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Volume 4 Issue 10 - July/August 1999

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  • Festival
  • August
  • Jazz
  • Toronto
  • Choir
  • Theatre
  • Molson
  • Musical
  • Quartet
  • Glenn


~,~d~- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~==~ggJ~~~ - ~- ~~~~1MEMsg~~batemoteg University Set_tlement Music & Arts School 23 Grange Rd (Dundas and McCaul-near the AGO) Since 1921 providing quality programs at · affordable r~tes, all ages, ievel~ and styles Indivjduallessons on 17 instruments and voice Group classes in dance, art and pre-school music Subsidies m;ailable for lou;-income families For information and registration call Annette or Julie at 598-3444 Choral and Orchestral AUDITIONS The Shevchenko Musical Ensemble -Toronto's unique ensemble of mixed choir, mandolin orchestra and dancers -announces auditions to the choir arid orchestra for the coming season • Regular performances of folk, classical and contemporary repertoire in large concert halls • Twice-weekly rehearsals for choir, weekly rehearsal for · orchestra -all held at Columbus Centre • Choir welcomes female and male voices; orchestramandolins (or instruments of that family), flute, oboe, French horn, string bass: To schedule an early September audition please call Shevchenko @ (416) 533-2725 CANADA The ROYAL CoNSERVATORY of Music · CoNSERVATOIRF. RoYAL de MusiQUE RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR The Glenn Gould Professional School, Toronto Seeking team pl,ayer with imagination, initiative and a propensity for thinking "out-of-the-box" to coordinate all recmiting and marketing efforts for · The Gleim Gould Professional School Qualifications: Minimum of3 years experience; university degree or equivalent diploma; strong organizational skills Start Tuesday, August 3, 1999. Deadline Ju,ly 9, 1999. Salary conunensurate with experience. Send letter and resun1e to Human Resources, 273 Bloor St. West Toronto M5S I W2 FAX: 416-408-3096 • usicians in· om· Midst Duo · .- . · · hstemng to." INTERVIEWED BY ALLAN PULKER Dismissing the notion that transcriptions are somehow secondrate, Ivan pointed out that one of the classics of the orchestnil repertoire, "Pictures at an Exhibition" was composed for the piano. TI1e orchestral version which we all know and love was a transcription by Maurice Ravel. Ivan, who in the course of our conversation observed that musicians must , I . constantly re-invent themselves in order to make a living, got busy and re-invented himself as an arranger. The results of his' work, ·which can be heard on their CD, "DUO", released last smmner, is . music from a wide variety of sources.- Ivan's arrangements incll1de music by Frescobaldi, Bartok, Debussy, Billy Strayhom, Jolm Williams, O'Carolan, · Ravel, Richard Rodgers and TI1elonious Monk. Only two of the pieces were originally written for their instmments, Astor · Piazzolla's ''Cafe 1930" and Jacques lbert's "Entr' acte". Everybody they talk to about the recording has a different favourite track and the ~adio progrmmners love it all - it has been played on CBC Radio Two's "Disc Drive", Classi'cal 96, and CJRT -FM to name a lew. Ivan and Margot plan to spend time this smmner arranging and rehearsing new repertoire for their next CD, which they wilf be recording next winter. They ':Viii Flutist Margot Rydall first heard guitarist Ivan Zilman play at a concert three years ago. His sound, unlike that of other guitarists she had worked with, was big enough to balance •the sound of a !lute. She proposed ihat they work together and the restilt has been succe'ssful, not only as a perfonning and 1 recording ensemble but also as a generator of new repertoire. ¥Margot, a Toronto native, who studied with the late Nick Fiore and with English tlautists William Bem1ett and Peter Lloyd, is a teacher and examiner wi'th the Royal Conservatory of Music, a position she has held since the age of 18. Ivan, a native of Montreal, is a graduate of Concordia University, where he studied guitar, voice and composition. He came to' Toronto in 1983, and now teaches guitar at the Scarborough Music Centre, . composes, and produces CDs. They soon discovered that "the repertoir.e for the combination is small, and much of what is available is not very interesting saloi1 music from the early and mid 19th century: One of their challcmges would be to create new repertoire that would be · "worth playing and ·worth be artists in residence this ' summer at CAMMAC's Cedar Glen Sununer Music Centre, just 45 minutes north of Toronto. You cmi hear them perfonning tqgether there on July 28 and 29. · Musicians in Our Midst is photographed by Michael Shaw, Ashley & Crippen, Photographers 200 Davenport Rd. 416 925-2222

~AZZ .NOTES BY JIM GALLOWAY The Jazz festival merry-go-round is in full swing, i'f that's not too much of a mixed metaphor, what with the last few days of du Maurier Downtown Jazz spilling into the first week-end of July and at least three other events in and around Toronto during July and August. · The 7th Annual Oakville Jazz Festival kicks off on· Friday July 9th. at 7.00pm with a mainstage concert at Town Square. Lakeshore Boulevard · will be closed to traffic and the music will be very much in the . swing tnidition featuring two bands, singer Alex Pangman and ·Her Alley Cats and yo4f humble · (I an ds!~~'Q'"'" h''" BY JoHN McGUIGAN Summer Season is, Upon Us The smmner has arrived again and those of you who enjoy listetiing to bands will find many opportui1ities facing you. Concerts in the park are still an integral part of our Ontario scene, at least in the more rural areas of our province. Orillia, · Kitchener, Gravenhurst and some of the more remote areas of the countryside will again sponsor their Sunday aftemoon and evening bm1d concerts: Most of our Toronto ar~a bands have plmmed busy schedules oflocal atld travelling concerts. The North York Concert Band has concerts in Mel Lastman Square on June 24, July 8, atld July 29 at 7:30. Conductor Jolm Liddle promises a variety of light concert works, to entice audiences to these events. For those of you interested in Drum Core Marching Bands there are two dates of interest. Jtme 30 at ~itchener you will find 8 corps bands perfonning. 1l1is is delightful to watch as well as listen to. h1fonnation about this event cm1 be gained at 519-894-0222. Again on August 4 1l1e Canadian Open Competition will host some thirty bands scribe heading up a band which Centetmial Square Stage on features Byron Stripling, a Saturday will have music from phenomenal young trumpet 7 pm with The Django-style trio player/vocalist, straight out of the of Robin Nolan and the Byron' Louis Annstrong/Red Allen Stripling Quartet, with the same school of hot hom playing, and rhytlun section as the previous trombonist George Masso, a evening, Ian Bargh, piano, veteran of the Betmy Goodman Rosemary Galloway, bass and band among others, and possess- Don Vickery, drums. · ing perhaps the most beautiful On Sunday, the main stage tone of anyone on that instrument will feature two groups from · today. On a second stage at 2.00p.m. to 5.00p.m. when the Centetmial Square, guitarist Sean Russ Little Quintet and Dr. Pop Bray and his Quartet will share and the Noise share the bill. All · the honours with Mark Sepic and of the above programming is. "Cueros y Cuerdas'.'. presented free: The headliners Saturday lOth The Beaches International at Town Square will be the Hot ' Jazz Festival occupies the week- Antic Jazz Band from Frm1ce at 2 end of July 23. with free concerts to 5 pm followed at 7 pm, by in Kew Gardetfs and the main · pianist Joe Sealy at}d his Trio. At attraction for jazz fans will be the 8 pm Jamaican-hom Monty appearm1ce on the 2~th ofT.S . . Alexander, a pianist with a Monk and his band. Full details considerable following in the can be found by calling the Toronto area, will present his jazz Festival Hotline at 1-888-277- tribute to Bob Marley. The 0796, or you can visit the website at Moving ahead to August, the JVC Festival hits town and the Markham Jazz Festival celebrates its second year. Both events occupy the same dates, August 20-22, in a sort of David and Goliath scenario with Markham artistic director, Hall Hill cast in the role of little David. Canadians are very well represented in this fest-feast, although Jess so, for this event is at 519-655-2093. The Drum Corps International is a large organization which sponsors concerts and competitions all over North America. Many bands traval hundreds of miles ·to participate in these events. The world championships for this organization occur Aug. 9-14 in Madison Wisconsin. We need to keep up the pressure on CNE to retum to a policy of presenting concerts in the park. I am sure such a program would attract a continuous audience of . wandering "exhibitionists", to · quote a new word, to sit down rest and enjoy a short while with music. John McGuigan is currently the administrative secretary of the Canadian Band Association (Ontario Chapter). His main function is the editing of the quarterly n_wgazine "Fanfare". and to maintain records and offices f or the association. He also owns m1d operates "COMPRINT" a publishing house f or new Canadian music. He can be contacted by fax or .phone at 905-826-5542 Visit our website com print · perhaps, in the JVC event which is mastenninded in the New York oftices of Festival Productions where George Wein is the resident Goliath. It's a rich diet if you are a jazz fan, but it says something about the music scene in Toronto when you can find 4 jazz festivals within a period of 8 weeks! I'm hard pressed to think of mwther city where that happens. Happy listening. Jim Wuou:NoTE's JAZz NolES 1s SliPPORl"ED 8\' CJRT FM, JAZZ RAmo IN ToRoNlO TRACEY WILKINS JAZZ VOCALIST AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS ABSOLUTE SOUNDS PHONE (416) 767-9451 · FAX (416) 767-2476 Classical & Jazz Radio Toronto! 24-hour member-supported radio! Program Highlights •• BBC NEWS Daily Cfassica{!MusiC Mon.-Fri. 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun. 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. .including: 1)ia:rl11 ~usic Records in Review Opera "Canadian Currents" with David Olds Sun. 6-7p.m. "The Jazz Scene" with Ted O'Reilly Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. Sat. 6 a.m.-Noon, 7-10 p'.m. "Jazz with Bob Parlocha" Mon.-Fri. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Sun. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. "Night Beat" with Mary.Lou Creechan Sat. 10 p.m -1 a .~. PLUS ..• Big Bands, Swing, Folk, Blues & World Music Telephone: 416~595 -0404 1 -888-595~0404' Website:

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