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Volume 15 Issue 7 - April 2010

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Klezmer, Bollywood,and

Klezmer, Bollywood,and “Toronto Cajun”k a r e n a g E SThis month opens with the lively sounds of Klezmer music. April1, the University of Toronto Klezmer Ensemble presents “KlezmerTrajectories: Old World Jewish Fusion meets New WorldSurprises!”, as part of the noon-hour free concert series at the CanadianOpera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. These concertsare always well attended, so it’s advisable to arrive early to geta good seat. There will be more Klezmer later in the month – OffCentre Music Salon presents “Klezmer...on the Roof!”, April 11 atthe Glenn Gould Studio, featuring mezzo Annamaria Popescu, accordionvirtuoso Joseph Macerollo and the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band.Roy Thomson Hall presents a concert ofIndian vocal music, April 3. Born in 1933,the legendary Asha Bhosle is best knownas a singer for numerous Bollywood films,and is said to have recorded over 12,000songs in her 65-year career. In addition tofilm music, she sings ghazals (poetic songs),bhajans (Hindu devotional songs) and folksongs, as well as traditional Indian classicalmusic. More vocal music follows on April 6,this time from Senegal. Baaba Maal mixesthe tradition of griot songs with rock, reggaeand Afro-Cuban music. He’ll be performingwith his nine-member band at the RoyalConservatory’s Koerner Hall.Vocalist Asha Bhosle.TakeA SECOND LOOKAT US IN 2010Newly expanded instrumental repertoire & methodsectionsDedicated RCM exam requirements sections for Theory,Piano, Strings, Brass/Woodwinds,(also great for highschool student solos/testing/university entrance auditions!)Discount cards Available for all registered private teachersand institutional directors (see staff for details)Dubbed “Queen of the Toronto Cajun scene,” vocalist and fiddlerSoozi Schlanger has been branching out on her own lately. Knownprimarily as the driving force in the band Swamperella (where, inaddition to singing and fiddling, I’ve also witnessed her play a meanwashboard!), this Canadian powerhouse of art and music first learnedCajun music at Ashokan, a fiddle camp in upstate New York. Outof that experience Swamperella was born, and the band has performedextensively, their dedication to authenticity garnering commentssuch as, “Now where all in Looziana y’all from?” Recently,she’s been going solo with “Soozimusic,” developing a repertoire ofher own songs. Along with musicians Emilyn Stam and Victor Bateman,she’ll be performing at Slacks (562 Church St.) on April 4, theTranzac Club on April 25 and the Moonshine Cafe in Oakville onMay 2. You can check her out at back from performing at the Olympic Games, Junoaward-winning Cuban musician Alex Cuba has a busy touring schedulethis month. In Ontario, he’ll be performing at London’s AeolianHall on April 6, the Brock Centre for the Arts in St. Catharines onApril 7, Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre on April 9, the Mod Clubin Toronto on April 10 and the Neat School Stage in Burnstown (anhour northwest of Ottawa) on the 11th.After several performances in Quebeclater in the month, he’ll be heading toEurope in May. His newest CD will bereleased on June 8.On April 24, the Music Gallerypresents two artists visiting from Berlin:Amelia Cuni and Werner Durandin “Ancient Trends & New Traditionsin Indo-European Music.” Cuniis a vocalist trained in the traditionsof Indian classical music, while Durandis a multi instrumentalist whoLatin musicianalso explores digital sound. Togetherthey blend the old and the new, rangingfrom traditional music to micro-Alex Cuba.tonality. The concert is preceded on April 23 by an artist talk featuringAmelia Cuni, who shares experiences of her 30-year journey betweenEuropean and Indian cultures. Visit formore details.Also on April 24, Music on the Donway presents “Journey toAndalusia,” a blend of Jewish, jazz, Indian and Arabic music featuringToronto’s own Jaffa Road, headed by lead vocalist Aviva Chernick.Jaffa Road will also perform at Hugh’s Room on April 25,where they’ll be joined by Iraqi-Israeli oud/violin master Yair Dalal.This is one of Toronto’s most exciting up-and-coming fusion bands –not to be misssed!Karen Ages can be reached at’s largest collection of Artist/Group/PersonalityportfoliosFull selection of electric/acoustic guitars, keyboards,drums, stands and accessories including amplifiers andpublic address systems/dj equipmentBand Instrument sales/rentals/serviceCANADA’SSTRING SHOPViolins, violas, cellos, and bowsComplete line of strings and accessoriesExpert repairs and rehairsCanada’s largest stock of string musicFast mail order service415 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2A5store: (416) 593-8888 www.stevesmusic.comeducational@stevesmusic.omwww.thesoundpost.cominfo@thesoundpost.com93 Grenville St., Toronto M5S 1B4tel 416.971.6990 fax 416.597.992322 www.thewholenote.comApril 1 - May 7, 2010

What Springs to Mindis God’s way of saying, ‘One more time!’” wrote RobertOrben, American magician and comedy writer. Maybe so,“Springbut not for the National Jazz Awards, which have been cancelledfor this year.The announcement was not entirely unexpected. Attendance lastyear was very disappointing, giving Bill and Kris King good reasonto ask themselves if it was worth going on with the event. What hadbegun 15 years ago as the Jazz Report Awards, anintimate evening in a club setting, over the yearshad evolved into a large and costly production.Raising support money for the arts in Canadais an uphill struggle, and another nail wasfirmly hammered into the coffin when the financialsupport of FACTOR (the Foundation to AssistCanadian Talent on Recordings), was cut in half.Spare a thought for the huge amount of time andenergy that goes into producing an event. Whetherit is a ten-day festival or a one-off evening, theamount of work is immense and the returns, notonly the financial ones, can be disheartening.That said, those of you who know me are probably aware of mymixed feelings regarding “best of” awards in the arts. I have noproblem with awards recognizing an artist’s contribution to his orher chosen discipline; I do question polls which decide that Joe Blowis the best. It’s too subjective, and a bit like saying that Picasso isbetter than that Cezanne.I feel the same way about some of the Olympic events. There was”The best concert venue in Toronto. ”THE GLOBE AND MAILj I M g A L L O w a yBill and Kris King, of theNational Jazz Awards.a time when the Games was made up of contests in which there wereclear cut and measurable winners. In a race, the first one past thefinishing line was the winner – but in today’s Olymics, striving tocapture a wider audience, there are events such as formation swimming,which may be visually entertaining, but how does one judge itobjectively and decide a winner?With jazz, I guess I just don’t see it as a contest. Certainly indays gone by there were some famous “cutting contests,” mostly inlate night after-hours sessions when players duelled with each other,but that’s a far cry from winning a poll which may, or may not be atrue measure. In addition the voting system is open to the possibilityof “vote loading.” (More about that later.) This is not intended totake away from past “winners” at the National Jazz Awards. Theyhave all been great players and important contributors to the musicand worthy of recognition. The bottom line isthat it is regrettable to see the cancellation of ajazz event for lack of support – but sometimes athankless task becomes too hard to take.Some years back I wrote about jazz polls andI thought it might be interesting to includesome excerpts from that article. “Jazz polls arealmost as old as Downbeat magazine, whichphoto deBBie flemingwas first published in 1934. Gone but not quiteforgotten is Metronome magazine, which usedto vie with Downbeat for the cachet of beingthe most popular jazz mag. But jazz polls werenot confined to music publications in the 1940s. Esquire magazineadded an annual jazz poll to its (for the day) spicy pages. Playboymagazine got into the act as well, but on a few occasions came upwith some “interesting” winners – this was a jazz poll, remember– such as Henry Mancini for bandleader (1964-66), Barbra Streisandfor female vocalist (1965-66), and Peter, Paul and Mary in the vocalgroup category (1964-66)!”I rest my case.continued ...Christian TetzlaffSUN. APR. 25 AT 8PMInternationally recognized as one of the mostimportant violinists of his generation, Mr. Tetzlaffwill perform a rare solo recital of works by Bach,Kurtág, Paganini and Ysaÿe.Emerson String QuartetWED. MAY 5 AT 8PMAmerica's greatest quartet" (Time Magazine) presentsan exquisite all-Dvořák evening including Cypressesno. 1-6, the stunning Quartet in E Flat, Op. 51, andthe sublime Quartet in G, Op. 106.Gerald FinleySUN. MAY 9 AT 3PMInternationally renowned Canadian bassbaritonecomes home in time for this specialMother's Day matinee concert featuring worksby Schumann, Grieg, and Ravel.TICKETS FROM !ORDER NOW rcmusic.ca09.10 Season Sponsor: 09.10 Season Media Partner:416.408.0208All performances are in Koerner Hall in theTELUS Centre for Performance and Learningat The Royal Conservatory,273 Bloor Street West(Bloor West and Avenue Road)April 1 - May 7, 2010 23

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