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Volume 12 - Issue 3 - November 2006

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York Accoladescontinued from previous pageraising the admissions bar, particularlyby insisting on live auditions."If you expect much, much is muchmore likely to come your way!" Thiswill be a step on the way to making"this department the best place tostudy music in Canada. We have thetalent here to do itand beautiful, wellequippedfacilities in which to makeit happen." The development of agraduate program in performance,still several years away, is also partof her plan. This will open the doorto fully-staged operatic productionsin the new theatre, something she isunwilling to do with undergraduates,whose voices are not ready for thedemands of operatic roles.I went on to ask Robbin aboutthe challenges she faces. "Well, Isuppose I would have to admit thatgeography is a challenge ... up hereon the north end of the city .... I'dlove to be able to tell you that thesubway is corning ... it will make atremendous difference to us. " Thereare also, she added, advantages toYork's location, being so close toYork Region, one of the fastestgrowing areas in the province.York's motto "Redefine the possible"inspires Robbin. Perhaps itshould inspire those of us who havebeen deterred from going to a concertat York to go and experiencethe new recital hall. There are lotsof events to choose from in November:a student vocal recital Nov 1 &2, Trichy Sankaran and his percussionensemble on Nov 2, a WorldMusic Festival Nov 7 to 9, EnglishTudor choral composers on Nov.14, Baroque Music for brass instrumentsNov 17 .. . . The list goes on.Long may it do so.WANTEDViolists, CellistsnyceNorth YorkConcert OrchestraWant to play in an excitingNorth York community orchestra?Wednesday eveningweekly rehearsalsNorth York Community Orchestracontact Eleanor Heinz ateheinz@rogers.com416 4811406BooK Shelfby Pamela Marg/esWhat Morton says, what Richard thinksand what makes a Steinway grandMorton Feldman Says:Selected Interviews andLectures 1964-1987edited by Chris VillarsHyphen Press304 pages; .00 US'Feldman loved to talk' writesChris Villars in his introductionto this collection of lectures andinterviews with American composerMorton Feldman. Whatemerges is an irrepressible, outrageousand brilliantly singularpersonality.The best pieces are the mostuntouched, like Toronto composerLinda Catlin Smith's transcriptionof Feldman's 1982 lecture atMercer Union in Toronto. Apartfrom whatever thought-provokingideas Feldman is developinghere, this is wildly hilarious. "Idon't mean to be a stand-up comedian,though it looks as if I'mdeveloping some gifts I didn'tknow about," Feldman says atone point in his discourse.3 manual,32 pedalRODGERSORGANAsl:?ing ,900York University professoremeritus Austin Clarkson's interviewwith Feldman concerningFeldman's own teacher StefanVolpe, is published in fullhere for the first time. It revealsa lot about Feldman as a teacherand as a student. Judging byhow often he tells it, Feldmanrelishes his terrific story abouthow Wolpe was once lecturinghim about pleasing the 'man onthe street' when Feldman lookedout the window and saw JacksonPollock walking down thestreet - "and he was nuts aboutmy music".Howard Skernpton relatesFeldman's discussion of his collaborationwith Samuel Becketton the opera, Neither. Beckett,embarrassed, apparently toldhim, "Mr. Feldman, I don't likeopera", and Feldman replied, "Idon't blame you".There is some choice autobiographicalmaterial, as well as unusuallyvivid discussions ofFeldman' s music in RudigerMeyer's transcription of lecturesgiven in Johannesburg in 1983.This volume makes an interestingcompliment to Feldman'scollected essays, Give My Regardsto Eighth Street. It hasbeen bound with care, with terrificphotos, score samples, aconcise biography, bibliographyand superior index. MortonFeldman Says is , 1 would say ,essential - and enjoyable - readingfor anyone interested in 20thcentury music, art and culture.Call: Keith Hargrave at 416-536-9912Piano & organ teacher - first lesson free!W WW. TH EWHO LENOTE .COMRichard Cook's JazzEncyclopediaby Richard CookPenguin Books702 pages; .00This is an encyclopedia with adifference - it's full of opinions.For the most part the entries dealwith jazz musicians. But recordcompanies, jazz writers, schools,and recording producers are alsolisted. Richard Cook even takeson some jazz terms like ' improvisation','riff', and ' free jazz'.It's hard to see how Cook canmake room for Norah Jones butnot Bessie Smith or AlbertaHunter. Since he is British, heincludes a lot of Brits, like thedelightfully 'sharnbolic' singerand great writer George Melly.He does include a number of Canadianmusicians, but leaves outJane Bunnett, Don Thompsonand others who should be counted.And whether through faultyresearch or a typographical error,he has former Torontonian BillSmith now living on Horny Island.He can be pretty harsh in hisjudgments. Slam Stewart, ConnieKay, Carla Bley and ReginaCarter are some of the playerswho deserve better than they getfrom him. But for the most parthe is pretty ebullient, especiallyabout artists he is clearly mostpassionate about, like Sonny Rollins.In discussing the music, he focusesmainly on the recordings,and for each musician he offersjust one single recommendation -a tricky, controversial, but effectiveapproach.But what really sets this volumeapart is the vivid , wittywriting. Cook really does grapplewith the music, and in the processoffers a provocative and entertainingvolume.

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