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Volume 7 Issue 3 - November 2001

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Story. Most of your pieces are based on material appropriated from other sources. ls there a subtext to your choice of materials? HARMAN: Surprisingly perhaps, sentiment or nostalgia, more often than not. For example, my work Midnight with the Stars and You is based on a popular 30s song used at the end of the film The Shining --·a favourite film of mine since I was a child (laughter all around) .. . so for me, there was a humorous and perhaps slightly grotesque element to taking this . material and treating it abstfactly... . I like irony. When AMERIKA commissioned by New Music Concerts, it was originally to be on a concert called "All Canadian, Eh", so I decided to lbok for material that was decidedly non-Canadian. I had previously been thinking about using West Side Story as the basis for a piece anyway. There was a technical impetus too. Bernstein's melodies transpose in ways that give them a free atonal structure, which with a few more simple steps could be quite easily serialized. I found it interesting to maintain some of the gestures and feelings of the original music after restructuring the pitch material. Why don't you begin with material you compose yourself? N 3jln: St Olave's Church. Fotr C. of Organ N 3JJTt VocalPoint Psalms of DavKJ. NN 4pn: Toronto Children's Chorus. NNN !!iJn: Music Gallery. Guy Klucevsek N BJJTt Rotary Burlington. Gkxia Saatinen MONDAY NOVEMBER 05 ' NN 8jm Art of Tme Ensemble. R~ Iii Exk. TUESDAY NOVEMBER 06 N 7J11t Collegium Musicum Club. N 8jm Talisker Players. The lost Generati

JIB.ND. STAND by Merlin Williams I'm writing this month's column just after attending the day-long Band-Aid conference -- an enjoyable mi)!. qf music reading sessions, clinics, merchants and socializing. A suggestion for a roundtable for next year's conference: a session on publicity for community bands. There's so much in the way of no cost/low cost advertising that could be done to build the audiences at band concerts! Long & McQuade Music has four worthwhile free clinics coming up at their Bloor St. store. · Elaine Kopman presents a work-shop on Alexander 'Technique for musicians on Sat. Nov . 10. (As someone who's battled with overuse injuries1 I strongly recommend this class for all band musicians.) . Nov. 17 has hornist Kazimierz Machala presenting' a workshop on efficient practicing (something we can all u~e . ) Jazz saxophonist Mike Murley's topic on Nov . 24 is motivation. The final clinic, Dec. 1 presents the pianist's perspective ·via Brian Dickinson. All of the sessions take place on Saturdays in the band department at Long & McQuade's Bloor St. store, from 2-4 p.m. The Pickering Concert Band -- a friendly group always in rieed of . clarinets -- has a new president (and contact person) Marie Narini. She can be reached at (905) 571- 1785. The Pickering Band website is There are only two band concerts that caught my eye in the listings for the month of November. The Mississauga Pops Concert Band presents "All Jazzed Up" with narrator George Gary A Toronto's Center for Clarinets and Oboes SALES * REPAIR * •:• JAZZ & BAND •:• BANDSTAND, JAZZ NOTES Ionescu of Primetime Radio 740's Big Band show on Nov 4. And oi;i Tuesday Nov 20, The Hannaford Street Silver Band. and Amici do a joint concert as part of the NuMuFest at Massey Hall. There's a pre-concert talk at 7, the music starts at 8. Featured soloists are Stuart Laughton, trumpet; Lakshmi Ranganathan, veena; Patricia Parr, piano; David Hetherington, cello; and Joaquin Valdepefias, clarinet. . There will probably be an avalanche of Christmas Concerts listed next month; here's an early warning for the first weekend of December. The Etobicoke Community Concert Band presents its Christmas Toonies Family Concert at 7pm,on Dec. 1 at Humber College Auditorium. On the same day the Salvation Army's Yorkminster Citadel Songsters and Band present their Community Christmas Concert w/ the Bells of Guildwood. The concert is at 7: 30 at the Y orkminster Citadel, 1 Lord Seaton Rd. , Dec 2 also has two Christmas offerings: The Markham Concert Band's Music of the Season and Carol Sing-Along at tl)e Markham Theatre, and the Guelph Concert Band's "Do You Hear What I Hear" w/guests The Renaissance Singers at.the Church of Our Lady in Guelph. Please check the complete listings section for more detail on these, and. many other concerts. Williams is currently working on a book tentatively titled "Everything I Need To Know, I Learned In Band Class". He can be reached at (416) 803- 0275 (cell), or on the web at www - merlinw or by e-mail: ~~~~~~~~~--'~~~~~~ 1g Wood':}'.'inds Ltd. · · 720 llathurs1 St .. Suite 502 6-535-6000 Warranty Repair Depot Used instruments bought & sold - --- (/[(/) : rJ: ol_ ..(}le,{-:,. J' 1 PARIS -------- JAZZ NOTE'S by Jim Galloway One of the main events this month isjn neither a concert hall nor a club. It is the Jazz Expo - Canadian International Jazz Convention at Exhibition Place, Toronto, from Nov 2 to 4. There is an impressive arr;iy of concerts and· showcases as well as lectures and seminars. Morning clinics and · workshops take place from 9 to noon and there will be live jazz all day long. Active decision makers in the industry from all over North America and Europe will be in attendance. Jazz Expo is the first of its kind and will focus its attention on Jazz as a global movement. Trade and export win be among the key issues as international jazz industry leaders and conference delegates unite for an entire day of discussions and networking. Registration for the 3-day conference is 5, or you can attend the Jazz Market where general admission is $l5.00. I suggest you visit the Jazz Expo web site at: or call their toll free number from anywhere in North America 1- 866-566-JAZZ (566-5299) November Fireworks! This month's big concert event is the return of virtuoso jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. He will be at the Guvernment Nov 18. The evening is a co-produced by The Guvernment and Toronto Downtown Jazz. Here is one Frenchman who does like Toronto! No stranger to. us, he has Jean-Luc Ponty built up a strong following over the years and has a new solo album of original material, "Life Enigma", which was released a couple of months ago. Head on down and make your French Connection. · In the clubs, highlights include visits by three outstanding pianists. Bill Charlap will revisit the scene of earlier triumphs when he takes up residence again at tqe Top O' The Senator from Nov 19 to 25. Exquisite and inspired are two of the words used to describe the music of Bill Mays, at the Montreal Bistro Nov 20 to 24. (Bill also has a concert at the Glenn Gould Studio Nov 27 with the Toronto Chamber Jazz Septet.) Third pianist of note is veteran Eddie Higgins, who has perfon.ned with some of the biggest names in jazz l Hawkins, Teagarden, Getz, Gillespie. "One of jazz's great and most Long & McQuade MUSICA L INSTRUME NTS www.long• SALES - RENTALS - REPAIRS - IN STORE FINANCING TRADES - USED INSTRUMENTS BOUGHT & SOLD Toronto North York Scarborough Oshawa Brampton 925 Bloor St.W. 2777 Steeles Av.W. 1133 Markham Rd . 380 Simcoe St.S. 370 Main St.N. (416)588-7886 (416)663-8612 (416)439-8001 (905)434-1612 ( 905)450-4334 Where the Music Begins. NOVEMBER 1, 2001 - DECEMBER 7, 2001 wholenote 17

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