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Volume 10 Issue 10 - July/August 2005

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... How I met m Teacher Our neighbours, who were from Germany, lent me a record of the Leonhardt Consort, performing Bach harpsichord concerti. This was a real ear and mind opener. I wa enthralled by the sound and timbre, the intimacy of the ensemble's historically informed Baroque Music performance, and the real sense They seemed to play from inside the music. My mother got me another recording. I think she thought it was the same sort of thing: old music, German performers ... (actually Leonhardt is Dutch!) But it was German music from around 1500, Renaissance, not Baroque. Something about it appealed . The first time I heard the shawms and crumhorns I did not immediately like them (they take a little getting used to! ) but I became fascinated . I set out on this path by exploring early music through recordings. My passion for medieval music was largely influenced by recordings of the Early Music Quartet (or Studio der Fruhen Musik), directed by Thomas Binkley . Each of their major releases was like a seminar course on a particular repertoire and style. To me it seemed they were recreating, or re-imagining, the roots of European music: the modes, rhythms, language and rhetoric of the songs pointed in an inspiring direction. Those recordings, no matter how dated they seem now, were a major influence. In high school I discovered cultural history (Kulturgeschichte), mostly on my own and unrelated to school : not just laws, politics, economics of a particular time and place, but its art, music, philosophy, and cultural expression. I listened, read liner notes and music history books, bought recorder editions of early music and played with my younger (by 3 years) brother, who played recorder and then cello when he got to junior high. My first tune I remember on recorder was a dance Melchior Franck I'd heard on an old New York Pro Musica recording of 17th century music. The recorder was the only "early" instrument I played, though never in school, until university. At some point I just took it up. I didn't take lessons at that time, but got to be pretty good. Music and history began to come together and recorder provided a way in . By grade 13, I'd formed a Renaissance music group that met after . school. The staff sponsor was (I believe) a French teacher who sang and conducted a student chorale. I particularly remember playing Ricercare (Palestrina) on a combination of strings and recorders in a particularly resonate space - a stair well ... or a lounge space with a ceiling that went up two floors. As I moved more into the study of early music there was recorder and wooden tlute player and teacher Susan Carduelis (then Prior). Then, when I was attempting to study history and philosophy at U ofT Scarborough Campus, Timothy McGee was my faculty advisor. I sang in his Scarborough College Chorus (my first experience trying to sing) and he encouraged me tci play with his University of Toronto early music group downtown, where I first got my hands on shawms and crumhorns. He organized workshops at Scarborough College and brought in teachers from the USA like Herb Meyers, Lyle Nordstrom, and David Douglas, and important local performers/teachers, like Gary Crighton and David Klausner. But I was not a music student, and not fully committed to university . I dropped out in the middle of second ar. I did play music for some plays, and started a relationship with the PLS (Poculi Ludique Societas) who put on medieval and Renaissance plays at U ofT. I also got more into medieval music performance at the RCM with Judith Cohen, studying medieval notation in particular. Workshops at UBC ('87-'89) with Barbara Thornton and Ben Bagby of Sequentia first took me inside the style of early medieval repertoire. We learned to improvise/compose in medieval styles, based on old treatises and written out musical manuscripts. We worked from photocopies of original sources- something I'd begun with Judy Cohen. We learned pieces by rote and by ear. We worked ori techniques of memori-. zation, based on medieval and classical ideas. We sang in the light of medieval ideas about rhetoric. This was serious application of ' historically informed performance practice' to medieval repertoire. It's hard to find the material you need for this kind of study of medieval music, but Sequentia has done real work in this area. For me these workshops were about performing l)ledieval music from the inside out, which brings me back to cultural history. People say we really don't know enough about medieval music and performance practice and are making it up. Imagination is essential, but so is being informed as to time and place. I went three summers in a row for two-week intensive workshops. They are amazing musicians. My main voice teacher has been Pattie Kelly. Whatever's good about my vocal instrument is largely because of her knowledge and insight. Along the way I've been particularly inspired by the singing of Ben Bagby (Sequentia), and Patrizia Bovi (Micrologus), to my mind one of the best singers of medieval and related traditional musical styles. There is much to learn studying her recordings. Steve Starchev plays many instruments, including hurdy-gurdy, bagpipe, guitar, citterri, whistles, and jaw harp, and knows a Jot about many styles of folk and traditional musio .. Working with him in the 90s I had the opportunity to explore relationships between early and traditional music. He's got a great ear for good tunes and tasty arrangements, which you can appreciate if you listen to his radio show 'The World Is Sound' (Sat.3 pm CIUT 89.5 FM.) What advice, above all, would you give to someone looking for a teacher for a child, or for theril.selves? This is a hard one .... Teachers didn't play a big role in my process, especially at the beginning. While I'd like _to tell people to go after what inspires you I don't think I should recommend my process. Being largely self-taught leaves what often feel like huge gaps in my knowledge and abilities. You have to 'unlearn' things you've worked on and relearn them another way . But if you do have a dream or passion a little off the beaten track you need discipline, resources, and self-critical faculties to keep at it effectively. Be on the look out for teachers, resource people, and collaborators you'll meet along the way. Seek them out and be humble enough to apprentice and learn from them. More sea: Friday July 1, Canada Day Beer Garden, Campbell House Museum: noon, 2 pm and 4 pm (160 Queen St. W.) (info:4165970227) Moresca: Weekends July 23-September 5 (except Simcoe Day weekend) at the newly revived Renaissance Faire, Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton. \IWw.ontariorenaissancefaire. ca Musical Banquet: Sunday July 10, noon-1 pm, Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, (Scotiabank Big Band Stage, YongeandSt. Clair). Justoneshow! It's an exciting new project with some exceptional musiciaiZS, hoping to expand into a bigger Renaissance band. We 'II need a patron! SHERWAY ACADEMY OF MUSIC Accredited • Family Rates • Ages 1-Adult LESSONS•CLASSES•CAMPS Piano • Guitar • Voice • VIOlin • Brass • Winds ~1\}ermilsdf-.. • g

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