I am delighted to announce the release of Lineage: Tracing Influence, a debut album by my partner in life and music, Deborah Grimmett, which features the first ever recording of my Piano Sonata (Voyage). Written in 2013, Piano Sonata (Voyage) was commissioned by the Museum of Anthropology for the opening of their exhibition, Safar.
From Deborah’s Website:
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I announce the release of my debut solo album, Lineage: Tracing Influence, on February 22, 2021, on New Classics Records. It is available now both as a digital and physical album on Bandcamp.
Lineage: Tracing Influence features premiere recordings of two works: Saoirdhréacht Gaedhealach (Gaelic Fantasy) by Rhoda Coghill, and Piano Sonata (Voyage) by Iranian-Canadian composer Iman Habibi, alongside works by Brahms, Debussy, and Respighi. In many ways, this album has been decades in the making, with the selected repertoire encompassing a tracing of both my own musical lineage, and that of the composers and their music. Here is an excerpt from the liner notes:
“Lineage: Tracing Influence is a celebration of the multifaceted roots of both the music on the disc, and of myself as an artist: an interweaving of my ancestral lineage, my roots by marriage, my pedagogical origins, and the way in which they intersect with the inspiration behind the pieces themselves.”