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Volume 21 Issue 5 - February 2016

  • Text
  • February
  • Toronto
  • Jazz
  • Arts
  • Symphony
  • Orchestra
  • Performing
  • Musical
  • Violin
  • Quartet
2016 is off to a flying start! We chronicle the Artful Times of Andrew Burashko, the violistic versatility of Teng Li, the ageless ebullience of jazz pianist Gene DiNovi and the ninetieth birthday of trumpeter Johnny Cowell. Jaeger remembers Boulez; Waxman recalls Bley's influence, and Olds finds Bowie haunting Editor's Corner. Oh, and did we mention there's all that music? Hello (and goodbye) to the February blues, and here's to swinging through the musical vines of the Year of the Monkey.


WholeNote CLASSIFIEDS can help you recruit new members for your choir or band / orchestra or find a new music director! Advertise your help wanted needs or promote your services starting at only /issue. Inquire now for the March issue. AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES Available pro bono positions with the KINDRED SPIRITS ORCHESTRA: 1st Horn; 2nd Trumpet; 1st, 2nd and 3rd Trombones; Principal Pianist; sectional Violins, Violas, Cellos and Contrabasses. The KSO is an auditioned-based civic orchestra in residence at Flato Markham Theatre. Weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesday evening at Cornell Recital Hall. For more information visit or e-mail Jobert Sevilleno at Bel Canto Singers is a 50 voice SATB choir, under the direction of Linda Meyer. Repertoire includes classical, music theatre, folk, jazz and pop tunes. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at St. Nicholas Anglican Church in Scarborough. We are currently looking to strengthen our tenor and bass sections. If you have ever wanted to participate in a group that values music, fun and fellowship please consider joining us. Auditions will take place in the first two weeks of January 2016, during our regular Tuesday night practice. Website: Contact Elaine at 416-699-4585. The Celtic Fiddle Orchestra of Southern Ontario is looking for additional musicians: violin, viola, cello, bass and flute. We practice twice a month on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:00 at the QEPCCC in Oakville. Please contact Jill Yokoyama at 905-635-8079 or email Introducing BUSINESS CLASSIFIEDS! Ideal for ongoing promotion of your services and products to the WholeNote’s musically engaged readership, in print and on-line. Book by Feb. 19, 2016 for our March edition! RESTORE & PRESERVE YOUR MEMORIES Recital and gig tapes | 78’s & LPs | VHS and Hi8 | 35mm Slides |News clippings | Photos & more, transferred to digital files: CD’s, DVD’s, or Video slideshow ArtsMediaProjects 416.910.1091 Classified Advertising | COUNTERPOINT COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA ( welcomes volunteer musicians for Monday evening rehearsals at the 519 Church Street Community Centre in downtown Toronto. No audition. We’re especially looking for harp, trombone and strings players. Email DO YOU LOVE TO SING? Are you looking for a choir that performs every type of sacred music, from Byrd to Britten, Howells to Hogan? The Anglican Church of St. John the Baptist seeks all voice types to enhance their Mass Choir. Services take place on Sundays at 10:30 AM in the Beaches, one of Toronto’s most active and artistic neighbourhoods. For more information, contact music@ or (647) 302-2074 NORTH YORK CONCERT ORCHESTRA is interested in welcoming new players. We are a community orchestra which rehearses throughout the year on Weds. nights, York Mills Collegiate in Don Mills. There are four subscription concerts and several outreach opportunities. Especially interested in hearing from first violinists and string bass players. Please contact personnel@nyco. for further information INSTRUCTION & COURSES FLUTE LESSONS. Classical flute lessons for all ages and levels. Located near Davenport- Lansdowne. Contact Meghan at 647-226- 5488, www. FLUTE, PIANO, THEORY LESSONS. RCM exam preparation. RCM certified advanced specialist. Samantha Chang, FTCL, FLCM, Royal Academy of Music PGDip, LRAM, ARCT. Toronto, Scarborough 416-293- 1302, com PIANO LESSONS WITH CONCERT PIANIST EVE EGOYAN All ages, all levels welcome, at Earwitness Studio, Artscape Youngplace (downtown Toronto). Eve’s own exposure to exceptional teachers during her developmental years makes her a communicative, intuitive and creative teacher with over 25 years teaching experience (private lessons, masterclasses, adjudication) Each student is an individual. Email Eve to set up a free introductory meeting at Ace your Auditions Mental Skills for Performing Artists Lisa Chisholm PRIVATE VIOLIN LESSONS: All ages welcome! Beginner to professional. Lessons in English and French, music studio in the Annex. PRIVATE VOICE/PIANO/THEORY/ EAR-TRAINING LESSONS/GROUP MASTERCLASSES: Voices of Colour Music. Classical to contemporary styles. Preparation for RCM exams, festivals, auditions., PRIVATE VOICE/PIANO/THEORY LESSONS: Experienced, BFA Certified Teacher located at Christ Church Deer Park (Yonge & St. Clair). Prepares you or your child for RCM exams, competitions & auditions. Contact Jessika: (647) 214-2827. WARMHEARTED PIANO TEACHER with sterling credentials, unfailing good humor, and buckets of patience. Royal Conservatory washouts and nervous learners especially welcome. Lovely Cabbagetown studio. “Best teacher ever!” - Beaches tween. “Beats studying with those Quebec nuns!” - Rosedale senior. Peter Kristian Mose, 416.923.3060. My students have never won any prizes, except for love of music. (And loyalty.) FOR SALE / WANTED ACCORDION GATHERING DUST? Are your band days just a hazy memory? Someone out there would love to give your nice old guitar, flute, tuba (etc) a new life. Advertise your unused instruments or find one for sale with a WholeNote classified ad! Contact CLASSICAL RECORD AND CD COLLECTIONS WANTED. Minimum 350 units. Call, text or e-mail Aaron 416-471-8169 or A@A31.CA. FRENCH HORN suitable for advanced student or working musician. One owner since 1978, excellent condition. SAXOPHONE Bundy Selmer alto student model; BASSOON Linton student model; EUPHONIUM Besson four valve compensating with laquer finish. Phone 416-964-3642. STOLEN FROM CAR – Lorée OBOE & ENGLISH HORN: 0 reward for information leading to return. Serial #’s: oboe TA 78, English horn HV 25. Please call Karen 416-656-4312 or 416-323-2232 x.26 NEED HELP WITH YOUR TAXES? Specializing in personal and business tax returns including prior years and adjustments HORIZON TAX SERVICES INC. • free consultation • accurate work For CRA stress relief call: 1-866-268-1319 MUSICIANS AVAILABLE SWEETHEART PARTY BAND? If you provide live music for wedding & wakes, roasts & retirements, and all kinds of occasions, you can advertise your ensemble right here for as little as plus tax!! Contact by February 20th March edition! SERVICES ACCOUNTING AND INCOME TAX SERVICE for small business and individuals, to save you time and money, customized to meet your needs. Norm Pulker, B. Math. CMA. 905-251-0309 or 905-830-2985 CD LINER NOTES, PROMO MATERIAL, CONCERT PROGRAMS, LIBRETTI, WEB SITE CONTENT AND MEMOIRS need proofreading and editing for correct spelling and grammar, clarity and consistency. Contact Vanessa Wells,, for a copy editor with a music background. Quick turnaround and reasonable rates! VENUES AVAILABLE / WANTED ARE YOU PLANNING A CONCERT OR RECITAL? Looking for a venue? Consider Bloor Street United Church. Phone: 416-924- 7439 x22. Email: PERFORMANCE / REHEARSAL / STUDIO / OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: great acoustics, reasonable rates, close to Green P Parking, cafés & restaurants. Historic church at College & Bellevue, near Spadina. Phone 416-921-6350. E-mail Book your classified ad today! The deadline for the March issue is February 20, 6pm. Send inquiries to DO YOU DRIVE? Do you love The WholeNote? Share the love and earn a little money! Join The WholeNote’s circulation team: 9 times a year, GTA and well beyond. Interested? 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BO HUANG Teng Li lives in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood with her loving husband, percussionist John Wong. She loves tasting amazing food, eating all sorts of dessert and drinking good wine and beer. Having learned to knit from YouTube videos a few years ago, she knits baby booties, scarves and hats. Her next projects are sweaters for her hubby and a friend. She’s been working on those for a couple of years; one of these days they will be finished! When you look at your childhood photo today? I don’t remember taking this photo but it must have been in the summer – my parents’ old apartment in our hometown, Nanjing, China. Nanjing is known as one of China’s four “hotpots” because of its unbearable heat and humidity in the summer. My family didn’t own an air conditioner and I remember practising with streams of sweat going down my back and forehead. The fingerboard was often so wet, after a day of practising, my left fingers felt as though they had been soaked in water for a long time. If you could travel back through time and meet the young person in that childhood photo? I would tell young Teng, “All the hard work you are doing now will pay off later. The time you spend on music makes you have better connection with it. Don’t be too stressed, everything is going to work out.” Other musicians in your childhood family? My mother is a well-respected, retired schoolteacher, and my father is a tai chi master – among his many other abilities. He was a Beijing Opera singer – so talented that he had a job with the provincial company at 18 and performed many WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDREN February’s Child Teng Li Teng Li plays a 1703 Amati viola on generous loan from Dr. William Waters through the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. MJ BUELL major roles for foreign leaders. Unfortunately, he was forced out of the company because of the Cultural Revolution. He was sent to a coal mine away from home to work but continued to be interested in the arts. He performed at the mine as a performance host, singer and bamboo flute player, and at one of these performances he met my mother. He was the host, and she, a schoolteacher reading a poem that she had written for the event. How romantic is that! My parents still live in Nanjing, China. When I performed in Beijing and Shanghai last December they came to see me perform. They have visited Toronto a couple of times and came to many concerts while they were here. NEW CONTEST Who is March’s child? Circa 1981, at home in Tempe, Arizona, this early backline player already looks like he needs a longer instrument! • Consorting in Canada since 2004 with as many as 16-20 strings attached. • Sticks his neck out all over the musical map. Know our Mystery Child’s name? WIN PRIZES! Send your best guess by midnight on February 20. Earliest memories of hearing music? My father used to play bamboo flute at home; I’m sure he played for me a lot when I was an infant. To this day, I still like the sound of the bamboo flute a lot – I even brought one of his flutes to Toronto. I remember my father and his brothers would get out instruments to play and sing together at the big Chinese New Year family gathering. First recollections of making and hearing music? Maybe because all of our parents went through the Cultural Revolution, and western music and traditional music were banned during that time, parents put their musical desire in their children, and hoped their musical dreams would be continued. On my floor of the apartment building, every kid my age played a musical instrument. Classical recordings were not easy to find. Going to a concert was the only way to learn what good playing was. I remember watching violin recitals, concerts and prizewinner concerts at a very young age. My parents took me to see other kids perform and I remember thinking: I wish I could play like that. On some of my Shanghai trips, after lessons, my father would take me to the Shanghai Conservatory to hear a student recital. Do you remember when you began to think of yourself as a career musician? I knew from a very young age that I was going to be a musician. My parents saw my talent very early on – on my second birthday I received a violin as a present. I started taking violin lessons at age five when I was big enough to hold that instrument …. Please visit to read the rest of this remarkable interview. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! Trio Arkel presents String Tapestry on February 19 (Trinity-St.Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall). They are joined by Scott St. John, violin, and Sharon Wei, viola for music by Gubaidulina, Kodály and Beethoven. TICKETS! Abby Sears The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s March 2 concert (Roy Thomson Hall) features some of their own magnificent players as soloists: Sarah Jeffrey, oboe; Michael Sweeney, bassoon; Steven Woomert, trumpet; James Gardiner, trumpet; Jonathan Crow, violin; Joseph Johnson, cello; and Teng Li, viola. Tom Allen hosts and Peter Oundjian conducts. Teng Li will play Paganini’s Sonata per la Gran Viola. TICKETS! Jialiang Zhu Amici Chamber Ensemble is joined by Teng Li, viola, and Cho-Liang Lin, violin, on April 24 (Mazzoleni Concert Hall, RCM) for “Illumination”: chamber music inspired by moonlight and stars by a world of composers. TICKETS! George Fung 1939 is Teng Li’s debut CD. “This is a memorable disc. The recorded sound is clear and authentic, and Li’s own booklet notes, in English, French and Chinese, are persuasive in presenting these works as direct responses to their fraught times.” Pamela Margles, DISCoveries, September 2015.(Azica ACD-71301). 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