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Volume 17 Issue 1 - September 2011

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Beat by Beat / In With

Beat by Beat / In With the NewA Good Glass House?DAVID PERLMANOver the past 15community taking a wider and wider detour around the 11days (September 8–18) during which the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival is the biggest circus in town. Some sneak in ahead,which runs noon till 10pm, Saturday September 3 at Yonge/DundasSquare. (We’ll be there!) But after that, with one notable exception,it’s mostly bits of this and that until New Music Concerts’ OpeningGala on September 25. After which it’s into October before someof the other local heavyweights like Soundstreams and Esprit kickinto action.The notable exception is Kitchener-Waterloo based presenterNUMUS Concerts, which rolls into town September 17 — the daybefore TIFF folds its tents — with a Glenn Gould Studio concertmusic of Philip Glass.Founded in the mid-80s by composer Peter Hatch, NUMUS hasbecome a catchword in Kitchener-Waterloo, where the organizationis associated with contemporary music productions, occasionally onthe wild side, like Jeremy Bell’s production — Nude Show — a fewyears ago. “The poster for that concert,” says current artistic director,composer Glenn Buhr, “showed composer Omar Daniel shirtlessand hanging upside down from a trapeze pole while he manipulatedsome electronics. That was our all time best seller.”Toronto audiencesmay also remember theirGlenn Buhr.more recent “Battle ofthe Bands” concert lastJanuary at the MusicGallery. “I curated thatshow,” says Buhr, “and itfeatured my progressivejazz/blues ensemble theEbony Tower Trio (RichBrown, electric bass,Daniel Roy, drums, andmyself on piano) doingbattle with the PendereckiString Quartet. The ideawas to contrast contemporarymusic with roots in old Europe alongside new music withroots in the blues and jazz traditions of North America. I think it’sstill there on CBC’s Concerts on Demand.”I joked with Buhr about invading Toronto during TIFF. The plan,I suggested, was a) crazy like a fox, b) just plain crazy, or c) a strokeof genius. But he refused to rise to the bait.“NUMUS is a presenter as well as a producer,” he said, “soI’m always looking for projects to buy in to our season. I was approachedby the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra about the Philip Glassprogram. I was particularly interested in the new Piano ConcertoTheHours. Riesman has been playing those Philip Glass arpeggios forquite a while and has developed a formidable technique.”“So my answer is neither. It’s pure accident. The MCO wanted totour this material in preparation for a recording and was lookingfor a presenter. The fee was so reasonable that we decided topresent them in Toronto and Guelph as well as Kitchener-Waterloo.The overlap with TIFF is serendipity; this was the only possibledate for the MCO. I have no idea if TIFF will work in our favouror otherwise.”to the Glenn Gould Studio within this issue’s listings period. The18 thewholenote.comSeptember 1–October 7, 2011

Fall in for September Songs ...We invite you to join us for our13th Anniversary and our first everautumn celebration ofThe Ken PageMemorial TrustAnnual Fundraising Galaand Swinging Jazz Partypresented by JAZZ.FM91 ‘Canada’s Premiere Jazz Station’and taking place for a third year in the historic charm ofThe Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Road, TorontoUnder the musical direction ofJim Galloway and hosted by Masterof Ceremonies, Ted O’Reilly, we aredelighted to welcome both newand returning friends:Thursday, September 15th, 20115:00 to 11:00 p.m.USA: George Masso, trombone,Houston Person, saxophone, Allan Vaché, clarinet,Warren Vaché, cornet.Canada: Guido Basso, trumpet/flugelhorn,Jim Galloway, saxophone, Laurie Bower, trombone,Terry Clarke, drums, Alastair Kay, trombone,John MacLeod, trumpet, Reg Schwager, guitar,John Sherwood, piano, Neil Swainson, bass,Kevin Turcotte, trumpet.…supporting Ja z & Jazz Artists across Canada…Relax and enjoy the fine cuisine for which The Old Mill Inn isrenowned with a full course dinner created for your diningpleasure... featured wines by Vincor Canada... valuable RafflePrizes... and non-stop entertainment provided by some of thegreatest musicians on the International Jazz Party circuit...5.00 p.m. Doors Open5.00 - 6.00 p.m. Complimentary Sparkling AutumnCocktail Reception generously sponsoredby Vincor Canada with live music bya string trio featuring violinist, Drew Jurecka6.00 p.m. Gala Dinner and Swinging Jazz PartyCash Bar7.00 p.m. Grand Raffle Prize Draws10.00 p.m. Special Donor Draws10.15 - 11.00 p.m. Grand FinaleTickets are $170 (substantially tax deductible)Reserve by calling Anne Page at 416-515-0200or e-mail anne@kenpagememorialtrust.comMake cheques payable to:The Ken Page Memorial Trust55 Charles Street West, Suite 3104Toronto ON M5S 2W9A service charge will apply forcredit card payments.Charitable Registration No. 87276 8106 RR0001September 1–October 7, 2011 19

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