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Volume 18 Issue 9 - June/July/August 2013

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Designed to be anintense and transformative soul journey, I couldn’t help but connectthe dots to the Abramović installation designed with a similar intention.Happening through June and July, go to if you aredrawn to join in.Returning to Stratford Summer Music, we find that the entire castand crew for a concert of Canadian contemporary opera excerptshas arrived via bicycle. The Bicycle Opera Project began last summer,touring from town to city via pedal power. This year, not only will theybe performing in Stratford, but also in Toronto (July 4 to 7), and ontour from July 11 to 25 in Hamilton, Guelph, Elora, Fergus, Kitchener,Waterloo, Bayfield and London, arriving in Stratford for performancesfrom July 26 to 28. This year’s repertoire focuses on telling the storiesof women, featuring works from six different Canadian composers.For further details of the tour, check out Alsoappearing at Stratford Summer Music will be the acclaimed accordionistand contemporary music champion Joseph Macerollo in sixweekend concerts, starting July 20 to 21 and ending August 24 to 25.Not far from Stratford is the town of Elora, host to a summer musicfestival of many different styles. Works by contemporary composerscan be heard on July 13 with the New Zealand String Quartet (JackBody) and on July 14 with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (PhilipGlass). The Elora Festival Singers will celebrate the 100th anniversaryof Benjamin Britten in their concert on July 28.August takes us back to the leading edges of sound and electronicswith two festivals of sound art alongside the well-loved OttawaChamberfest. For the last seven years in Meaford, Ontario, over theAugust long weekend, the award-winning composer Gordon Monahanhas been directing the Electric Eclectics festival of experimentalmusic and sound art. With camping on-site, this year’s festival runsfrom August 2 to 4 and includes an extensive lineup of performancesand installations, including New Yorkers Shelley Hirsch (experimentalvocals) and Keiko Uenishi (laptop electronics), a long-awaitedreturn by former Musicworks editor Tina Pearson (Victoria), a sound/light performance by Music for Lamps (Montreal) and the Sunda Duo(Toronto) with Bill parsons and The WholeNote’s Andrew Timar.Over in Ottawa, musical experimentation on the long weekend atthe Ottawa Chamberfest begins on August 2 with the improvisationbasedElement Choir. Led by Christine Duncan, who uses a seriesof hand cues to sculpt real-time compositions, singers from Toronto,Ottawa and Montreal will be joined by Jim Lewis (trumpet) and JeanMartin (drums) to create a wild and energetic musical ride. Thisyear’s festival also offers the New Music Now series with six concertsoffered throughout the daytime hours on August 5 and 6. Performersand composers presented include pianist and multimedia artistMegumi Masaki, the Gryphon Trio (Lutoslawski, Ohana), EnsembleTransmission (Sokolović), the JACK quartet (Zorn, Lachenmann,Butterfield), choral works (Whittall, Kurtág, Berio) and a concert ofworks by Xenakis. In addition to this series, the festival is offering“snapshot” performances to ticket holders of the evening’s SiskindConcerts, including performances by Lori Freedman and the JACKquartet and presentations on the works of John Weinzweig andXenakis. And if you are a fan of American composer Eric Whitacre, theElora Festival Singers will perform three of his works in their concerton August 7, including Sleep — his online virtual choir hit.Mid-month, from August 14 to 17, it’s the Toronto ElectroacousticSymposium with multiple performances and presentations. Featuredthis year are two giants of Canadian electroacoustic music: FrancisDhomont (also the keynote speaker) and Barry Truax. Co-producedwith NAISA, all concerts will be diffused using a multi-speakerspatialization system. And as the summer days slowly become shorter,the Summer Music in the Garden series presented at Harbourfront’soutdoor Music Garden will feature the sounds of the TorQ PercussionQuartet on August 29. Performing compositions by Steve Reich,John Luther Adams, Richard Burrows and Daniel Morphy and animprovisation on clay instruments by the ensemble, the focus is onthe natural elements of earth, water, air and fire. Overall, it’s a greatsummer lineup for discovering what’s cooking in the experimentalsonic stew.In addition: June 20 at Gallery 345, Kathryn Ladano on bassclarinet has two sets of improvised music including electronics andspecial guests.July 19 at 7pm, Soundstreams Salon 21 presents “Summer SoundWalk,” a free tour through the different acoustic spaces of the GardinerMuseum and surrounding area. The event will feature vocalist, cellistand practitioner of Deep Listening, Anne Bourne, who will leadparticipants in guided listening exercises and invite them to listento the sounds of the evening mingled with improvised live music.Definitely an event not to miss!Wendalyn Bartley is a Toronto-based composer and electrovocalsound artist. Contact her at | June 7 – September 7, 2013

Beat by Beat | World ViewA Slow Hot Slide?Andrew TimarLong Shen Dao.June in toronto used to signal the beginning of a slow hotmusical slide into picnic season. With concert activity windingdown, many performers and audiences alike left town to relax atrural lakeside cottages. Not so these days. Now a plethora of curatedfestivals and single musical events fills the summer urban days andevenings for those who stay in the city. I have space to explore justa few. Therefore please excuse me if your favourite artist or musicalgenre is not mentioned.Luminato Festival: Luminato is perhaps the signature festivalopening the door to the open-air concert season. Luminato’s ten-day“festival of creativity” runs from June 14 to 23. Its music components’buzzwords are “diversity,” “collaboration” and the notion of seductionthat goes on between artistic disciplines, programming principlesarticulated by festival artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt at the unveilingevent in April.Perhaps no other Luminato feature more enthusiastically embracessuch a broad artistic mandate of collaboration — in this case imbuedwith a distinctively international music palette — as the chamberopera Feng Yi Ting. Running June 20, 21 and 22 at U of T’s MacMillanTheatre, it was created by the respected Chinese contemporarycomposer Guo Wenjing. His 2004 score expertly blends Chineseand Western musical vocabulary, instrumentation and textural andharmonic worlds. The composer furthermoredraws on two contrasting regional Chinese operatic styles ofpersonal interest: Beijing opera, with its contained and polishedsinging, and the exuberant and highly ornamented vocalism ofSichuan opera. These disparate musical elements are effectively superimposedand fluidly recombined in Feng Yi Ting.Adding measurably to the opera’s allure was the productiondirected by the celebrated Toronto film and theatre director AtomEgoyan [also directing the Luminato performances] whose contribution“proved a significant part of its attraction, not least because, likethe score, it offers a ... blend of ancient Chinese and modern Westerntheatre technologies.” This fascinating production can be viewedthrough multiple facets of cultural globalization: as an explorativepresentation of elitist art cross-pollination and mash-up; and also asthe transition of traditions. I’ll be there in the audience to experienceit firsthand.In addition to Feng Yi Ting, I count some 11 other acts handpickedby veteran curator Derek Andrews that fill out Luminato’s worldmusic offerings. While each is worthy of our attention I only haveroom for a few picks. It’s also worth noting that as in previous yearsmany performances are free. Please check the Luminato website, printmedia and of course The WholeNote listings for pertinent details.The Festival Hub at the David Pecaut Square is Luminato’s outdoorstage, welcoming audiences with a sharp focus on world music. OnCanada’s Premier Celebration of World CulturesJuly 4 - 7, 2013Victoria Park, London, OntarioMusic, Dance, Food & Crafts from Around the WorldFREE ADMISSION!More than 275 Unique ExhibitorsCalypso Rose (Trinidad & Tobago)Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy)Fatoumata Diawara (Mali)Over 35 Top Professional World Music & Jazz Ensembleson 5 Stages including“The Sunfest Jazz” & “Le village québécois” stages& NEW this year …The SUNsational Soul & Afrofunk Experience 519-672-1522 June 7 – September 7, 2013 | 15

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