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Volume 11 Issue 8 - May 2006

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8 Mus~cGalle y Tornnto's

8 Mus~cGalle y Tornnto's Centr·e fo r· Cr·ea ti ve Music The Music Gallery is looking for an Executive Director. What is the Music Gallery? The Music Gallery is an internationally-renowned centre for new music which has been promoting and presenting creative music in Toronto since 1976. The Gallery operates a unique venue at St. George-the-Martyr Church, just steps from Toronto's vibrant Queen Street West. Our work is funded by public agencies and private supporters. See www.musicgallery.org Why are we seeking an Executive Director? We are creating the position of Executive Director because we want a new team member to work with us in building a vibrant future for the Gallery. Just one year ago, the Gallery was facing a serious artistic and financial crisis. Since then , a special committee of staff and the Board has worked hard to renew the Gallery's artistic focus, normalize its finances and professionalize its operations. We have achieved excellent results. We've created a new mission for the Gallery, defined new key activities, repaid the majority of our debt, formed an Artistic Advisory Committee and appointed two dynamic Co-Artistic Directors: Jonathan Bunce and John Gzowski. In September 2006, the Gallery's new Executive Director will begin working with the Co-Artistic Directors, the Board, staff and stakeholders. Her/his job will be to manage the day-to-day affairs of the Gallery, and seek ways to drive the Gallery's new vision forward . What will a successful Executive Director do? To be successful, the ED will draw on strategic, marketing, financial , organizational and interpersonal skills to: • Collaborate with the Artistic Directors, the Board, staff and others to promote the mission of the Gallery, realize its artistic projects and increase its impact. • Manage the day-to-day activities of the Gallery in an effective and professional way • Increase effective communication with internal stakeholders • Increase effective communication with external stakeholders • Find and develop new audiences • Develop and maximize new sources of revenue She/he will have a sound knowledge of arts funding in Canada, five or more years managing a non-profit organization and a record of strong working relationships with advanced creative professionals. What's the compensation? The new Executive Director will earn a combination of pay and benefits totalling about Cdn. ,000 per annum, depending on experience and qualifications. How do I apply? Before Monday June 19, 2006, send a cover letter stating why you want to be Executive Director of the Music Gallery, together with your resume , to: executivedirector@musicgallery.org . For further information, please contact board president Daniel Cooper: daniel@dcooper.com. WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM torontohearandnow roundup by Keith Denning Perhaps the biggest news for the Coalition of New Music Presenters right now is the final preparations for the soundaXis symposium, which begins in June - an exploration of music and architecture, inspired in no small part by that giant of 20th century composition, Iannis Xenakis, who himself had a foot firmly planted in both fields. Even without soundaXis, May is a very busy month for Coalition members, among others. Here's a quick roundup. NEW MUSIC CONCERTS On May 7th at 2pm, NMC presents another in its Music Speaks series. This informative (and free!) concert features cellist David Hetherington performing, and speaking about, solo cello works from Bach to today. This concert takes place at the Music Gallery. The really major event for New Music Concerts in May, however, is their two-part offering Elliott Carter at 97. NMC excels at bringing the living legends of modern music to Toronto. Recall P ierre Boulez's visit a few years ago . One of the giants of American composition, Elliott Carter is still going strong as he approaches his centennial. Two concerts are offered: on May 27th at the Music Gallery, music by Carter follows a film by Frank Scheffer entitled A Labyrinth of Time. The film starts at 7: 15, with the music fo llowing at 8: 45. At the Glenn Gould Studio the fo llowing day (May 28, at 8:00), another concert of Carter's music is accompanied by an interview with the composer himself. This surely qualifies as one of the 'not-to-be-missed' events of the year. NEW ADVENTURES IN SOUND ART New Adventures in Sound Art has numerous events and many locations around the city this month as a part of its annual Deep Wireless festival. They start at the Drake Hotel on May 3rd with a liveradio cabaret called In Your Ear. There are too many events to be mentioned here. Best to visit their site at www.soundtravels.ca for comprehensive listings. EARSHOT CONCERTS Earshot presents a challenging and intimate work by Hungarian master Gyiirgy Kurtag at 8:00 on May 5th at Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen St. W .) Entitled Kafka Fragmente, the work is a setting of fragments of Kafka's writings scored for soprano (Kristen Mueller-Heaslip) and violin (Christian Robinson). It will be sung in German with English titles. MUSIC GALLERY The Music Gallery has an intriguing mini-festival from May 4th through the 6th called Over The Top, which delves into the weird world of the alternative underground. Notably, on May 5th at 7:00, they play host to the notorious Nihilist Spasm Band. Later in the month, on May 14th, the Gallery presents the Madawaska String Quartet in a concert of modern repertoire. MUSICANOIR Formerly known as Ensemble Noir, MusicaNoir has a three day run of Bongani Ndodana-Breen's work Orange Clouds: A Cantata of Migrations at the Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., which is just a five minute walk south of Bloor and St. George. Orange Clouds runs from May 9 to 11, starting each evening at 7:30. THE LOLLIPOP PEOPLE While not strictly 'new music' in the normal sense (whatever that means!), the sheer inventive ness and wit of "Friendly Rich" Rich Marsella and his group The Lollipop People deserves a mention here. One could call this 'apocalypse cabaret' , perhaps. Regardless, it is a musical experience you'll not soon forget. They perform at the Lula Lounge on May I Ith at 8:00. Keith Denning is webmaster of www.torontohearandnow.com 7V1AY 1 - J UNE 7 LUUb

Eisenman milestone: In any kind of relationship, milestones are something, and musical relationships are no exception. On Saturday May 13, Mark Eisenman celebrates the 20th anniversary of his trio with John Sumner and Steve Wallace, with a special concert at Walter Hall. It also marks the growth of this ensemble JAZZ LIVE by Sophia Perlman Clockwise from front centre: Mark Eisenman, piano (seated); John Macleod, flugelhorn; Pat LaBarbera, sax; John Sumner, drums; Steve Wallace, bass - the second half will feature the debut of the Eisenman Quintet, which welcomes jazz veterans John MacLeod and Pat LaBarbera to the fold. For more information, check out his website at www.pianojazz.ca. Eisenman will also be appearing as a part of a new concert series, The Piano Bench, on May 18th. These concerts allow an audience of 50 people to enjoy intimate solo piano concerts, as well as pre- and post-concert mingling at Paul Hahn and Co.' s premises on Yonge Street. The series is hosted and curated by pianist Ron Davis, who describes them as" 19th century salon meets 21st century musical intelligence." Davis will be appearing this month at the Montreal Bistro May 11-13th performing music from his upcoming CD. Two guitarists involved in projects worth a mention: May 27th, Lorne Lofsky appears as a part of a special benefit concert, in aid of the restoration of St. Paul's Church in Newmarket. Tickets are available by calling the church office at 905-853-7285. And, although better known as a jazz guitarist, David Occhipinti, composer, debuts a new work at the Music Gallery on May 14th. "Four Pieces for String Quartet" will be performed by the Madawaska String Quartet, along with other new works. Speaking of new works ... Over April, Jazz Fm, in conjunction with Alma/Universal, has been accepting recordings from young jazz hopefuls enrolled in post-secondary music education. The prize at stake is ,000 towards a debut album. On May 25th, The Rex will be featuring the final competition - with five outstanding undiscovered finalists. The Project Jazz evening begins at 9:30 pm. VENUE SPOTLIGHT: It was little surprise when The Ken Page Memorial Trust announced that this year's lifetime achievement award would go to Lothar and Brigitte Lang. They have been presenting live jazz in Toronto beginning in 1983, and most recently at the Montreal Restaurant, Bistro and Jazz Club, where they have featured performances by an impressive roster of international musicians - including Oscar Peterson, Geoff Keezer, Joshua Redman, Diana Krall, Junior Mance, and many others, who appreciate the intimate, respectful setting. THE FACTS. The Montreal Bistro 65 Sherbourne Street (Sherbourne and Adelaide.) 4J6-363-01 79 Hours: Monday to Saturday 5:30-Close All Ages: Yes. Wheelchair Accessible: No Menu: A wide range of bistro-style fare. Bookings: Interested musicians should contact Lothar Lang, with a recording, bio and band information. Acts are generally booked 2- 3 months in advance. M AY 1 - JUNE 7 2006 >- ~ u > z 0 a 0 .... 0 5: WWW.TH EWHO LENOTE. COM Friday May 12 TANTRA & CATHERINE POTTER'S DUNIYA PROJECT (Montreal) Harbourfront Centre Theatre 231 Queens Quay W. adv I door 'A passionate meeting between Indian classical music and jazz elements" - RADIO-CANADA Saturday May 13 AUTORICKSHAW (Toronto) Harbourfront Centre Theatre 231 Queens Quay W. adv I door Brass f ram the HANNAFORD STREET SILVER BAND add a dash of Bollywood to their Inda-jazz sound. Friday May 19 GUNDECHA BROTHERS (Bhopal) Jivamukti ~ 5i- Yoga Studio . - .t"' • ~f;fl 5 Shuter St. ·n _· -, f "{f_;t ,, ')i. (3rd floor) ~ :;t. · _.. . l' adv/ door :....1_,.,. 4 __ :,.-_~.,.~~ India's leading exponents of DHRUPAD, the profoundly spiritual, ancient root style of Hindustani classical music. Friday May 26 BAGESHREE VAZE ft VINEET VYAS (Mumbai I Toronto) Al Green Theatre 750 Spadina Ave. / 15 (students)

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