifer Butler. This disc is available through the Canadian Music Centre (www.musiccentre.ca).

Upcoming projects include appearances the Vancouver Pride in Art Festival, where they will premiere a new work by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan.