5 December 2021

Seed recording project

Suddenly Listen organized a remote improvising project during lockdown whereby three musicians recorded individual "seed" audio tracks which other musicians then improvised with. The resulting combinations of recordings are all up on Suddenly Listen's website, here: https://www.suddenlylisten.com/general-7 

Myself and two others (Lucas Goudie and Danielle Jakubiak) were given the task of responding to Mohammad Sahraei's "seed" recording. You can hear our group's recordings here: https://www.suddenlylisten.com/copy-of-seed-1

1 December 2021

Up in the Air

Upstream Music Association and Breaking Circus put together this very cool show featuring groups of improvisers in music and circus disciplines. It was a fun exploration and a chance to meet and play with lots of new artists! 

30 November 2021

Lute songs at Kings College

 I had the opportunity last week to revisit some beautiful lute repertoire with Andrew Pickett, countertenor. This program was offered as part of the Kings College Foundation Year Program, and was free and open to the public! 

21 November 2021

Circus Videos

Upstream Music Association is releasing a series of videos of improvisations by circus artists and musicians! Here are two that I participated in: a trio piece with Jayden Gigliotti (juggling), Lukas Pearse (bass), and a quintet with Jacques Mindreau (violin), Taral Naik (tabla), Aiyana Graham (silks), and Kura Broadnax (acrobat).

Videos by Dario Lozano-Thornton

12 November 2021

Nova Scotia Music Week

I tagged along with the Bombadils last weekend to Nova Scotia Music Week for a couple of short performances in Truro!

8 November 2021

SIDEband at the Lillian Piercey

Upstream Music Association presented SIDEband at the Maritime Conservatory concert hall for an evening of improvised music on harp, cello, trombone, and bassoon!

4 November 2021

New Hermitage + Carbon Arc: Faust

New Hermitage provided the score for Carbon Arc Cinema's sold-out screening of F. W. Murnau's Faust (1926)! This was our second year playing for a silent film around Halloween and we're hoping to make it a tradition.

27 October 2021

Back at the Henry House!

 Erin, Colin, and I are back at the Henry House for some cozy tunes by the fire, every Sunday 2:30-4:30pm! (1222 Barrington St.)

thanks to Dusty for the photo

22 October 2021

New Hermitage opening for Lydium album release

Behrooz Mihankhah released his album Lydium this month with a launch show at the Music Room. New Hermitage (trio edition) was delighted to open the show with a short set. Take a listen and order Lydium here: https://behroozm.bandcamp.com/album/lydium

Here is a little clip from our opener:

16 September 2021

Dawn Concert

New Hermitage played a couple of dawn concerts by the lake this summer - here's a photo from yesterday's! Thanks to Ann for the shot.

12 August 2021

Dartmouth Summer Sunshine

 A beautiful outdoor concert series has been ongoing on the Dartmouth waterfront this year: The Summer Sunshine Series. I had a great time playing with the Bombadils for their August 7th show!

Luke and Sarah

an excerpt of some solo harp polkas

9 August 2021

Musique Royale mini-tour with Harpaflöjt

Last weekend, Jen, Kirsty, and I played two shows presented by Musique Royale, at the Dawn Oman Gallery in Bridgetown and at St. Barnabas Church in Blue Rocks! The program was a mix of Swedish tunes and original compositions. 

8 August 2021

"Everywhere the Edges"

For the past month, New Hermitage has been in rehearsal as part of the development of the new dance work "Everywhere the Edges", choreographed by Rebecca Lazier and featuring the stunning net sculpture of Janet Echelman. The show has an incredible team and will be premiered in February!!!

photograph by John Adams

7 July 2021

SIDEband at Upstream's Riptide Festival

Upstream Music Association put together a little festival of three online performances and I was delighted to have the chance to play with India, Devin, and Shauna in a brand new configuration: SIDEband. Our livestream performance was unfortunately plagued by technical difficulties, but I hope this won't be the last time we play together! 

4 July 2021

Recording at Stonehouse Sound

Over the last year I've been working away towards a new solo album! It was so exciting to finally get the tracks recorded recently...here are a few photos from the session at Stonehouse Sound with my amazing team - Shannon Quinn, producer, and John D.S. Adams, sound engineer! 

2 July 2021

Lunenburg Opera House with the Bombadils

Last weekend, I joined the Bombadils for a distanced live show at the Lunenburg Opera House, put on by the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society. It was my first time in that beautiful space! It was surreal and wonderful to play live for an audience again. This video of the performance will be available until next Wednesday. 

19 April 2021

Virtual Coffee House, First Grantham United Church

Shannon Quinn and I had the pleasure of putting together a coffee house concert for a church in St. Catharine's Ontario yesterday! Many thanks to First Grantham United for being such lovely hosts.

16 April 2021

Bombadils Livestream

I had a blast collaborating with the Bombadils for this livestream concert! Many thanks to AFM Local 571 and the Music Performance Trust Fund for presenting us.

12 April 2021

Duruflé Requiem with the King's College Chapel Choir

King's College Chapel Choir has just released this video we shot a few weeks back at the All Saints Cathedral in Halifax. It was very cool to get to know this piece and harp part, and to be back playing with a large ensemble again! 

22 March 2021

St. Patrick's Day Videos

 This year, a number of organizations who would normally host St. Patrick's Day events created videos to mark the occasion. I was happy to be part of videos for An Cumann, the Charitable Irish Society, and the Highland Square Mall

19 February 2021

Obladee Wine Bar

It was surreal and wonderful to have an actual bar gig last night! So nice to hear Cassie and Maggie and play a set with the fantastic Sarah Frank - our first time performing together!

16 February 2021


For Nova Scotia Heritage Day, Aureas Voces created a virtual concert, "BEGINNING", featuring local musicians who play music associated with seven cultures identified nearly 100 years ago by Helen Creighton during her time collecting music and folklore in the province. The lineup of musicians includes Raymond Sewell, ZAMANI, Nick Veltmeyer, Cassie and Maggie, Dominique Saulnier, Gabriel O'Brien, Kip Johnson, Hilary Brown, and Celeste Jankowski, and the concert is hosted by Kyah Sparks. I perform two tunes by Karen Iny - Maya's Waltz and Forty - at 16:45.

This project is a fundraiser for the
Youth Art Connection
. To make a charitable donation, visit the following link and add "BEGINNING" to the donation message: youthartconnection.ca/donate

9 February 2021

Raga Prelude in Yaman Kalyan

India Gailey and I have released a new video performance of Michael Harrison's piece "Raga Prelude in Yaman Kalyan", which was filmed in November at the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall by Triangle House Studios. For this performance, I tuned the harp in just intonation, which was a new and exciting experience for me!

1 February 2021

Halifax Celtic Festival

Yesterday, I was part of the Halifax Celtic Festival's Sunday livestream programming. Colin Carrigan and I played some tunes together, then I spoke a little about my year in Ireland and played a few solos. Sunday's livestream will be available here for about a week, including our set which starts at 12:04. The festival ran online for 5 days and featured music and dance performances, language lessons, lectures, plays, and all sorts of varied programming. Thanks to the Celtic Fest for having us!

still from videography by Dario Lozano-Thornton