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Volume 23 Issue 7 - April 2018

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  • Toronto
  • Jazz
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In this issue: we talk with jazz pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo about growing up in Toronto, building a musical career, and being adaptive to change; pianist Eve Egoyan prepares for her upcoming Luminato project and for the next stage in her long-term collaborative relationship with Spanish-German composer Maria de Alvear; jazz violinist Aline Homzy, halfway through preparing for a concert featuring standout women bandleaders, talks about social equity in the world of improvised music; and the local choral community celebrates the life and work of choral conductor Elmer Iseler, 20 years after his passing.

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April’s Child KIYOSHI NAGATA MJ BUELL WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDREN NEW CONTEST Who is MAY’S CHILD? Kiyoshi Nagata lives in Scarborough, but spends most of his time in Richmond Hill caring for his mother, or in downtown Toronto with his musician girlfriend. Besides living and breathing taiko music, Kiyoshi religiously goes to the gym each morning to work out, clear his head and prepare for each day. During the school year, he teaches taiko drumming at U of T’s Faculty of Music. Kiyoshi loves drinking sake, red wine and craft beer on a nightly basis (not all three at the same time), and enjoys trying new local restaurants, usually on Sunday evenings. On his off days, which are rare, his favourite things to do are to walk along Toronto Islands, or catch a small independent movie with his girlfriend. Kiyoshi Nagata is the artistic director of the taiko drum ensemble Nagata Shachu, formed in 1998. Rooted in the folk-drumming traditions of Japan, the ensemble makes innovative and exciting music that continues to create a new voice for the taiko. These physically demanding, spirited performances feature diverse repertoire for taiko (including the massive O-Daiko drum), bamboo flutes, the three-stringed shamisen, gongs, cymbals, shakers and wood blocks. Born and raised in Richmond Hill, ON, Nagata’s father worked in the auto fleet department of Ontario Hydro and his mother was a secretary/bookkeeper. He says that his parents always listened to Japanese enka music (a popular traditional/ballad style) but his father also liked Nat King Cole and Benny Goodman. He attended Bayview Secondary School in Richmond Hill, graduated in political science from U of T and then moved to Japan to further his taiko training. Nagata has taught a credit course in taiko at the U of T’s Faculty of Music since 1998. He also established a public taiko course at the RCM in Toronto and is regularly invited by CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! universities and community taiko groups to conduct workshops and present lectures. He composes and performs taiko music for dance, theatre, film and radio, and collaborates with artists from all genres of music including traditional Japanese instrumentalists. About your childhood photo? This was definitely taken at Halloween. I guess I was a banjo-playing Mountie! I never played the banjo but it was probably the very first instrument that I ever owned. The photo reminds me of a very happy childhood with loving parents. Coming from a working-class family, we didn’t have much, but we had a lot of fun. First memories of hearing music? My parents had one of those large furniture phonograph consoles that I played records on. I do specifically remember listening to 78 rpm records of Old MacDonald, and Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head. My grandmother played the three-stringed shamisen and my mother and three sisters did Japanese dance with it. Your first recollection of making music? I remember clearly: the first time I made music was playing the taiko drum at age 12 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. I learned a simple song called Don Doko Bayashi which was a simple four-bar pattern repeated over and over again. It was exhilarating. Later I played tenor sax in the school band where the main objective was to be unified and sound as one. This was a very appealing concept for me. When I started learning taiko I became obsessed with the philosophy of working together to create something new, exciting and in the moment. Do you remember when you first performed for an audience? My very first performance was at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square in 1982 where the Japanese community held its annual Obon Festival On April 15 Koerner Hall will resound with “Taiko Plus!” when Nagata Shachu teams up with Esprit Orchestra for the Canadian premiere of Mono-Prism, by Maki Ishii (Japan). Expect irresistible energy and a sound like no other. Program also includes three other premieres: Chris Paul Harman’s …with silverbells and cockle shells…, Scott Wilson’s Dark Matter, and Concentric Circles, by Fuhong Shi (China), which will feature soprano Meredith Hall. A pair of tickets each is waiting for RICHARD SMITH and ZOE BROWN. On their DVD/CD recording Toronto Taiko Tales Nagata Shachu celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of its hometown in Toronto. This professional studio recording, released in 2017, features 13 of the ensemble’s signature pieces interspersed with evocative scenes of the city. A copy each goes out to CHRISTIAN MUELLER and EILEEN BEST. Regina, 1973 Don’t you have a capo? I’m a mezzo! She sang some serious sorcery in a very recent Dido and Aeneas. If you liked her in Briefs or heard her in a Shelter before she went barefoot in Messiah you can now catch her from until April 14 in a brand new Overcoat. In June she’ll be joining streams of sound to match another little girl’s passion. Her last name is the first name of a famous composer. Know our Mystery Child’s name? WIN PRIZES! Send your best guess by April 21 to Previous artist profiles and full-length interviews can be read at (to honour the dead). That’s when the performing bug hit me! What helped to form your appetite for staged performance, and for the multigenre collaborations you do today? My first time seeing the Kodo drummers from Japan in the early 1980s really set the stage for me (no pun intended). I was entranced by the fact that these drummers were making music using their entire bodies. The combination of physical strength, spirit and musicality had a lasting impression on me. Another concert which really opened my mind was to see John Wyre’s (NEXUS) concert of World Drums. That helped me to understand the potential of making music together without the need of spoken language or a score. Kiyoshi Nagata’s full-length interview and a list of upcoming engagements can be read at April 2018 | 65

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