Youngblood (2012) - 6 minutes
Commissioned by Jeunesses Musicales du Canada for Flûte Alors!
for recorder quartet

Programme Note
I am completely obsessed with the solo albums of the various members of The Beach Boys. Some of them (Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue) are genuinely marvellous while others (Mike Love's Looking Back With Love) are unforgivably atrocious. Whatever their musical merits, these albums all illuminate part of the fascinating story of a profoundly screwed-up bunch of people.

I've always seen Carl Wilson as a slightly tragic character, constantly overshadowed by his two older brothers: one a super-talented musical genius, the other an hedonistic, womanising partier. I think his two solo albums were his attempt to really establish his own, individual personality separate from them. They don't really succeed, and I feel like there's an enormous amount of pathos in that.

My recorder quartet Youngblood uses a tiny bit of material taken from computer audio analysis of the Carl Wilson song What More Can I Say as a seed for a sort of quasi-baroque canonic study. Hopefully, in its five minutes it encapsulates some of the ideas and emotions which I attach to Carl Wilson and his solo albums.

Performance History
September 30, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Salle Félix-Leclerc, Val d'Or, QC
October 2, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Théâtre du Cuivre, Rouyn-Noranda, QC
October 3, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Salle Desjardins, La Sarre, QC
October 4, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Théâtre des Eskers, Amos, QC
October 6, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Théâtre du Rift, Ville-Marie, QC
October 9, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, ON
October 12, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Prescott, ON
October 14, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau, Trois-Rivières, QC
October 16, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau, Gatineau, QC
October 18, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Salle paroissiale Sainte-Anne-des-pins, Sudbury, ON
October 20, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Sault-Sainte-Marie, ON
October 25, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Palace de Granby, Granby, QC
October 27, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Auditorium Cégep Beauce Appalaches, Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, QC
November 18, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Centre communautaire Saint-Lazare, Saint-Lazare, QC
November 24, 2012 - Flûte Alors!, Maison de la musique de Sorel-Tracy, Sorel-Tracy, QC
January 30, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Café-Théâtre Graffiti, Port-Cartier, QC
January 31, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Salle de spectacle de Sept-Iles, Sept-Iles, QC
February 1, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Théâtre de Baie-Comeau, Baie-Comeau, QC
February 3, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Salle Jean-Cossette, Amqui, QC
February 5, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Salle Lucien-Bellemare, Matane, QC
February 6, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Maison de la culture, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, QC
February 7, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Auditorium de la polyvalente C.E. Pouliot, Gaspé, QC
February 9, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Auditorium Polyvalente des Îles, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, QC
February 12, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, École secondaire Népisiguit, Bathurst, NB
February 13, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Centre communautaire régional La Nacelle, Caraquet, NB
February 16, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Amphithéâtre École L.E.R., Dalhousie, NB
February 17, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Studio Hydro-Québec de Carleton, Carleton-sur-Mer, NB
February 19, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Théâtre Gilles Laplante, Carleton-sur-Mer, NB
February 21, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Salle Antonine-Maillet, Bouctouche, NB February 24, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Halifax, NS
February 26, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Salle la Caserne, Dieppe, NB
February 27, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne, Fredericton, NB
March 1, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Amphithéâtre du pavillon Louis-A.-LeBel, Edmundston, NB
March 3, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Centre culturel Mont-Jacob, Jonquière, QC
April 10, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Salle des JMC, Montréal, QC, Canada
April 14, 2013 - Flûte Alors!, Centre des loisirs de Saint-Laurent, Saint-Laurent, QC, Canada