In 1989, I attended KISSM for the first time, selecting the flute as my instrument of choice. I was 6 years old - barely: my arms were barely long enough to hold the flute in place, and it took me WEEKS to create even the slightest, breathiest tone. Nevertheless, a firm foundation was laid.
I felt very nostalgic when I saw the KISSM posters when I recently arrived back in my hometown of Kamloops - especially since I was just days away from premiering my brand new rock opera about quantum physics, titled Flute Loops...! I've come a long way...although some things never change.
My old flute teacher came to opening night and told me KISSM was collecting stories for the 40th anniversary...so here I am. I now compose and perform my original musical storytelling shows at theatre festivals across Canada, and in schools across the province. I use a loop station that enables me to "play several instruments at once" (including the flute!) as I live-record and mix the soundtrack. I am also the guitarist and front woman for a Vancouver-based indie rock punk pop power trio called Hang Lucy.
There are still 2 chances - on May 12 @ 9:15pm & May 13 @ 5pm - to see Flute Loops here in Kamloops as part of Chimera Theatre's inaugural Hydra Festival before I take this show on a 7-city summer tour across Canada. It samples some of the most famous riffs from classical music, in an acoustic /electronic mash-up exploring cosmic content with contagious melodies. Who would have EVER guessed this would be where I would land, 29(!) summers after my debut in the KISSM marching band, stumbling (literally) through Ode to Joy in Riverside Park...?!?!
It's good to be back, and I wonder what kind of young musicians will be sprouting roots at KISSM THIS year...