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Volume 16 Issue 10 - July/August 2011

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JIM GALLOWAYJim Galloway is a saxophonist, band leader, cofounderand former artistic director of TorontoDowntown Jazz. He has toured extensively on theinternational circuit.”“I’m taking time out from preparing my Sundayafternoon show on JAZZ.FM. There are 13 shows inthe series…writing notes to guide me through the ad-libbing betweennumbers. I am making an effort to keep puns to a minimum! … Presentplans are the same as future ones. To keep playing the music I love.”KEVIN MALLONKevin Mallon, conductor and violinist, summerwork includes visiting Ottawa, Newfoundland, Italy,conducting Dido and Aeneas and Don Giovanniand makeing two Cds. Busy, busy, busy!“I’m back to Canada end of July, to get readyfor a CD of Handel concerti grossi with Aradia.It’s volume 3 of a 3 CD set of the complete opus 6 collection.Immediately afterwards we will do a sort of pop/new age record— not our usual cup of tea, but work is work!”BRUCE OWENBruce Owen is a long-time volunteer presenter ofclassical music in Barrie, including September’sambitious Colours of Music festival.“Always there are last minute challenges. Twoweeks ago the Attacca String Quartet scheduled forour first Sunday afternoon Georgian Music serieswon first prize with the Osaka International String Quartet competition— first prize came with a tour of Japan this November whenthey were to perform in Barrie — wonderful for the Attacca — andthe Penderecki String Quartet has come to the rescue to replace theirperformance in Barrie.”ADRIAN FUNG, AFIARA QUARTETAdrian Fung is the cellist of the Afiara Quartet,winner of the Concert Artist Guild InternationalCompetition, Young Canadian Musicians Award,and top prizes at the Munich ARD and BanffInternational String Quartet Competitions.“As a performer, it’s always nice to return toOttawa and Parry Sound, but I’m also looking forward to visitingnew places: a concert in Amherst Island, Ontario, and our collaborationwith Marc-André Hamelin, where we’ll be playing aquartet recital along with Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in the beautifulDomaine Forget.”ROSS BURNS, GYPSOPHILIAMixing gypsy jazz with klezmer, funk, classicalmusic, indie rock, and bebop, writing its own tunesHalifax-based Gypsophilia is a group of sevenyoung performers whose music blurs the linesbetween jazz, indie and world music.“Most exciting for me is getting to travel out Westwith Gypsophilia … It is always fun to get to travel far from home asa musician — people are usually happy you came and curious whatyou brought with you all that way.”VISHTÈNVishtèn, from PEI and nearby Magdelene Islands,has been touring their brand of Acadian music inover 1000 performances rendered in 8 differentcountries. Their sound incorporates elements of thenew ways while retaining and staying true to theessential Acadian spirit of their roots.“Just being at these beautiful festivals and venues and sharing ourmusic and culture with audiences! Also looking forward to hangingout with other players, and maybe sharing a tune or two!”JESSICA STUARTA uniquely gifted guitarist equally adept on koto, a13-string Japanese harp, Jessica Stuart’s groove isclearly rooted in the improvisational give-and-takeof modern jazz & progressive folk.“I have musical fragments that I can’t wait to turninto new tunes…I also have plans to spend severalmonths in Japan in the near future to continue my study of the“koto,” to make musical connections & pave the way to tour there,get a new instrument and to tighten up my Japanese.”TAMARA BERNSTEINTamara Bernstein writes and lectures on music,designs distinctive concert programs (notablyfor Folia Baroque ensemble), is artistic directorof Summer Music in the Garden (Toronto MusicGarden), and eats too much chocolate.“… looking forward to the reconvening of a littleBach Cantata study group that a couple of friends and I have formed.We meet every couple of weeks to listen to and discuss a differentBach cantata, and compare recordings. The friends have strongbackgrounds in theology and German literature, respectively, so weeach bring something different to the table.”ORI DAGANToronto-based jazz vocalist Ori Dagan is proud tobe a staff member at The WholeNote.“… excited to be studying for a week with SheilaJordan and Jay Clayton at the Jazz in Vermont JazzWorkshop August 7–12. 82-year-young Sheila, aself-professed “jazz ambassador,” has long been myhero; I’ve seen her in concert at seven times so far and can never getenough of her music, wisdom, and generous spirit. She’s also oneof the veterans of vocal jazz education, so I am looking forward tosoaking in her teachings.”STEVEN DANNSteven Dann’s career has covered a wealth of possibilities:as principal viola of some of the world’sleading orchestras, as a veteran of the stringquartet and chamber music world, as soloist andrecitalist and as a dedicated teacher.“…coaching for Pinchas Zukerman’s SummerMusic Institute at the National Arts Centre … it is these performancesby young people digging deeply into themselves and comingup with ideas and inspirations and connections and emotions theyoften didn’t know were there that are certainly among the most movingand inspiring one could hope for.”JAN LISIECKI15-year-old Jan Lisiecki had his orchestral debut atthe age of 9, and has since performed as a soloistmore than 50 times with orchestras in Canadaand internationally.“… This year, I put in my contract that I wouldlike two tickets for the Stratford Festival, and I willsee some Shakespeare. I can’t wait! I think theatre can serve as agreat inspiration for a musician — and maybe the music will inspirethe actors as well. Hope to see them at the Stratford Summer Musicconcerts! :-)”PHOTOGRAPHS Chris Donnelly by ANITA ZVONAR; Sondra Radvanovsky byPAVEL ANTONOV; Alex Pangman by BETH HAMILL; Jim Galloway by ORI DAGAN;Adrian Fung, Afiara Quartet by RORY EARNSHAW; Ori Dagan by GREG KING;Jan Lisiecki by ANDRAS SCHRAM10 thewholenote.comJuly 1–September 7, 2011

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