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Volume 17 Issue 2 - October 2011

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“Beat by Beat / In

“Beat by Beat / In With the NewJust the SpotDAVID PERLMANNew music in new places” is the name of a Canadian MusicCentre initiative, now in its eighth year, to assist Canadiancomposers in “taking their music out of the concert hall andinto the community where they work and live.” The CMC’s annualcontribution to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s annual all-nightcontemporary art festival, has been one of these events. This year,from 6:59pm October 1 till sunrise, it’s bells and more bells atChalmers House (the CMC’s home on St. Joseph) “blended withelectronic musical material and video projections in a continuousand evolving flow.” Titled “The “Crown of the Bell,” the installationis by Rose Bolton and video artist Marc de Guerre. Its companionpiece, downstairs, by sound artist Barry Prophet is titled “PostApocalyptic Belfry” and features glass lithophones, percussion, andelectronics. For those of you getting October off to a flying start, itwill be a great way to untune and retune your ears for what promisesto be a chock-a-block new music month.TORONTO’SNEWEST CLASSICALPRINT MUSICHEADQUARTERSDedicated RCMexam requirementbook sections forTheory, Piano, Strings,Brass & Woodwinds.Diverse repertoire, method,& study selection for allinstruments.Full selection of electric andacoustic guitars,keyboards,drums,and accessories including amplifiers& public address systems/dj equipment.Band and string instrument sales.Ask about our teacher discount program.415 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2A5store: (416) 593-8888 www.stevesmusic.comeducational@stevesmusic.comGALLERY 345“New music in new places” may well be the name of a CMCinitiative, but it also describes a trend. Take Gallery 345 forexample. South of Dundas Street W. at 345 Sorauren Avenue, fiveor six blocks west of where Dundas and College meet, this L-shapedgallery space is definitely “on the wrong side of the tracks” fora new music audience that traditionally gets nose bleeds northof St. Clair and fumbles for passports east of Parliament.The place reminds me of the Music Gallery in some ways; even30 people feels like a decent crowd, and you can cram a bunchmore than that through the doors. It has the advantage of two decentpianos well maintained, a bright sound, and the cheerfully genreblind,indefatigable curatorship of gallery owner Edward Epstein.Even a partial list of concerts there gives you some idea:Saturday October 1 is AIM Toronto’s Interface Series with SylvieCourvoisier, piano and composer, Marilyn Lerner, piano, and others.Wednesday October 5 it’s “The Art of the Piano Duo: Pieces ofthe Earth,” a CD release concert featuring original compositionsand improvisations by John Kameel Farah and Attila Fias, pianos.“Improvisation unfolds over the evening” says their press release.Sounds like just the spot for it.October 8 its “Trikonasana.” Friday October 14 it’s Arraymusicwith “The Piano Music of AnnSoutham” (mentioned in thismonth’s cover story). SaturdayOctober 15 Toy Piano ComposersEnsemble is there with “Avant-Guitars,” the 13 member AventaEnsemble on Friday Oct 21; JurijKonje on October 27; Vlada Marson October 28; and the TovaKardonne Octet on October 29.WUORINENArraymusic’s October 14 foray intoGallery 345 also provides a neatsegue into New Music Concerts’ Charles Wuorinen.next big event. It was Arraymusic artistic director and giftedpercussionist Rick Sacks who persuaded NMC’s Robert Aitken totake on the challenge of presenting Charles Wuorinen’s “PercussionSymphony for 24 Players,” the work that anchors NMC’s upcomingOctober 30 concert at the Betty Oliphant Theatre. The work includestwo pianos and a celesta (think Sugar Plum Fairy) and an entireplatoon of top-flight percussionists, so it’s not that often performed.Rarely enough, in fact that Charles Wuorinen himself is comingCOURTESY OF CHARLESWUORINEN.COM18 thewholenote.comOctober 1 – November 7, 2011

Sunday October 30, 2011Betty Oliphant Theatre • 404 Jarvis St.NMC Ensemble • Charles Wuorinen directionRobert Aitken, flute • Simon Fryer, celloJoseph Petric, accordion • Penderecki String Quartetmusic by Eric Morin • Chris Paul Harman • Charles WuorinenIntroductions @ 7:15Concerts @ 8:00Info 416.961.9594Sunday December 11, 2011Betty Oliphant Theatre • 404 Jarvis St.Vinko Globokar guest composerNMC Ensemble • Robert Aitken flute and directionmusic by Vinko Globokar and Elliott Carteraffiliated events: University of Toronto, Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 2Music Gallery Slide Summit, Dec. 7–9full season details @ www.NewMusicConcerts.comAntonín Kubálek1935 - 2011Music for AntonA free concert in his memorySunday November 6, 2011 at 3 pmWalter Hall at U of TIvan Ženatý, violinwith Stanislav Bogunia, pianoThe Rembrandt TrioGerard Kantarjian, violinValerie Tryon, pianoCoenraad Bloemendal, celloDana Campbell, sopranoRichard Herriott, pianoKarolina Kubalek, pianoThe Uxbridge Chamber ChoirThomas Baker, directorMusic by Janáček, Suk, Ravel, Buczynski & more, ,includingthe premiere of by Daniel FoleyOctober 1 – November 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 19

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