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Volume 6 Issue 1 - September 2000

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  • September
  • Toronto
  • October
  • Theatre
  • Jazz
  • Arts
  • Choir
  • Concerts
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  • Wholenote


CONCERT NOTES •!• HEAR AND Now, continued •!• JAZZ NOTES •!• OuR MEMBERS WRITE The focus of the performance "oscillates between the actor reciting the dramatic narrative accompanied by images on a screen, and the music played by five musicians (string quartet plus oboe d'amore or English horn)." ERGO Another new music concert to consider is presented by a new group, Ergo Ensemble, of which composer Barbara Croall is a member. Its inaugural concert will be at Christ Church Deer Park on September 22 and will feature Roger Bergs on organ and Richard Moore on percussion play- . ing music by Holzsky, Gubaidulina and Messaien. And the Mott-Rindone Duo's concert at York University on September 27will, most likely, fall into the new music category, as will the concerts of music by Robert Bruce, on September 27 at First Unitarian Church and on September 29 at St Cuthbert's in Hamilton. •••••••••••• • • • • 4. Jazz Notes by Jim Galloway " ... And the days grow short when you reach September", as goes the lyric to September Song. (My favourite vocal version of that great song, in case you're interested, was by Walter Houston·. Yes, that's right, the movie actor, who recorded it in his home studio and ended up with three minutes of magic.) Well, the days do start to draw in a bit and that is the signal for the start of the · fall season. Not that the summer was exactly a down time, what with all the jazz festivals that are now part of the summer calendar. But we are not out of festival. mode yet. Upcoming is the Guelph Jazz Festival, September 6 to 10, five days of innovative music with international artists in concert, as well as workshops, panel discussions, lectures, jazz on the streets and in coffee houses. Artists appearing include Paul Plimley, Lee Pui Ming and J ean Derome, Wolter Wierbos, Matthew Shipp & Mat Maneri, Maggie Nicols and Ken Hyder, NOW Orchestra with George Lewis: Jon Jang and David Murray, Joseph Jarman, Leroy Jenkins, Myra Melford Rene Lussier and Passages, a multi-media jazz opera by J esse Stewart and Paul Haines. For more detailed information, please call (519) 836-0430 or check the web site at -jazzfest But September also heralds the on- Larysa Kuzmenko 18 Wholenote SEPTEMBER 1, 2000 - OCTOBER 7, 2000 set of the new concert and club season. And if you want something a little different, mark Saturday September 30 in your diary. Hart House Theatre at U. ofT. is the venue for Jazzance 2000, a concert focussing on steel drummers who play jazz. The headliner will be Othello Molineaux and his trio. He is a legendary steel drummer from Trinidad and Tobago and if you should question the jazz content, the list of jazz greats he has work~d with should put your mind at ease. It includes Monty Alexander, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie and McCoy Tyner! Also on the bill is anther great steel drum artist,, Earl Rodney, whose credits include a stint as musical director for the Mighty Sparrow; musical scores and some 20 CDs produced by him. He will be backed by sorrie of Toronto's leading musicians. This is the third year of Jazzance. Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart Circle, University of Toronto, (416) 978-8668, . .00 advance, .00 at the door. Another special event this month is the appearance of pianist Kenny Barron at the Montreal Bistro for three nights September 28 to 30. Kenny is one of the giants of contemporary piano and the opportunity to enjoy him in the intimate atmosphere of the Bistro is something you don't want to miss. · Montreal Bistro, 65 Sherbourne Street. 363-0179. Cover charge. And for something completely different, guitarist (acoustic, that is), Marty Grosz is coming to town - well, at least close to town. He will be appearing at Daniels of Nobleton, for three nights, September 19, 20 & 21, with his own very special brai:id of music and song and offthe-wall humour. Marty needs no introduction to his small army of fans, but if you are not familiar with him, and would enjoy a nostalgic evening of songs from the golden era, you had better make a reservation. An interesting footnote is the fact that, although he certainly doesn't make a point of broadcasting it, Marty is the son of the wellknown Dada and Expressionist artist, George Grosz. Daniels ofNobleton, Hwy #27 & King Road, Nobleton. Reservations. (905) 859 0060 The months ahead will, as always, bring the passing parade of artists, local and international, which makes this city one of the best places to be if you enjoy music. Happy listening! •••••••••••••••• • • • • • 5. Our Members Write The CANADIAN .MUSIC CENTRE's recording label Centrediscs announces issue of a new digital compact disc: SPIRIT SQNG - the vocal music of Harry Freedman. On this new recording, Canadian composer Harry Freedman presents the listener with a· varied retrospective of his . vocal works written over a forty-year p"eriod ' between 1953 and 1993. DUO partners Margot Rydall, flute, and Ivan Zilman, guitar, announce the release of their latest CD Co/labyrinth, featuring works by DeFalla, Bach and Moussorgsky, as well as Bill Evans and "Weather Report'"s Joe Zawinul. Co/labyrinth will be available in major Toronto record stores and online in WholeNote's website store. TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHES­ TRA represented Canada at three of the world's most prestigious international festivals in August: the RAVINIA FESTI­ VAL in Highland Park, Illinois; the BBC PROMS in London, England; and the KLANG UND RAUM FESTIVAL in Irsee, Germany. Joining them were recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen and French contralto Nathalie Stutzmann. The TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHES­ TRA announces the appointments of new Affiliate Composers: Jeffrey Ryan, from Toronto, and Eric Morin, from Montreal. They succeed Barbara Croall and Paul Steenhuisen, whose second season with the TSO has just finished. The Affiliate Composer program is funded by The Canada Council for the Arts.

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