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Volume 8 Issue 5 - February 2003

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ut it does show that the Canadian point of view is different than the American point of view. STEENHUISEN: It seems to me that there is suddenly a great deal more interest in' opera across the board from so many composers. BECKWITH: It's an exCiting medium. In my own case I was an opera bUff from about the age of 10 or 11. I used to listen every Saturday to the Met radio broadcasts and I leanied all the standard oi}eras at that time and loved it. I heard some great singers. It seemed to me naturally something that I was ambitious to do. But I think now it's more of a sense, particularly in North America, that there's a repertoire of work ·that one can respect. And the opera companies which were very diffident to do new operas - something like the Metropolitan in New JAZZ. NOTES you're Canadian. If you want it to be played, you have to do the marketing yourself, and who has the time or the money? I looked at the by Jim Galloway front page of the Globe & Mail 'IHERECFNI'IAJECoNFERENrnholds this morning and I thought amnnberofmemoriesforme, butnone "Wouldn't it be lovely to have . more lasting than the eloquent speech Harry Potter's agent"? The book gixen by Phil Nimmons at the Gala isn't even out yet, and, six months Dinner in honour of Oscar Peterson. I before, it's on the front page, three wishlhadatranscription, butlsu,spect columns wide. That isn't quality, that much of it came straight from the it's agentry. I've nothing against a heart1 One of your best ever Harry Potter book, but ies not performances, Phil. The standing quality that does that, it's buzz, it's ovation was for both of you. the machine. Canadian composi- · tion: you can't do that. You don't have the resources. And then, there's a thing that in general music gets listened to less and. less. If it gets performed it's a great ,thing, but it gets listened to less and less. There's less sense of taking music as an entity which you can, give yourself to for a period of time, having a beginning and a middle and an end. York, they did a new American opera about once a decade. Now STEENHUISEN: A realexperithey're doing new American operas pracuc . all y every season, an d ence of it ... that affects the whole scene. You , BECKWITH: An experience get the idea that composers are you give yourself to. It was a turning their at:tention that way, question on one of the opera quiz then other composers want to do broadcasts some time ago "What the same. I think it's exciting, and . ·do you like to do while you're lissome of the new pieces coming tening to the opera broadcast"? alo~g are interesting. You were supposed to answer "I STEENHUISEN: The last thing like to open my mail, I like to iron my shirt, I like to dig in .the gar- / wanted to read to you was a den", whatever, but my answer is statement dfyour own. You said that I like to listen to the ope~ .. thatyoufelt "encouraged that young people want to go into this career even if it seems hopeless". Do you still feel that way, and what did you mean? BECKWITH: Your music doesq't get.played very m1;1ch if That's what I was thinking of when I was saying it's hopeless:_ but hopeless is overstating it, because I'm not without hope. THERE ARE ONE OR 1WO events in clubland this month that I'd like to mention.' The Cedar Walton Trio with Barry Elmes and Dave Young will be in residence from February 4 to 8 at The Montreal Bistro, followed by your faithful scri~ in the company of Doug Riley, Lorne Lofsky and Don Vickery from Feb 11 to 15. Meanwhile, if you are into vocal jazz, at the Top O' The Senator you will ful the Carol Weisman Quintet from Feb 4 to 9 and George Evans from 11 to 16 . 0N TIIE SUBJECT OF CLUB DATES, I'm pleased to say WholeNote's club jazz (and concert quick pick) listings are now a regular feature of the magazine. (They're on pages 41-42, following the general concert listings.) 'fuEREJS A PrANo PIAYER in California called Bob Ringwald - yes~ Molly is his daughter- and his sense ofhwnour is sufficiently twisted that we ea8ily became frierxls. Well, every so often he shares a little tit-bit with me and I would like in turn to share this one with you. RIAABREAKTHROUGH Music Industry Unveils N~w Piracy- Carol Weisman Proof Format: A Black, Plastic Disc With Grooves In It Music bosses have unveiled a revolutionary~ recording format that they hope will help win the war on illegal file sharing, which is thought to be costing the industry millions of dollars in lost revenue. Nicknained the "Record," the new format takes the form of a black, vinyl disc measuring 12"indiameter, which must be played on a specially designed turntable. "We can state with absolute certainty that no computer in the world can access the data on this disc," said spokesman BrettCampbell. "Wearealsoconfident that no one is going to be able to produce pirate copi!!S in this format without going to a heck of a lot of trouble. This is without doubt the best anti-piracy invention the music iOOustry has ever seen." As part of the invention's rigorous testing process, the designers gave some discs to a group of teenage computer experts who regularly use fileswapping software such as Limewire and Gnutella and who admit to pirating Featuring some of Toronto's best jazz musicians with a brief reflection by Jazz Vespers Clergy. Sunday, Feb. 2 ~ 4:30 pm MIKE MURLEY, saxophone DAVID RESTIVO, piano SCOTT ALEXANDER, bas_s BRIAN BARLOW, drums Sunday, Feb~ 16 - 4:30 pin "CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF EUBIE BLAKE" GORDON SHEARD ragtime pianist Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street (north of St. Clair' at Heath St.) 416-920-5211 ' Admission is tree. An offering is received to support the work of the Church, including Jazz Vespers. · 18 February 1 - March 7 2003

music CDs. Pespite several days of trying, none of them were able to hack into the disc's code or access any of the music files coiilained within it. "It's like, really big and stuff," said DOug Flamboise, one of the testers. "I i.:ou!dn't get it into any of my drives. I mean, what fonnat Is it? Is it, like, rrom Frm.::e or something?" It's ironic that February, despite being the shortest month of the year, often seems like one of the longest. Well, here are some things to do with your month that will make· it seeqi to fly by (or.at least get you out of the house a few times.) BANDSTAND by Merlin Williams ·J;N 11IE NEW FORMAT' raw audio data in° the form of music is eocoded by p~y~ic

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