20. Alexina Louie & Michael Bridge

Monday, April 4, 2022

Show Notes
“If music be the food of love, play on.” (Twelfth Night, W. Shakespeare)
Play on, music fans, because you’re in for a feast, as this episode features two musical giants of their generations, Alexina Louie & Michael Bridge. Alexina is one of Canadaʼs most celebrated composers, and her works for orchestra, opera and film draw influences from her Chinese heritage to the classical canon, from pop culture to musical theatre. She’s an Officer of the Order of Canada, and an inspiration to an entire generation of young musicians like… Michael Bridge. Michael’s a musical maverick, and a virtuoso superstar on the accordion. He tours the world, teaching and performing, and breaking all expectations of what’s possible from a musical instrument. Together with Rick, they riff on
Vancouver’s Chinatown
Piano lessons
Free-bass accordion
The ethereal art of music
How it builds empathy
“Desert Island” Bach
Composition vs. interpretation
Wearing many creative hats
Finding your own voice
Operas about Toothpaste, Burnt Toast and Brian Mulroney
And an improvised tribute to Alexina

tw: @rickmilleractor
ig: @xingthegap
Esprit Orchestra
watch Mulroney: The Opera

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