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October2017 SKIP TO NOV

ROME & ROMANCE
Ronée Boyce, piano & Alicja Wysocka, soprano

Sunday October 1, 2017 at 3 pm
$20; $10 Students

An enjoyable Autumn matinée concert filled with solo piano and favorite opera arias.

Award-winning inspirational pianist Ronée Boyce possesses a dedication to performance and education that is steadfast and unquestioned. She is quickly establishing herself as an artist of intense musical sensibility and has been enthusiastically praised for her great depth of musical interpretation. In addition to performing more traditional solo piano and chamber music, she has demonstrated a keen interest in Russian works along with more innovative and lesser - known music repertoire, often introducing such works to her listening audiences in concert.

Recent solo engagements have included recitals and concert appearances across Western Canada, New York City, London, France, and the Caribbean, with special chamber music appearances at Carnegie Hall, Toronto Centre for Performing Arts, Théâtre de Bourg, Maison de l'Europe, Maison du Canada, with L'Heure Musicale in France, and an invitation to perform for the Ambassador of Chile.

Canadian-Polish Soprano Alicja Wysocka has been dubbed as Toronto’s Opera Sweetheart. Her love for music began at the age of seven in her native country Poland with the discovery of the pianoforte. Upon arriving to Canada, Alicja began her studies with Natalia Tyomkina, and was quickly recognized to be one of the most promising pianists in her generation. Being the finalist of many national piano competitions, she was awarded the Prestigious Turzanski Award.

After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto, Alicja was accepted into U of Toronto’s Opera Program, where she studied with Mary Morrison. In the summer of 2002 she was chosen to attend the Oberlin Music Institute of Ohio in Italy, where she had the privilege to study with soprano, Elly Ameling.

As a singer, Alicja has an extensive performance background. Among others she has performed as a soloist with the Celebrity Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Symphonia Choir, as well as the Salon of Music and Poetry of Maria Nowotarska and the Polish Toronto Theatre of Michal Kuleczka. Since 2005, Alicja has been a soloist with Opera Belcanto. Roles performed include Violetta from Verdi’s La Traviata, Nedda from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Micaela from Bizet’s Carmen, and Susanna from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

At present, Alicja is studying under the tutelage of David Varjabed to further her vocal studies and master the belcanto technique.


The Decho Ensemble & John C.L. Jansen
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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Jacob Swanson, soprano saxophone
Sarah Marchitelli, alto saxophone
John C.L. Jansen, guitars/harmonics guitar and electronics

Welcome to an evening with music by composers such as Hugo Harmens and John C.L. Jansen, including works featured on Jacob Swanson's recent solo release "wired." (soprano saxophone and electronics).

Hailed as a “winning combination in every way!” the Decho Ensemble was founded in 2011 by longtime-collaborating saxophonists Sarah Marchitelli and Jacob Swanson. Critically acclaimed for their “blend and precision” the two have collaborated with poets, dance companies, chamber orchestras, and other instrumentalists to present unique and varied programs.

The Decho Ensemble has performed on concert series, television, and radio throughout North America and in Europe. In addition to concert series, the Decho Ensemble has presented at national and international conferences including the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and Biennial Conferences and the United States Navy International Saxophone Symposium. In 2016 the Decho Ensemble was in residence with the Ny Musikks Komponistgruppe in Oslo, Norway as part of their inaugural PULS Festival.

Collaborating with composers, presenting standard repertoire, and adapting old works for two saxophones the Decho Ensemble continues to push borders and broaden the saxophone’s voice in classical chamber music. Since their establishment, the Decho Ensemble has collaborated with composers Andrew Martin Smith, Charles Terranova, Peter Edwards, Dan Knorr, Scott Miller, Nathan Hall, David Marc Alterman, Frank Zabel, Michael McGough, Kate Parker, and Tim Bausch to create new works for saxophone - some with electronic media.

As educators, Swanson and Marchitelli share their passion for music, the saxophone, and collaboration with their students. Marchitelli serves on faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia and is the Director of Instruction at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts in Jamestown, New York. Swanson teaches instrumental music for the Gowanda Central School District in Gowanda, New York, the New Horizons Band of Western New York, and Jamestown Community College. Both Marchitelli and Swanson maintain private studios at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts where they founded and co-direct the Infinity Saxophone Ensemble.

The Decho Ensemble performs on vintage Buescher saxophones built in the United States.

www.dechoensemble.com | itunes | CDbaby

Jacob Swanson's website: www.jacobswanson.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp_MfIxhQ0c

John C.L. Jansen is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and experimental instrument builder from Grand Rapids Michigan. A self-described musical omnivore, he seeks to blend a diverse set of influences with the pursuit of new electronic and acoustic timbres. His music has been performed by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, the chamber band Drive (J:), saxophonist Jacob Swanson, and violinist Todd Reynolds. Jansen currently teaches music theory at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

John C.L. Jansen: soundcloud.com/john-c-l-jansen-1/sequenza-i-for-harmonics-guitarsoundcloud.com/john-c-l-jansen-1 | www.hugoharmens.com

This concert was made possible with financial support from the Norwegian Society for Composers, and is part of the society's 100 year anniversary celebration.


Ventus Machina
CD launch “In the Weeds"

Tuesday October 3, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $15 Students (Cash only)

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Program

Intermission

The undeniable chemistry between the members of Ventus Machina is apparent in their flexible and unique style of performance. Each from vastly different geographical and cultural backgrounds, the five musicians have truly found their common musical language.

Formed in 2011, Ventus Machina has become a major presence on the classical music scene in the Maritime region. Through their educational outreach performances and workshops the quintet reaches thousands of New Brunswick students each year, and has expanded their scope to include the exciting summer program, the “Wind Masters’ Workshop” which ran for a fourth year in July 2016. Ventus Machina is featured each season on Symphony New Brunswick’s popular ‘Virtuoso Series’ of chamber concerts, and are pleased to have performed with the Atlantic Ballet, Atlantic Sinfonia and with guest soloists Suzie Leblanc and Monette Gould, among others. Follow us on Facebook or at www.ventusmachina.com for current details.

The members of Ventus Machina are: Karin Aurell, flute - originally from Sweden and contributing a wealth of orchestral and chamber music experience; Christie Goodwin, oboe – born and raised in central Alberta, this Prairie girl has played with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country; James Kalyn, clarinet and saxophone - renowned woodwind doubler and full-time Professor at Mount Allison University; Ulises Aragon, horn – a soloist and all-round superstar transplanted from Venezuela’s famous Simon Bolivar Orchestra; Patrick Bolduc, bassoon bringing a little Quebecois ‘joie de vivre’ plus a wide range of performance experience, Patrick contributes his boundless energy and humour to the group.


Music From Four to Six

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 8 pm
$20/$15 (cash at the door)
; online at westwoodconcerts.com

Masterpieces of chamber music for string quartet with piano and clarinet as performed by the brilliant Venuti String Quartet and joined by pianist Gregory Millar and clarinetist Michael Westwood.

Venuti String Quartet
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Drew Jureck, violin
Shannon Knights, viola
Lydia Munchinsky, cello

Program


TransAtlanticOpera Gala Concert
Saturday October 7 2017 at 2 pm
$20/$10

Vasilisa Atanackovic, soprano
Allison Miller & Danny Miller, violin
Krishna Veerappan, clarinet
Michael Andrusko, piano

PROGRAMME:

1. O mio bannino caro - Puccini
2. Quando m'en vo - Puccini
3. Porgi amor - W.A Mozart
4. Meditation from Thais - Massenet
5. Casts diva - Bellini
6. Song to the Moon - Dvorak
7. Tu che di gel - Puccini
8. O sole mio

INTERMISSION

1. Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni
2. Senza Mamma - Puccini
3. Polubila ya - Rachmaninov
4. Vissi d'arte - Puccini
5. Manon Lescaut - Puccini
6. Morre ma prima in grazia - Verdi

Vasilisa Atanackovic - Soprano
Vasilisa Atanackovic is a dancer, singer, and actor from Toronto, Canada. She began performing at the age of 6 at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts where she later graduated with a diploma in Vaganova Technique Classical Ballet under the teaching styles of Vitek Wincza and former Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina, Olga Krymchanska. She then went on to train at Ryerson University’s prestigious Performance Acting programme, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Vasilisa has performed around the world, including Canada, Europe, and The United States. As an actor, she has performed in many productions, from the works of Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Othello, A

Midsummer Night's Dream) to hit Musicals (The Addams Family, Cinderella, Hairspray, The Wiz, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Ragtime, Cabaret). She has worked with some of Canada's leading stage directors such as Peggy Shannon, Judith Thompson, Soheil Parsa, Ian Watson, Perry Schneiderman and Sheldon Rosen.

Coached by Polish Soprano Marta Greda-Kicek, Vasilisa is a classically trained soprano. She recently portrayed Helen of Troy at the LA Opera with conductor and composer Nathan Wang. In the Summer of 2016, Vasilisa performed the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica in Sicily under the direction of Maestro Leonardo Catalanotto. This year she will be reprising this dramatic role in Berlin with the Berlin Opera Academy as well as touring with TransAtlanticOpera in Canada and the USA.

Alison Miller - Violin
Alison studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Andrea Gajic and Gina McCormack, graduating in 2013 with a First Class Honours in Violin Performance. She has participated in masterclasses with Harald Herzl, Greg Lawson, Ilya Gringolts, Leland Chen, The Brodsky String Quartet and Nicola Benedetti. Alison held principal positions in all the Conservatoire orchestras and was awarded the John McInulty Prize for Orchestral Playing in 2013. She also participated in apprenticeships with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the orchestra of Scottish Opera.

As a soloist, Alison has performed concerti by Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi in Scotland, Italy, Holland and Belgium. She has performed with the Amadeus Orchestra and appeared as Leader of the Aberdeen Marischal Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Sinfonia and the Edinburgh Bach Orchestra. For several years Alison has worked with new music theatre company, Noisemaker (National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

In 2016 Alison was Leader of the Mediterranean Opera Festival Orchestra during their tour of Sicily, performing Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” as well as appearing as a soloist with the orchestra. She returned to Sicily in 2017 to play for the Concert-Master of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo. Having previously worked for Sistema Scotland, Alison now holds the position of Associate Violin Teacher at the University of St. Andrews alongside her busy freelance schedule.

Upcoming engagements include recitals with the Argyll String Quartet, touring Italy in the summer of 2017 with various opera and chamber music festivals and performing with TransAtlanticOpera in Canada and the USA.

Danny Miller - Violin
Edinburgh born violinist, Danny Miller is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied under Peter Lissauer and Gina McCormack. Prizes include the Bette and Willie MacPherson Prize for Solo Violin Playing, the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition (Highly Commended) and the Governor's Prize for Chamber Music (Finalists). In 2013, he was selected for an apprenticeship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Danny enjoys a busy schedule of chamber, orchestral and solo playing. Recent engagements include recitals with the Argyll String Quartet and the Miller Nite Duo with whom he performs at home and abroad. The Miller Nite Duo are due to release two CDs in 2017. He has appeared as Leader of Scottish Sinfonia and has led both the Edinburgh Grand Opera and Haddo House Operatic Society orchestras in their respective productions of La Boheme and La Traviata. Solo performances include the concerti of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Vaughan Williams.

Danny was Principal Second Violin of the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival Orchestra during their Sicilian Tour in 2016 where he also performed as a soloist with the orchestra. Recently he played for the Concert-Master of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo. In 2017, he was accepted into the Orchestra of the Varna International Opera Academy, Bulgaria and toured Italy with various opera and chamber music festivals.

Upcoming engagements include solo recitals at home and abroad and performances with TransAtlanticOpera in the USA and Canada. Danny is currently under the private tutelage of Professor Igor Ozim of the Mozarteum Universitat in Salzburg, Austria.

TransAtlanticOpera are joined by Krishna Veerappan, clarinet and Michael Andrushko, piano.

www.transatlanticopera.com


The Art of the Piano: Burton Greene
October Trio

Saturday October 14, 2017 at 8 pm
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BURTON GREENE OCTOBER TRIO
Burton Greene - piano
Isaiah Ceccarelli - percussionist
Éric Normand - guitar

Burton Greene figured prominently in New York's free jazz movement of the '60s, performing with such major figures as Alan Silva, Marion Brown, Sam Rivers, Albert Ayler, Byard Lancaster, Gato Barbieri, etc. As a child, Greene studied classical music at the Fine Arts Academy in Chicago; In the mid 1950's he studied jazz with Dick Marx. Greene moved to New York in the early '60s, as the city's free jazz movement was gathering momentum. There, he formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble with Silva in 1963 — reputedly one of the first groups devoted to playing a wholly improvised music. In 1964, he joined the Jazz Composer's Guild. During the mid-'60s, he recorded for the ESP-Disk label as a leader, before moving to the Netherlands in 1970. Greene became something of a journeyman, performing all over Europe while maintaining a residence on a houseboat in Amsterdam. He recorded intermittently in the '70s and '80s. Greene became one of the few free jazz musicians to experiment with synthesizers. He's played solo and led various bands of unusual instrumentation. Since 1989 he has a jazz/klezmer/sephardic/balkan band called Klezmokum based in Amsterdam. In 2015 he released with his long time “spiritual co-composing partner” composer/vocalist Silke Röllg on the Paris Improvising Beings label: “Space Is Still the Place”. Burton’s music is featured on close to 80 recordings: records and CD’s. This year he celebrates 53 years as a professional: presenting his music to the world. Burton continues to do concerts all over Europe and the USA. He also teaches improvisation and jazz piano.

Burton Greene was born and spent his early years in Chicago, Illinois. He had seven years of classical music training with Isadore Buchalter of the Fine Arts Building. Burton studied jazz theory and harmony with Dick Marx, and continued his music education in the "School of the Streets" of the mid 1950's from such luminaries as Billy Green and Ira Sullivan. He arrived in New York in 1962 and formed probably the first spontaneous composition group with bassist Alan Silva in '63: The Free Form Improvisation Ensemble. He joined the Jazz Composers Guild in '64 (organized by Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor) and formed his first recorded quartet in '65 which included Marion Brown and Henry Grimes. He performed in New York in the 1960's with such people as Sam Rivers, Rashied Ali, Albert Ayler, Patty Waters, Byard Lancaster, Gato Barbieri, etc. Burton was involved with the New Music Concert Series in Town Hall and YMHA organized by Max Pollikoff which included panel discussions with Morton Feldman and Earl Brown.

Burton moved to Europe in 1969--first to Paris and then to Amsterdam. Since that time he has toured and recorded extensively in both Western and Eastern Europe with occasional tours in America. Mr. Greene has recorded over 60 records and CD's of his compositions in many and varied contexts. As an eclectic composer and performer, his works are involved with jazz, contemporary classics, electronics, and a great variety of folklore musics.

Burton has collaborated with many musicians; among them are John Tchicai, Johnny Dyani, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Willem Breuker, Han Bennink, Keshavan Maslak, Sunny Murray, Steve Tintweiss, Shelly Rusten, Frank Wright, Sean Bergin, Paul Stocker, Theo Loevendie, Maarten van Regteren Altena, Martin van Duynhoven, Clarence Becton, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, Tjitze Vogel, Raoul van der Weide, Tom Jones, Tobias Delius, Michael Moore, Akki Hak, Lou Grassi, Wilber Morris, Roy Campbell, Mark Dresser, Adam Lane, Paul Smoker, Russ Nolan, Ed and George Schuller etc., etc.

More: wikipedia.org/wiki/Burton_Greene | allaboutjazz.com/pianist-burton-greene-burton-greene-by-clifford-allen.php | www.paristransatlantic.com/magazine/interviews/greene.html

Isaiah Ceccarelli is a drummer and composer. He composes for musicians and ensembles such as Sarah Albu, Mira Benjamin, the Bozzini Quartet, Katelyn Clark, the GGRIL, the London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists, the Suoni per il Popolo festival (Stretch Wood), and Ensemble SuperMusique. He has recorded albums for Ambiances Magnétiques (Montréal), Drip Audio (Vancouver), and Another Timbre (United Kingdom). As a drummer, he has performed and recorded in countless jazz and improvised music settings since the mid-1990s. In 2015, he was the artist in residence at the London studio of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

More: www.musicworks.ca/profile/isaiah-ceccarelli-works | www.isaiahceccarelli.com

« one of Canada’s most creative musical visions. » - Stuart Brommer, TheWholenote (canada)

« a highly disciplined approach to noise making. » - DAN BIGNA, REAL ART (AUSTRALIA)

Éric Normand is an improviser, bassist, instrument designer, composer, songwriter, singer and record and concert producer. He defines himself as an epidisciplinary musician, a free electron driven by its yearning for meetings.

As an improviser, he develop a personal and radical playing on a homemade electric bass equipped with mics and objects feedbacking and vibrating in small electronic devices, creating electric flux interrupted by the instrumental gesture.

With this set, he prefer to play duets, with Jim Denley (flute and sax), Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet and sax), Xavier Charles (clarinet), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola de gamba and electronic), Jean-Luc Guionnet (saxophone), in addition of several spontaneous encounters.

He also composes for ensemble and multi-disciplinary projects.

Interested in collective creation and orchestral improvisation, he lead for seven years the GGRIL, a 15 pieces band that have worked with composers such as Evan Parker, Jean Derome, Robert Marcel Lepage and Michael Fischer.

His music has been programmed by or performed in several festivals in Canada , Australia and Europe. It have also been broadcasted by Radio-Canada, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, Radio-Grenouille, and several college radio stations.

More: facebook | Contact: brasderic@gmail.com | www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/normand_er/


The Art of the Piano: Niklas Sivelov

Tuesday October 17, 2017 at 8 pm
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REVIEW:
Niklas Sivelov: Piano Music (Audio CD)
Peter Burwasser, Fanfare Magazine
"Niklas Sivelöv’s main career is as a concert pianist, but he has been composing music since his childhood in northern Sweden (he was born in 1968). His broad performing repertoire, from Bach to living composers, is reflected in his music for solo piano. This is not to say that Sivelöv does not write with original flair and energy, but it is probably most useful to consider this material as homage. The very choice of a set of 24 preludes is a strong nod towards Chopin and Bach, among others, and the ghosts of both of those giants appear in this music. The strongest flavor here is 20th-century Modernism, in the manner of Prokofiev or Hindemith, material that itself is often in a Neoclassical style. As a generalization, Sivelöv sounds like both a performer and composer who works in a joyous and even humorous way. This is heard in fast, loud music and a tendency to run up and down the keyboard. Some of the music is even a bit bangy, but in a fun way. One of the preludes is described in the composer’s notes as having no key signature, and he directs the pianist to use the forearms to create clusters of notes.
Sivelöv does offer a calmer mood in the two nocturnes and impromptus, which display a nice sense for lyricism. He returns to a kind of Lisztian bravura in the Toccatina Feroce and finds entrancing sonorities in the Jeux de Cordes, which is played standing up so that the pianist can strike the strings of the piano by hand with a mallet. It’s quite a tour de force, giving the listener the impression of more than one musician. It is a fittingly interesting and enjoyable way to conclude a delightful recital by this talented artist. "

Program
"Virtuoso Introspective"

J. Haydn Sonata no. 47 B-minor hob. XV1/32

L.van Beethoven Sonata no.32 opus 111 C-minor

intermission

W. Stenhammar Fantasy opus 11
2 songs:
I skogen (arr. Niklas Sivelov)
Fylgia (arr. Niklas Sivelov)
Impromptu

A. Piazzolla - 3 Tangos:
Adiós Nonino
Invierno Porteño
Milonga del Angel

B. Bartok - Sonata (1926)

Niklas Sivelöv’s artistic temperament, impeccable technique and spellbinding stage presence have made him a favourite with audiences in the Nordic countries and far beyond.

Niklas made his professional debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991, performing Bartók’s testing Second Piano Concerto at the Stockholm Concert Hall. He has since appeared as a concerto soloist the world over, working with orchestras including the Zurich Tonhalle and the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande. He works with all the major Scandinavian orchestras and has collaborated with conductors including Mario Venzago, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Thomas Dausgaard, Paavo Berglund, Alan Gilbert, Sakari Oramo and Patrick Gallois. Schumann and Scriabin are central figures in Niklas’s musical life, but his repertoire stretches from Johann Sebastian Bach to Per Nørgård. He has worked intensively with the former composer’s Well Tempered Clavier and in 2010 performed the complete work across three concerts at Bargemusic in New York. Niklas has a repertoire of over 50 piano concertos including the most demanding works by Bartók and Prokofiev.

His extensive discography incudes the two piano concertos by Wilhelm Stenhammar as well as music by Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin, Berwald, Schumann, Englund and Liszt for labels including BIS, Caprice, Simax, Phono Suecia and Dux. His recordings have garnered the highest honours: the Diapason d’Or, the Penguin Rosette, the Vox Populi Award and nominations at the Cannes Classical Awards and the Independent Music Awards.

Niklas has also recorded a disc of his own music for the British label Toccata. Since 1985 he has written more than 40 scores including three concertos for piano and orchestra and a set of 24 Preludes for piano; his works have been recorded by Martin Fröst, Øystein Baadsvik and others.

Niklas is also a notable exponent of the art of piano improvisation, and in 2008 released a disc of his own improvisations on melodies by the Swedish composer Carl Michael Bellman.

Niklas grew up in Skellefteå in northern Sweden where he began playing the organ aged 6. He moved to piano and studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and with Gabriel Amiras, Maria Curcio, Esther Bodin- Karpe and Liisa Pohjola, continuing his studies in Helsinki, Bucharest, Trossingen and London. Niklas lives in Malmö and is professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen.


Payadora Tango Ensemble
Featuring Elbio Fernandez
Fundraising Concert for New Album Release

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 8 pm
$25 

Founded in 2013, Payadora Tango Ensemble has quickly become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Payadora performs an expansive repertoire that draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition, including compositions and arrangements by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond.

Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.

Highlights from Payadora’s past performances include sold-out shows at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Festival at Heliconion Hall, the Lula Lounge, the Jazz Bistro, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Toronto Botanical Gardens Concert Series, the Kingston Road Village Concert Series, the Knox United Church concert Series, the Group of 27 Concert Series at Heliconion Hall, and for the Canadian Opera Company's World Music Series at the Four Seasons Centre. 

“With influences from Argentina to Eastern Europe to the great Astor Piazzolla, Payadora plays the tango like it’s meant to be: sultry, steamy, but with grace and precision. You will be entertained!”
— Howard Druckman, Editor, Words + Music magazine


Kings of the Guitar
James Bryan and Michael Savona

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8 pm
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An exciting evening of guitar solos and songs by two of Canada's most prominent guitarists.

Hailed as one of Canada's top guitarists, James Bryan is a Grammy and Juno winning performer, songwriter and producer.As a member of popular Canadian acts Philosopher Kings and Prozzak, to Sunshine State and his solo project, to his work with artists from across the globe including Shawn Mendes,Nelly Furtado,and Luis Fonsi,James has played on over 200 recordings,achieved platinum success,and performed on stages from Wembley Stadium to Madison Square Gardens and Massey Hall.

At the heart of all this music is the passionate,soulful and uplifting sound of his guitar playing.

" Bryan takes our global village and remixes it on it’s ear, surprising the listener with an imaginative blending of styles from African Folk to Brazilian Samba"-Rob Paul, Canadian Music

website: www.jamesbryanmusic.com

Michael Savona’s performances have taken him to Europe and major concert halls across North America as a soloist, band member and chamber musician. He has toured and recorded extensively with the legendary Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd since 2012, and has shared the stage with artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Tom Cochrane, John McDermott, Dan Hill and Michelle Wright.

Michael has appeared and been heard on local and National television and radio.

As a guitarist, Michael is known for his versatility in many genres. He has performed to critical acclaim as a classical soloist, folk/pop guitarist, and played in the premiers of numerous contemporary Canadian works.

Michael’s playing can be heard on his 2010 debut release “Folk Songs”, Liona Boyd’s 2013, 2014, and 2015 releases and Tara Beier’s 2016 debut album “Hero and the Sage”

" Smooth and lyrical" "Plays beautifully enough to send shivers down ones spine" -Classical Guitar Magazine


Women in Jazz - 1st Edition
For Women’s College Hospital

Friday October 20, 2017 at 8 pm 
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Fresh off her second year of producing the very successful Kensington Market Jazz Festival, beloved musician, singer and community worker Genevieve Marentette will launch a year-long series called “Women In Jazz” in support of the Women's College Hospital Foundation. She says, “It is shocking to me how little is known about this fantastic instutution and about the women’s “health gap” that exists. In honour of my 40th year of life I am hoping to bring awareness to this and perhaps raise some money too.” With this event Genevieve will launch a year long fundraising & media campaign on behalf of this organization.

In the spirit of the feminine she has gathered award-winning composer Nancy Walker on acoustic grand Piano, fellow Humber College alumni Carlie Howell on bass, and rising star Zaynab Wilson on drums. This evening at the wonderful gallery space will also feature special guests such as young bandleader and trumpeter Marie Goudy and fellow jazz vocalist Joanna Majoko, as well as surprises. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Women’s College Hospital and include a raffle with prize of a private house concert from Genevieve.

FEATURED PROGRAM
GENEVIEVE MARENTETTE AND TRIO
Piano - Nancy Walker
Bass - Carlie Howell
Drums - Zaynab Wilson 
Vocals – Genevieve Marentette
9:30PM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Voice - Joanna Majoko
Trumpet - Marie Goudy
and more TBA
RAFFLE PRIZE - A FREE HOUSE CONCERT BY GENEVIEVE
PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL


Jazz at the Gallery:
John Stetch with Vulneraville

Saturday October 21, 2017 at 8 pm
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6-time Juno Nominee John Stetch celebrates his NYC quartet's new CD release show this fall at Gallery 345. "The Vancouver Concert" is a live recording made this past spring, that captures Stetch's group chemistry at its best. A synthesis of classical sounds, cinematic excursions, worldbeat and toe-tapping jazz, filtered through Steinway Artist Stetch's imagination.

Steve Kortyka - saxophone
Philippe Lemm - drums
Ben Tiberio - bass
John Stetch - piano

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, John Stetch was exposed to the sounds of jazz at an early age. His father always tuned in to the local jazz radio station in the car, had a large jazz record collection, and taught Stetch the basics of clarinet. Stetch was born with jazz in his blood, as 2 of his uncles were also performers and founding fathers of the Yardbird Suite, now one of the most successful jazz clubs in Canada. In his early teens, Stetch remembers reading his Dad’s Benny Goodman transcriptions and Jimmy Dorsey’s “Hot Licks”, then later switching to alto sax and playing along with Paul Desmond solos by ear and trying to make sense out of the Charlie Parker Omnibook. By his 2nd year of college, he dropped everything to go from casual ‘horn-player’s piano’ to full-time piano studies.

The Ukrainian community was a huge influence on Stetch as well, and he spent many years singing, playing and dancing to ethnic folk music. His first teenage show-biz experience was playing dozens of engagements with Dumka, a Ukrainian wedding band.

After earning a music degree in jazz piano studies at McGill University, Stetch began touring and recording across Canada and eventually accumulated 6 Juno Award nominations over 20 years. He won the Prix du Jazz at the Montreal International Festival and has been frequently recorded by the CBC.

After relocating to New York City in 1993 he became a decade-long sideman with Rufus Reid, and has performed around the world at some of the most prestigious jazz venues. He has recorded and/or performed with Jim Black, Seamus Blake, Anat Cohen, Javon Jackson, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Jorge Rossi, Charlie Haden, Reid Anderson, Chris Cheek, Victor Lewis, Hank Roberts, Ben Street, Reggie Workman, Billy Hart and others. He has recently been collaborating with classical and world musicians also, and his recent compositions reflect those flavors. Stetch has been commissioned to write for the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Borealis String Quartet, his own solo performances, and recently performed his Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.

Stetch is one of a handful of jazz artists to have recorded a solo piano trilogy, and with this he received unanimous praise, including Down Beat calling the debut trilogy release, Ukrainiainsim, "one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years". Standards and Exponentially Monk, also part of this series, brought in equally glowing reviews, consistently attesting to Stetch’s originality and virtuosity. Now with 13 CDs under his own name, Utne Reader called his music "bold and vital jazz for the 21st century”. A Steinway Artist, Stetch has been featured on several NPR shows: "Piano Jazz", with Marian McPartland, "Jazz Set" with Branford Marsalis, "Weekend Edition" with Leanne Hansen.

Stetch’s 2009 CD – “TV Trio” consists entirely of TV themes from the 70’s and 80’s. Shortly after being released to radio, TV Trio quickly placed #13 on the U.S.A. JazzWeek chart, and remained in the top 20 for a month.

His most recent Juno-Nominated CD “Off With The Cuffs” is a solo piano recording of his own arrangements, re-compositions and improvisations on iconic gems of Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Shostakovich. John Stetch is currently based in Harlem, New York City.
Video Links
Re-Arrangement and Improvsations on Chopin's Heroic Polonaise
Re-Composition of J.S.Bach's Italian Concerto BWV 971
New Art video of original trio composition "Oscar's Blue-Green Algebra”


Canadian Women Composers Project
Clarisse Tonigussi, soprano
Narmina Efendiyeva, piano

Sunday October 22, 2017 at 3 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)

The Canadian Women Composers (CWC) Project presents soprano Clarisse Tonigussi and pianist Narmina Efendiyeva in recital, featuring the works of Canadian women composers.

The CWC Project is dedicated to bringing greater awareness to vocal music by Canadian women composers. In an hour-long recital, vocal repertoire that has been overlooked in the past can be heard, appreciated, and recognized. For the Canadian sesquicentennial, the recital is making its way around Canada, sharing the music of Canadian women songwriters as it goes.

Program

The composers that have been chosen for the concert are Gena Branscombe, Jean Ethridge, Jean Coulthard, Carol Ann Weaver, Mary Gardiner, Ana Sokolovic, Jana Skarecky, Martha Hill Duncan, and Rebekah Cummings. The works are sung in historical order, beginning with music by Gena Branscombe and ending with a work based on Anne of Green Gables quotes composed in 2017 by Rebekah Cummings.

Not only does this project highlight Canadian women’s music, but it also showcases other Canadian female artists. The poetry has been written by Canadian female poets including Madeleine Guimont, P.K. Page, Judith Miller, Majorie Pickthall, Beatrice Redpath, and E. Pauline Johnson, a Canadian female designer, Carly Cumpson, has created the beautiful gown that is worn for each recital, and the musicians who are performing the recitals are also women. It is a celebration of women in Canada by having women perform great works by women!

Clarisse Tonigussi has always had a deep love of music. As a child she spent countless hours at the piano playing the songs that sprung into her head, and enjoyed everything that her voice and the beautiful sound of the piano had to offer. She furthered her love of music at the University of Toronto and received an Undergraduate degree in Voice Performance, graduating with Honours. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto and obtained a Masters degree in Voice Performance. Ms. Tonigussi has performed roles such as Emmy Perth in the opera Der Vampyr, Papagena, and the First Spirit in The Magic Flute with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Her chorus appearances include Romeo et Juliette with the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, The Mikado and The Student Prince with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Opera York’s The Merry Widow. She was a soloist with the Barrie Lyrica Chamber Choir, is a performer with the Toronto group the Hedgerow Singers, and is the featured soloist with the touring company Opera Luminata.This year, Clarisse is delighted to share with audiences the music of Canadian women composers in concerts across the country with The Canadian Women Composers Project.

Born in Baku (Azerbaijan) as a fourth-generation musician, Narmina Efendiyeva always knew that she would join in the family tradition. She gave her first solo concert at the age of 6 and studied at the Bülbül Specialized musical school under the guidance of Adelya Vekilova where she frequently gave solo concerts and performed with orchestra.

In 2000, Narmina graduated with a Master's degree from U. Hadjibeyov Azerbaijan State Conservatory and from 2001-2010, worked as an accompanist at the Azerbaijan State Choir. In 2011, Narmina gave her first concert in Toronto at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music where she graduated with a second Master's degrees. Since then, Narmina has worked as music director and pianist for productions such as Bellinni's "I Capuleti e i Montecchi," Mozart's "The Magic Flute," "Madama Butterfly" by Puccini, and "Ariadne auf Naxos" by Strauss with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, as well as Borodin's "Prince Igor" with Opera in Concert. She has also played "The Saucy Señorita," "The Mikado" by Sullivan & Gilbert, "Earnest, the Importance of Being" by Davies & Benson with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Kurt Weill's "Street Scene" with Opera in Concert.

Recently, Narmina played Edward Grieg’s Piano concerto with the Toronto Ukrainian Orchestra and participated in Syrinx Concerts Toronto.

Website info: www.canadianwomencomposersproject.com
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The CWC project was featured in the Spring/Summer publication of “The Association of Canadian Women Composers” Journal.


Rhythm ’n Step

Sunday October 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)
A night of fiddle tunes and fancy footwork.

Colleen Jenish began her musical journey in the Ottawa Valley, where she took her first stepdance lesson at the age of four. Soon after, she learned to play the piano and fiddle. Colleen has competed in fiddle and stepdance competitions across Ontario for the past 17 years, and is currently the Ontario Open Stepdance Champion. She also performs regularly with her sister Alanna, and with The Great Canadian Fiddle Show. Colleen recently obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, and is now the research coordinator for the Music Cognition Lab at her alma mater.

Joelle Crigger loves entertaining on her fiddle and has been doing so since age 6, after being inspired by the virtuoso strings show Bowfire. She is an accomplished violinist, fiddler, pianist, and a keen step dancer who enjoys music of all kinds. Having played with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2014, she was thrilled to tour to Ottawa and Montreal with the TSO/TSYO in 2017. A big fan of various styles of fiddle music (Cape Breton, Canadian Old-Time, Bluegrass, Irish, Texas-swing), Joelle is a multiple winner of the Canadian Open Fiddle Championship in her age category. Within her community, Joelle has been invited as a peer leader to share her love of music with students in the TDSB and has been honoured to play at World Vision music events. She enjoys her role as young-artist-as-educator at DAREarts Music Days and looks forward to pursuing a career in music.

Tom Fitzgerald of Bancroft, ON is an accomplished musician now residing in Toronto where he is pursuing a bachelors degree in music at Humber College. Growing up in the center of the Ottawa Valley, Tom was immersed in the rich tradition of Canadian Old Time fiddling and step dancing. However, over the years he has absorbed other musical styles and traditions such as Celtic, bluegrass, swing, jazz, blues, and classical. At 24 he is already a seasoned performer, having toured professionally with his family band ‘The Fitzgeralds’ since he was 10 years old. The group has toured extensively across the US and Canada, as well as Ireland and England. In the early summer of 2017, a video of one of the band’s live performances went viral, reaching 2.9 million views worldwide. He has performed with Natalie MacMaster, Tony McManus, Brian Finnegan, Wayne Rostad, and Tommy Hunter.


Louis Vaspar in Recital
Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 7 pm
Free Admission

Detroit based pianist, Louis Vaspar, would like to introduce himself.

In anticipation of expanding his audience outside the US, you’re all invited to his preview recital where he will play pieces by Beethoven and Bach!

Programme:

Louis Vaspar
From his promising beginnings to an ultimately tumultuous rise, Louis continues to build himself up again one step at a time. Consistently training in Classical music, he has expanded his vision and musical prowess into Samba, Soul, and Jazz music as a composer and arranger.

For more, please visit vaspardelanuit.com

Female Animal (Single) by Louis Vaspar


Sweet Sparrow in Concert

Thursday October 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
$20 Cash

Toronto based, husband and wife team, Beatrice and Adolfo, bring the love they share for each other into their music. Audiences feel it as soon as the first note is heard.

Beatrice Carpino
Sultry, rich vocals and elegant style in vocalist, Beatrice. Music and performing are her passion. You can say it is in her blood, being the daughter of the late, internationally known singing chef, Pasquale Carpino. Beatrice has a way of making her audiences feel at home and part of the family.

Adolfo De Santis
Smooth, warm and versatile playing in pianist, Adolfo. He did his musical studies in Italy soaking up the warmth and passion of the culture. His studies concentrated on the classical repertoire but life and love turned his musical direction to a broader spectrum of genres including jazz and broadway.

Program: Jazz and Broadway standards of great composers such as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Michel Legrand, Fats Waller, Arthur Hamilton and more.


"Britten and Pears: the Canticles” CD release
Zach Finkelstein, tenor
Peter Tiefenbach, piano

Saturday October 28, 2017 at 2 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)

Program
Canticles
Canticle I: "My beloved is mine and I am his”
Canticle II: "Abraham and Isaac”
Canticle III: "Still falls the rain"
Canticle IV: "The Journey of the Magi”
Canticle V: "The Death of Saint Narcissus”

American-Canadian Zach Finkelstein has quickly established himself as a leading tenor soloist in North America and abroad, from Seattle’s Benaroya Hall to New York’s Lincoln Center to London’s Sadler’s Wells to the National Arts Center in Beijing, China.

Recently hailed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times as a “compelling tenor,” he made his New York City Opera debut in April 2013 as Mambre in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto, a production dubbed by Tommasini as one of the Top 10 classical events of 2013. In 2014-15, Zach sang the role of Damon "with sensitivity and grace" (Boston Classical Review) in Acis and Galatea, performances conducted by Nicholas McGegan leading Philharmonia Baroque in Berkeley, CA as well as with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, MA. In 2016, Zach made his haute-contre debut as Orphee in back-to-back productions of Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice with Brava! Opera Theatre (English) and Opera Grand Rapids (French).

Mr. Finkelstein is also an evangelist for new and contemporary classical works, an oeuvre he discovered as a two-time Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Most recently in New York City, Zach premiered a new work Threshold for tenor and orchestra with the Argento Ensemble, a piece created specifically for Zach by Prix-de-Rome-winning composer Jesse Jones. The New York Times’ James Oestrich commended this “excellent” performance: “Zach Finkelstein negotiated Mr. Jones’s high tenor flights with aplomb”. Satie’s Socrate, a thirty-minute political monodrama for tenor and piano (“beautifully sung”, UK Daily Telegraph), has also become a signature piece for Mr. Finkelstein, toured regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group across the United States as well as London, UK and a recent debut in Shenzhen and Beijing, China. Zach also performed the American premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Songs from the same earth with pianist Mike Brofman at the Brooklyn Art Song Society, returned in 2017 season to perform a recital of Jake Heggie and Reynaldo Hahn and will perform again with BASS in 2018 touring Seattle and California.

In the media, Zach has performed opera excerpts on CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera as well as Toronto's Classical 96.3 FM and Seattle’s KING FM. Both Musical Toronto and Opera Canada Magazine have profiled Mr. Finkelstein as a singer to watch.

Mr. Finkelstein is currently with Dean Artists Management and holds an Artist Diploma (Voice) from the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science from McGill University, in Montreal. As a young artist, Zach participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival, Banff Opera as Theatre, the International Vocal Arts Institute and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.

Peter Tiefenbach studied music in Canada, the United States and England, before settling in Toronto, where he is a busy pianist, accompanist, composer, vocal coach, teacher and broadcaster. He has collaborated with noted Canadian singers such as the late Maureen Forrester, Russell Braun and Donna Brown, and is now on faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

A familiar presence on CBC Radio, Peter is the former host of the Radio Two program The Arts Tonight. He has orchestrated and conducted a concert for CBC radio and television and of music by Noel Coward and Ivor Novello with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. He has also collaborated with baritone Russell Braun and soprano Donna Brown. In addition, Peter made his acting debut as Gerhard Krachmann in the playSimpl at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.

In 2005, Peter gave a recital in Calgary with soprano Valdine Anderson and mezzo-soprano Kimberley Barber (broadcast by the CBC), and served as music director for Calgary Opera's production of Kurt Weill'sSeven Deadly Sins. That year he performed with Miss Fallis and Kiosque for CBC Radio's OnStage, and toured through Iceland together.

Peter has participated in the Indian River Festival (Prince Edward Island), Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, and Festival Vancouver, where he reprised the Coward-Novello program.

Among his commissions are works for violinist Mark Fewer and pianist Jean Marchand, the Elora Festival Singers, trumpeter Stuart Laughton, and the Toronto Children's Chorus. Other projects include a composition for the Saskatoon Children's Chorus (for the World Children's Choir Festival in Hong Kong) and for the Canadian Brass. His recordings include Jean Stilwell's Kabarett (CBC Records, 2003) and Les chemins de l'amour(CBC Records, 2000), Isabel Bayrakdarian's Azulão (CBC Records, 2003), and Stuart Laughton's Remembrance (Marquis Classics, 2003).


The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas

Sunday October 29, 2017 at 3:00pm
$25/$10 students (cash only)
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Program

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 1 in F minor
1. Allegro in F major
2. Adagio
3. Menuetto. Allegretto
4. Prestissimo

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 6 in F major
1. Allegro in F major
2. Menuetto. Allegretto in F minor
3. Presto in F major

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 11 in B-flat major
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio con molto espressione
3. Menuetto
4. Rondo: Allegretto

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 28 in A major
1. Allegretto ma non troppo
2. Vivace alla marcia
3. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto
4. Allegro

Biography

Gaining increasing popularity with audiences for his entertaining and informative CONCERT- ‘LECTURE’ Series ‘What is so great about Classical Music?’, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering Scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies. He finished a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance with M° Gerritt Zitterbart after graduating from the Soloist-Class with M° Einar Steen-Nokleberg at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has been an Instructor since 2007. He also has served as Visiting-Professor at Laval University, replacing the Department Head in 2010. Since 2012, he is on the Faculty at the Dr.Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with a position formerly held by Clara Schumann.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, he graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of Marietta Orlov, and also holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Dmitiri Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Gyorgy Sebok, Hans Leygraf, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, P. Devoyon, H. Nakamura, V.Krpan, A.Vardi, I.Rohmann, Aurele Nicolet, Lee Kum Sing, J. Browning, M. Bilson, G.Zhou, Pnina Salzmann, etc… and the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Beethoven Masterclasses in Positano with John O’Conor.

As 3rd Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition in 2000, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas in Sirmione sul Garda, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc… Prizes have also been achieved in a dozen other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition 2003, the Rome Chopin Competition, il Concorso Francesco Durante, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Valsesia-Musica International Competition, the Vietri Sul Mar International Competition, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and Chopin Society Competition in Germany etc…

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Italy and Russia. He has performed in 26 countires in recitals throughout Canada and in the United States, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Austria.

After the successes of the ‘Goldberg-das Ballett’ project, ‘Flüchtige Visionen’ to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach ‘Preludes&Fugues’ Project in Linz 2006 , all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Jörg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the ‘4Beethoven4’ project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in 2007-08, and the ‘à Propos Bach‘ Project in 2008 & 2009 which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009.

Mr.Toth has been a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, the Coppa Pianisti d’Osimo International and the International ENKOR competition. He has also served as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America as well as given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Quebec, Bogota Colombia, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Turkey and Asia. In 2016 he will make his debut at the Val Tidone Summer Masterclasses.

Mr. Toth has recently finished his Complete Beethoven Cycle in various cities in Germany and Canada and has recorded the Sonatas Op.2 on the Fortepiano for the Klassik Label. A Classical Variations CD of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven has also been recorded, and the Complete Sonatas are in the plan. He is currently the Artistic Director of the “Music for a Better World” Benefit Concert Series in Frankfurt which has benefited organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Diakonie Disaster Help, and when not practicing, teaching, working or performing, Mr.Toth also trains Shaolin QiGong and Shaolin Kung Fu, and has been a Yoga Instructor at the HMTHannover for 11 years.

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The Art of the Piano: Jenny Lin
Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 8 pm 
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door) 
Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

“The most imaginatively conceived program of the year.”
– San Francisco Examiner

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov creates a universal testament to existence through spare, deeply affecting compositions. For this celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday, pianist Jenny Lin illuminates Silvestrov’s lyrical meditations on Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, and others alongside the masterworks that inspired him.

Program
Valentin Silvestrov: Benedictus
Mompou: Angelico, from Música callada
Silvestrov: Der Bote (“The Messenger”)
Mozart: Allegro, from Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major
Silvestrov: Wedding Waltz
Schubert: Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat major
Silvestrov: Chopin Moments
Chopin: Nocturne in C minor
Silvestrov: Bagatelle
Debussy: Reflets dans l’eau
Silvestrov: Postludium
Wagner (trans. Liszt): Liebestod, from Tristan und Isolde

Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. She has been acclaimed for her “remarkable technical command” and “a gift for melodic flow” by The New York Times. The Washington Post praises “Lin’s confident fingers… spectacular technique… “, “…surely one of the most interesting pianists in America right now…” and Gramophone Magazine has hailed her as “an exceptionally sensitive pianist”. Her orchestral engagements have included the American Symphony Orchestra, NDR and SWR German Radio orchestras, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della RAI. Her concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, MoMA, Stanford LIVE, and National Gallery of Art, appearing at Festivals such as Mostly Mozart, BAM’s Next Wave, Spoleto/USA, Kings Place London, Chopin Festival Austria, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Germany.
Since 2000, Jenny’s discography includes more than 30 recordings on Steinway & Sons, Hänssler Classic, eOne, BIS, New World and Albany Records. She is also the central figure in “Cooking for Jenny” by Elemental Films, a musical documentary portraying her journey to Spain. Other media appearances include CBS Sunday Morning, NPR Performance Today, and “Speaking for Myself”, a film about Manhattan as seen through the eyes of eight contemporary artists by filmmaker Bert Shapiro. Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, Jenny studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the Fondazione Internazionale per il pianoforte in Como, Italy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in German literature from The Johns Hopkins University.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season include tours throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America; her debut in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series; and the release of Melody’s Mostly Musical Day, an illustrated album for children, and the piano music of Sergei Prokofiev and Kirill Zaborov. Since 2014, she has joined Philip Glass in his ongoing world tour of his complete Piano Etudes. Jenny is a Steinway Artist.
www.jennylin.net


Bridge Between the Arts: Toronto Artists for Mexico Earthquake Relief Fundraising Concert

Thursday November 2, 2017 at 8 pm
$25 Suggested Donation or PWYC

This concert is a joint effort and collaboration of Gallery345, visual artists, dancers and musicians based in Toronto.

The concert unites artists of different genres in an eclectic showcase of classical music, Mariachi and interdisciplinary projects.

Funds from this event will support individuals and groups of people in Mexico affected by the earthquake on September 7th 2017 in Morelos, Chiapas, Veracruz, Puebla and Mexico City.

Macintosh HD:Users:lisatahara:Downloads:Itzel Ávila 2015 - Copy (2).jpegItzel Ávila is a Mexican-Canadian violin maker.  She began her training as a violinist and as a violin maker in Mexico at the age of 15. She graduated with honours in violin performance from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Ever since, she has been playing with instruments of her own crafting. In Montreal, Canada, she continued to specialize in both arts, receiving a Master’s degree in music performance from the Université de Montréal.

As a Violin Maker, Itzel further perfected her skills in Cremone, Italy and in San Francisco, U.S.A., under the supervision of Francis Kuttner, and in Montreal, under the supervision of Michèle Ashley. In addition of being an independent luthière, she has worked at the Wilder & Davis Workshop (Montreal) both in the Restoration and Bow sections, as well as at The Sound Post workshop in Toronto.

She currently has her own construction and maintenance studio of violins, violas and cellos in Toronto, Canada, and participates actively in international expositions of violin making.

Jordana Deveau is a dynamic force in the Toronto dance community, active as a dancer, creator, educator, rehearsal director and producer. She is the Co-Artistic Director of JDdance, a multifaceted dance theatre collective that she co-founded in 2009. She is the co-author, with her mentor Donna Krasnow, PhD, of "C-I Training: Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers". Jordana has trained in Toronto, Guelph, Vancouver, New York and Vienna, and performed in the U.S., Europe and across Canada, interpreting works by notable choreographers including Carol Anderson, Peggy Baker, Sidra Bell, David Earle, Kate Franklin, Margie Gillis, Andrea Nann, Roger Sinha, Holly Small, Santee Smith and Gerry Trentham. 

Macintosh HD:Users:lisatahara:Downloads:branko photo small.jpgDr. Branko Džinović is an accordion and bandoneon performer. He holds a Master’s degree from the Anton Bruckner Private University for Music in Linz, Austria, and a doctorate from the University of Toronto. He was part of creative interactions with some of the most prominent contemporary composers of today such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Per Nørgård and Phillipe Leroux. He is a founding member of Payadora Tango Ensemble, Toronto’s premier tango ensemble. Džinović has participated in numerous accordion competitions; records for Radio Belgrade, Radio Austria 1, and the BBC; and tours internationally as a soloist and chamber musician.

Macintosh HD:Users:lisatahara:Downloads:Catherine Gardner Soprano colour 2.jpgSoprano Catherine Gardner has been praised for her embodied singing and dramatic range in both art song and opera and has premiered several works. Highlights include Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (St. Andrews University Orchestra guest soloist, Michigan), “Countess Almaviva” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (COSI, Italy and The University of Western Ontario), “Donna Elvira” (Opera Kitchener), Schubert’s Totus in corde languo with Detroit Symphony’s Laurence Liberson (Michigan), Norbert Palej’s The Poet and the War (The Burdock, Toronto) and Strauss’ Four Last Songs (Walter Hall, Gallery 345, The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto), “Gertrude” (Mark Richard’s Hamlet, Stratford Summer Music), and Craig Bohmler cycle, Songs of Stone (Stratford Symphony Orchestra). Catherine has won many awards and competitions: most recently, the Richard Bradshaw Award in Opera and a faculty of music graduation award at the University of Toronto where she completed her Doctoral degree in voice performance this year.

A first prize winner of the International Schubert Competition in Jeseník Radka Hanáková is an accomplished and versatile solo pianist and chamber musician. She has performed at festivals throughout Austria, Poland, Canada and Czech Republic, where she has also appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras. Her most recent notable appearances include a solo performance in an Oskar Morawetz's centenary celebration concert, which had been recorded and broadcasted by the CBC, realization of Karlheinz Stockhausen's electroacoustic piece Kontakte with percussionist Jonathan Smith and also a collaboration with cellist Dobrochna Zubek and violinist Paulina Derbez. Currently pursuing a DMA degree at the University of Toronto, Radka already graduated from The Glenn Gould School in Toronto and from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She also attended a year study intership at the Karol Szymannowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. Besides her performance activities, Radka is an enthusiastic music educator as well. For the last 4 years she is happy to have been at home as a piano teacher at Branksome Hall in Toronto.

With a voice that has been described as a “powerful demonstration of musical artistry wed to superb technique”, soprano Stacie Dunlop is an avid performer of opera, orchestral and chamber music. Stacie is known for bringing the following opera roles to life: The Woman: Schoenberg’s Erwartung; Louise: Ann Trulove: Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress; Fire, Bergère and Squirrel: Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges; Recent performances include a cross-Canada tour of Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments, Peter Maxwell-Davies’ Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot, The Hands of Orlac, music of Mexican composers in Poland in May 2016, Balancing on the Edge in November 2016 and a workshop of The Harvester/Erwartung project in January 2017. Future engagements include Scott Good’s The Hands of Orlac with the London Sinfonia and a new work by Abigail Richardson with the Hamilton Philharmonic. Ms. Dunlop can be heard on the Centrediscs label in My Life in Widening Circles and Hymns of Heaven and Earth.

Violinist Suhashini Arulanandam is a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. She is an active chamber musician, and performs both new and old music, on Baroque and modern instruments.This summer, she gardened excessively and performed new music on Baroque instruments. Also, she has developed a fascination for vintage sewing machines and is actively pursuing one at the moment. 
Suhashini is a dedicated teacher and founded Harmony Violin Studio in Port Credit. She also teaches for The Music Studio in Etobicoke and the Toronto Suzuki Studio. Upcoming performances include a solo appearance with the Dundas Valley Orchestra, performing Vivaldi's "Autumn".

Paulina Derbez is a classical and avant-garde violinist.  She presented her CD “Altri Suoni” at the Festival Internacional Cervantino 2014, the most important Festival in Latinoamerica. In 2015 Paulina performed in Rome and Florence with the Canadian composer Barbara Croall. In 2013, she received an award from the Mexican magazine Quién, recognizing her as “one of the 50 celebrities that are transforming Mexico 2013”, a list that also included Mexican luminaries like Alfonso Cuarón and Plácido Domingo. Recently she was also recognized as “One of the Top ten most successful Mexicans in Cañada” by The Globe and Mail. She is the author of The Conscious Musician and was invited to give a TEDx talk in Monterrey with the theme of her book. Paulina lives in Toronto where she is a member of the Ontario Philharmonic, the Duo Luna and the artistic director of the new Mexican cultural platform in Toronto “México Contemporáneo”. She gives talks, concerts and masterclasses around the world and is part of the Faculty at the International Festival and Master Course Music in the Alps in Austria. For more information about Paulina, visit www.paulinaderbez.com

Lucy Rupert is a freelance dance artist and theatre performer and the artistic director of Blue Ceiling dance, an umbrella for work she creates, commissions, performs and tours. Lucy is known for her raw and articulate individualism and vulnerability in performance. She has been quietly carving her unique path in dance, theatre and multi-disciplinary work, based in Toronto for twenty years.  Lucy has performed in works of choreographers Marie Josee Chartier, Nova Bhattacharya, Peter Quanz, Jenn Goodwin, Angela Blumberg, Allison Cummings, William Yong, Sashar Zarif, Anandam Dance, Puppetmongers Theatre, Volcano Theatre and Circus Orange, among others.  She has worked with Theatre Rusticle since 2001 and with Fujiwara Dance Inventions since 2010. Lucy has a Joint B.A. in Dance and Music from the University of Waterloo, where she studied voice and piano extensively as well as dance performance; and an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto. Lucy is a Chalmers Fellowship recipient and a two-time nominee for the K.M. Hunter Award in Dance. She is an avid citydweller, conservationist and astrophysics enthusiast.

Araceli Ponce was born in the city of Puebla and graduated from the Conservatory of her hometown where he studied with Enrique Castillo.  She studied piano at the school “Vida y Movimiento” in Mexico City with Guadalupe Parrondo. She has attended master classes for piano at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Alexei Naziedkin. She was the first place winner in the piano contest at the Conservatory. In 1985 and 1987 she won second prize at the National Piano Competitions BUAP . In 1993 she was an intern for the National Council for Culture and Arts and represented Mexico in the 10th Edition of the International Piano Competition in Porto, Portugal.She played as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Puebla. She has given recitals in major concert halls of Mexico and Caracas, Venezuela. She participated with the Goldberg Trio and Russia Quartet on the radio program " Opus 94 "; also in the " Palafoxiano festival" of Puebla, in Seasons of Chamber Music of CCOY, in the "Alarconian’s Journeys " of Taxco, Araceli is member of the internationally renowned Duo Luna Derbez-Salazar.

Being a passionate performer and teacher, Sang Kyun (Steve) Koh is currently a Sessional Lecturer at University of Toronto, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Rice University in Houston, Texas (U.S.A.), where he was the recipient of the Herbert & Helen Allen scholarship and the Dick and Mary Ellen Wilson scholarship. After finishing his Bachelor’s degree, Steve continued his studies and received his Master’s in String Performance and Pedagogy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (U.S.A.), where he was the recipient of the coveted Emily Boettcher and Yule Bogue Endowed Fund and the Dick Eickstein Grant. At University of Toronto, he was the Palmason Graduate Fellow in Violin and the teaching assistant to professor Annalee Patipatanakoon of the Gryphon Trio. An avid chamber and orchestral musician, Steve is a founding member of the Interro Quartet and has collaborated with violists Leslie Robertson and Teng Li, pianist Philip Chiu, cellist Antonio Lysy, bassoonist Nadina Jackson, and violinist Nikki Chooi. He has also performed with Symphony S.O.N.G., Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

Eric Fujita is a violinist from Thornhill, Ontario. He completed his MMus at McGill University under the guidance of Mark Fewer, who has acted as both instructor and mentor throughout his musical career. Following his lecture performance of the six Ysaÿe Solo Sonatas in Montreal, Eric has continued his study of unaccompanied works for violin. He enjoys his time researching and finding rare and exciting pieces for this distinctive genre. Eric is currently in his fourth year of his DMA at the University of Toronto, studying with Timothy Ying and Annalee Patipatanakoon.

Pianist Dr. Lisa Tahara made her orchestral debut with the Burnaby Symphony Orchestra at fifteen.  Since then, she has performed with numerous orchestras including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Westben Festival Orchestra, the Georgian Bay Symphony and most recently, the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. Lisa is the winner of several concerto competitions, and has also won numerous top prizes in festivals and competitions, including the Canadian Music Teachers’ Association Competition, the Canadian Concerto Competition and the Canadian Music Competition.  She completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria and both her Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Toronto. Lisa continues to teach and perform as both a soloist and chamber musician but has recently started working full-time as the Professional Development Manager for Teacher Certification at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. More information can be found at www.lisatahara.com

 In an evolving, multi-faceted career Dr. Dobrochna Zubek has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and orchestra cellist in Europe at England’s Dartington International Summer School, the Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, in North America for the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra and currently is also a member of the Canadian New Music Ensemble; The Thin Edge Music Collective. Highlighting Ms. Zubek's numerous competition awards are: first place award of the Peggy Friedman Gordon Music Competition (2002), the Sidney Liebermann Music Competition (2004), the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Competition (2007) and the YoYo-Ma Fellowship. Currently, Ms. Zubek is on Faculty of Music at University of Toronto, where she completed her Doctoral degree in Cello Performance. Dobrochna’s recent international performances include a concert tour and series of masterclasses in China as a part of University of Toronto Faculty of Music New Music Festival. Just recently, Dobrochna has recorded her first solo CD entitled:” Mexico-Voyage.” More information can be found at www.dobrochnazubek.com.

Macintosh HD:Users:lisatahara:Downloads:Viva_Mexico_LOGO_2013.jpg Viva Mexico Mariachi Band (VMMB) is a Canadian unique multicultural phenomenon of professional, talented and enthusiastic musicians, Proudly promoting the most worldwide recognized,  appreciated and praised Mexican tradition: Mariachi Music, which has been enlisted by UNESCO as 'Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity'.


An Evening with Holly Bowling

Friday November 3, 2017 at 8 pm
SOLD OUT
The music of Phish & the Grateful Dead Reimagined for Solo Piano.

Texture, nuance, and a gift for dexterous high-wire improvisation are the hallmarks of San Francisco-based classically trained pianist Holly Bowling, who is infuses jam band music with a technically advanced, emotionally rich style. After studying piano performance at SF State University, Bowling has turned her agile mind and interpretive prowess to the works of Phish on 2013’s Distillation Of A Dream album and the newly released Grateful Dead focused Better Left Unsung (released December 9, 2016 through The Royal Potato Family). Her instantly compelling playing and unerring ability to successfully collaborate with other musicians in an impressive array of styles has brought her to the attention of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, and other luminaries who’ve asked Bowling to perform with them. Already a rising star on the festival circuit, Bowling plans to expand her solo touring in 2017 and beyond.

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Jazz at the Gallery: MacMurchy/Barth Quartet

Saturday November 4, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $10 Students (Cash only) Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

An adventurous and delightful exploration of the voice as an instrument and the instrument as a voice.

John MacMurchy - saxophone and clarinet
Jocelyn Barth - vocals
David Restivo - piano
George Koller - bass

"It's an honest sound that John uses to converse with the listener. Nothing is hidden. It's all there on the table. Heart. Experience. Pleasure. Life."
- Sheldon Zandboer

"John MacMurchy is a fleet, accomplished reedman with a knack for writing and arranging. John's got everything together and balanced out when it comes to: Tone, Technique extraordinaire, and seemingly unending ideas.”

John MacMurchy is a performer, composer and recording artist based in Toronto. A woodwind player, John concentrates on clarinet, tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone and is fluent in jazz and classical repertoire. He has released four full length records to critical acclaim and international airplay. John has worked with international artists as varied as Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Guido Basso, Henry Mancini, Cleo Laine, Linda Ronstadt, Carol Channing, Peter Appleyard, John Dankworth as well as being in demand as a sideman on the Toronto scene.

Jocelyn Barth is one of Canada’s most exciting emerging vocalists. Her pure tone, formidable range and technique and innate musicality have put her in increasing demand in a variety of settings as both a featured artist and a session musician.

Jocelyn recorded on Canadian music icon Jane Siberry’s albums Ulysses’ Purseand Angels Bend Closer and performed with Siberry at the launch of Ulysses’ Pursein Toronto in 2016. She has worked with experimental vocalist and conductor Christine Duncan on multiple projects, including the soundtrack for the award-winning feature film The Witch. Additionally, with Duncan’s improvising mass choir The Element Choir, she performed with Inuk throatsinging dynamo Tanya Tagaq at Massey Hall, Nathan Phillips Square and The Great Hall and recorded on Tagaq’s latest album, Retribution.

Jocelyn has performed at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festivaland the SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. She sang at the inaugural Kensington Market Jazz Festival with George Koller‘s free improvisation ensemble Victory for Freestyle with David Restivo (piano) and Bruce Cassidy(EVI). In January 2016, she was a featured vocalist performing the works of Paul Simon in Jazz FM 91’s Songwriter’s Series. Jocelyn sang with New Lineage, a collective of eight improvising vocalists which held a weekly residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario for June 2016. She currently performs with jazz 12tet Emergency Musical Services singing original music by EMS co-leaders Marie Goudy and Liam Gallagher.

Jocelyn is featured with an original song on the forthcoming album by Collective Order, a group of 19 up-and-coming Toronto jazz musicians, which will be released in October 2017.

Dave Restivo is one of Canada's most respected and influential jazz artists. A pianist, percussionist and composer, he is a 3-time winner of the National Jazz Awards' Keyboardist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who's Who. He is well known for his work with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan. He has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Torme, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Pat LaBarbera, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Grace Kelly, Howard Johnson, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Kevin Mahogany, Randy Bachman (BTO/Guess Who), David Clayton Thomas, Molly Johnson, Moe Koffman, Joe LaBarbera, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Belgrave, Joey Baron, Curtis Fuller, Stacy Rowles, Jane Bunnett, Jeff Healy, Tim Hagans, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Acuna, Gene Bertoncini, Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Donny McCaslin, Metalwood, Charles McPherson, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Memo Acevedo, and many others. Dave has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and St. Francis Xavier University, and currently teaches at Humber College and the University of Toronto.

"...quite simply one of the most exceptional jazz pianists of his generation that Canada has produced..."
-Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

George Koller (born December 9, 1958 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian bassist[1] and multi-instrumentalist who has played professionally and extensively within most genres of music and is best known for his work in jazz, free jazz, folk music, world music and world fusion. His current base of operations is Toronto, (Canada).

In over three decades, George has accumulated hundreds of diverse performing and recording credits and some of the artists he has worked with are: The Shuffle Demons, Phil Woods, Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennitt, Bruce Cockburn,[2] Holly Cole, Richard Underhill, Graeme Kirkland, The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, William Beauvais, Dominic Mancuso,[3] David Clayton-Thomas,[4] Doug Riley, Valdy, Issa, Autorickshaw, Larry Coryell, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Herb Ellis, Moe Koffman, Ron Korb, Eddie Harris, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

In the last decade, he has produced music for Yoga and Indian Classical music artists. His playing of Indian stringed instruments -- Sitar, Sarode, Tanpura, and the violin-like Esraj and Dilruba—are featured in the motion pictures Such a Long Journey and Possible Worlds.[5]

In 2010, George helped produce the World Jazz For Haiti charity album at Number 9 Audio Group in Toronto in support of the Red Cross disaster relief fund. The album featured Canadian artists such as John McDermott, David Clayton-Thomas, Norman Amadio and Holly Cole.


Gerry Shatford Trio

Sunday November 5, 2017 at 2 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)

“When I Sat Down to Play the Piano: Compositions Inspired by the Poetry of Al Purdy”

Gerry Shatford – piano
Neil Swainson – bass
Barry Elmes – drums

Paul Vermeersch - narration

Originally from Calgary, but raised in the suburbs of Toronto, Gerry Shatford eventually found himself studying formal composition and classical piano at McGill University’s Faculty of Music in the late 1980’s, immersed in studies with many of Montreal’s most esteemed artists including John Rea, Brian Cherney, Bengt Hambraeus, Bruce Mather, Luba Zuk and Louis-Philippe Pelletier. It was during this time that he caught the jazz bug, hearing Bud Powell playing on a recording of “All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm” with Sonny Stitt and Max Roach. Later he participated in a series of jazz workshops conducted by the esteemed New York pianist Barry Harris. Gerry eventually transferred to the jazz performance programme at McGill, studying with Fred Henke, André White and Jan Jarczyk. He graduated with distinction in 1995, having and won numerous awards and scholarships including the Raymond Laliberté and Frank Mills prizes.

In 1996 Gerry relocated to Vancouver where he maintained a busy teaching schedule while performing regularly as house pianist at the Vancouver Club. Returning to the east in 2001 Gerry settled in Ottawa where he was instrumental in establishing Café Paradiso as an important venue on the Canadian jazz scene. In Ottawa Gerry worked with many of Canada’s finest jazz artists including Dave Turner, Mike Rud, Joel Miller, John Geggie, Kevin Dean, André White, George Evans, Heather Bambrick and Frank Lozano. He also co-ordinated and facilitated jazz workshops led by Barry Harris and vocalist Sheila Jordan, and performed with Sheila on a mini-tour with dates in Ottawa and Kingston.

It was during this period that Gerry began an important relationship with the American pianist and composer Stanley Cowell. Concurrent with his relocation to Toronto in 2008 to begin graduate studies in composition at York University, Gerry was mentored by Professor Cowell, a project that was generously supported by a Chalmers Professional Development Grant administered by the Ontario Arts Council.

At York University Gerry worked closely with Al Henderson and Barry Elmes, successfully defending his thesis “When I Sat Down to Play the Piano: Compositions Inspired by the Poetry of Al Purdy” in 2010. This work became the basis of a second Ontario Arts Council Grant (Popular Music Recording) which has allowed Gerry to realize his first full-length recording project. Several compositions appeared in the 2015 feature-length documentary “Al Purdy Was Here”, directed by Brian Johnson.

Neil Swainson (bassist) was born on November 15, 1955 in Victoria and began playing professionally there, backing visiting musicians including Herb Ellis, Sonny Stitt, and Barney Kessell. He started working with Paul Horn in 1975 and led his own band for a two-year period before relocating to Vancouver in 1976. He has lived and worked in Toronto since 1977.

Swainson has been a leading player on the Toronto jazz scene ever since, playing with local and visiting luminaries including Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, James Moody, George Coleman, Jay McShann, Tommy Flanagan, Lee Konitz, Joe Farrell, Slide Hampton, Woody Shaw and George Shearing.

Swainson’s own recording, 49th Parallell (Concord Jazz 4396), features Woody Shaw on trumpet, and Joe Henderson on saxophone. He has also recorded with a number of other great artists including Jay McShann, Doc Cheatham, Geoff Keezer, Sam Noto, Peter Leitch, Pat LaBarbera, Kevin Dean, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Lorne Lofsky, Kirk MacDonald; and JMOG, a cooperative band featuring Don Thompson, Pat LaBarbera, and Joe LaBarbera.

Neil Swainson continues to compose music and freelance extensively in the Toronto area.

Barry Elmes has occupied a position of prominence on the Canadian jazz scene since the 1980s and has become internationally-respected over the years since, not only as one of Canada’s most talented drummers, but for parallel accomplishments as a composer, producer, recording artist, and dedicated educator. His award-winning work has been documented on over 90 jazz CDs and he has performed all over the world with many renowned jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Flanagan, Charlie Haden, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Cedar Walton, Phil Nimmons, and Moe Koffman. In 1991 he formed the Barry Elmes Quintet, featuring a "who’s who" of the best in Canadian jazz. A success from the beginning, this group has released five critically acclaimed recordings, toured Canada coast-to-coast and performed internationally, including a groundbreaking tour of Chile

In addition, Barry continues to produce recordings for a variety of artists, co-leads the quartet Time Warp and presides over Cornerstone Records Inc., a successful artist-owned jazz label and publishing company dedicated to presenting recordings by Canadian jazz artists. Barry is an associate professor of music at York University and currently serves as the Jazz Area Coordinator.

Paul Vermeersch is a poet, professor, artist, and editor. He is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium–award nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand and Don't Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something.

Vermeersch holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General's Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He edits Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto.

Please note that proceeds from this event will be donated to the Al Purdy A Frame Trust.


The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas

Monday November 6, 2017 at 8:00pm
$25/$10 students (cash only)
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Program
BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 2 in A major

  1. Allegro vivace
  2. Largo appassionato
  3. Scherzo: Allegretto
  4. Rondo: Grazioso

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 20 in G major

  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Tempo di Menuetto

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 21 in C major “Waldstein"

  1. Allegro con brio
  2. Introduzione: Adagio molto
  3. Rondo. Allegretto moderato — Prestissimo

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 27 in E minor

  1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
    ("With liveliness and with feeling and expression throughout")
  2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
    ("Not too swiftly and conveyed in a singing manner”)

Biography

Gaining increasing popularity with audiences for his entertaining and informative CONCERT-‘LECTURE’ Series ‘What is so great about Classical Music?’, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering Scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies. He finished a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance with M° Gerritt Zitterbart after graduating from the Soloist-Class with M° Einar Steen-Nokleberg at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has been an Instructor since 2007. He also has served as Visiting-Professor at Laval University, replacing the Department Head in 2010. Since 2012, he is on the Faculty at the Dr.Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with a position formerly held by Clara Schumann.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, he graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of Marietta Orlov, and also holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Dmitiri Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Gyorgy Sebok, Hans Leygraf, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, P. Devoyon, H. Nakamura, V.Krpan, A.Vardi, I.Rohmann, Aurele Nicolet, Lee Kum Sing, J. Browning, M. Bilson, G.Zhou, Pnina Salzmann, etc… and the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Beethoven Masterclasses in Positano with John O’Conor.

As 3rd Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition in 2000, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas in Sirmione sul Garda, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc… Prizes have also been achieved in a dozen other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition 2003, the Rome Chopin Competition, il Concorso Francesco Durante, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Valsesia-Musica International Competition, the Vietri Sul Mar International Competition, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and Chopin Society Competition in Germany etc.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Italy and Russia. He has performed in 26 countires in recitals throughout Canada and in the United States, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Austria.

After the successes of the ‘Goldberg-das Ballett’ project, ‘Flüchtige Visionen’ to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach ‘Preludes&Fugues’ Project in Linz 2006 , all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Jörg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the ‘4Beethoven4’ project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in 2007-08, and the ‘à Propos Bach‘ Project in 2008 & 2009 which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009.

Mr.Toth has been a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, the Coppa Pianisti d’Osimo International and the International ENKOR competition. He has also served as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America as well as given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Quebec, Bogota Colombia, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Turkey and Asia. In 2016 he will make his debut at the Val Tidone Summer Masterclasses.
Mr. Toth has recently finished his Complete Beethoven Cycle in various cities in Germany and Canada and has recorded the Sonatas Op.2 on the Fortepiano for the Klassik Label. A Classical Variations CD of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven has also been recorded, and the Complete Sonatas are in the plan. He is currently the Artistic Director of the “Music for a Better World” Benefit Concert Series in Frankfurt which has benefited organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Diakonie Disaster Help, and when not practicing, teaching, working or performing, Mr.Toth also trains Shaolin QiGong and Shaolin Kung Fu, and has been a Yoga Instructor at the HMTHannover for 11 years.


Cinema Remembrance
Isabelle Durin, violin
Michael Ertzscheid, piano

November 9, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/ $10 (Cash only at the door)
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Music and film form a true love story. Isabelle Durin and Michaël Ertzscheid, two talented French musicians, will share pieces from remarkable films, including Yentl, Fiddler on the roof, Life is beautiful, Schindler’s List and Exodus. The musicians will perform the works of well-known composers like John Williams, Michel Legrand, Nicola Piovani and Georges Delerue. In their unique style, they will recreate a musical realm that stays intact thanks to our memory: memory of sounds, melodies, gentle and passionate inflections on violin, and glimpses of the intimately linked images and sounds.

After studying at the academies of Drancy, Sceaux and the 6th arrondissement of Paris, Isabelle Durin entered the CNR of Versailles as a student of Alexandre Brussilovsky. She won her highest tribute as a violinist receiving her gold medal in 1996.

She studied for one year with Antoine Goulard and later entered in 1997 the CNSM in Lyon in the class of Jean Estournet and Kaziemierz Olechovski. At the same time Isabelle also obtained a Doctorate in philosophy from La Sorbonne.

In 1999, Isabelle toured Europe with Gustav Malher Jugend Orchester, under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. In 2001 she obtained the DNESM of Lyon. In the same year, she was selected for the master’s class of Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Schleswig Holstein Muzik Festival of Lübeck. She advanced to a new level after studying with well-renowned violonists including Jean-Pierre Sabouret, Boris Garlitsky, Igor Volochin, Patrice Fontanarosa and Roland Daugareil. She continued her pursuit of chamber music under the direction of Alain Meunier and Michel Strauss.
She became a member (2003) of the Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France led by Yoel Levi and now Enrique Mazzola. In December 2003 she received a bronze medal of Société d’Encouragement au Progrès at the Senate.

Isabelle Durin actively performs chamber music concerts with special arrangements for violon/piano in France and abroad. She appeared as a special guest in Vietnam in 2004 and 2006 at the grand Opera and l’Espace-Centre Culturel of Hanoi.

or the past four years she has been the artistic director of the Festival Musical du Château de la Légion d’Honneur de Pouy-sur-Vannes (Aube), now the "Harmonies Estivales" à Villeneuve l’Archevêque.

After the release of her record, "Romantisme Hébraïque" (Jade Records/Universal) with Michaël Ertzscheid, pianist she performed at the Museum of Art and History of Judaism, the Memorial of Shoah, the synagogue ULIF of Copernic in Paris, in the community centers of Strasbourg, in the festival of Jewish music of Carpentras. She performed at the Jewish Museum of Prague (Spanish Synagogue), the Jewish Museum Galicia of Cracow, in Zagreb with the support of the Jewish Community of Zagreb, in Geneva (Synagogue Beth Yacov), in Romania with the support of the French institutes Cluj, Timisoara and Iasi. They performed in April, 2011 in the U.S. and in Colombia in artistic tours organized by the General Delegation of the French Alliances in the United States.

Born in Toulouse (France) in 1979, Michaël Ertzscheid began piano lessons at the age of 8. Between 16 and 26, he attended classes in different academies of music (CRR de Toulouse, CRR de Paris, CRR de Boulogne, CNSM de Paris).
 Curious and insatiable, he made the most of these ten years to acquire a large musical training, to meet outstanding teachers (M.P. Siruguet, H. Cartier Bresson, T. Escaich, A. Louvier, P.L. Aimard) and to be first prizewinner in piano, music analysis, chamber music, harmony, conterpoint, fugue, improvisation. He attended several master classes and receives great musicians’ advice (Arie Vardi, Leon Fleisher, Jean François Heisser, Hatto Beyerle, Maria Kliegel). He is a prizewinner at the EMCY (European Music Competition for Youth), at the Yamaha competition and received a grant from the SACEM.

As he has a passion for sight-reading, accompaniment and symphonic music, he was the first prizewinner at Jean Koerner’s demanding class (CNSM de Paris). It enabled him to work with Pierre Boulez, Kasuchi Ono, John Axelrod, Christoph Eschenbach, Peter Eotvos and to be a collaborative pianist in international competitions and master classes.

A regular guest in several festivals, his experience as a chamber-music player, soloist and improviser is varied in France and abroad (USA, Great Britain, Austria, Italy, Rumania, Colombia, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan). He has performed in renowned concert halls (Théâtre du Châtelet, Royal Opera House, Salle Pleyel, Théâtre Mogador, Cité de la Musique, Unesco, Salle Cortot, Cirque d’hiver, Institut du monde arabe, Musée d’art et d’histoire du judaïsme).

Highly interested in chamber music, he has the privilege of playing with talented musicians (Noël Lee, le quatuor Voce, R. Capuçon, F. Millischer, J. Dieudegard, X. Gagnepain, A.L Gastaldi, C. Poiget, M. Michalakakos). He performs in several music groups: piano duet with Florestan Boutin (Duo Reynaldo), Trio Voltaire. His record with Jerome Laran (saxophone) was released in October 2015 and performed at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He also supports contemporary music, creates pieces for Opus Neuf, commissions young composers and keeps on searching unknown treasures in the vast repertoire for piano.

In addition to his classical background, he also performs with Bartabas, Damon Albarn, Élise Caron; he works with the Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham’s companies, he improvises on silent films and takes part in the West Side Story Anniversary Tour.

Teaching and sharing are his main concern. After learning teaching skills in the CNSMDP, and obtaining his master degree in pedagogy (C.A), he teaches accompaniment at the CNSM and musical analysis at the CRR de Paris. He is currently a piano teacher at the PSPBB and CRR de Boulogne Billancourt.

He gives lectures in the Philharmonie de Paris, the Opéra Bastille, the Sorbonne and has recently published an article on improvisation (Formation musicale, Formation du musicien).


Noah Franche-Nolan:
A Night of Solo piano and Sextet Music

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $20/ $10 (Cash only at the door)
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Set 1: Noah Franche-Nolan Solo Piano
Weaving elements of traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, contemporary classical music, and Christian hymns, Noah Franche-Nolan aims to create an inviting and hypnotizing musical experience with his solo piano music. He draws much inspiration from his past 4 years working as a church service pianist. Noah seeks to create spaces of contemplation with his music, often exploring minimalist soundscapes and thick harmonic palates. He also draws from his many past performances as a solo pianist at the Libra Room, one of Vancouver’s many jazz venues, where he engaged with the audience and work with the boisterous energy of the crowd by playing various Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington tunes. Noah’s approach to this solo piano set will involve improvising with pre-composed motifs and playing with the musical structures of a handful of songs from various musical genres.

Set 2: The Noah Franche-Nolan Sextet performs “Song of the Phoenix”
Band:
Noah Franche-Nolan – Piano
Kalean Murphy – Trumpet
Harrison Arghatoff – Tenor Saxophone
Brooklyn Bohach – Voice
Julian Anderson-Bowes – Bass
Andrew Miller - Drums
“Song of the Phoenix” is a lengthy suite that flows between the realms of contemporary classical music, modern jazz, and free improvised music, and creates a cohesive and fluid musical/narrative experience. Inspired by Noah’s time living in between the Rocky and Purcell Mountains in Invermere, B.C., “Song of the Phoenix” is a suite of music that explores the powerful force of nature. This force, often hidden beneath a serene tranquility, is becoming ever more present as climate change alters our weather systems and instigates powerful natural catastrophes. While living in Invermere in the summer of 2017, Noah witnessed the massive power of the wildfires that had developed in the area. This inspired him to write a suite of music with a programmatic narrative that followed the birth and decay of a wildfire.

Noah Franche-Nolan is a jazz pianist, improviser, composer, and ensemble leader. He currently resides in Toronto while completing his degree in Jazz Comprehensive and Classical Composition as a student of David Braid's at the University of Toronto. As a pianist, Noah is known for contributing his creative musical personality to various modern jazz ensembles, such as Harrison Argatoff’s Quartet and Patrick Smith’s Quartet. He is also an active member of “Movemuse”: an improvised and cross-disciplinary music and dance ensemble. He has recently recorded a Debut EP for Hinterland; a collaborative project with Jazz Vocalist and Composer Brooklyn Bohach for String Quartet, Voice, and Piano. Noah has performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival, The Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Halifax Jazz Festival, and the Port Hope Jazz Festival.

Noah recently began studying and practicing classical composition to combine elements of both jazz and classical music in his own projects. He is very interested in finding new ways to explore and blend the spectrums of organized musical passages with improvised musical passages in his compositions. This “cross-over” field between jazz and classical composition is one that holds much potential for future explorations.


DUAL VISION
Paul Novotny, bass, Joe Sealey, piano

Saturday November 11, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door)
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Together, Canadian stalwart jazz musicians Joe Sealy (order of Canada recipient) and Paul Novotny began their concert career and record label in 1991. Their close association is known by acclaimed recordings The Africville Suite (Juno winner), Blue Jade, and Dual Vision (Juno nominated). They are a classic jazz duo who represent their unique compositions and arrangements with a seasoned signaure sound.

JOSEPH (JOE) SEALY (pianist, organist, composer) was born on August 16, 1939 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His early piano studies were with Oscar Peterson’s sister Daisy Peterson Sweeney and Bob Langlois in Montreal, and later with Darwyn Aitken in Toronto. In his early career he played with bands throughout Quebec before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1967 and a new career phase as Music Director/Consultant on some of the hit CBC-TV shows airing at the time including ‘Music Hop’, ‘Student Showcase’, and ‘Roundabout’. All the while, he continued to gig with all of the up-and-coming jazz players in the Atlantic, play solo piano in hotel lounges, and hold down studio work.

Sealy relocated to Toronto in 1976, playing piano in various jazz rooms and working as Musical Director for a succession of hit home-grown musicals during the ‘80s including ‘Spring Thaw’, ‘Ain't Misbehavin'’, ‘Indigo’, ‘Lady Day ‘More Sweet Reason’, ‘One More Stop’, and ‘Madame Gertrude’. He has accompanied several leading American musicians and performers aopearing in Canada including Milt Jackson, Joe Williams, Buddy DeFranco, Sammy Davis Jr., and Sonny Stitt, and in 1979 toured throughout the U.S. with the celebrated ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’.

In 1997, Sealy completed a 19-city concert tour in follow-up to the release of his JUNO Award-winning CD, "Africville Suite". Later that year he was featured in a 20-city national tour of Timothy Findlay's "Piano Man's Daughter" with Veronica Tennant and Sylvia Tyson. In 1998, The Joe Sealy Quartet toured Western Canada and performed for two weeks throughout Scandinavia. Recently, Sealy served as Music Director for the acclaimed "Tonya Lee Williams Gospel Jubilee" television special, and a CBC Radio ‘Words & Music’ special entitled ‘East Coasting’. For the past several years, he has been the host of a weekly radio show ("Joe Sealy's Duets") and currently its’ successor “Joe’s Jazz” on JAZZ.FM91 in Toronto.

Joe Sealy continues to perform, produce, compose, act, and with his Seajam Recordings partner Paul Novotny, release jazz recordings, including 2009’s “Songs”. He produced, arranged and performed on vocalist Colin Hunter’s recent release “Mostly About You”

Awards:

PAUL NOVOTNY (bassist, producer, composer) was born on July 25, 1958 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He has been a familiar figure on bandstands and concert stages throughout Toronto and at jazz festivals for a number of years as a member of The Brian Browne Trio and bassist for the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra. As a sideman, he has worked with many other great jazz artists including Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Jo Anne Brakeen, Junior Mance, Darrell Grant, Don Thompson, Joe Sealy, Tommy Banks, Moncef Genoud, Phil Nimmons, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and Reg Schwager.

Novotny also currently performs as a member of the Daniel Barnes Quintet, and plays electric bass with The Blay Ambolley/Joe Sealy African Projekt, a feature in several recent Ontario jazz festivals with additional bookings throughout Canada well into the future. He is also a partner in a recently-formed blues band entitled Home Cookin’ with Jackie Richardson, Danny B, and Joe Sealy.

Novotny’s enduring musical partnership with pianist Joe Sealy started in 1981, becoming a business partnership when Sealy and Novotny established their own jazz record label in 1989. The Novotny/Sealy co-owned Triplet Records Inc. has released 14 CDs to date (2008), three of which have garnered JUNO nominations and one which won a JUNO Award in the ‘Contemporary Jazz’ Category.

As a composer and member of The Guild of Canadian Film Composers, Novotny also creates music for television, commercials and film, Conversant in traditional and contemporary musical idioms composing accomplishments to date include CBC’s The National, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, Newsworld’s News Now, and Space for Living on the HGTV Network. His work on commercial recording tracks is heard on advertising spots for several leading products and companies. He has also written music for several documentaries and three feature films.

Paul Novotny is on the teaching faculty of Humber College where he instructs in Music Business, and recently re-designed the Music Business Course there.

As a bass-player and music producer, Paul Novotny’s co-owned jazz record label. Triplet Recordings. has released JUNO Award-winning and nominated CDs including Joe Sealy’s Africville Suite. Caro Welsman’s Lucky to be Me, and Sealy/Novotny’s Dual Vision and Blue Jade.


LOOK AHEAD
Paul Novotny, bass, Robi Botos, piano

Saturday November 18, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door)
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Hungarian born Romani/ Musician Robi Botos was raised in a musical family and is largely self-taught. Robi began his musical career when he was a child, growing up in Budapest, playing drums and percussion. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano. Robi immigrated to Canada in 1998 and is now a permanent resident of the country he calls home with his wife and children.

Shortly after coming to Canada, Robi caught the ear of Canadian Jazz great Oscar Peterson and quickly became his protégé. To this day, Robi remains a disciple of Dr. Peterson’s mighty sense of swing and technical virtuosity. Along with this influence, Robi possesses a deep tradition in Romani, Hungarian and European Folk and Classical music. This fusion of North American Bebop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz along with the deep tradition of Folk music in Eastern Europe and Romantic Classical music, has formulated a sound and approach that is formidable and unsurpassed. Many of Jazz’s greatest musicians consider Robi to be one of the few young leaders on the piano worldwide. Musicians from Branford Marsalis to Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, and many more consider Robi to be one of the greats on the instrument.

Robi’s dynamic live performances have earned him international recognition – winning numerous competitions around the world including first prizes at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in 2004, third Prize at the Martial Solal Piano Competition in Paris in 2006, and first prize at the Great American Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida in 2008. Robi has been nominated for two Juno Awards and won as a part of Mike Downes’ Trio in 2014. At the National Jazz Awards in 2007 Robi was chosen as Keyboardist of the Year, and in 2007 Robi was awarded Best Jazz Artist from NOW Magazine. Robi’s debut album for A440 Entertainment/Universal Music Canada, ‘Place to Place’, was one of the most anticipated Canadian jazz albums of 2011. In 2012, Robi and his trio, with bassist Mike Downes and drummer Morgan Childs, won the coveted TD Grand Jazz Award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival. This award led to a main stage outdoor concert presentation in front of over 5,000 people, and a subsequent invitation to headline their own outdoor concert in 2013.
In June of 2012, Robi was invited by the Edmonton Jazz Festival to open for the legendary Wayne Shorter Quartet. Canada Council helped support this important concert, which led to a friendship with both Wayne Shorter and his pianist Danilo Perez.

In 2013, Robi was involved in two film projects that were significant in his career. The first was the Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon film ‘Arbitrage’, which was nominated for a Golden Globe, and Robi performed the closing scene and end credit recording for the movie. Robi also wrote the score for the Producer Guild Awards nominated ‘A People Uncounted’ which documents the struggles and the rich artistry of the Romani people.

In early March of 2013, Robi was involved in a special commemorative concert to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Oscar Peterson album, ‘Night Train’. This concert occurred in Oscar’s hometown of Montreal and featured Robi leading the trio with former Oscar Peterson band mates, Order of Canada recipient Dave Young on bass and Alvin Queen on drums. This trio (with Order of Canada recipient Terry Clarke on drums) embarked on a second tour in November 2013, playing in Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Robi has accompanied many great jazz musicians and vocalists in the Canadian music scene for years. One of them is Juno winner, Order of Canada and former CBC Radio host, Molly Johnson. Robi has played in Molly’s bands for over seven years now and tours with her internationally, including recent tours of Japan and France.

A little over a year ago, Robi recorded his second album for A440 Entertainment, ‘Movin’ Forward’. This album features a dream-team rhythm section of Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums and Robert Hurst on bass, with the great Canadian (and New York-based) saxophonist Seamus Blake on tenor, soprano saxophones, and EWI. Jeff and Robert are Grammy-Award winning musicians who are regarded amongst the great bass-drum jazz rhythm sections in Jazz history, having recorded in the seminal quartets of both Branford and Wynton Marsalis in the 1980s and 1990s, leading the resurgence of the ‘young lion’ comeback of Jazz music. Movin’ Forward features a mix of originals, Roma-influenced songs as well as funky grooves, and straight-ahead swing compositions. The album is releasing in Canada on March 24th and will be supported by a short tour in late March with the album band of Seamus, Bob and Jeff. In the Summer of 2015, Robi will be travelling Canada on a three week tour, playing original music from his album release, mixed with songs from his debut album, and classic standards.

PAUL NOVOTNY (bassist, producer, composer) was born on July 25, 1958 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He has been a familiar figure on bandstands and concert stages throughout Toronto and at jazz festivals for a number of years as a member of The Brian Browne Trio and bassist for the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra. As a sideman, he has worked with many other great jazz artists including Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Jo Anne Brakeen, Junior Mance, Darrell Grant, Don Thompson, Joe Sealy, Tommy Banks, Moncef Genoud, Phil Nimmons, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and Reg Schwager.

Novotny also currently performs as a member of the Daniel Barnes Quintet, and plays electric bass with The Blay Ambolley/Joe Sealy African Projekt, a feature in several recent Ontario jazz festivals with additional bookings throughout Canada well into the future. He is also a partner in a recently-formed blues band entitled Home Cookin’ with Jackie Richardson, Danny B, and Joe Sealy.

Novotny’s enduring musical partnership with pianist Joe Sealy started in 1981, becoming a business partnership when Sealy and Novotny established their own jazz record label in 1989. The Novotny/Sealy co-owned Triplet Records Inc. has released 14 CDs to date (2008), three of which have garnered JUNO nominations and one which won a JUNO Award in the ‘Contemporary Jazz’ Category.

As a composer and member of The Guild of Canadian Film Composers, Novotny also creates music for television, commercials and film, Conversant in traditional and contemporary musical idioms composing accomplishments to date include CBC’s The National, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, Newsworld’s News Now, and Space for Living on the HGTV Network. His work on commercial recording tracks is heard on advertising spots for several leading products and companies. He has also written music for several documentaries and three feature films.

Paul Novotny is on the teaching faculty of Humber College where he instructs in Music Business, and recently re-designed the Music Business Course there.

Awards:
As a bass-player and music producer, Paul Novotny’s co-owned jazz record label. Triplet Recordings. has released JUNO Award-winning and nominated CDs including Joe Sealy’s Africville Suite. Caro Welsman’s Lucky to be Me, and Sealy/Novotny’s Dual Vision and Blue Jade.


TORQ PERCUSSION
ALBUM RELEASE: MODULATIONS

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2 pm
Tickets: $30/$20 arts workers & seniors/$10 students (Cash only at the door)
***Ticket price includes a CD copy of MODULATIONS !!!***
Performance with reception to follow (light refreshments provided)

Join Toronto's TORQ Percussion Quartet as they celebrate the launch of their fourth studio album, MODULATIONS, a collection of original commissions for keyboard percussion instruments. Released on TorQ's BEDOINT record label, the album features works by Canadian and Ontario composers Christos Hatzis (MODULATIONS I), Peter Hatch (TimeSpace) and TorQ's own Daniel Morphy (Thrown From A Loop). The performance will include excerpts from all three works, with a talkback and reception to follow. Tickets available at the door (cash only), and the price includes a CD copy of MODULATIONS. Additional copies of the album will be available for purchase. Looking forward to celebrating with you!

Described by the Ottawa Citizen as “Outstanding - no, make that astonishing!”, Canada's premiere percussion ensemble TorQ Percussion Quartet continues to bring new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance in every situation and opportunity. Renowned for their engaging performances, members Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake, and Daniel Morphy are committed to making percussion music accessible to audiences that span generations and as The Toronto Star states "[TorQ] can stand proud among the growing throng of chamber percussion ensembles around the world."

Since coming together in 2004, some of their international highlights include the International Percussion Quartet Festival (Luxembourg), Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis) and with the Stuttgart Chamber Choir. At home, TorQ has made appearances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, PEI's Indian River Festival, MusicFest Canada (Vancouver), Toronto's Soundstreams, and Kitchener's Open Ears Contemporary Music Festival. Selected by the three major Canadian touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic, TorQ has performed throughout every province. In 2012, they launched their first annual concert series in Toronto where they continue to collaborate with invited guest artists, composers, and dancers.

The 2017-2018 season sees TorQ releasing their fourth studio album, MODULATIONS, a collection of music for keyboard percussion instruments. Released on TorQ's BEDOINT record label, the album features original commissions from Canadian composers Christos Hatzis, Peter Hatch and Daniel Morphy, and was produced by Ray Dillard. In addition to their annual Toronto concert series, TorQ will be performing across Canada with engagements with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Atlantic BandFest in Halifax, NS, and OpenEars Festival of Music & Sound in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON. TorQ will be presenting collaborative concerts with Continuum Contemporary Music, Penderecki String Quartet and Nico Muhly, and have recently been announced as Artists-in-Residence at York University in Toronto, where they will present lectures, masterclasses and a performance of Dinuk Wijeratne's percussion quartet concerto Invisible Cities in collaboration with York University Wind Symphony.

Committed to commissioning new works for percussion quartet, TorQ has presented many Canadian and world premieres including a new percussion quartet concerto written by Canadian composer, Dinuk Wijeratne called Invisible Cities which premiered in 2014. Their discography consists of four recordings on Bedoint Records. Their self-titled first CD was awarded 3.5/4 stars by The Toronto Star. Their third CD, Without A Map, was released in November 2014 in celebration of their milestone 10th anniversary season.

Advocates for music education, TorQ is actively involved in music education initiatives and performs approximately 70 school shows per year, and have served as faculty members of the Durham Integrated Arts Camp, run by the Durham District School Board. They are also frequent educational collaborators with Soundstreams Canada and present master classes and workshops for high schools and university students. Summer 2017 saw TorQ hosted their sixth annual TorQ Percussion Seminar, a week-long percussion event which took place in collaboration with the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

TorQ endorses Yamaha Percussion, Innovative Percussion, Dream Cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion and Remo Percussion.

"...confidence, energy, and subtlety shone darkly in a powerful and theatrical performance of a work that stands outside of trends or time. They may be young men, but they have old souls." (www.MusicalToronto.org)


Become/Desiccated
Matti Pulkki, accordion solo

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 8 pm
PWYC

Finnish accordionist Matti Pulkki brings his hour-long solo recital to Toronto. The concert program consists of contemporary solo pieces from around the world. The title of the concert is derived from a new large-scale composition by George Katehis commissioned by the American Accordionists’ Association. This performance at Gallery 345 will be the Canadian premiere of the piece. The rest of the program features music from composers such as Magnus Lindberg, Jesús Torres, Keiko Harada and Sampo Haapamäki.

Program:
George Katehis: Become/Desiccated (Canadian premiere)
Magnus Lingberg: Jeux d’anches
Keiko Harada: BONE+
Jesús Torres: Cadencias
Sampo Haapamäki: Power

Matti Pulkki (b. 1991) is a Helsinki based classical accordionist. Pulkki performs as a soloist and with different chamber groups. Recently he has been focusing on collaborating with composers on renewing the soundscape of the instrument through experimenting. Though Pulkki concentrates mainly on original music written for accordion, he also arranges, transcribes, and performs music from a wide range of styles and eras. Pulkki recently completed his Master's degree at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki as a student of professor Matti Rantanen. From 2014 to 2015, he studied at the University of Toronto with professor Joseph Macerollo.


Arraymusic and Gallery 345 present the music of
Wilhelm Killmayer and Sandeep Bhagwati

Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 8pm; pre-concert talk at 7pm
$25 | $10 Students (Cash only)

This concert was intended to mark the 90th birthday of German composer Wilhelm Killmayer. It was with great sadness that we heard the news that he had passed away on August 20, a day before his birthday. We will celebrate his w ork and its enduring legacy none-the-less!

Killmayer’s insidiously surreal yet incisive music is underappreciated everywhere. However, it does have some fierce advocates around the world, including Arraymusic Artistic Director Martin Arnold. Another is Killmayer's former student, the remarkable Indian-German-Canadian composer, Sandeep Bhagwati. Since 2006 Bhagwati has held the Canada Research Chair in Inter-X Art Practice and Theory and directed the Matralab at Concordia University, Montréal. The Array Ensemble will perform two trios and a quartet by Killmayer as well as a new piano quartet by Bhagwati dedicated to Killmayer, written to mark his passing. Array Ensemble pianist Stephen Clarke will perform a half-hour selection of pieces from Bhagwati’s Music of Crossings.

THE ARRAY ENSEMBLE:
Sheila Jaffé - violin
Stephen Sitarski - violin
Margaret Gay - cello
Stephen Clarke - piano

Programme

Stele IX (für Wilhelm Killmayer) (2017) Sandeep Bhagwati
(for 2 violins, cello and piano)

Trio (1984) Wilhelm Killmayer
(for 2 violins and cello)

Brahms-Bildnis (1976) Wilhelm Killmayer
(for violin, cello and piano)

Quartett (1975) Wilhelm Killmayer
(for 2 violins, cello and piano)

from Music of Crossings (2015) Sandeep Bhagwati
(for piano)

SANDEEP BHAGWATI
Sandeep Bhagwati is a multiple award-winning composer, poet, academic researcher, theatre director and media artist [Studies: Mozarteum Salzburg (with Boguslaw Schaeffer), Musikhochschule München (with Wilhelm Killmayer) and IRCAM Paris]. He was born in 1963 in Bombay, India, and moved to Germany at the age of 6. His compositions and comprovisations (including 6 operas/music theatre works) are regularly performed worldwide, and he has received countless commissions from around the world. Many of his works are evening-length multi-arts projects - for which also he writes the text, directs, lights and conducts. He has curated and directed several new music festivals in Munich, Berlin and Karlsruhe, as well as participated in and directed long-term inter-traditional projects with Asian musicians and European ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, Nieuw Ensemble, and Klangforum Wien. He is a prolific writer on music, mostly for German radio and magazines, but also for academic journals and books.

A Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Art at Concordia University since 2006, he also was Professor at Karlsruhe Music University, Composer-in-Residence/Fellow/Guest Professor at IRCAM Paris, ZKM Karlsruhe, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, IEM Graz, CalArts Los Angeles, Heidelberg University, University of Arts Berlin and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow. At Concordia, he currently directs matralab, a research/creation center for performing arts. His current work centers on comprovisation, trans-traditional aesthetics, gestural & sonic theatre and interactive, non-visual scores. From 2008 to 2011, he also was the director of Hexagram Concordia. Since 2013, he also is the artistic director and conductor of Ensemble Extrakte Berlin, and since 2015 of Ensemble Sangeet Prayog Pune (India). A large part of his music can be listened to at http://matralab.hexagram.ca/music/ where one can also download some scores. His music is being published by Mode Records and Dreyer Gaido Music Productions.

WILHELM KILLMAYER
A single note is very precious for me - like a crystal or a flower. (Wilhelm Killmayer)
Wilhelm Killmayer was born in Munich on August 21, 1927, and received regular piano lessons from the age of six. He studied conducting and composition at Hermann Wolfgang von Waltershausen’s Musikseminar in Munich (1945-1951). Alongside courses in musicology, Killmayer took private studies with Carl Orff (1951-1953) and subsequently his master class at the Musikhochschule Munich (1953/54). From 1955, Killmayer taught music theory and counterpoint at the Trappsches Konservatorium Munich and, between 1961 and 1964, was also a ballet conductor at the Bavarian State Opera. After two sojourns at the Villa Massimo Rome (1958 and 1965/66), Killmayer became a freelance composer and, in 1968, settled in Frankfurt am Main. In 1973, he moved back to Munich as professor of composition at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich, where he taught until 1992. Some of his better-known students are Moritz Eggert and Sandeep Bhagwati.

Already during the post-war decades, the young composer turned his back on the theoretical dogmas of serial music, and developed his own personal style, born primarily out of his extrapolation of 19th-century musical traditions. Orchestral works such as Nachtgedanken (1973), the three Sinfonien (“Fogli”, 1968; “Ricordanze”, 1968/69 and “Menschen-Los”, 1972/73 rev. 1988) and the three Kammermusiken (The woods so wilde, 1970; Schumann in Endenich, 1972 and Kindertage, 1973) contrasted conflicting fields of ostinati arising from short motives and rhythms with a radical reduction of compositional devices. For his opening fanfare for the 1972 Munich Olympics, he devised a static piece similar to Terry Riley's "In C", of which he had been unaware. These works have had a huge influence on several generations of young German composers, such as Wolfgang Rihm, Helmut Lachenmann, Manfred Trojahn and Jörg Widmann.
The individual note, its sound and its power are at the core of Wilhelm Killmayer’s aesthetics. Hence his rich body of works around the melodic voice. During the 1980s, he composed the three cycles of Hölderlin Lieder, a much-acclaimed work and a precursor of conceptual composition techniques that would become fashionable in the 2000s. He continued with many other monographic lieder cycles, such as the Eichendorff Lieder (1991), Trakl Lieder (1993 and 1996) and Huit Poésies de Mallarmé (1995).

In 1954, Killmayer was awarded Fromm Music Foundation Prize for his Missa Brevis. In 1957, he received the Kulturpreis from the City of Munich for Une leçon de français and in 1965 the Prix Italia. In 1989, he received the Paul Hindemith Prize under the auspices of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, in 1993 the Bayerische Maximiliansorden for Science and Art and in 2010 the chamber music prize presented by the Christoph and Stephan Kaske Foundation
After a long and debilitating illness, Wilhelm Killmayer died in Starnberg on August 20, 2017 one day before his 90th birthday.


ClimateKeys: Talking about Climate Change
Erika Crino, piano
Prof. Matthew Hoffmann, lecture

Saturday November 25, 2017 at 3 pm
All are welcome, Pay What You Can

Lecture and Discussion led by Prof. Matthew Hoffmann
Music by Berio, Ravel, Takemitsu, Lavallee performed by Erika Crino

Please join distinguished Professor Matthew Hoffmann and Pianist Erika Crino in an afternoon of music and discussion about climate change.

This event is part of ClimateKeys, an initiative launching with over thirty concerts in nine countries during October and November 2017 to raise engagement with CoP23, the 2017 UN climate talks taking place in November. ClimateKeys, founded by London-based composer pianist Lola Perrin, features concert pianists and climate change experts collaborating with the audience about positive response to climate change. To date, over a hundred concert musicians and expert speakers in twenty countries have joined ClimateKeys.

Finding Hope in the Global Response to Climate Change

Climate change can often feel overwhelming. We see hurricanes fueled by global warming devastating the Caribbean and floods inundating Bangladesh while ships ply the Northwest Passage and fires rage in Western Canada. The challenge is large, the response often seems slow at best, and time is short to begin making significant changes. Where do we look for hope? Fortunately people and communities and organizations all over theworld are responding to climate change and there is momentum locally and globally to generate the kind of transformations weneed to address climate change. It will not be easy,but from the global Paris Agreement to localefforts in Toronto, there are diverse initiativesseeking to reorient communities and usher in a just, low carbon future. There is hope in these activities, but it will take energy and action to come to fruition.

Matt Hoffmann is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He is the author of Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto and Ozone Depletion and Climate Change: Constructing a Global Response. He also co-author of the book Transnational Climate Change Governance. His current collaborative research project explores the development of Political Pathways to Decarbonization.

Italian pianist Erika Crinò is very active as a chamber musician and a soloist both in Europe and North America.

Erika is regularly heard in important Toronto venues, among others, Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, Heliconian Hall, and Gallery345. At the Glenn Gould Studio, Erika performed Bach's Triple Concerto with pianists Dr. Robert Silverman and Dr. Brett Kingsbury with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra directed by Jacques Israelievitch. In the same concert hall, Erika premiered Canadian composer Michael Pepa’s TREMA with the Canadian Sinfonietta, and his Yakami Variations, with the Croatian Cantus Ensemble conducted by Ivan Josip Skender.

Erika has appeared in solo recitals at prestigious venues such as La Chapelle du Bon Pasteur in Montreal, Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, the George Enescu Hall in Bucharest (Romania), the Lviv State Academy (Ukraine), Art Centre Guarnerius in Belgrade (Serbia), FUGA Budapest (Hungary), Zakopane (Poland), Mesnil Saint Martin (France), Sala Tripcovich in Trieste, Istituto Mario Negri in Milano, and Palazzo Sacchetti and Teatro Marcello in Rome (Italy). In 2015, she collaborated with the Penderecki String Quartet in several performances in Canada (Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Society) and Croatia (Zagreb Biennale). Her recent performance in Zagreb, at the invitation of the Canadian Embassy to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Canada and Croatia, was attended by the Croatian President Ivo Josipović.

Erika also appeared as guest soloist in several performances of Bach’s D Minor Concerto with the Lviv Virtuosi (Lviv, Ukraine) conducted by Irina Vakulina and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Bulgaria, with conductor Raitcho Hristov, as well as in several performances of Michael Pepa"s Yakami Variations - a work written for her - with the chamber orchestra of Moldova in Chisinau, and Cantus Ensemble in Zagreb.

After obtaining the Diploma in Piano at the conservatory in her hometown of Trieste (Italy), and the Diploma in Chamber Music with the Trio di Trieste, Erika studied with M. Bruno Canino in Milan. Shortly after, she moved to Canada where she completed her Doctorate in Piano Performance with Dr. Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia. Erika is currently on the faculty at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music in Toronto and is chamber music instructor at the University of Toronto and member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory.


Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin
Uriel Tsachor, piano

Sunday November 26, 2017 at 2 pm
$25/$10 (cash at the door)
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Program

Sonata B flat major K. 454 - W.A. MOZART (1756-1791)

Sonata E flat op. 120, 2 - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)

INTERMISSION

Sonata g minor op. 19 for cello and piano - Sergei RACHMANINOFF(1873-1943)
arr: for violin and piano (arr. Annette-Barbara Vogel)

Annette-Barbara Vogel

In 2010, Gramophone Magazine lauded “Vogel’s perfect intonation” and Classical CD Review wrote: “Vogel is about the most ideal exponent a composer could hope for”. Considered one of the finest German violinists of her generation, she is renowned for “… authoritative and highly sensitive performances” (Music Web International),” and a “formidable technique, stunning musicality, and stage presence that transmits to orchestra and audience alike.” (Brahms Concerto, Wuppertaler Zeitung). Vogel's exceptional talent and musicianship is recognized by numerous prestigious solo prizes and scholarships: first prize in the Folkwang Competition (Essen), the Bund der Industrie Competition (Frankfurt), and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn. She also won a Gold Medal in the International Competition Caltanissetta in Italy, was a finalist in the International Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Munich, and a recipient of the Starling Scholarship. Vogel was one of the musicians chosen to perform in a Gala concert honoring Dorothy Delay's seventy-fifth birthday, where she played Brahms Concerto with Keith Lockhart. She has shared concert stages with notable artists C. Altenburger, L. Vogt, J. Levine, D. Sitkovetsky, S. Rivers, M. Kliegel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, E. Moser, P. Zazofsky and J. Lagerspetz. Vogel has performed at the international festivals Aspen, Gstaad, Graz, Seoul, Schleswig-Holstein, Kuhmo, Ravinia, and Nova Scotia, and musically collaborated with P. Amoyal, R. Gothoni, B. Greenhouse, A. Grumiaux, Lord Y. Menuhin, V. Pikaisen and the Tokyo String Quartet.

A Full Professor, Annette-Barbara Vogel joined Western University in 2004 where she is in high demand as a pedagogue. Prior to coming to Canada, Vogel held several university teaching positions: she was “Artist-in-Residence” at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, professor at Folkwang-Hochschule Essen, and subsequently professor at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where she was founder and Artistic Director of ”MAGISTERRA! International Chamber Music Festival and Academy.” Vogel’s musical training has been multifaceted: in addition to her two soloist and artist diplomas “summa com laude” from Folkwang Hochschule Essen and Cincinnati College-Conservatory she also holds a degree in chamber music with distinction. Additional studies took her to Los Angeles (University of Southern California, violin pedagogy with Alice Schoenfeld), Basel /Switzerland (Chamber Music, Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet) and Amsterdam (Sweelinck Konservatorium, Herman Krebbers). Two recently released CDs of Vogel’s over twelve commercial recordings, the much anticipated complete violin repertoire of Hans Gál, met with critical acclaim, citing her “committed performances… [and] winning presence [of] her tone and delivery” (The Strad). Her February 2011 CD release “Französische Komponistinnen,” which includes works by French women composers Farrenc, Boulanger, and Viardot received the British IRR Outstanding Recording Award. About her newest CD release with Daniel Sweaney "Through the Centuries” (June 2013) American Record Guide April 2014 writes: “This is an exceptional recital of violin-and- viola duos for three reasons: the very worth- while unusual repertoire, the superior playing, and Blue Griffin’s clear, detailed, immediate, airy, natural sonics.” Her recording of violin sonatas of European Women Composers Ethel Smyth, Elfrieda Andrée and Mel Bonis will be released in 2017.

Vogel has recorded for Avie Records, Bluegriffin Recordings, Cybele Records, Eroica Classical Records, and Harmonia Mundi Germany.

Annette-Barbara Vogel is founder and Artistic Director of MAGISTERRA SOLOISTS, an ensemble which was founded in 2015. For information on this not-for-profit group please visit: www.magisterra.com.

Uriel Tsachor

An internationally active soloist and chamber musician, Uriel Tsachor is a Steinway artist. A dedicated pedagogue, he teaches a large and internationally diverse studio at the University of Iowa, School of Music.

"A musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry," (SüddeutscheZeitung, Munich) Uriel Tsachor has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago, Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan and other cities around the world, winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his powerful poetic expressiveness and compelling sensitivity.

Tsachor was invited by Maestro Zubin Mehta to perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with prestigious European orchestras as well as with all the major orchestras in Israel. Tsachor has performed numerous times over twenty-five different concerti.

Since his Lincoln Center debut with the New York City Symphony, described by The New York Times as "glittering brilliance," Tsachor has been performing throughout the United States as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician. During the last seasons, Tsachor’s performances in the US and Europe included Beethoven’s HammerKlavier Sonata as well as major works by Schumann and Brahms. Tsachor has also toured Taiwan as recitalist and has performed in major halls such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Uriel Tsachor has recorded many programs for radio and television stations in the United States, Israel and several countries in Europe.

Winner of the Bösendorfer-Empire Concours and the Concorso Busoni, and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Tsachor is a graduate of the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy and the Juilliard School where he earned his doctorate.

Tsachor’s discography (www.urieltsachor.com) encompasses twenty-two releases for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DISCOVER, DIVOX and EMS labels and includes the two piano concerti by Brahms, and solo works by Beethoven, Bartók, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Dvorák.

Swiss Radio International selected one of Tsachor’s Schumann recordings for its Exceptional Production award, sending it to over 800 radio stations worldwide. International Piano magazine in London included the disc in an article discussing the “milestones in the recorded history of the work” citing the importance of the recording along those of Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Schnabel, Artur Rubinstein and other significant pianists. The article described Tsachor as a “ Master Pianist.”

In another recent review of his playing the Diapason magazine in Paris described Tsachor as “a pianist of great sensitivity and perfect musicianship.”

Uriel Tsachor's chamber music discs include three cello and piano sonatas by Barber, Schnittke and Britten on the EMS label and violin and piano sonatas by Schumann, Reger and Strauss for the London based label OLYMPIA, and the complete violin-piano sonatas by Brahms released on the CALLIOPE label, all performed with violinist Andrew Hardy. The duo has also recorded for the Musique en Wallonie label a 4-CD set of the eight sonatas by various composers dedicated to Ysaÿe, the great Belgian violinist.

This season Tsachor is scheduled to perform in Brussels, Tel Aviv, and Hong Kong and on major University campuses in the United States and Canada.


Homo Faber
Studio Dan Vienna

Monday November 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$25/$10 Students

Homo Faber: Music by Austrian composer, improviser, and trombonist Daniel Riegler. This piece was commissioned by the 21er Haus contemporary art gallery in Vienna.

Studio Dan was founded by Daniel Riegler in 2005 for the JazzWerkstatt Wien’s first festival. The ensemble started as big band, but has since morphed to perform in various permutations, depending on the project. The group operates on the borders between diverse subgenres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz, and (art) rock, to name only a few. Studio Dan is the only Austrian large ensemble belonging neither to the jazz big band mainstream nor to the strictly interpretive contemporary chamber music culture. Instead, the ensemble organically combines composition and improvisation, exploring beyond the bounds of simplistic categories.

Studio Dan and Daniel Riegler curate and produce new programs, concert series, and recordings, working alone or in cooperation with large institutions such as the 21er Haus (contemporary art gallery in Vienna), Wien Modern (Vienna Modern Music Festival) or KinderKinder/Big Bang (Hamburg international children’s festival). Past guest soloists and collaborations with Studio Dan include Vinko Globokar, Elliott Sharp, Michel Doneda, and Friedrich Cerha. The ensemble has been repeatedly supported by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. Since 2015, the ensemble Studio Dan has been led by an artistic organising team comprising of Caitlin Smith, Sophia Goidinger-Koch, Margit Schoberleitner, Maiken Beer and Daniel Riegler.

Our program in 2017 includes the presentation of several programs in New York on an invitation from the Austrian Cultural Forum, as well as other concerts in the US and Canada. On this tour, we will present pieces from emerging Austrian composers drawn from the Studio Dan scene (Mirela Ivičević, Caitlin Smith, Clemens Wenger, Christian F. Schiller, Christoph Walder, Daniel Riegler). We will also feature new commissions by the Belarussian composer and DAAD-Stipendium recipient Oxana Omelchuk and AACM-icon and McArthur Genius Grant winner George Lewis. In the first half of 2017 the ensemble will be dedicated to the development and production of two different programs stemming from the artistic universe of Frank Zappa. Studio Dan will pay tribute not only to his legendary rock albums, but also to his visual works and little-known compositions for chamber ensemble.


The Art of the Piano: Shoshana Telner

Saturday December 2, 2017 at 2 pm 
Tickets: $20/$10 (Cash only at the door) 
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Program
Johann Nepomuk Hummel - Sonata Nr. 2 in E flat Major Opus 13
Franz Liszt - Sonata in B minor S.178
intermission
Johann Nepomuk Hummel - 24 Etudes Opus 125

Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. Described as an “authentic musician with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and “full of fire and warmth” (the New York Times), Shoshana has a passion for engaging audiences with exciting performances. She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. 
She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, and currently teaches piano at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Shoshana has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival and the Brott Music Festival. She has been awarded honors at the CMC International Stepping Stone Competition, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Canadian Concerto Competition. Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (2009), the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (2012), and the Grieg violin/piano sonatas with Jeremy Bell (2015).


Preludes & Rhapsodies
Buzz Brass Quintet with special guests
Matt Herskowitz and Kara Huber, piano,
Antoine Malette-Chenier, harp

Saturday February 10, 2018 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door)

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What’s the Buzz all about?
This ensemble offers an impressive range of musical styles, from the Renaissance to the present day. Its playlist includes classics from the brass-quintet repertoire and, to spice things up, exclusive compositions and arrangements.

What’s more, Buzz doesn’t limit itself to any musical genre. The group has travelled many musical roads and is constantly venturing down new pathways. Chamber music, jazz and folk music are all on the program in versions purely for brass or in combination with other instruments.
This appetite for variety is reflected in the range of Buzz’s presentation formats as well: classical concerts, some with projections, and even veritable theatrical staging reminiscent of musical comedies. Buzz also revels in its ability to create music for audiences of all ages, from the youngest to the not-so-young. The group’s performances hit all the right notes, leaving every ear—what else?— buzzing with pleasure.

In Preludes & Rhapsodies, the merry band of five musicians — Sylvain Lapointe and Frédéric Gagnon, trumpets; Pascal Lafrenière, horn; as well as Jason De Carufel and Sylvain Arseneau, trombones — join pianists Matt Herskowitz, Kara Huber and harpist Antoine Malette-Chenier to take on accessible classic works and thus offer a chamber-music concert that tackles a familiar repertoire in a brand-new light thanks to novel and daring arrangements. A many-hued show that packs a punch, with power gloved in finesse.


More 2017 Performances coming soon.
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